Do you leave your cell phone's bluetooth on?

@alkurishy (2069)
Iraq
July 15, 2008 8:40pm CST
I just turn my bluetooth when I need to send or receive something, because I think it is not good to leave it on in public places so someone will send me something and maybe a virus. Do you leave your bluetooth on all the time? and what problems you get if you do so?
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24 responses
• Indonesia
16 Jul 08
I usually turn my bluetooth on when its needed! cz bluetooth consumes more energy so when you turn your BT on, all day! then your battery will decrease its power faster. . .! beside that its too risky to get infected by virus esp. in symbian!
@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
17 Jul 08
That is right about the energy consuming, I agree with you. Thanks and have a nice day.
@Vladilyich1 (1453)
• Canada
16 Jul 08
It should always be off, unless you are using it. Actually, you're phone should be off, unless you are making a call. Cellphones today allow authorities to track you wherever you are, even when you're not using them, if they are turned on.
@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
17 Jul 08
It is the best way for using bluetooth in the cell phone. Thanks for the post and have a nice day.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
18 Jul 08
Hmmm. I will refrain from rating this response because I'm not sure where you got your information. Cell phones are not gps implanted, while somebody could conceivably find you by triangulating a signal between cell towers, it's not like the fbi can go turn on a program and see a dot on a map where your cell phone is. Also, what is the point of having a cell with you if you're going to leave it off? Oh, that's right, people who only carry one in order to contact others, forget about being available for your friends or family. I leave both of mine on all the time, phone and bluetooth. I dare anybody to try and go about tracking me down simply because I use something I enjoy and pay for.
• Canada
19 Jul 08
They don't have to be GPS enabled. Because a cellphone transmits it MID (Mobile ID oir telephone #) and ESN (Electronic Serial Number) every 15 seconds. This can be triangulated using three cell sites to give your location within 50 yards. I used to work for one of the larges cellphone companies in the world and one of the first programs I wrote for them was a truck tracking program which they sold to a large trucking firm. It totally relied on triangulation. The Georgia State police are currently using such a system for surveillance on Interstate 75 outside of Atlanta.
@mommyboo (13198)
• United States
18 Jul 08
A virus? I'm not understanding that at all. I have never even heard of that being a problem nor have I experienced anything of that nature. I leave mine on all the time unless I have to charge it. I use mine for conversations, I don't transmit data over it if that's what you're referring to.
@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
19 Jul 08
Did you read the responses above and see what people get when accept a data from people not know?, if you dont you should read it and know that, yes there are some viruses that hit the mobiles and for this reason they put the antivirus for this cellphones. Thanks for your response and have a nice day.
@gloreymay (882)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
6 years ago... i got new cellphone then I forgot to turn off my bluetooth and after a while I receive a virus. Oh bad! I have to fix my cellphone and spend much for that. Now I learn my lesson to always make it off all the time except when you will receive or transfer files.
@rosedust82 (2075)
• Philippines
17 Jul 08
I don't leave my blue tooth on because it is possible to get a phone virus. I have a friend who didn't realize that she was getting an infected file, she accepted it and at first, she did not see anything wrong with her phone. After a while, when she was sending info through the device, it kept disconnecting then suddenly there was a prompt coming from an unknown device asking for permission to accept info from a phone... What's ironic is that the phone was on "hidden mode", meaning other phones shouldn't be able to see the phone even if the bluetooth is turned on. Needless to say, she had to have her phone fixed because it corrupted her phone's system.
@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
17 Jul 08
Hi reso, thank you so much for this good real life example about the problems of accepting requests from unknown people. Have a nice day, my dear.
@ShepherdSpy (8562)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
16 Jul 08
Is it possible to "Push" a file or something nasty on to another phone via Bluetooth transfer without the owner even knowing about it happening? my phone will always ask Me do I want to receive a file from whichever person before it'll allow this to happen..Though I generally keep my bluetooth disabled unless a Friend wants to send me something..
@alkurishy (2069)
• Iraq
16 Jul 08
I think it is not possible without the permission of the receiver person. thank you for your response and have a good day.
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
16 Aug 08
I have never had a bluetooth on any of my cell phones but I have heard that it is very useful when using a cell phone to send or receive things,and I do not know if it is good to leave a bluetooth on all the time or not,but I think it would be nice to own a bluetooth one day my friend,do you have any advice or how to get a bluetooth or where to get a bluetooth?
@mayka123 (10598)
• India
24 Jul 08
I always make it a point to keep the bluetooth off. Dont want a virus infection.
@marababe (2513)
• Philippines
24 Jul 08
When I was in high school, I used to leave my cellphone's bluetooth on all the time until there was a news spreading around that a certain virus are being sent through bluetooth and you wouldn't be able to know that the file being sent to you is a virus until you open it already. So after that, I only turn my bluetooth on when I'm expecting a file from my friends or when I'm sending a file myself.
@vanities (11376)
• Davao, Philippines
23 Jul 08
nope i dont turned it on..its best that way i guess to avoid any virus..thats what others been saying..so i need to be careful though..i like to confirmed on this virus thing is it really true..anyone can send you a virus thru bluetooth?
@mandykaren (2040)
23 Jul 08
yea i suppose i do leave it on... think it maybe drain the battery quicker haha as for anything being sent, well i wouldnt acccept it. i had that when i was on holiday in turkey, someone was persistant to send a file an d didnt know whom it was, just got this file name coming up, ofcourse i rejected, as like you said, could be virus.. Normally dont ever have that here, infact it gets forgotten its even enabled
@joliefille (3696)
• Philippines
23 Jul 08
No, I don't leave my bluetooth on. I did leave it on because I forgot to turn it off. Gladly nothing happened to my cellphone. No one tried to connect to me, or stuff like that.
@sdas86 (6076)
• Malaysia
22 Jul 08
Hi, I never leave the bluetooth of my cellphone on all the time because it is battery consuming. I only switch on the bluetooth when I need to send or receive files.
• United States
18 Jul 08
I normally only turn my bluetooth on if I am going out and don't feel like holding my phone to my head. But as long as I am at my house I will just leave it off to save the battery.
• Singapore
18 Jul 08
i use bluetooth only when i have someone next to me sending a file, otherwise there is no necessity to keep it on. first of all its drains the charge and then secondly nowadays in the world sending virus is so wasy and fun for everyone, so it is better not to keep it on at all. just only when u need it u shud use it
@applefreak (3131)
• Singapore
17 Jul 08
yes same like you, i only turn it on when i want to use it. i've heard many horror stories about how viruses was sent via bluetooth. it also uses a lot of battery power to keep it on. another thing about keep it off is the thought of someone else knowing that i'm around. well they may not know it's me but it's still pretty scary. who knows what kind of message others might send?
@youless (91494)
• Guangzhou, China
17 Jul 08
I don't often turn on my bluetooth of my cellphone because it's not a common usage. Besides, if you turn it on all the time, the battery will run out faster. I love China
16 Jul 08
Hi alkurishy, I' m lucky I don't have that problem, I don't own a blutooth he he. and I won't buy one, don't nned it. Tamara
@nasohail3 (356)
• India
16 Jul 08
for me urs way i correct we should not open and live like that only for ours blue tooth or infrared bcoz we go to the public place and ours phone blue tooth is on the might be some virus will effected and ur phone will not worked so when u need then only open ur blue tooth and after that close it so you can avoid for any difficulty
• Indonesia
16 Jul 08
I usually turn my bluetooth on when its needed! cz bluetooth consumes more energy so when you turn your BT on, all day! then your battery will decrease its power faster. . .! beside that its too risky to get infected by virus esp. in symbian!