startalk (startalk 0.4)
Copyright (c) 2000-2002 Scott W. Gifford
StarTalk is a program that lets you read and write the entries in
your digital Motorola StarTac phonebook.
It was written by Scott Gifford.
Note that StarTalk is beta software, and is not covered by
anything resembling a warranty. You probably shouldn't use it on a
phone that you would be upset if all data were lost.
- Thu, Jul. 25 2002
- Uploaded 0.4. Contains updates and fixes, plus support for both reading and writing the new-style phonebooks! The test suite is also much improved, faster, and easier to use.
- Wed, Jun. 12 2002
- Uploaded 0.3. Contains updates and fixes, support for reading (but not writing) the new-style phonebooks, and a small test suite.
- Fri, Mar. 1 2002
- Added information about mailing list.
- Wed, Feb. 14 2002
- Uploaded 0.2. Contains many updates and fixes.
- Wed, May 3 2000
- Uploaded 0.1. First release.
Download the most recent tarfile (startalk-0.4.tar.gz). 109, 022 bytes.
See the file NEWS, included with this distribution.
If you have trouble with StarTalk, or have ideas about its future
development, try joining the StarTalk mailing list. Send a mail
message to email@example.com with a line in the body saying:
to join, and send mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to post your message.
Only subscribed users are allowed to post.
- A digital Motorola StarTAC phone with TrueSync support, with
the cable that lets you connect it to the serial port on your
- Some version of UNIX. I have personally used it on Linux, and
have heard succesful reports of it being used on various BSDs
and Solaris. StarTalk is designed to be a portable program, so
if it doesn't work on your platform, please let me know!
- A reasonable compiler and C library.
- I have personally tested StarTalk on:
- RedHat Linux 6.0, StarTac software 6308.
- RedHat Linux 7.2, StarTac software 7058.
- RedHat Linux 7.2, StarTac software 7654.
You can build startalk with
Once you have done that, run 'startalk' with no arguments for help.
Further documentation is included in the README.
The cable I use to connect my phone to my computer is the Data
Connectivity Kit. One end of the phone connects into the bottom of
the phone, and the other end is a 9-pin female serial connector that
plugs into the back of my computer.
The cable is sold by itself as a Motorola SYN7464 or SYN7465B Data
TrueSync Connectivity Cable, or as part of the Motorola 98193 CDMA
Data Connectivity Kit with Truesync Software. Searching for these on
the Internet, I was able to easily find several places which sell
This cable says it is compatible with the following phones:
* The P8767 apparently requires a firmware upgrade from the dealer to
work with this cable and software.
- Motorola Talkabout/ T8160/ T8167/ T8367/
- Timeport/ P8367/ P8160/ P8167/ P8767*/
- V8060/ V8062/ V8160/ V8162/
- Startac/ Star-Tac/ St7760/ ST7762/ ST7860/ ST7860W/ ST7867/ ST7867W/
I suspect that this software will work with any of these phones,
but I've only tried it on my own. If StarTalk works for you, please
check the Web page, and if your phone model is not listed there, email
me with the model number so I can add it as confirmed working.
I've gotten numerous requests for information on how to make your own
cable. I haven't been able to find any information about this; if you
have some please send it my way. From what others have told me, I
understand that the cable contains a microchip, and doesn't simply
connect pins on the phone to pins on the serial port, so it is more
difficult than it seems like it should be.
- Transfers entries from a Palm device to a StarTAC phone.
- StarTAC AT Commands
- StarTAC Software Revisions
- StarTAC Hardware
- These are for GSM phones, but they mention that the
other StarTAC phones are very similar.
- a Java version of StarTalk
- like StarTalk for Qualcomm phones
- like StarTalk for Nokia phones
- Jason White <email@example.com>
- for his help with
testing and debugging the new-style phonebooks and email addresses.
- Jeffrey C. Honig <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- for his
help and his code to support special characters in phone numbers
and to make StarTalk simpler and faster.
- Gilbert Raymond <email@example.com>
ideas and code for supporting special characters in phone numbers,
and feedback on the documentation.
- David Kirk <firstname.lastname@example.org>
a Verizon 7867W phone, which will let me continue support for
the newer-firmware phones. Thanks David!
If you'd like to use StarTalk in your company, get support for
StarTalk, or sponsor a new feature, please consider hiring me as a
consultant. For more information, see:
StarTalk is copyrighted by Scott Gifford and is licensed through
the GNU General Public License. Read the COPYING
file for the complete license.