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How do I transfer photos from Samsung SGH-T139 phone to Win 7 PC?


Hello.

I have a Samsung SGH-T139 cell phone, and this phone has photos in it. I'm interested in copying these photos from my phone to my Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit) PC.

My phone plan is the T-Mobile "Pay As You Go" plan, which does not include data. Thus, I am not able to send these photos to my email address as picture messages.

I purchased the Samsung SGH-T139 Data Transfer Sync Cable (https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=0ZA-002Z-06B92), and I installed the Samsung PC Studio 3.2.3 software (http://samsung-pc-studio.en.lo4d.com/) onto my PC. I read somewhere that, if I installed the software onto my PC and connected the phone to the PC via the cable, then I would be able to transfer the photos from the phone to the PC. Unfortunately, the software is not able to connect to the phone.

So, how do I get the software to recognize the phone? Is there any way to transfer the photos from the phone to the PC, except sending picture messages?

Thank you.

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Best answer by magenta3037466 12 November 2017, 04:31

Well, I put the Nokia SIM card into the SGH-T139 phone, and I was able to successfully send all photos from the SGH-T139 phone to my email address.

Most photos arrived in the email inbox *immediately* after being sent from the phone, but some photos arrived in the email inbox *hours* after being sent from the phone.

For some photos, I had to press "send" a *few* times before the photo even *left* the phone.

No contacts were lost on the Nokia or on the SGH-T139. However, the text messages in the SGH-T139's "sent messages" folder were lost, for some reason. But those text messages were not very important.

Anyway, mission accomplished, and I would like to thank all of you for your advice and support.

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According to some info I dug up you can only transfer the photos via email or text.https://itstillworks.com/photo-t139-samsung-phone-8359278.html

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Hey, @magenta3037466​! I'm sorry to say I haven't been able to find any official steps for doing this using a cable, and my general experience matches up with what @snn555​ found when digging online. 😥 Were you able to find any steps for this elsewhere, or get any advice from Samsung?

- Marissa

Happy Thursday, @magenta3037466!

I just wanted to swing by to see if you've had a chance to look at the link that @snn555 provided? If not, please do so and let us know if you have any additional questions.

Hi, Amanda.

I did see snn555's link. That link talks about sending photos as picture messages.

Years ago, I tried sending a photo as a picture message, from my SGH-T139 (which has the T-Mobile Legacy "Pay As You Go" Plan) to an AOL email address. The phone sent the photo. The photo appeared in the phone's "SentBox" as "Sent". However, the photo never arrived at the destination email. I was told that the photo never arrived because my Legacy "Pay As You Go" Plan did not include data.

A few days ago, I did some google searching, and I found the following online discussion from 2012:

http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1775096-Helpful-tip-on-picture-sending-with-tmobile-basic-prepaid-phone-amp-pay-as-you-go-plan

This discussion pertains to sending photos as picture messages under T-Mobile's Legacy "Pay As You Go" Plan.

In post #6 of the discussion, the poster called "whacker" says the following:

"Sending SMS or MMS to e-mail is definitely not a standard feature in the T-Mobile prepaid realm (at least PAYGO level service). Sending to a phone number is (MMS messages cost $0.25 each way)"

In post #11, the poster called "mrcamp" concurs with "whacker", saying the following:

"I have had tmobile payg without a data plan for about 8 years or so, and have always been able to send and receive MMS to other numbers."

In light of the above discussion, I tried to send a photo as a picture message from my SGH-T139 (which has the Legacy T-Mobile "Pay As You Go" Plan) to a Nokia 6133 (which has a T-Mobile monthly postpaid plan).

Unfortunately, when I tried to send the photo, the SGH-T139 was not able to complete the sending process. The sending process was just "hanging", with no completion. I had to "cancel sending".

Now, the SGH-T139 has been able to *receive* text-only picture messages from other phones. These messages are labeled "Picture Message", but they are text only. Also, the SGH-T139 recently received, from another phone, some kind of non-text file as a picture message, but the file appeared inside the SGH-T139 in a degraded manner.

So, what's going on here? If the SGH-T139 can receive picture messages, why can't the SGH-T139 send a photo as a picture message to another phone number or to an email address?

Any help is appreciated.

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I might be wrong but pic-texts that used the voice stream instead of data (which wasn't a thing back then) no longer do so, perhaps given MMS (multimedia messaging service) is now a "thing' and uses data to send and receive messages like pics.  IOW, might be that the old tech is just not compatible anymore.

@magenta3037466​, thanks for the extra info. Your plan does seem to be the issue here as @snn555 mentioned. It sounds like you have some precious memories stored on your phone. You can always look into putting a postpaid SIM (I'm not sure if the Nokia account that your referenced earlier will work) into your Samsung device to see if your messages will send then.

I recently went to a T-Mobile store, and I was told by store employees that I could upgrade to an Alcatel Go Flip feature phone. The employees told me that I could keep the same Pay As You Go Plan, and that the photos on my SGH-T139 could be transferred to the Alcatel Go Flip phone.

I asked the employees how the photos could be transferred. The employees said that Bluetooth could be used. However, the SGH-T139 has only 2 Bluetooth profiles: Headset and Hands-free. I don't think those profiles will support the transfer of photos.

I asked about the Samsung SGH-T139 Data Transfer Sync Cable and the Samsung PC Studio 3.2.3 software, and the employees said that the cable and the software would work also. Well, the software could not connect to the SGH-T139 phone via the cable.

Right now, I'm not sure whether it's even possible to transfer photos from the SGH-T139 to the Alcatel Go Flip phone.

As for putting a postpaid SIM into the SGH-T139, I've thought about that. The Nokia phone belongs to a family member and contains many contacts. My concern is that taking out the Nokia SIM card, putting the SIM card into the SGH-T139, sending the photos, and then putting the Nokia SIM card back into the Nokia, will erase all the contacts from the Nokia. My family member would not be pleased. 😥

Of course, I could go back to the T-Mobile store, and perhaps the store has some postpaid SIM that some employee will be nice enough to let me borrow. 😊

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That's a completely understandable concern. No one wants to have their contacts to just vanish. Fortunately, the phones and SIMs aren't designed to delete that contact info if you decide to switch things around. As long as you don't manually delete them, you should be fine. Considering all you've done already, I'm starting to think sending the photos to another phone and having them sent to the Alcatel phone might be our only option at this point.

If I wanted to put a postpaid SIM into my SGH-T139, would I need to unlock the SGH-T139 first?

No, unlocking is only needed when using the phone on another carrier, but I agree it would save you a lot of time by switching the sim to one that has a data plan and send the photos via mms to either an email or another phone. If you have a friend with TMO and they have a fill size sim you can quickly swap it should take less than 30 min or so depending on how many pictures you need to send. I had the SGH-T109 forever because I needed a non camera phone to use at work, so I swapped all the time between my Blackberry and my Samsung.

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Hey, @magenta3037466​! Just wanted to check on you and see how you were coming along with this -- it sounds like you've decided to move forward with swapping a SIM with a data plan into the phone so that you can send the photos out. Have you been able to give that a shot yet? Keep us posted, hope everything is going well!

- Marissa

I went to a T-Mobile store. A store employee connected my phone and a USB flash drive to some device called a Cellebrite. The employee then tried to transfer my photos from the phone to the flash drive via the Cellebrite. Unfortunately, the Cellebrite could not access the phone.

I asked the store employee whether I could borrow a SIM card from any of the phones on display at the store, and put that SIM card into my phone. Unfortunately, the SIM cards in those display phones were too small for my phone.

So, I'm probably going to take the Nokia SIM card that I mentioned in some previous posts above, and put that SIM card into my phone.

That sounds like a plan, @magenta3037466! Please keep us posted if that works for you. 😊

Well, I put the Nokia SIM card into the SGH-T139 phone, and I was able to successfully send all photos from the SGH-T139 phone to my email address.

Most photos arrived in the email inbox *immediately* after being sent from the phone, but some photos arrived in the email inbox *hours* after being sent from the phone.

For some photos, I had to press "send" a *few* times before the photo even *left* the phone.

No contacts were lost on the Nokia or on the SGH-T139. However, the text messages in the SGH-T139's "sent messages" folder were lost, for some reason. But those text messages were not very important.

Anyway, mission accomplished, and I would like to thank all of you for your advice and support.

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That's an awesome update to read! I'm so glad that you were able to get the photos moved safely, they would have been a huge bummer to lose. 😊 Thanks for coming back to let us know, that should be a huge help in case any other users bump into the same trouble.

Many people have the same trouble. Everyone would take plenty of photos or videos with their phones, and these would eat a lot of storage. So we have to backup these photos to a could storage, a hard drive or a computer. Here is a video about transfer photos from Samsung Galaxy phones to a computer, you should have a try.  youtu.be/9FJzWr4sU9U

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