My 'Mystery File Sharing' IncidentMikey 9 comments
Here's something you will find interesting. Riding the train home from work this afternoon my phone started yelping at me with a tone I wasn't very familiar with. Pulling the N95 from my pocket and I saw something I didn't expect.
I was being prompted to accept a file over Bluetooth, "Receive message via Bluetooth from Jen?" it said. I looked around to see if I wasn't the only one staring at my phone with a cautious look. Apparently I was.
What the heck. It's only my mobile phone, and I have all the data backed up anyway. What's the worst that could happen? I pulled the file down which took about 30 seconds, and then I realised I had been sent an MP3 by an artist called Katey Perry whom I can only assume by it's cliché vocal styles and banal rhythm is someone on the current Top 40 (is it still called Top 40?).
Anyway, crappy commercial music aside, I wasn't sure if I was sent it in error or if this is something the kids do these days as another form of sharing music. I was tempted to send some QOTSA back but somehow I think my taste in music greatly differs from Jens'.
This could also have just been a complete accident by Jen, perhaps thinking she was sending it to her boyfriend sitting next to her whose phone is also labeled as 'Nokia N95' when doing a Bluetooth scan for nearby phones.
Bluetooth's range can extend beyond 30 metres so Jen could have been in the other train carriage, which I suspect might be the case because I couldn't see anyone obvious fiddling with their phone near me.
If anyone else has been offered a file by a stranger via Bluetooth on your phone I would be interested to hear about it.