Resolved.............at least this part
I've downloaded blueman, a bluetooth manager. After a number of trials and errors it all of the sudden showed up in the managers window and paired successfully. It was very difficult to get a stable connection and only managed to upload one picture. At some point the ystem frooze completely and after restarting it wnet into 'recovery mode' telling me that the filesystem was corrupt or something. I had to run 'fsck' I think, on a number of filesystem, with numerous repairs being made, mainly due to a drive,sda5 I think (which might have been the mobile), 'had not been cleanly unmounted'. A number of other files/links were 'attached' to that. They were all fixed and after some anxious moments the system restarted it took something like 10 secs or more before start-up loaded.
After that it was all good. I could easily and quickly access the phone filesystem. Noted that you need to use the memory card to load pictures on, not your phone. Blueman cannot access pictures stored in the phone , but manages the pictures on the memory card easily. You can also delete them from your phone through your PC. Was quite impressed with that.
I do remember that I downloaded a number of Bluetooth software packages through 'install'. Not sure which ones are being used by the system, but it works.
One shows up on the top toolbar as Bluetooth applet 1.8, the other one is Blueman Applet 1.02. Hope this will benefit someone. I'm now trying to get music to play on my headset through the Dongle.........any suggestions?