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USB Connection to CDMA cell phone (specifically sch-a870)

Derek Boring
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Joined: Aug 15, 2006
Posts: 65
Sorry if this is in the wrong section, but I wasn't entirely sure where this question should go.

I have a Sumsung SCH-A870 (dubbed the "Samsung Siren" by Cricket) and I bought a cable to connect it to my computer through USB. The software that came with the cable is a load of crap and does pretty much nothing but say the phone is connected to the computer. I found a program call BitPim ( that supposedly can connect to any CDMA phone, however I've come to find that it supports the model lower than mine, and the model higher, but not mine in particular. The program allows me to browse the phone's file system, but none of it's other functions work with my phone, even when I select a similar phone's profile. (The program is suppose to download and upload contact lists, calender events, images, sounds, text/pictue/sound messages, and edit the t9 database.) The program is open source so I thought I might be able to write my own phone profile, however, the program (as well as the phone profiles) are written in Python. I tried to learn Python but figured it would take longer than I wanted to learn enough to write something like that. However, my curiousoity didn't let up and now I'm wondering if I could make a program like that in Java.

My questions for those here is:
Has anyone ever attempted this before?
Does anybody have any tips, tricks, do's/don'ts, or any other info that might help?

All info you guys can give me is greatly appreciated.

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Jesper de Jong
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Here is a library that provides an API for USB in Java:
It's a bit old (2003) and works on Linux only, but someone also made a Windows version for it:

I hope it's useful...

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Derek Boring
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Joined: Aug 15, 2006
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Thanks, I'm sure that'll be very useful.
I agree. Here's the link:
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