Is it possible to identify a phone manufacturer/model using bluetooth discovery?

Posted on 2006-04-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
I would like to know if it's possible to know the manufacturer/model of a phone via bluetooth, using bluetooth service discovery or some other method.

Calling service discovery I can just find if the mobile phone support OBEX or other functions: I can guess to have found a nokia phone if there is a service called "Nokia data suite", or that the mobile phone is a symbian one just because there is a Symbian service exposed.

Somewhere I've read about some phone specific files I can request using obex file exchange than contains these infos. Is this true? Where can I find info about it?

I need to know more info I can so I can send to found devices specific content (java games, images, wap over bluetooth, etc.)

Many thanks for any help.


Question by:fabiobond
    LVL 6

    Accepted Solution

    First, you can know the manufacture from the Bluetooth device address (MAC) .. by comparing the first three bytes with these:
    download the text file for ALL manufacturer..  Since the first three bytes are given by IEEE.

    There is NO STANDARD way to detect the model of the device.. however, since e.g. Nokia has more than one given number(three bytes), some people try to define each model according to release date of the manufacture , e.g:

    Nokia 7610 - 00:11:9F:xx:xx:xx
    Nokia 7610 - 00:13:70:xx:xx:xx
    Nokia 7650 - 00:02:EE:xx:xx:xx
    Nokia 7650 - 00:60:57:xx:xx:xx
    Nokia 8910i - 00:0E:6D:xx:xx:xx
    Nokia 8910i - 00:02:EE:xx:xx:xx

    .. see this forum-topic (I dno't understand russian, but i found it! ) :

    About obex, when you pull the 'default object', some devices provdie xml file with information about the device.. USUALLY contain the model!


    Author Comment

    It's exactly what I was searching for. Many thanks

    Featured Post

    Network it in WD Red

    There's an industry-leading WD Red drive for every compatible NAS system to help fulfill your data storage needs. With drives up to 8TB, WD Red offers a wide array of solutions for customers looking to build the biggest, best-performing NAS storage solution.  

    Join & Write a Comment

    With the purchase of CloudCommand by Comcast customers are left in a bind as subscriptions expire and render the AP's disabled. The following will explain how to flash your Ubiquiti AP's with CloudCommand firmware back to Ubiquiti firmware. HOWTO…
    In this article we have discussed about the OS X EI Capitan and how to fix Wi-Fi issue in OS X El Capitan. We have explained how to delete system level preferences and create a new Wi-Fi location to resolve Wi-Fi issue.
    This Micro Tutorial will show you how to maximize your wireless card to its maximum capability. This will be demonstrated using Intel(R) Centrino(R) Wireless-N 2230 wireless card on Windows 8 operating system.
    Viewers will learn how to connect to a wireless network using the network security key. They will also learn how to access the IP address and DNS server for connections that must be done manually. After setting up a router, find the network security…

    732 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    23 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now