Review: WiFi File Transfer for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 23 Jun 2009 09:09 am EDT
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WiFi File Transfer for BlackBerry Review

There are several ways to transfer files to and from your BlackBerry Smartphone. We have our trusty BlackBerry Desktop Manager, Roxio Media Manager and others to help you through the process. Although rare, there are times when I simply don't have time to sit down, whip out the USB cable and start up the proper programs. Though many of us are used to the multiple steps, some new BlackBerry users I know of even had a little trouble figuring the process out. It happens and it could become frustrating to some. It's time to shake off the wires and take wireless connectivity one step further.

Within the past month, an exciting application was released; WiFi File Transfer. The idea is simple - all you need is a PC or MAC (with a browser), a WiFi enabled BlackBerry Smartphone (sorry Storm owners) and a WiFi Network. This application could potentially eliminate some crossed wires (USB cables) and blown fuses (mental health). Personally, I'm glad that an application has come along, so hopefully it will live up to my expectations. Now, let's have a closer look at WiFi File Transfer.

About WiFi File Transfer

Up until recently, only the BlackBerry Bold was able to utilize WiFi File Transfer. Now as of yesterday, the application is available to all WiFi enabled BlackBerry smartphones running OS 4.5 or higher! There is a Full version (v1.0.0.2) and a Lite/Free version (v.1.0.1.2) available. The full version is 259.2KB in size and the Lite version is 263.1KB. The application supports the following browsers; IE (Internet Explorer), Safari and Firefox. WiFi File Transfer is brought to you by Chocolate Chunk Apps. Yes, you read that name right.

Harnessing the power of WiFi, the application allows for speedy file transferring. You can easily transfer documents, images, video, music or more from your PC or Mac to your BlackBerry (using either device memory or your Micro SD card). The set up is quite simple. First, have your BlackBerry smartphone connected to your WiFi Network. Once this has been established, open up WiFi File Transfer. Next, click on WiFi Info where you can see the SSID, signal strength and your Berry IP Address. Type this address into your mobile browser and you now have accessibility! Well, that's all well and good, but now what? Let's see what you can do...

From your PC or MAC

Once you have entered the IP address of your BlackBerry, you can then begin to rummage through your device's files. You will be able to view your system, store and SD Card available memory. Next is your Navigation field, where you can choose which files to look through, upload from and download to. It is in this field, where you would also upload file found on your PC/Mac. Below this field is where you will see all of the files found in a particular directory. You will see information such as the file name, date last modified, and size. From your PC/Mac, you can view the file by the click of a button or choose to delete or rename it. You'll be able to play music, view images and watch videos (using a 3GP player) right from your browser.

WiFi File Transfer
viewing your files from your PC/MAC

WiFi File Transfer
renaming files is just one of the options you have

From your BlackBerry:

WiFi File Transfer
viewing your files on your BlackBerry

WiFi File Transfer
view transfers in progress

WiFi File Transfer allows you to navigate through your files on your BlackBerry as well, but you do not have full access to them. For example; you can only see a list of your image files. As on your computer, you can see the file name, size and date last modified. If you were to press the menu button, you will see additional options before you. You can access a log screen; a log of your file transfers or connection status. WiFi File Transfer gives you the option to email a log to a contact of your choice. I mentioned the WiFi Info option earlier, again giving you connection details. As with your browser access, you can see your Memory Status. The application will also let you delete or rename files. If you get stuck, you can refer to the included Help menu.

WiFi File Transfer
see a log of your file management

WiFi File Transfer
email the log to anyone

I couldn't believe how amazingly easy WiFi File Transfer was to use. It almost appears to be catered to those who may find the Desktop Manager a tad overwhelming. I was equally impressed with the speed the transfers seemed to possess. I was also able to effortlessly create and manage new folders from my BlackBerry and from my computer. If my wife happens to be on the computer, I could (ever so sweetly) ask her to transfer music to my BlackBerry, or retrieve and save images that I had just captured. And because you are on your WiFi network, you won't be dipping into your wireless data plan. While the application won't ever replace your BlackBerry Desktop Manager, it does offer a quick alternative for accessing and managing files.
If you choose to use the Lite version, it should be noted that you won't be able to upload files to your BlackBerry or edit files. All other features found in the full version will be available.

Conclusion

WiFi File Transfer is nearly fool proof to use, I mean if I could use it...
What I liked about it was the fact that everything is done over a WiFi Network (hence the name); no zipping or data usage was required. The application offers benefits on both a business and personal level. From a reviewer's perspective, I can take screen shots on my BlackBerry and then easily transfer them over in no time. I'm hoping that in future builds, we will be able to view/play files while accessing the application on your BlackBerry. You can pick up both the Full and Lite Version of WiFi File Transfer from the CrackBerry App Store. The Lite Version is free and the Full Version is $9.99, with a free trial available. Hopefully this will help you keep your USB in your desk, save time and enjoy your files in a whole new way.

For more information, and to pick up the Full or Lite version of WiFi File Manager, click here.

Pros

  • data free file transfers
  • ease of use

Cons

  • transfer speeds dependent upon your WiFi Network
  • cannot view/play files on your BlackBerry from within the application

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36 comments

gonzoanthro

You go by "BoNg420" and you give instructions on growing up? Look, shouldn't you be asking your Mom if you're allowed to use the internet?

Loser.

jfsalewicz

I prefer Bluetooth with my lap top...it fast...its easy and no extra programs needed!!

Riders On The Storm

This is why WiFi is nice. I don't care if I have the most reliable 3G network, it would be nice to have a feature like this. I know Bluetooth is sweet, and perfectly fine, but options are nice.

naviwilliams

I'm downloading it now, and about to test it.

But, I can't seem to download the Lite version. From the CrackBerry shop, the download link for the Lite it greyed out. But, if I download the full version, it shows as Lite on my BlackBerry. Odd, no?

Also, maybe I missed it, but, what's the difference between the Lite & Full version?

PS: I'm testing the Lite now...

wnm

The Lite Version says uploading is disabled.

netposer#CB

10 bucks for this shit? And they offer a free version of a file transfer program that doesn't upload? Are you kidding me? What's next an audio program that offers a free version that disables sound?

I scratch my head everyday and laugh when the iPhone app store crushes the stupidity that is RIM and the BB mentality.

As BB users we are doomed. So very sad.

gonzoanthro

How about a 4.99 app for tying your freakin tie? What douche needs that app when the internet gives away that shit for free?

How about some decent apps for a decent price....

ninja please

if you don't like the price then you shouldn't have gotten a BB. apps aren't cheap and useless like iphones, maybe you should go to that.

BoNg420

Does this work on the Blackberry Storm 9530???

..

JK
JK

naviwilliams

If you want the Lite version, download the Full version, and it gives you the Lite. I believe after you pay, then the Lite is upgraded to Full. Odd, I know, but...

Anyway, moving on, I downloaded and tested it. It works. But, I doubt people will be able to get it to work at their work place. The reason I say this, is because most businesses have certain ports blocked. Albeit you can edit your port numbers in the software settings (like I did).

I edited the port numbers, but couldn't get it to work. I did however connect to a wifi in a building next to me, from my BOLD, then connected my laptop to the same wifi, and that worked flawlessly...

bassichonda96

Everyone that complains about a $10 should go download the Blackberry IDE and start programming, then you'd appreciate such a low cost. This isn't like Microsoft, sucking $200 out of you for an OS, it's an application to better your BB experience. If you don't like the price don't buy it.

I've been trying to learn Java in the past couple months, and I've built my first simple application but it took me a good 2 weeks. I now appreciate the hard work and dedication these programmers put into these programs and I would definitely pay the $10 if this is what I was really looking for.

I'm not going to buy this for one simple reason. I want to be able to map my BB as a drive, and vice versa, map my computers drives on my BB, then use SyncToy to match folders.

gonzoanthro

How does Apple offer .99 apps?

gonzoanthro

...which you won't see to Apple's degree without cheaper apps. Its a catch-22.

vx1

this should be a default part of the OS not a pay app

falcobramblewood

cool, looks like ftp for blackberries...

naviwilliams

...after installing this, it worked. But, now I can't connect to my wifi. I've removed said connection, and even tried again, still no luck.

Rather odd. It sees the wifi, but won't connect. I've uninstalled the software, and still I can't connect.

Let me try a battery pull, albeit I don't see why...

naviwilliams

Still can't re-connect to my wifi!

jvictor77

I was going to download - but now you're scaring me....I love my wi-fi!

jrv2

this doesn't seem faster to me, same # of steps, but less work to plug it in, of course I have multiple puters, and usb cables always accessible @home/work..
1 - you plug it in, up pops windows dialog, open folder, browse, drag n drop...done
2- you type in an IP (which generally has to be checked every time, dhcp and all) and browse to the folders, then initiate transfer...
don't get me wrong, I think its neat cuz I like all things tech/bb/wifi related, but this seems extraneous...and indulgent @ $10
just my .02c
cheers

crysis63

i wont be buying this, ill just wait for it on my "special" website just like every other app.

michelbites

I have two 8350i's and they both do not work with this program. It just fails to install... No matter what I do...

radenasu

works well, i dont think i will ever need to purchase the full app since i never upload anything from my phone, and renaming+deleting can be done through file manager..

good app, though!

jakeh0

10 dollars for something that should be standard

moshpitpal

where does it say i can download, i click download link , but then i am stumped.

CatAlex

Is it just me or is the download link not working??

OmariWorld

this is supposed to be a quicker and easier option but it didn't work out that way. i move tons of files to and from my blackberry. 1 @ a time is an inconvenience. $10 of my hard earned guap down the drain!!! thanks

AnimalPOP

The idea of this app sounds good, but the practicality of it is a bit rougher...thanks but no thanks

don_poky

Download failed on my BB Bold and Flip

redheadincognito

have to check out the lite version to see if it warrants the price.

Doctor A

I know-I seem cheap. However if Microsoft will let you pre-order Windows 7 Upgrade for 49.99 this is too expensive for the use I would give it. Just my 2 cents. Others may want/use it happily.

Doc

denlew

Installed software on my Blackberry Curve 8530. Started it up--the program searched endlessly for a port even though my blackberry is connected to the Internet through my router. Tried to see if there was any information--nothing about this issue. Don't have the time and energy to spend hours looking for a solution to this problem or fill out a complicated form for a $5.00 product that doesn't work out of the box. After two hours of continuous searching by the software, I finally deleted it. Ugh!