Life with the Sony Ericsson P910i - Chris Ullrich dot net

Life with the Sony Ericsson P910i


The saga continues. To reiterate, the P910i is a great device. It does it all: phone, decent camera (still only VGA but a vast improvement over my previous T610), video, web browser, works with ichat, AIM, Yahoo, MSN, email, calendar, contacts, reads word, pdf and excel files and a crap load more things. It has completely replaced my Palm and cell phone. For my purposes, it works as advertised and does the job with style. I purchased it unlocked from Avi at World Wireless in Beverly Hills. I use it with T-Mobile and have had no issues.

I have had more time to work with the phone and wanted to elaborate on my previous post. So, here goes. f I have any complaints its because i’m a Mac person. If I used Windows, I would have nothing to complain about (except Windows). The phone includes software for Windows which works perfectly to sync the phone with Outlook, install apps, etc. using the included usb cradle or bluetooth. If I didn’t have a Windows machine around, I would not be able to install any software as far as I can tell. Nor would I be able to update any of its software or the phone’s firmware using the Sony Ericsson update service. That’s a bummer but I can get around it.

As for iSync and bluetooth, it has been an interesting few days getting that to work. I was able to pair the phone just fine with my G5 and Belkin bluetooth adaptor. When it came to the services page, the only two things available were to use the phone with address book (good) and as a modem. Sadly, the option for sync was not available.

Undaunted, I launched iSync and looked for new devices. To my happiness, the P910i showed up and I was able to add it as a new device and then proceeded to sync it for the first time. It all worked perfectly. Contacts and calendars were carried over and the sync had no errors. I though that was it. Unfortunately, it wasn’t.

Subsequent attempts proved unsuccessful unless I first paired the phone and the computer again to establish the relationship prior to using iSync. If I did that, it worked. If not, iSync gave an error that it could not communicate with the device. I even went to far as to try it with Tiger but met with similar results. I hope nobody at Apple is reading this as I might have just violated my NDA but if you are, how about an iSync update please? This should be an easy fix.

Even that workaround didn’t last though. It stopped working at all after a few more attempts so I looked around for another solution. No third-party software is available as of yet (at least that I know of) which will allow me to sync with iCal and Address Book. After much research, I found a couple of sites devoted to making the P900 work with iSync. Those hints and tips seem to have done the trick. Even though they apply to the P900 and in iSync it now says P900, it works fine. The work-around involves editing of a couple of plist files so it isn’t for the novice but after I did it, syncing worked again and has worked on subsequent attempts over the last week.

As for other practical considerations like reception quality or battery life I can say that I have never used a better phone here in LA. Calls go through and don’t get dropped. Some of the credit probably goes to T-Mobile but the phone performs well. I get reception where others, even fellow T-Mobile users, do not. So it has to be the hardware that is superior as well as the network. It is somewhat of a battery hog although I have never run out of power yet. I do plug it in to charge every night and also have a charger in the car, just in case.

So really, my only major problem with the device is how it works with iSync which isn’t the devices fault. Other than that problem, which now seems to be solved (at least for the moment) I love it. I do wish there was more software for it too, like for Palm, but I think that’s coming sooner rather than later as more devices start to use the Symbian OS.

As I continue to put it through its paces, I will post some more updates.

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  • Kishan Jariwala
    March 14, 2007 at 8:08 am

    would someone please help me set up my phone to work with MSN Messenger as well as the Internet connection?

    Also, does anyone have a problem with there signal?

  • A.U. Daniels
    March 12, 2006 at 11:43 pm

    isync and P910i –
    Would someone please help me? I have looked through the above postings, and it is not clear to me where I should go to find out how to modify certain files on my iMac so that iSync will work.

    Many thanks,
    A.U. Dan Daniels
    Basel, Switzerland

  • m anderson
    September 10, 2005 at 5:30 pm

    I have a new 910i and am having troubles syncing with an imac running on tiger. I can get bluetooth to communicate and all of the icons show up in both bluetooth and isync but not all of the data transfers and is much much slower than the p800. I do not know if I can edit files. I also notice that everytime I set up the bluetooth connection it asks me to download the apple isync file into the phone.


  • chris
    February 8, 2005 at 6:03 pm

    haven’t found good sms management software for the mac yet. and yes, isync only supports one symbian phone at a time. it only supports one palm device at a time as well. at least in my tests.

    missing sync or pocketmac might have a work around for this limitation but i’m not using them so i can’t say for sure.

    + chris

  • CM Mak
    January 28, 2005 at 12:26 am

    Any one found any software to manage SMS on the MAC with P910i? Or is it true that SE has disable this feature? I am using Blue Phone Elite with my other phones (Z600 & E398) but it doesn’t support SMS.

    Another interesting thing, iSync doesn’t support 2 Symbian phones at the same time…. When I added P910, it ask me to delete P800…. 🙁

    Any way around this? Thks

  • Digsa
    January 18, 2005 at 10:34 am


    Same problems so far with iSync. However, I was at least able to use Bluetooth file transfer to move my address book over as Vcards from the mac, which was simple enough.

  • Dan Brady
    January 12, 2005 at 3:19 am

    Thanks Chris, I will try a complete reinstall soon .. when I have a day to spare, but I’m sure it will be worth it. I am determined to figure this out!
    Thanks again.

  • CM Mak
    January 10, 2005 at 5:59 pm

    Syncing with the P910i was a nightmare until I found this site. Great tool and so far things are back to normal. I did not include the other files and hope that nothing will go wrong…… thks…..

  • chris
    January 9, 2005 at 6:27 pm

    i did not alter the other two files. also, i am able to sync with my powerbook on the first try after a complete re-install of Panther (for other reasons). so, it may have something to do with your setup.

    i also wrote more about my experiences on the 4th of January.


    + chris

  • Dan Brady
    January 7, 2005 at 9:52 am

    Hi Chris,
    I’ve had similar problems and until now the only people who seemed to have synced were owners of P900 phones, not P910i. I’ve tried your method above but it didn’t work for me. One question – did you change the other 2 files mentioned in the instructions before copying them into the ‘501’ folder? In other words, are those files specific to the P900 or do they work fine with the P910i too?

    Many thanks in advance for your help – I too have spent over 20 hours trying to figure this out but I’m not there yet!


  • Etien
    January 4, 2005 at 2:12 am

    Happy New Year from Saigon,

    Thanks a lot for your help. Everything works perfectly now. Finally 😉

    You are the man.


  • Burton Paul
    January 3, 2005 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I am getting a P910i from Europe. I live here in LA (most of the year) and am on T-Mobile. How did you set up your internet (WEB BROWSER) with T-Mobile? Also, WAP, and MMS? Are you able to send an MMS (with pic) to Europe?
    Also, if you are looking for apps for the P910i, try, or even google “symbian apps”. I heard that you can download the apps, and then bluetooth the apps to the P910i! A Mac user in Switzerland did this!

  • chris
    December 30, 2004 at 12:39 pm

    yes, i love the phone as well. the site i found is:

    it seemes to do the trick for me, at least for the moment.

    + chris

  • Richo
    December 28, 2004 at 4:30 pm

    Hi, where did you get the work round info for the 910i? I have the same challenges as your goodself and it is driving me crazy! Superb phone, BUT!!!!


    Great blog btw.