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Capabilities (Symbian Signed)/LocalServices Capability

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Created: hamishwillee (16 Dec 2010)
Last edited: hamishwillee (20 Jul 2012)

The LocalServices capability grants access to local services in the close vicinity of the phone - for example bluetooth, USB, or infrared connections. In most cases, such services will not incur any cost to the phone user.

The primary application for this capability is using the Bluetooth functionality of the phone and this capability is required to connect to or query information about another Bluetooth device.

Why?: Malware applications with access to the APIs protected by this capability could potentially use them as a transport to infect other devices.

What?: The communications server checks this when you try to create a socket (RSocket, CBluetoothSocket) or virtual serial port (RComm) which uses bluetooth or other short range transport.

Where?: Applications that want to use Bluetooth or another short-range protocol as a transport, e.g. sharing applications and games.

(N.B. If you are aware of any exceptions to the above statement, please feel free to edit this page)


  • NetworkServices is required to use TCP/IP over bluetooth PAN profile.
  • NetworkServices is required to access to network or make calls.
  • This capability can be used with self-signed applications.

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