Exactly how did you do that?
Woof! Good question! I have not done this in a long time, probably since my last post in this thread. I had to experiment quite a bit this afternoon, and painfully so, before I could provide details.
Short answer is on Slackware 14.0/14.1 I can pull files from the phone to the computer using obexfs, or blueman-applet and a web browser or file manager. I cannot push files from the phone to the computer, but I can send files from the computer to the phone. In LMDE Mate I cannot push files from the phone. In SolydX Xfce I can push files from the phone and browse files from the computer, but I cannot send files to the phone. Short conclusion is I am unable to get everything to "just work" in any environment. In all, horribly frustrating.
Now for the long grueling story.
I am not a cell phone wizard by any stretch of anybody's imagination. Possibly there are several ways to read basic flip phones and manually transfer files. Please realize I am describing only the phones I own and not all cell phones.
After my last post in this thread I learned that being Bluetooth capable does not mean a phone supports direct file transfers. I have two Tracfone flip phones, one for GSM and one for CDMA. The GSM phone is an LG440G and the CDMA is an LG235C. Both phones support Bluetooth. That is, I can pair both phones to my Panasonic phone system in my home, to each other, or to my computer.
Pairing devices does not guarantee doing anything useful. While the LG440G supports direct file transfers with another similarly enabled Bluetooth device, the LG235C does not. Both phones support sending files through email, but that has nothing to do with Bluetooth. Using Bluetooth I can sync address books between the two phones and my Panasonic phone system.
For both phones the differences are seen in the Bluetooth submenus, specifically the "My Bluetooth Info" submenu. For the LG440G, there is a "Supported Services" submenu that looks like this:
Advanced audio distribution
AV remote control
The LG235C has no further submenus and the informational display looks like this:
The LG235C does not support file transfers and other features.
There are two ways to get a file from the LG440G to a paired Bluetooth device supporting file transfers. Basically, either push or pull from the phone.
First thing to do is pair the devices.
Pairing the two phones is more or less straightforward with some caveats. One prerequisite is providing device names to each device. One warning is devices have limited visibility. This is the period in which other devices can discover the phones. The LG440G will remain visible for up to three minutes and the LG235C for only one minute. This is frustrating when trying to learn because the visibility is a manual option. When the visibility period ends the user has to again manually enable visibility. A security feature but mildly frustrating.
In my case I named both phones before enabling visibility. Then each phone found the other and I could accept the pairing. If unfamiliar with pairing, both devices prompt the user with confirmation requests and the same random pass code. The two random pass codes should match and then the user accepts the pairing.
What I am able to do between the two phones is limited. Mostly send vCards and sync address books.
I get mildly confused using the two phones because the common features are in different menus. Icons are not the same between the two phones. The menu options buttons often are reversed --- on the left side for one phone and on the right side for the other. Confusing. I do not understand why the LG folks cannot be consistent and do not make equivalent GSM and CDMA model phones with the same exact features. Probably because marketing idiots control product releases rather than engineers.
The next post is about connecting either phone to my computer.