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  1. 82 points
    Sprint Moto X & any Moto G Flashed to Reliance CDMA FINAL Photo Tutorial Updated:- 08/04/2014 New Method Works 100% Follow easy to use , Modified Photo Tutorial http://www.slideshare.net/hambarde/moto-g-ver3final _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Tested on Verizon and confirmed to be working on Boost model. 1) First we need working wifi connection on phone 2) Then an APK from this link >> http://www.mediafire.com/download/i038c12rrdcbtlj/SPCUtility.apk 3) Allow this MSL app to use WiFi, 4) It gives you SPC, [Works on Verizon and Boost both] [Also works with sprint Moto X] 5) for boost Moto G and Sprint Moto X ##diag# works, but dose not work for Verizon. 6) For verizon Diag , Turn off mobile, remove usb cable, and Press both vol key + power button. 7) As soon as you leave these keys , one menu will pop-up. 8) use vol down keys to select BP Tools then connect use cable. 9) then press vol up . Phone will boot normally with DIAG turn ON. 10) for Boost ##diag# require SPC, which you will get it by SPC apk. 11) now PC will search for drivers (even latest moto driver pack dont have drivers for this) 12) attaching drivers for moto g DIAG. (install it manually) 64Bit Drivers | 32Bit Drivers 13) Use DFS, send SPC. and Put phone in Offline-A mode 14) then you need to change phone and min number to any 1234567890 to change PRL 15) till that time PRL wont change, 16) From DFS you can write AKey. 17) But for data need to use DUMP file, 18) you can use CW nv item write and write DATA DUMP, use free NV Item writer from CW http://www.cdma-ware.com/workshop/nv-items/NV-items_reader_writer.rar (get CW3.6 Dump after registration) here also need to put phone in Offline-A mode before writing DUMP to phone 19) after writing all above, go to DFS and change Min and MDN to ZERO so you will be ready for activation (*228). 20) As you always do - Hit Like UPDATE :- If phone is on 4.3, then you should first update to 4.4.2 then do above steps, other wise you need to redo data settings and might have to flash PRL again. Here are official drivers from Motorola http://www.mymotocast.com/download/MDM?platform=windows I have not tested it but hope this works. These official driver dont work, use above 32bit or 64bit drivers Update : 19/03/2014 1)32bit Drivers mention in point no -12 are tested on WinXP 32bit and on Win7 32bit 2) 64bit Drivers are tested on Win7 & 8 64bit. 3) After factory reset, Min and akey stays as it is, But need to re-configure DATA and PRL. 4) One Click update to 4.4. for boost works perfectly from fastboot mode. Link [and it takes only 10min to update from 4.3 to 4.4.2] 5) Need to reconfigure PRL and DATA after one Click update [same as updating on Wifi] Update 25/03/2014 Photo tutorial [Drivers and Sending SPC] LINK removed, use link on top Update 08-04-2014 (use link on top) Photo tutorial [ Till voice and sms configuration] Data config will be updated sooooon...... LINK removed, use link on top Update :- 14apr14 Getting many msg about not finding software for using tutorial so here are all the software required Dfs demo http://cdmatool.com/downloadFiles/application/Setup%20DFS%2014.03.26.0.zip Nv writer 3.6 http://www.cdma-ware.com/workshop/nv-items/NV-items_reader_writer.rar Spc apk http://www.mediafire.com/download/i038c12rrdcbtlj/SPCUtility.apk 32bit drivers moto g & x https://www.mediafire.com/?ic25458youq1xd9 64 bit drivers https://www.dropbox.com/s/ucr03xx6esqtcdc/DroidX_Diag_x64.rar Moto G MTP Drivers For Win XP SP3 [Modded by Me] https://www.dropbox.com/s/37hpk21lc26h78i/wpdmtp.inf Sent by Moto G on Reliance CDMA DroidX_Diag_x64.rar
  2. 51 points
    You reading this post because you have an imported/foreign CDMA handset with you and its ESN/MEID is registered in Reliance database. If ESN/MEID is not registered then you can check this topic. Now you want this handset to be working on India's Largest and RIMweb's beloved CDMA network! Though this area is little tricky for n00b's, past knowledge of CDMA development plays a key role. But if you don't have anyone this post will help you (hopefully); fingers crossed! PLEASE NOTE THIS PROCESS CAN GET YOU VERY EXPENSIVE AND ULTRA MODERN PAPERWEIGHT. SO YOU SHOULD KNOW WHAT YOU DOING. IF YOU DON'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN THEN GET IT DONE WITH THE HELP SOMEONE AS MENTIONED IN THE FAQ TOPIC. Prerequisites 1) CDMA 800 Mhz handset (Which ofcourse you have) with its data cable. 2) CDMA workshop v 2.7 (though there are more softwares to do it, this is used commonly) - Use Google to find 2a) There is a possibility that your handset isn't supported by CDMA Workshop v 2.7. In that case you need QPST - Use Google to find 3) Knowledge of how to put your particular handset in DIAGNOSTIC mode along with its driver. You can Google that out. 3a) Though I have personally done 100's of different handset models, keeping track of each handset model is difficult. So I am mentioning the most common DIAG mode enabler below: HTC Handsets: ##3424# or ##3424+Call button. Palm/HP: ##8727277# Samsung: ##8778# and select modem. BlackBerry DIAG behaves on virtual port created by installing BlackBerry DM. This list will be huge if i keep writing. So I'll suggest if your handset isn't mentioned in this list then please ask on this topic and I will try to reply with your enabling DIAG solution. 4) Diagnostic Driver for your device. (There are so many handsets and usually there are different drivers for each devices, so this is something you have to request here, commonly used DIAG Drivers - Google for it) 5) Windows PC with XP or Win 7 32 bit. (Its very difficult to find 64 bit drivers so I'll keep and support this tutorial for 32 bit only) 6) Carrier specific NAM PRL or Preferred Roaming list file. (Check the pinned topics in Technical forum) 7) A-key or Authorization key. (will be provided by ESN/MEID Registrar or handset seller) 8) Your handset's SPC (check your handset cover box or ask your handset seller). How to / Step by Step: Note - There are many handsets/models and each time process is little different. But basic changes to latch your phone to Reliance network is mentioned here. I am using HTC DEVICE to do it for Tutorial. 1) Pick your phone and enable Diagnostic mode in it. ( I am using HTC HERO and so i punch: ##3424#). Please find your phone DIAG enabler in prerequisites above. 2) Connect your Phone to PC using Data cable and let the Driver search process begin. (mostly Driver installation failed and you have to do it manually) See pic or video. 3) Now open CDMA workshop (You might have to disable your antivirus, as the crack for CDMA workshop uses Trojan pattern) 4) Open Device manager and expand Ports (COM & LPT) there u see which COM PORT assigned for your device. In my case its Com PORT 7 5) Select that comport on CDMA workshop and press connect. and press read. 6) Go to security Tab and enter SPC and press SEND button. return message should be SPC COrrect Phone unlocked See pic. 7) Now go to Nam Tab and press load and select Reliance.nam and press write. 8) Go to CAVE and enter your akey and press write. (You might have to calculate akey, see pic for details on calculation) 9) Go to Other tab and press write under PRL select Reliance.PRL file return message should be success. 10) Now your phone is flashed on Reliance CDMA network. :thumbup: :thumbup: Note - Now after this process you need to visit Reliance webworld to transfer ur number from existing handset/RUIM to this phone. U can also use HCC (Handset Change Card) if its available and work in ur city/state. Hope you enjoy flashing your phone. Thanks. EVDO Activation & Configuration For questions related to generating the NV dump file with EVDO parameters and submitting EVDO activation request, please check the FAQ topic. If you have the NV dump file from your handset seller or MEID/ESN registrar, you can follow these steps to upload the NV dump file to start using EVDO: 1) Go to "Security" tab in CDMA Workshop and Send the SPC as explained earlier in this topic. 2) Once it showed that the phone has been unlocked, go to the "Memory" tab and click "Write" under "NV Items" 3) Clik OK when it shows that you have to send the SPC and then you will be able to select the NV dump file. Browse and select the file. Sample file name is like "MEIDnumber@hrpd.rcom.co.in-net-NVItem-Script-PPP-HDR-27.txt" 4) Submit the file and it will show that the NV items have been written successfully. Now restart the handset and EVDO should work fine if the EVDO activation has been done already at Reliance.
  3. 48 points
    There is not a single thread which gives all the information regarding the LS980. also i was getting lot of pm's regarding the GSM unlock. so basically this thread will have all the information, if anything is left out please feel free so message me or in thread. Phone Config LG-G2-LS980 Phone Drivers LS980 Drivers My Experience Personally i was a Samsung fan until they came out with the Kn0x security. i had 2 choice the Note 3 and the LG G2, since the Note 3 had issues with data not working on CDMA mode and the G2 was and still is wallet friendly, so i decided to go with the G2 and till date i DO NOT regret it. LAG is something that is simply not in its dictionary, super smooth. Like the HTC One this phone is also sealed and comes in 2 variants 16 and 32 Gigs. Initially only 2 colors Black and White, now the actual(international) site has many different ones. This one is a LCD compared to the S4 with AMOLED, To be frank only if you have the two phones together you might see the difference. I found the G2 to be more vibrant and a lil brighter side compared to the S4. 1000 times more accurate smartstay display than the S4, Same with auto brightness. Feels much lighter than the S4 and the build quality is anyday better than S4, feels solid in hand. Many have debated about the volume and power keys being at the back, actually its something you have to try and then understand, now if i handle any other phone than my G2 i tend to Tap the display 2 times softly to get the screen going, like the home or power button, im so used to it now. Tap 2 times on display to lock the screen & same to to light the display back again. Initially when i first got the phone i used to tap hard thinking that was the right way and 7/10 times it used to work, did not know that one has to tap very lightly as possible. Soft tap 2 times gets it locked and vice-versa 10/10 times. Its actually easier to use volume rockers in the center position then one side like anyother phone. Theres more to this phone and i dont have the patience nor time to explain everything. Phone definitely requires a case to protect it from fall, i have the Spigen Slim Armour. Runs on 4.2.2JB and 2 updates have been released till date. LS980ZV7 (Initial Release) LS980ZV8 (Security Update) LS980ZVA (Sprint Spark and loki-killer) Not used in India so i have not taken it. LS980ZVC (KitKat 4.4.2 OS Update) Also if you are a custom ROM freak DO NOT INSTALL the ZVA update as it removes the ability to do that. People who have taken it do not worry as there is a work around. Custom ROM installation for people who have taken ZVA update. Only if you understand everything mentioned in the above link proceed else you just might end up with a hard brick. Sprint Dialer Codes Source 5689#*980# - LG Hidden Service Menu Thanks to EricDabbs ##RTN# - RTN Menu ##SCRTN# - Erases any info that has been OTA provisioned. Forces a reboot and re-activation. ##DIAG# - Enables diag mode. this menu blocked by MSL. Simply enter your MSL ##DATA# - Advanced data menu. ##DEBUG# - Debug Menu ##CLEAR# - Reset network settings ##UPDATE# - Forces Activation ##GPSCLRX# - Clear GPS ##GPSTESTPRL# - ?? ##WLAN# - WLAN info ##LOG# - syslog info ##MRU# - MRU Clear ##SSDRTN# - Reset SSD ##TEST - Data Test menu ##YOUROWNMSLHERE# - Service Programming menu ##443336772# Shows MSL code near the bottom of the screen thanks mojo4321 ##4433386368# - Developer menu ##4437736368# - Producer menu How to back up EFS Its already confirmed RUIM data only works if used before flashing anything to the phone, Out of the box phone can be used for RUIM with calls sms and data. so its very important to back up complete stock state EFS partition Two ways to backup EFS, below i have mentioned how to root, during the root process at one stage EFS partition is backed up auto. Or after root use FreeGee from Google Play (Requires root access) Install and backup EFS. How to get you MSL/SPC Easiest method to get SPC: Dial ##443336772# and your SPC/MSL will be displayed on the screen! Probably this will work for other LG phones also. [Credit goes to phonegeek] How to Gain Root Access Root FIle Works with All Baseband Updated ioroot.zip where did i get this ? SOURCE 1 After you have downloaded the file required for root, Put the phone in Debug mode, for this under settings go to Developer Options. If you do not have Developer Options under settings simple go to Settings/About Phone/Software Information under this tab on Build Number 10 times continuously and it will enable the Developer Options in your phone. 2 Under display settings set the screen timeout to 5 minutes(you can set it back to your liking later when you are done with root) 3 Connect your phone to PC/Laptop 4 Under pull down notification change the USB settings from MTP to Charge Only 5 Unzip the ioroot file and from the folder execute the run.bat file 6 The command prompt will ask you to press any key as show in pic below 7 You will be prompted to toggle USB connection shown marked in red, three ways you can toggle that, show in marked yellow, select the first one, remove usb connection from the phone and re-plug it back. the PRESS ENTER. 8 Your phone will show toggled notification and also it will ask you to allow USB Debugging with the computer showing the computers RSA key, Mark "Always allow from this computer" & select ok. The command prompt it will warn you again about loosing warranty and more warnings, this is the last point to decide to continue or press CTRL+C to cancel. PRESS ENTER. Your phone EFS will be backed up like shown in pic below and again it will ask you to press enter, PRESS ENTER. 9 Phone is rooted and phone will reboot. check if you have SuperSu or SU in your phone. How to Unroot Access Superuser app, go to settings of the app & look for Full unroot. Select it and wait for the phone to reboot. Recovery for KitKat 4.4.2 LS980ZVC SOURCE GSM Unlock For G2 LS980 This is a temporary GSM unlock & not a permanent or a solid one. Two known issues, you cant access Wi-Fi settings, as it crashes if you try to access, and you cant dial any number without adding 0 before it. Example: Sunny Leons phone number is 6969696969, to call her you gotta dial 06969696969. If you dial direct 6969696969 the phone app crashes and your phone switches to GSM mode if you are in CDMA mode. As far as i know these are only 2 known bugs this unlock has. hope we get a more stable unlock. Install ROM Toolbox Lite 1 Run Rom Toolbox Lite and select performance marked in red 2 Select build.prop editor marked in red 3 Select search using the magnifying glass icon below marked in red 4 In search field type "build.target" as shown in pic below 5 Select "ro.build,target_operator" as show in pic below 6 Change value from "SPR" to "spr" as show in pic below and press ok marked in yellow. 7 Reboot popup will come, select ok and reboot the phone. Your phone should be GSM unlocked now. Install HIAPN or Tweakker for APN settings of your service provider. Install Telinfo to switch between CDMA(CDMA Auto PRL) & GSM(GSM Auto PRL) Permanent Unlock for the LG-G2-LS980
  4. 41 points
    << This service is not active anymore, so requests will NOT be accepted now. Please check: >> Ok guys... Now we are available here on RIMweb.in to provide the EVDO activation to Aam Admi who are unable to get it through the Reliance Contact Centre and/or Reliance Outlets. Following are the rules and regulations:- 1. EVDO Activation Request will be processed only for RIMweb.in Registered members having more than 10 posts. 2. Members need to send an email from the email address registered with your RIMweb.in profile with the following details to: evdo@rimweb.com or evdo@rimweb.in (please send to either one only and not both!!) RIMweb.in member username (this is the forum registration member profile username so that we can check your post count and NOT your full name) MDN - 10 Digit Number RSN - RSN Number of the handset/OMH Sim Card Handset - with model # Alternate Contact Number - Any Alternate Mobile Number to which a confirmatory call shall come from Mumbai Reliance Headquarters for EVDO Confirmation. 3. After sending the email the member will receive a confirmation email within the next 7 days. Members cannot make any irate demands for the activation of EVDO. We shall pick up the numbers once in a week for activation and the member should understand that it may take upto 10 days; though we will be trying to activate in 2-3 working days normally. 4. This activation procedure is meant for members who have purchased an EVDO handset along with OMH Sim Card (like Samsumg Galaxy POP, Corby, SCH 369, SCH 239, LG 510 Cookie, LG 235 etc.) from Reliance for which the EVDO parameters are already registered in OMH Sim Card with Reliance. The number/connection of the member should be on either an OMH SIM Card or a Non Sim handset which is having EVDO Facility and whose EVDO Parameters are also registered with Reliance. 5. An SMS will arrive on the member's handset regarding a request being registered at a Reliance Outlet and asking for overall experience. Member needs to either reply with "YES" or leave it. Please DO NOT reply with "NO". If we get a "NO" SMS from any member, then this project for EVDO Activation shall be closed immediately. And after getting EVDO Activated, Memeber may confirm us by posting here in this thread. Regards Amit Jain -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Please Read This: How is EVDO activated on Reliance CDMA? There are two steps for EVDO Activation First, the parameters of EVDO should be registered for the handset in Reliance Server. In case of OMH SIM Card and Official Reliance BlackBerry having EVDO (BlackBerry 9630, 9650, 9230, Style etc.) and Official Reliance Non SIM EVDO Handsets (Like - Samsung Atlas, Coolpad N900), the parameters are already registered with Reliance. And in case of Imported handsets, you need to check whether your EVDO parameters are registered with Reliance or not. We are NOT here for REGISTERING THE EVDO PARAMATERS of imported handsets. Second step is after your EVDO Paramters are available in Reliance Server, EVDO won't start automatically. We have to submit request for EVDO; WE ARE HERE DOING THIS WORK ONLY in this thread. We have seen many members asking for help to do this as Customer Care is clueless about it and that is why we are helping here. Additional Notes: * Making EVDO work on imported handset requires programming the handset with necessary HSD PRL's, HSD username and password in addition to the handset parameters being registered in Reliance Servers. That is outside the scope of this initiative. You may contact your handset seller for necessary assistance to register EVDO parameters at Reliance and configure in your handset if your handset's MEID/ESN is registered with Reliance. * We can activate EVDO on BlackBerry handsets only if you have active BIS Service (CDMA) on the handset. In Case of BlackBerry handsets, member will not get any Service Request SMS. We will get EVDO activated on BlackBerry handsets directly from AAA Phongen Team. * To configure handset like Samsung Galaxy POP CDMA: Go to Setting > Wireless > Mobile Network > APN > Add new APN > Username = MDN (10 digit number) Password = MDN (10 digit number) Homepage – www.google.com Save it and then select it as default. You can use now as per your NetConnect Traiff plan You can change NetConnect plans by calling: 180030005555 All data plans available for Reliance Mobile CDMA can be found in this topic plan details.doc plan details_smaller_file.pdf
  5. 38 points
    Now Reliance has Made EVDO activation Easier, Just send a Simple SMS & your EVDO will be activated in 3 hrs, You Just need to Send Below SMS for Activation Postpaid Type HSD send it to 55444 Prepaid Type HSD send it to 55333 Enjoy
  6. 33 points
    Some important FAQ's from the point of view of consumers for Mobile Number Portability Everyone waiting with excitement for MNP launch in their respective circles. I thought some FAQ on important issues at one place will help all. So drafted this. I know there is a separate MNP thread but some critical information gets lost in so many posts and also some questions are not answered there. Hope you all find this useful. Will update this if something more comes to attention. Thank You and enjoy MNP. When is MNP being launched in my circle. Mobile Number Portability has been launched across India on 20th January 2011. For Official Confirmation of this, See Here http://www.rimweb.in...post__p__216104 In What circumstances my request for MNP may be rejected? -A period of 90 days has not expired from the date of porting if you have ported your number earlier. -A period of 90 days has not expired from the date of activation of your current number even if it was not ported earlier. -There are some outstanding dues by way of pending bill or bills. -There is a pending request for change of ownership of number. -The mobile number to be ported is sub-judice. -Any court has passed an order prohibiting the porting of the concerned number. What exactly is meant by outstanding dues. Outstanding dues will mean the amount by way of actually generated bills as on the date of your request for MNP. Suppose if your Billing Date is 7th of each month and you make a request for MNP on 15th of that month, outstanding dues will mean the amount of your bill generated on 7th of that month. The subsequent amount of your usage and rent till the time of actual number porting will have to be paid by you to your existing operator later on as and when the final bill is generated. However this amount is not considered as outstanding. You are only supposed to pay it. If you don't, then even after MNP, your number can be de activated by the new operator based on complaint by your existing operator. I am a very old mobile subscriber and in the earlier days there was a lot of deposits to be paid for STD, ISD. I have such deposits with my existing operator. Can i adjust it against my outstanding so as not to wait for a refund. You cannot. However as per the TRAI Quality of Service norms, your existing operator is supposed to refund you all the deposit within a period of 60 days from the date of closure. I am a CDMA subscriber and want to switch to a GSM Service. My friend is having GSM Service and wants to switch to CDMA Service? Is it possible? Yes. You will be able to switch from CDMA>GSM as well as GSM>CDMA.But you will need a GSM Handset if switching from CDMA and CDMA handset if switching from GSM. I am swiching from CDMA to CDMA and have an official handset from my current operator. Will the same handset work with the new operator. If you are having an OMH (Open Market Handset) Sim CDMA handset, it will work with the new CDMA service provider. For other handsets it is a grey area. TRAI in its Mobile Number Portability Regulations has mentioned the following as one of the reasons for rejection of MNP request. "there are subsisting contractual obligations in respect of which an exit clause has been provided in the subscriber agreement but the subscriber has not complied with such exit clause:" There are lots of CDMA handsets sold at cheap rates by operators. You pay as less as Rs 1000 to Rs 2000 for them. However we all don't care to read the fineprint of terms and conditions. If the terms and conditions says that the handset is the property of the operator, then you will be stuck there as the operators will interpret the above TRAI clause as per their convenience and say that the customer needs to return the handset back to them. I am a postpaid subscriber but would like to be prepaid one with the new operator. Yes you can do that. You can also be a postpaid subscriber from prepaid. I am a prepaid subscriber and have a good amount of balance in my account. Will it be carried forward to new operator. No. You will lose your prepaid credit balance with the existing operator. I have a lot of add on packs like SMS, Onnet free talktime etc. Will it be carried forward to the new operator of my choice. Unfortunately No. You will have to select a fresh plan of your choice from the new operator. For how long my services be disrupted. Your services will be disrupted for not more than 2 hours on the day of actual porting. Even this will be mostly done between late evening to early morning hours to cause least inconvenience. Your phone will remain operational on all days while your MNP request is under process. I am interested in switching to a new operator of my liking. What do i need to do? -Send an SMS: PORT<space>Mobile Number (that is to be ported) to 1900. For ex. PORT 1234567890 -Your existing operator will immediately provide you with a 8 digit alpha-numeric porting code that you need to submit to the operator you wish to opt to along with relevant documents. -The unique porting code will be valid for 15 days for all service areas except Jammu & Kashmir, Asaam & North East Licensed areas where the validity of the Unique Porting Code allocated to a subscriber will be 30 days from the date of request OR till such time the number is ported out, whichever is earlier, irrespective of the number of requests the subscriber makes. - You need to submit the documents to operator of your choice within this time frame. -Your number will be ported to the new operator within a maximum time frame of 7 Working days. For Jammu & Kashmir it will be maximum 15 Working days. What Documents are required for porting the number to a new operator? -Duly Filled Customer Application Form of your new operator alongwith the UPC (Unique Porting Code) details. -Your Adress Proof and Identity Proof. -Copy of last bill paid to your current operator. I made a porting request to the new operator but now changed my mind and do not want to shift. What to do? You can cancel your porting request to the new operator within 24 hours of submitting the application but the porting fees of Rs 19 (If you had paid) will be non refundable. I will port from say Reliance to Tata Docomo. I understand that my number remains the same but if i surrender my number in Tata Docomo, what happens to the number? Once you surrender your ported number, it will again revert back to the Original Operator for issue to a new customer. I stay in Gujarat but now will be shifting to Mumbai Soon. So i guess it makes sense to port my number to a Mumbai Circle Telecom Operator. Currently you can only port your number to an operator within your telecom circle. Inter Circle portability is not allowed yet but is on the radar of the govt. and will happen ultimately. Can i use the same SIM Card of my current operator after i port to a new operator. No. Your Operator will issue a new Sim Card to you. You can continue to use your current operator's Sim card even after you give the portability request but only till the time of actual porting. Once porting is done, insert the new sim card. I am sick of those unwanted marketing calls and already registered with the Do Not Call Registry. I guess even after porting i will have peace of mind as my number remains the same. Picture is not completely clear yet but some operators are saying that you will need to re-register for Do Not Call Registry. If your new operator has an option in the CAF form for activation of DND, select it otherwise activate it after porting. Is there any charges for this? TRAI has mandated maximum of Rs. 19/- for MNP request to be paid to your new operator. However your new operator has the option to waive it off. I fulfill all the criteria for porting my number still my porting request was rejected by my current operator/i am facing technical glitches wherein my current operator has de-activated my number but new operator is not activating hence i cannot make or receive any calls/What to do if i have any complaints regarding my MNP porting process? You should first try lodging complaints with your current/new operator for resolution of your MNP porting related complaints. If still there is no resolution, you can always complain to Deptt. of Telecom OR TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). Officially neither DOT or TRAI has announced any procedure/contact details for people wanting to complain regarding MNP Process/issues. However, you can lodge your complain on the following public e-mail of DOT & TRAI. Deptt. Of Telecom ddgpg-dot@nic.in TRAI ca@trai.gov.in What Precautions i should take so that my porting request is not rejected? During Generating The Port Out Code: Ensure that the SMS you are sending for generating the Porting Code is without any signature. Many people put default signatures in their SMS. Some of the Operators are intentionally blocking the Generation of Port Code and you may receive messages like, "Can not process Your Request, Please Try After Some Time". In such cases, lodge a complaint with the Customer Service of Your Operator and wait for resolution. While lodging the complaint, be firm and tell your Operator that unless your complaint is processed in a reasonable time frame, You will take the matter further by lodging Complaints to DOT and TRAI. Before Proceeding to New Operator With Port In Request Ensure that there is no pending request for Change of Ownership of your number with the current operator. Ensure that you have already paid of your last generated bill to your current operator if you are a post paid customer. Check that 90 days have passed from the date when your services was activated with the current operator. If you have converted your Postpaid to Prepaid with your current operator, ensure that 90 days have passed from the date of activation of Prepaid. (Though this is not uniform and debatable) Do not give Port In request to more than One Operator with the same UPC Code. If you have received any free handset with time commitment or are under some scheme with your current operator which mandates you to fulfill certain obligations, Clarify with your current operator what you need to do so that your contractual obligations are fulfilled and port out will not be rejected. While Going to New Operator For Port In Ensure that your Unique Porting Code and Mobile Number is Correctly Filled in the Necessary Forms. During The Porting Process If you are a Postpaid Customer and a fresh bill is generated while the porting process is going on, Pay it off immediately preferably in Cash at the Operators Outlets, So it reflects immediately in your account.
  7. 32 points
    Time to pay back to forum once more i can get gsm blackberry unlock codes for free All models/carriers PM me with your IMEI/Carrier/Model i will send u the unlock code by pm Don't complain about turn around times, these are free so delays might be there preferrably for trsuted and advanced members for posts above 100
  8. 31 points
    Hi All, I have compiled all the necessary steps from various internet forums to help our forum members . All credit goes to XDA forum members dip_spit, wolfaas12345, pattyboi:), nikme,Elithefly and our forum members. Originally Posted by Rusty! >#include <std_disclaimer.h> /* * Your warranty is now void. * * I am not responsible for bricked devices, dead SD cards, * thermonuclear war, or you getting fired because the alarm app failed. * YOU are choosing to make these modifications, and if * you point the finger at me for messing up your device, I will laugh at you. */ >>> Unlocking Bootloader will overwrite any data stored on your device, backup your files before proceeding <<< Prerequisites: Micro USB cable Laptop/computer DFS Software - http://www.cdmatool.com/download Create an account in htcdev.com HTC Sync Manager-http://www.htc.com/us/software/htc-sync-manager/ Adb+Fastboot+Drivers=http://www.mediafire.com/download/qxntl2nbk62ycjx/adb-setup-1.4.2.exe TWRP image - http://techerrata.com/browse/twrp2/a11 SuperSU binary - http://download.chainfire.eu/641/SuperSU/UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip Attached APK files STEP 1: Get SPC/MSL code · Copy the downloaded SPC Utility to your mobile phone · Use file manager and open the SPC utility apk – read SPC · Make a note of it or Remember J · Now type ##3424# · Select 1. DM On · Enter the SPC Code –OK – Your Mobile is now moved into Diagnostics mode Step 2: Unlocking the Bootloader Power down the device Remove the battery for few seconds and then re-insert the battery press Volume Down and while pressing Volume Down, press Power holding both buttons to start the device into Bootloader mode. This will boot you into hboot Use the Volume buttons to select up or down. Highlight Fastboot and press the Power button. Connect the device to your computer using the USB cable Wait for the drivers to get installed Then navigate to C:\adb In adb folder while holding shift right click on empty space and select open command window here Open cmd and ensure that your device is recognized by typing: fastboot devices You should get something similar to the following: FA4AJxxxxxxx fastboot Now type, fastboot oem get_identifier_token , this is your token you'll need for HTCdev – Copy the token starting at the top <<<< and ending at the bottom >>>>> (refer image) Go to URL - http://www.htcdev.com/ and select unlock bootloader à Get Started In supported devices drop down select HTC Desire * à Begin Unlock Bootloader à Yes to continue Scroll Down to the bottom of the page and select Proceed to Step 5 Paste the copied token in the “My Device Identifier Token” box in the bottom of the screen and click submit Go to the email address you used to register with HTCdev and there will be an email with an attachment named Unlock_code.bin, download the attachment In cmd, cd to the folder you've downloaded Unlock_code.bin to Now type, fastboot flash unlocktoken Unlock_code.bin As I said above, this will erase everything on your phone (pictures, sms, videos, apps, etc) and restore it to stock, so I hope you made backups Your device will now have a screen that asks if you want to unlock the bootloader, use the volume rocker to select and the power button to enter Once it's done your phone will reboot, power back down (or remove the battery and reinsert) and boot to hboot, your device should now say **** UNLOCKED **** at the top Disconnect the mobile and reboot STEP 3: Flash write protection removed kernel Download the latest kernel image from the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/desire-510/development/kernel-rhinstone-a11-t3013989 and paste in in your adb folder and rename the image file to simple name like b.img Power down the device Remove the battery for few seconds and then re-insert the battery press Volume Down and while pressing Volume Down, press Power holding both buttons to start the device into Bootloader mode. This will boot you into hboot Use the Volume buttons to select up or down. Highlight Fastboot and press the Power button. Connect the device to your computer using the USB cable Then navigate to C:\adb In adb folder while holding shift right click on empty space and select open command window here Flash the kernel with fastboot flash boot b.img Press enter and then reboot STEP 4: Installing TWRP If your device is connected, disconnect it Power down the device (if you're still in TWRP from making a backup, back out to the main menu and tap Reboot, then tap Power Off) Hold the down volume and power buttons at the same time to boot into hboot Using the volume rocker select FASTBOOT and press the power button Connect the device to your computer If you closed cmd, reopen it and cd to the folder that you downloaded openrecovery-twrp-2.8.5.0-a11.img Now type: fastboot flash recovery openrecovery-twrp-2.8.5.0-a11.img Let it do it's thing and now you have TWRP installed on your device STEP 5: Rooting Power down your device if it is booted (or by taking the battery out and reinserting it) Hold the down volume and power buttons at the same time to boot into hboot Using the volume rocker select RECOVERY and press the power button This will boot you into TWRP Open cmd and cd to the folder that you downloaded UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip Now type: adb push UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip /sdcard/UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip In TWRP tap install and in the file browser tap sdcard and then tap UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip Flash UPDATE-SuperSU-v2.40.zip STEP 5: SIM Unlock Install Root Explorer from Play Store and SIM Unlock Helper apk from the attachment Use root explorer and rename HTCOMADM_SPCS.apk and HTCOMADM_SPCS.odex to something else (like HTCOMADM_SPCS2.apk and HTCOMADM_SPCS.2odex) from /system/app Directory now copy the HTCOMADM_SPCS.apk attached in this post make sure you have set the permission rw-r-r and reboot. Open htc on sim unlock helper on your phone it will say htc one device check fail now click the 3 menu dot and click on display sim unlock log then hit the back button it should say Device Verified, now hit start and scroll down to simlock it will freeze for few seconds and then press back button it should be successful reboot Delete the modified HTCOMADM_SPCS.apk and rename the original HTCOMADM_SPCS.apk and HTCOMADM_SPCS.odex to original state which we renamed in previous steps to avoid vdm client stopped error. STEP 6: Make it RUIM Only · Connect your phone · Open DFS software on your computer · Click on Ports – Select your HTC diagnostics port · Enter the SPC you obtained using SPC utility and then click the blue icon, now the log will show DEVICE UNLOCKED · Click on Programming tab and in the CONFIG Section à RUIM Config à Select RUIM_ONLY and click Write · Then click Reset on the top right hand corner to reboot your mobile · Now you can pop in your CDMA SIM J STEP 7 : Enable WIFI HOTSOPOT and Bluetooth Tethering You have to edit /system/build.prop to change these lines: (if you can edit with an editor that shows line #'s they're lines 26,27,28) ro.wifi.hotspotUI=0 ro.bt.tetheringUI=0 ro.usb.tetheringUI=0 To: ro.wifi.hotspotUI=1 ro.bt.tetheringUI=1 ro.usb.tetheringUI=1 SAVE. Then edit /system/customize/ACC/default.xml change these lines: (if you can edit with an editor that shows line #'s they're lines 191,194,867) <item type="boolean" name="tethering_guard_support">true</item> <item type="integer" name="tethering_support_ipv6">0</item> <item type="integer" name="TetheringGuard_Rule">3</item> to: <item type="boolean" name="tethering_guard_support">false</item> <item type="integer" name="tethering_support_ipv6">1</item> <item type="integer" name="TetheringGuard_Rule">0</item> STEP 8 : Disable Hands Free Activation Try renaming HtcOMADM_SPCS.apk Which is located at /system/app/ to HtcOMADM_SPCSOLD.apk. But doing this you may get vdm client stopped error. Congrats, we're done! com.viper.simunlockhelperfree.apk HtcOMADM_SPCS.apk SPCUtility.apk
  9. 31 points
    99% of people know how to change mode from NV to RUIM using DFS, This is for the rest 1% who don't know. Download DFS and install on PC. Phone Drivers I'm using a LG G2 LS980 Sprint CDMA model, so illustrating for the said model Know your SPL/MSL code: Dial ##443336772# Shows MSL code near the bottom of the screen, write it or memorize it. Put the phone into DIAG mode: Dial ##3424#, Enter SPC/MSL code and press ok. Select enable and press ok. Your phone is in DIAG mode. Enable Debug in Developer Options of the phone. If you do not have Developer Options under settings simple go to Settings/About Phone/Software Information under this tap on Build Number 10 times continuously and it will enable the Developer Options in your phone. Put the phone in Charge only Now that your phone is connected, Run DFS on PC & Select Ports marked in red. Select LGE AndroidNet USB Serial Port (COM16) -> this can be any number, its 16 in my case. Once the above port is selected it should it indicate like shown in pic below marked in red. Double click on LGE AndroidNet USB Serial Port (COM16) marked in yellow. If properly connected, it should look like its shown in red in the pic below. Enter your SPC/MSL in the SPC field marked in yellow and then press the SPC button. It should say Device Unlocked in the log window of DFS shown below marked in orange. Now select programming marked in blue and then select read in config marked in red. Select the Ruim Config marked in yellow, change it from NV_ONLY to RUIM_ONLY. Once the mode is changed from NV_ONLY to RUIM_ONLY as shown below marked in red, select write marked in yellow & finally select Reset at top right corner of DFS marked in pink. Your phone should reboot and if your phone is capable of taking a RUIM SIM, all features like voice sms and data should work at this time. I try to make my tutorials as noob friendly as possible, if you still have doubts or confused, don't hesitate to ask.
  10. 31 points
    Hello RIMwebians, This thread has been opened to clear all the doubts regarding using DATA Services on Reliance CDMA Phones. I see many members seeking for help to know details about the plans, or many members ends up making huge Bills due to wrong plan selected or wrong PPP used. PPP plays an important role while using the DATA on CDMA phones, its same as like APN in the GSM. The PPP you will use, you will be charged as per it only. There are two PPP :- RMW PPP and RNC PPP. If one use RMW PPP by taking RNC plan or vice versa, it will end up in huge bill or sudden decrement from Prepaid Balance. All PPP settings are initially done by your seller in case of Imported Handsets and are set to RMW in case of Proprietry Reliance Handset. So carefully choose the plan and use the PPP Accordingly. All plans listed can be used on the phone or tether to your PC. Any member can ask the question about the same if there is any doubt and all queries will be answered and solved within 48 hours. Regards Amit Jain RIMweb.in Member POSTPAID: PREPAID: Prepaid Rs.5 pack discussion: http://www.rimweb.in...a-mobile-users/
  11. 30 points
    Wait Wait Wait ........ab hum aa gaye hai All is well in well and war..... i shall clear things for all of you - many in the forum also dont know this Importing and running CDMA phones is not one men job, there is one HUB of operation at a time and previously it was Mumbai and now its Raipur, let me clear this more, I am in-charge of importing and provenience and selling, under me there are centers who do there respective job. As you can see from my status - Arun loves me and for that very reason i have been given this opportunity to do this, only who writes this has command over reputed sellers. Now lets get started: I Import phones from USA and few from UK and china, for this i have tie-ups with 2 agencies in respective countries, now all the phones are of good ESN or MEID as they are never activated and just shipped to my collector in NY. The agents work in small town to remain low The best deals in sets are searched by our mumbai thana office Once reaching NY the phones are inspected and shipped to 2 ports in India (kolkata or delhi) Upon reciept of phone one is send to RnD center in Nasik one is given to top reliance guy when RnD is done its parameters are registered its ready to rock its goes to our review center in Merut where each parameters are tested by edge of SWORD kolkata centre holds major stock and so is pune centre then 70% of the stock are shipped to nearly 9 sellers in ebay and 19% remains for forum 10% local sales and 1% for me Nearly 70% of ebay and other market is supplied by me, 80% of sellers sell my phone I am looking for a partner to join me - intrsted
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  13. 29 points
    Effective 16th Feb 2012, the new PAYG plan of 2p/10KB would be applicable for all CDMA RIM subscribers (Postpaid Only). In addition to this, below mentioned CDMA MobileNet data plans would be available to opt as data plans for new acquisitions by weekend (Postpaid Only). Business rules and migration plan for existing CDMA RIM Subscribers PAYG/Plan having Age On Plan > 6 months and < 6 months is also attached for reference. SNAPSHOT OF CDMA SINGLE DATA PLAN Rs 247 MN247 1gb Rs 0.50 per Extra MB(ACT MN247 53739) Rs 448 MN448 2gb Rs 0.50 per Extra MB (ACT MN448 53739) Some Features Hassle Free Browsing- Single Data Plan would allow internet access on Mobile/Phone as modem Mobile Data plans can now be offered to 1X/EVDO/Smart phone users without ambiguity Data benefits could be consumed on Mobile &/or Phone as a Modem. Data plans could be purchased through SMS, CRM and Rworld channels No Dual / Hidden Charges applicable while browsing RWorld / external internet sites on Mobile. Uniform browsing charges while browsing internet through Native WAP/HTML or 3rdparty browsers. SUBSCRIBER BENEFITS Default Pay As You Go Charges of 2p/10KB for mobile / phone as modem. Overage charges post quota completion as low as 1p/10KB and 1p/20KB for mobile / phone as modem. EVDO Smartphone / Android handset users can now purchase affordable Mobile data plans Rworld Network Usage Charges of 5p/10KB while browsing RWorld and internet sites on mobile is not applicable Default Mobile Internet PAYG charges of 50p/MB while browsing internet sites on mobile is not applicable. Network Usage Charges of 5p/10KB applicable while browsing internet sites on mobile is not applicable. For 1x handset: Default charges of 60p/min (day) 30p/min (night) while using handset as a modem is not applicable For EVDO handset: Default charges of 50p/MB while using handset as a modem is not applicable All new data packs would be configured on consumer pack framework and extended on SMS, CRM and Rworld channels for subscription and un-subscription by 17th/18th Feb 2012. Currently there is no change for Prepaid CDMA RIM Subscribers - launch date would be communicated later.
  14. 29 points
    First of all I apologize for the delay in re-opening the Buy Sell forums. Yes, the Buy-Sell section is open now, and grander than ever before! Buy-Sell section is now a separate sub-forum accessible at http://buysell.rimweb.in using the same login that you have at RIMweb.in - So you do not have to register again. Just go to http://buysell.rimweb.in and you will be logged in automatically using your RIMweb.in forums login. I wanted to integrate the sub-forum completely including the existing member group and full profile; however this is still not done yet and I am continuing to work with 3rd party developers to achieve this so that it would be a fully seamless integration. Until this is achieved, we will manually sync your account details. Even though this is going to be a lot of manual work for the moderators, I had no choice but to re-open the Buy Sell forum with this temporary arrangement now since it is getting delayed a lot. Since the Buy-Sell section will function as a separate sub-forum, it will no longer clutter the main forums with Sell topics when there is a surge in new Sell topics and so there will be no more restriction period in between. It will be always open with scope for expansion instead of clogging up the main forums as it is due for expansion itself with the upcoming launch of Reliance Jio services. The existing guidelines and formats will be used as usual and this has been posted over to the new Buy Sell forums. The existing forum for Feedback topics will be used so that previous sellers will not lose their feedbacks. Note: For the temporary arrangement until full integration is achieved for automatically exporting member groups and member profile statistics, the following steps will be followed for manually syncing the member groups and stats. * Your first topic/post in the new Buy Sell sub forums will go into moderation preview queue. * The moderators will then look up your profile at RIMweb.in forums and will update the member groups and stats at BuySell.RIMweb.in * Your topic/post will then go live with your existing member profile details and thereafter you can post normally. Update: Please check the update in post #17
  15. 29 points
    An Automatic One Click Flasher supporting Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Palm, Novatel (Tested) and may work on host of new Non Tested Qualcomm Based QSC Interface Modems and Phones A New Software in making - thread is Work in progress PLEASE CONTACT YOUR Flashing Support Person, Handset Seller, Handset Distributor for this Software support on your MEID
  16. 27 points
    I am starting this topic for understanding the NV item and generating new dump file when we change or sell our Phones. If you see the NV items received from your seller you can understand that basically we have to change 37 items in Phone’s actual NV adresses in order to use it on Reliance CDMA… These are 0714 (0x02CA) 0460 (0x01CC) 0461 (0x01CD) 4396 (0x112C) 0463 (0x01CF) 0464 (0x01D0) 0462 (0x01CE) 0495 (0x01EF) 0546 (0x0222) 1907 (0x0773) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0465 (0x01D1) 2825 (0x0B09) 0466 (0x01D2) 0459 (0x01CB) 1194 (0x04AA) 0579 (0x0243) 1192 (0x04A8) 0580 (0x0244) 2953 (0x0B89) 0910 (0x038E) 0906 (0x038A) 8035 (0x1F63) You can see that many addresses are repeated in dump file. Please note that its just the location of addresses where we have to input the value. Input value will be same for all similar address. For example 0465 is repeated 6 times but value for all 0465 address will be same. Now for understading what these address refers to you can go through the following topic of XDA : http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=33230579 Don’t worry about the long list in above tutorial; what we need to understand is basically 4-5 items only. Most of the addresses in above 37 items have same value. I will group the address together which are having same value : ADDRESS VALUE 0465, 2825, 2953, 910, 906 net 579,1194 meid@hrpd.rcom.co.in (Replace meid with your Phones MEID) 466 HIGHLYSECRETWORDnet 580,1192 MIN REST ALL Leave it as it was in old dump file Now if you have any latest NV dump file then basically you have to edit only 579,1194,580 & 1192 as value of all other addresses will remain same in new dump file also. Please care that older NV dump file may have different values because previously we were using our MDN as Username and Password i.e. 0465, 2825, 2953, 910, 906 has to be changed to “net” in older Dump file. Similarly you will find HIGHLYSECRETWORD(your MDN) in address 0466. All these addresses are entered in HEX Format in Dump so to understand dump file and to edit it you need a ASCii to HEX Calculator. I used following online tool for this : http://www.asciitohex.com/ Just copy the ASCii value in text box of above calculator and click Convert. Then check the Hexadecimal Box for corresponding Hex Value. Now enter this value in dump file one by one. Replace the small alphabet to Capital while entering in Dump file. Also dont edit the first Hex value in address as it defines the location. e.g: After editing the Dump file you can upload it to your phone using following topic: http://www.rimweb.in/forums/topic/33225-tutorial-flashing-your-cdma-handset-after-meidesn-registration/?p=255120 Please note that above editing is for 1x only as I am not able to understand address 580 & 1192. If you put your MIN in these address you will get 1x but for EVDO I believe something else has to be entered. I have tried this method on 3-4 phones and was able to get 1x. (Tried on HTC EVO3D & Samsung Fascinate.) My purpose for writing this tutorial is purely to avoid bothering our gurus/sellers again and again for NV dump. I may not be correct in my understanding and request all Gurus to correct and shade some more light on it. I thanks Hetal & Dr. Muffaddal for their help and many tutorials and offcourse Parin who send me every now and then NV dump for various phones.
  17. 27 points
    Dear Members, I keep on getting calls and mails from the RIMwebians regarding any CDMA Prepaid Plan available to use on imported phones or official phones. Okies here you go now:- Plan - This is a plan in which you need to send a SMS, Rs. 5 shall be deducted from your core balance and you shall get 1.38 hours of usage daily so it comes to 41hours for 30 days on Rs. 150. The day you need the plan, you may subscribe it, the day you dont need it, skip it, it is NON AUTO RENEWAL PLAN. And i think you may do it multiple times too in a day if you want more hours in certain day; Suppose i know that i need 6 hours of internet today, I shall do the SMS steps 4-5 times. Here is the process now:- The SMS Codes are different for different circles. For Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar, Karnaraka, MP, CG, Orrisaa, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kolkata, West Bengal, HP and Rajasthan SMS "ACT<space>NET50" to 53739 For Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa SMS "ACT INT" to 53739 And NO such plan for Kerela, Tamil Nadu, Chennai and UP circles. Settings which needs to be used:- To utlise the benifit of this plan you need to use NetConnect settings, that is Username and Password of PPP dialer should be your MDN (Mobile Number) and if you used on RWorld platform you shall be charged as per RWorld tariff, not this plan. Note - It is a time based plan, so when you dont need internet you need to turn it off, otherwise if you kept turned it on by mistake, your all balance shall vanish by deducting @ 60p/minute. In case of any issue, Please post in the topic itself, and if you dont get any revert within 24 hours, Mail the issue - amitjain@rimweb.in Regards Amit Jain
  18. 25 points
    For the Noob mobile phone user or even those who have seen the jargon making the rounds but couldn't really understand what they meant, here is a quick guide to the most commonly used abbreviations and terminology used in the mobile phone segment 3G – Third Generation mobile technology will allow users to get a better host of services and connectivity speeds from their service provider. That means download speeds on mobile devices will be faster as well as data and media streaming. 3GPP - 3rd Generation Partnership Project can be construed to be a combination of all GSM, GPRS/EDGE and W-CDMA specifications. A-GPS – Assisted Global Positioning System allows for a quicker mode of gathering required satellite information via the internet via servers. GPS enabled handsets can get information without the use of A-GPS however it would take a little longer. In order to use A-GPS you would of course require a working internet service on your mobile handset via your service provider. Android – Developed by Google and part of the Open Handset Alliance now, Android is not just an operating system but a software platform as well. It's based on the Linux Kernel, which is quite synonymous with free or open source software. Developers will also be able to write codes for developing new applications for the OS with Java. The first Android powered handset was HTC's G1. Android has become extremely popular today, with devices powered by the OS providing stiff competition to Apple's devices. In case you're not familiar with them, here's a list of the codenames used for Android OS versions. Donut - Version 1.6 Eclair - Version 2.0/2.1 FroYo - Shortened form of Frozen Yoghurt, Version 2.2 Gingerbread - Version 2.3 Ice Cream Sandwich - Supposedly Version 2.4 Honeycomb - Version 3.0, optimized for tablets. ROMs A stock ROM is the official, signed software version from a phone manufacturer that will either come on the device when you buy it or will come in the form of an update. Custom ROMs, however, are either altered version of this software or modified versions of Google's stock Android software. So what does the "customized" part mean? Since Android is open source, developers are free to take stock ROMs, modify them, strip them of garbage, optimize them, add things, and pretty much do whatever their imagination and skills allow. Here are the steps for installing Custom ROMs, at a glance : Root Your Phone Install ROM Manager App Back Up Download the ROM you want to try Flash It Want to go back? Restore It "Rooting" your device means obtaining "superuser" rights and permissions to your Android's software. With these elevated user privileges, you gain the ability to load custom software (ROM's), install custom themes, increase performance, increase battery life, and the ability to install software that would otherwise cost extra money (ex: WiFi tethering). Rooting is essentially "hacking" your Android device. In the iPhone world, this would be the equivalent to "Jailbreaking" your phone. BREW - is Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices equipped for CDMA technology. Bluetooth – A wireless method of communion between devices for either data transfer or remote access and control. Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR – Bluetooth (BT) with Enhanced Data Rate offers faster rates of communication between Bluetooth enabled devices. A2DP - Advanced Audio Distribution Profile allows Bluetooth enabled media devices to communicate with receivers in Stereo Bluetooth headsets for better audio experiences. AVRCP - Audio/Video Remote Control Profile allows BT enabled devices to communicate and control and interface with other BT enabled devices not just for data transfer but in a more in-depth sense. For example one can control your PC's media player via Bluetooth from a mobile handset equipped with Bluetooth that also has an AVRCP profile. BTS - Base Transceiver Station; the network entity which communicates with the mobile station. CDMA - Code division multiple access is another form of mobile/cellular technology that allows users to use the entire spectrum of frequencies available that are capable of providing better sound and data communication. Some CDMA handsets have built in SIM cards, so specific handset models have been designed for this technology. The range of mobile handsets available with CDMA, are a little more limited as compared to GSM. CDMA is a military technology first used during World War II by English allies to foil German attempts at jamming transmissions. For more info you may want to check out Basics about CDMA / EVDO CMOS Sensor – Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor are most widely used in mobile handset cameras. The reason for this is because these sensors require fewer components (perfect for space constraints) and lesser power so it also reduces the cost. Core - A core, in its basic terminology, is a distinct CPU. Any singular core is capable of executing all of the necessary computations and instructions to ensure a smartphone can function at all. Learn more about Single Core / Multi - Core chips and find out whether you need them here. Displays TFT LCD - Thin Film Transistor Liquid Crystal Display. TFT LCD type screens are also used in TV's and computer monitors. QVGA – Quarter Video Graphics Array is 240 x 320 pixels, this is pretty standard for most mobile handsets VGA - Video Graphics Array is 640 x 480 pixels for handsets with larger displays WVGA - Wide Video Graphics Array 800 x 480. OLED - Organic Light-Emitting Diode. Nokia's N85 uses this type of display. AMOLED - Active Matrix OLED. An enhanced version of OLED screens, AMOLED screens used very commonly now, in phones like Nokia's N8. Active-matrix OLED displays provide higher refresh rates than their passive-matrix OLED counterparts, and they consume significantly less power. Super AMOLED - Super AMOLED refers to touchscreens where the layer that detects touches is integrated onto the screen rather than being a layer on top of it. This leads to increased brightness and clarity. The Samsung Galaxy S bears this type of screen. Super AMOLED Plus - First introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S II series smartphones, is a further development where the PenTile RGBG pixel matrix is replaced with a common RGB subpixels arrangement, going from eight to twelve subpixels in a group, resulting in finer details. The screen technology is also brighter, thinner and 18% more energy efficient. Retina Display - First used in Apple's iPhone 4, the Retina Display is an IPS LCD screen that packs has a very high pixel density (number of pixels per inch), making it very hard for the naked eye to distinguish between pixels and therefore leading to seemingly higher quality. EDGE - Enhanced Data rates for GSM Evolution can also be called EGPRS or Enhanced GPRS and means exactly what it states. It's one step above GPRS and provides for a little faster browsing and data transfer speeds. ESN - An ESN is a numeric identifier that uniquely identifies a CDMA phone. The ESN is what a CDMA network uses to identify a phone and determine which subscriber's account, if any, it is linked to. Because of this, when switching from one phone to another, subscribers will have to provide the ESN of the new phone to the network carrier before it can be activated. The ESN is being phased out in favour of the MEID. This is happening because phone manufacturers are literally running out of ESN identifiers. FDMA - Frequency Division Multiple Access-a transmission technique where the assigned frequency band for a network is divided into sub-bands which are allocated to a subscriber for the duration of their calls. GSM - Global System for Mobile communications (originally from Groupe Spécial Mobile). To cut a long story very short is the technology that allows for mobile handsets to connect to service providers using any model phone or any service provider anywhere in the world. GSM handsets can be used with SIM cards. GPRS - General Packet Radio Service is universal as a mobile data service (packet) for 2G and 3G networks. It provides data rates from 56 up to 114 kbit/s of information when connected to the net via the mobile handset's browser. HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface : A standard for audio/video cables and connectors. HDMI supports and carries high-definition (HD) video and multi-channel audio over a single cable. It carries an all digital signal, ensuring high quality. Some phones have a Mini-HDMI (Type C) or Micro-HDMI (Type D) connector to allow the phone to be connected directly to a television, so that video content on the phone can be played back on a full-size television screen. This requires a HDMI cable with a Mini or Micro - HDMI connector on one end and a full size (Type A) HDMI connector on the other end. Hot Swap Slot – A memory card slot that's accessible without having to remove the battery or the rear panel. Some handsets do have a memory card slot just under the rear panel that but you won't need to touch the battery. This could also be termed as a Hot Swap Slot. HSCSD - High-Speed Circuit-Switched Data implies four times faster data transmission for mobile for users using GSM with rates up to 38.4 kbit/s. It's basically high speed implementation of standard GSM transfers. HSDPA - High-Speed Downlink Packet Access is often associated with 3G. It allows networks to provide higher data transfer speeds and capacity. Current HSDPA deployments support down-link speeds of 1.8, 3.6, 7.2 and 14.4 Mbit/s. iDEN - is a mobile telecommunications technology, developed by Motorola, which provides its users the benefits of a trunked radio and a cellular telephone. iDEN places more users in a given spectral space, compared to analog cellular and two-way radio systems, by using speech compression and time division multiple access (TDMA). IR – Infra Red is slowly being phased out these days with BT taking a bigger and more active role in a mobile handset's wireless mode of data transfer and communication. IR means having to keep two handsets aligned with their IR receivers facing each other or 'in line of sight' whereas Bluetooth doesn't not have such limitations and is faster as well. Jailbreak – Jailbreaking means hacking into the core system of the iPhone so as to allow users to gain access to areas that were otherwise closed off (Unix File system). Keypads QWERTY – A full QWERTY keypad is a mobile keypad that would allow you to visualize and use this type of mobile input system as well as you would a desktop PC's keyboard. Each company tries to design their handsets keypad to mimic a PC's as best as they can. SureType - or Half QWERTY keypad are essential the same. SureType is more specific to BlackBerrys. Virtual Keypad - is an On-Screen keypad which is specific to handsets with touchscreens. These are also available in QWERTY, SureType or Half QWERTY as well as normal alphanumeric options. Swype - Swype is a virtual keyboard which allows users to enter words by sliding a finger or stylus from letter to letter, lifting only between words. It uses error-correcting algorithms and a language model to guess the intended word. It also includes a tapping predictive text system in the same interface. LTE - Long Term Evolution is the name given to a project associated with 3GPP to help improve and perhaps even standardize future mobile technology. A lot of devices that supported LTE connectivity were launched at CES 2011, but were marketed as 4G-enabled. Interested? Follow more about LTE here Mail for Exchange – A more up scaled version of Push Mail would be Mail for Exchange. With an application being installed on the handset itself, this service would also download your emails in a real-time environment and also sync and integrate with your Contacts list and Calendar. Much like having MS Outlook on your mobile. MEID - An ID number that is unique for each new CDMA mobile in the world. It identifies the phone to the network. MEID is a replacement for ESN. It began replacing ESN in 2005 since the pool of ESN numbers has been virtually exhausted due to the number of devices in use. It is equivalent to IMEI in GSM phones. Memory Cards Secure Digital Card (SD card) - SD cards are used in many small portable devices such as digital video camcorders, digital cameras, handheld computers, audio players and mobile phones. In use since 1999, SD Memory Cards are now available in capacities between 16 Megabytes and 1 Gigabyte, and still growing. An SD card typically measures 32 mm x 24 mm x 2.1 mm and weighs approximately 2grams. MiniSD Card - After the success of the SD Card (Secure Digital Card), the miniSD Memory Card was developed to meet the demands of the mobile phone market. The MiniSD Card provides the same benefits as the SD Card, but is smaller than the original SD Card. MiniSD Cards are typically found in many newer mobile phones with features such as built-in digital cameras, downloading and games, basically the mobile phones where the miniSD can meet the requirements for increased data storage. MiniSD cards are 21.5 mm x 20 mm x 1.4 mm and generally provide 16MB to 256MB of storage. MicroSD - Mainly used in mobile phones and other small handheld devices the MicroSD format is currently available in capacities up to 4GB, and it roughly 1/4th the size of the SD card at 15mm W 11mm W 0.7mm. The MicroSD card is also the smallest memory card available. Card adapters can be purchased that enable backwards compatibility — this would allow MicroSD cards to work in SD and MiniSD slots, and also for MicroSD cards to work in SD card slots. MultiMediaCard (MMC) - The MultiMediaCard (MMC) standard was introduced by SanDisk and Siemens in 1997. The card itself is 32 mm x 24 mm x 1.4mm and is often used in place of the SD card. Transfer speeds of a MMC is around 2.5MB/s and they can often be used in SD Card readers. Sony Memory Sticks - Sony Memory Sticks are light, compact and designed for a wide variety of devices including digital cameras, recorders, and more. With the use of an adapter most Sony Memory Sticks can be used with almost all Memory Stick PRO compatible products. Memory Stick Micro (M2): 15 mm x 12.5 mm x 1.2 mm Memory Stick PRO: 50 mm x 21.5 mm x 2.8 mm. The Memory Stick PRO format has an an 8-bit parallel interface with theoretical transfer rates up to 480Mb/s. It is commonly used in high megapixel digital cameras and digital camcorders. Memory Stick PRO DUO: 31 mm x 20 mm x 1.6 mm. The Memory Stick PRO Duo media is about one-third the volume and half the weight of standard-size media, but offers all the advanced functions of Memory Stick PRO media. Multi-Touch – This term is applied to specific usability on touchscreen mobiles that allow for specific actions. For example – the pinch to zoom feature in the Apple iPhone. It's a more sophisticated touchscreen feature that has hardware and software working simultaneously to recognize more than just one point of contact with the screen and responding to the same. Most touchscreen handsets' UI will not permit the use to multiple contacts with the screen to activate features and function. Nav-Pad or D-Pad – This refers to the five way navigation pad that's usually located under the display and can be used to maneuver through menus and settings. The center key is for selecting options. Nokia also uses what they call a Navi-Wheel that's similar to the iPod's Click Wheel. It's soft touch scrolling in a circular motion for moving around a menu system. NFC - Near Field Communication allows for the wireless communication to take place between mobile devices with a very fixed radius of about four inches. This system is not unlike BT or IR but it does have the limitation of distance. Read more into NFC here! Podcasts – Podcasts are either video or audio snippets on various topics uploaded to the net via individuals, corporations, radio stations etc. that can be downloaded for playback on a mobile handset via an active internet connection. They're usually in the form of web feeds. PRL - is a database residing in a wireless (primarily CDMA) device, such as a cellphone, that contains information used during the system selection and acquisition process. In the case of RUIM-based CDMA devices, the PRL resides on the RUIM. The PRL indicates which bands, sub bands and service provider identifiers will be scanned and in what priority order. Without a PRL, the device may not be able to roam, i.e. obtain service outside of the home area. Proprietary Ports – As the name implies, it's the connectivity port for a handsfree, charger or USB that is design-specific to a single company's brand of handsets. It's also one of the more irritating aspects in the mobile phone industry. With a standard port, users can simply use wires from other products and vice-versa instead of hunting for a very specific wire that in most cases is only available with the handset manufacturer who would probably charge a premium rate. If you are confused about cables and wires, this topic may prove helpful - Guide to PC's cable and Wiring Push Mail – This service allows a handset with an active internet connection and support for the same to always download new messages from a designated server linked to your personal email address. What this means is, a real-time download of all incoming emails to your mailbox which you can access from your mobile as well as your PC. Pwnage – To be Pwned is the same as street slang for 'Owned' i.e. to be taken for a ride (in some cases) or to be to be controlled against your will. In the world of the iPhone to have your iPhone Pwned, would mean to jailbreak it and gain access to all areas. A Pwnage tool is required to do just this. RDS – Radio Data System is a very frequent term attached to the FM radio capabilities in a mobile handset. It's a method of transmitting small but useful snippets of digital information via the radio's frequencies that would include Track name, name of the artist etc. SAR (Specific Absorption Rate) - A cell phone's SAR, or its Specific Absorption Rate, is a measure of the amount of radio frequency (RF) energy absorbed by the body when using the handset. All cell phones emit RF energy and the SAR varies by handset model Read more here. Series 40 and Series 60 – S40 or S60 are mobile User Interfaces (UI) that work with the Symbian Operating System. S40 UIs are usually found in some of the lower end Nokia handsets and S60 can be found in some of the more advanced. Nokia has launched a touchscreen version of their Series 40 UI and of course, you'll all be familiar by now with the 5800 XpressMusic that uses a S60 touch based UI. Nokia's N8 had a new version of their Symbian UI, named Symbian ^3. Tap-Screen/SurePress - The latest in touchscreen technology is RIM's offering in their BlackBerry Storm 9500. While the UI works quite like any other touchscreen interface with response to touch by sliding your fingers across the screen; in order to actually activate major functions or selections, the screen itself can be pressed, not unlike a normal button on a keypad. This technology is what we call Tap-Screen and what RIM calls SurePress. UIQ - User Interface Quartz, is essentially a platform based on the Symbian Operating System (OS). A variant of sorts. Later versions are used in handsets that have touchscreen interfaces. The UIQ platform also allows for plenty of development and also supports Java. UMTS - Universal Mobile Telecommunications System is one of the 3G mobile cellular technologies. Also understood as 3GSM in many cases, it essentially implies a sort of hybrid combination of 3G with its speed and GSM with a more globalised standard. Unlock – Unlocking carrier locked phone implies you would be able to use it as an open GSM handset so that it would no longer be tied to a single carrier. You'd be free to use any service provider's SIM card and services attached to the same without disrupting the use of the handset in any way. USB – Universal Serial Bus is simply a wired standard used for interfacing between a mobile handset and a PC for various purposes be it media and data transfer, backing up of information or even recharging the battery. Mobile phones usually have this in mini-USB and micro-USB variants. VOIP - Voice over Internet Protocol, in the simplest sense, implies the ability to make voice calls over the internet. In a mobile phone it would mean the ability to make a call using Wi-Fi, EDGE or any other internet service the handset permits. WAP - Wireless Application Protocol is simply the system used by a mobile handset to connect to the internet but it's a little more 'strictly' basic when compared to GPRS or EDGE. W-CDMA - Wideband Code Division Multiple Access is another type of 3G network. Wi-Fi - is a mode of wireless connectivity but with a stricter sense. It allows for mobile handsets to connect to Wi-Fi routers in a certain area for quick and high speed internet connectivity. WiMAX - Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access is a wireless digital communications system intended for much larger areas as compared to Wi-Fi. It can provide broadband wireless up to 50 km for fixed stations, and 5 - 15 km for mobile stations. Wi-Fi on a much larger scale like EDGE/GPRS with broadband speeds. Commonly Used Abbreviations with CDMA MIN - Mobile Identification Number ESN - Electronic Serial Number PRL - Preferred Roaming List SID - System Identification Number SCM - Station Class Mark CAI - Common Air Interface A Key - Authentication Key NAM - Numeric Assignment Module SPC - Service Programming Code Sourced part of the info from tech2, webopedia. Feel free to add new terms to this topic Edit : Updated with more terms..
  19. 25 points
    For those who are deciding between HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4; here's my comparison report after a couple of months usage of both handsets. I have the Sprint CDMA version for both, of-course on Reliance CDMA now The best thing about the HTC One is its look and feel. With all Samsung Galaxy handsets looking similar, S4 will look like it belongs on a far more downmarket phone. HTC One on the other hand stands out from the rest of the crowd and gets more attention as it doesn't have the common look like a Galaxy or even an iPhone. When I was at the Burj Khalifa (Dubai) in early May, a foreigner there saw the HTC One in my hands and screamed "hey look... its the new HTC handset!" - I don't think he would have noticed if I was using a Galaxy S4. The replaceable battery option does get some points for Galaxy S4 though. Since I had used a Galaxy S3 before, the S4's rectangular boxy shape did not feel that comfortable as the S3's under body cover is more curvy and hence more comfortable. Anyway the S4 is more comfortable to hold than the HTC One for me as it feels to have more grip. The Ones power button is on the top left edge, and doesnt really extend from the phones surface at all. So if you are upgrading from a handset like S3, it will take some time to get used to it and especially the navigation buttons. Even though the screen size difference is only 0.3", I do feel it makes a good difference as the HTC One screen looks a bit more cramped when you look at it many days after using the S4. So a big advantage there for the S4 over HTC One. Feature-wise Samsung Galaxy S4 has load of cool features but in the 2 months of usage I had, the only time I used those "cool" features were when I was showing off the handset to someone or when they asked me about those features. Yes, they do work fine and not just gimmicks, its just not really going to be used all the time. Those "cool" features do take up battery life as well. Camera had mixed results for me. Some pics looked better on HTC One while some looked better on S4. The HTC Ones colors are more accurate in my opinion and more crisper. Overall, I would say the HTC One is better for low-lit conditions. Battery life feels more or less the same with both handsets. BlinkFeed on the HTC One was kind of weird for me in the beginning but eventually I started liking it. Make sure you filter the sources that you require to make it better. I still like TouchWiz navigation than HTC Sense, maybe that has something to do with the fact that I was used to it before with the S3. I have seen many reporting over-heating problem with the GSM Galaxy S4 but I haven't noticed any over-heating issue with the Galaxy S4 CDMA (mine is Sprint). The most disappointing aspect of both HTC One CDMA and Galaxy is that SVDO (Simultaneous Voice and EV-DO) has been removed which was present in Samsung Galaxy S3 and HTC EVO 4G LTE. The reason behind it is that they added simultaneous voice support for LTE which is more popular now in US than EVDO. So the 3G (EVDO) data session will get cut off when you make or receive a call. EVDO works great on both handsets. I have run these tests on both handsets together at the same time... Galaxy S4: HTC One: I have heard some people say that EVDO is faster on HTC handsets but in my opinion it just varies. I have done EVDO speed tests on both handsets together at the same time during different time of the day/night and have seen varying results. However I do notice that HTC One had more reception signal strength as per the dBm ratings checked together at the same time: (the dBM value is in -ve, so the lesser (to 0) the better)
  20. 24 points
    My dear friends, we all like to get something for FREE. Although you must have heard the old adage "Nothing is ever free", but here we will share the ways to get many things for FREE. I'm starting this thread to share the sources from where you can get FREE products / samples / collectibles / services etc. Thought to start this thread long ago but waited to get my freebies delivered first to make it sure that the sources are genuine. Its better late then never. Lets start this thread from the FREE Samples available from Procter & Gamble (P&G). Get Free Samples of : 1. Gillette Fusion Razor (Trial Pack) 2. Olay Total Effect (8 ml) 3. Head & Shoulders Shampoo (80 ml) 4. Pantene Pro V. 5. Ariel Oxyblu (200 gms) 6. Olay Natural White (Trial Pack) 7. Pampers (Pack of 2) Here are the pics of some of the products I got delivered from P&G : Apart from the above 3 products, I also got my sample of Olay Total Effects and Head & Shoulders which has been consumed by my Old Lady so can't post the pics for the two. Samples of Arial Oxyblu and Olay Natural White are yet to be delivered. Here is what you have to do in order to get your FREE samples : Simply register at the below mentioned page and answer some simple questions to get your FREE samples. https://www.rewardme...er/register.php Dear Friends, if you come across any source to get FREEBIES then do share the same in this thread.
  21. 23 points
    Hi Attaching an XL with maximum collection of Samsung 16 Digit passwords This will be updated time to time Also requesting every one to contribute , same will be added to XL. These passwords are required to get SPC of Samsung phones, 99% samsung phones are possible with these passwords. New phones which ask spc when putting in phone DIAG mode, need to be rooted or need to find SPC with some script or with APK Few phones like M950 which have unique method of NV rebuild. . If any one need help on specific model can post it forum or PM me. samsung_16_digit_passwords.xls
  22. 23 points
    It's great to share with you the 9th Anniversary of RIMweb.in as yet another eventful year has passed by. It has always seemed possible and today we are here celebrating an occasion close to our hearts! In 2012, we saw an upsurge in smartphone usage and popularity among our members thanks to Android. RIMweb.in would like to thank all its handset sellers for bringing a wide range of high end CDMA handsets for all members at the cheapest prices and for offerring a hassle free experience with activating both voice and data services on the Reliance CDMA network. The Reputed Seller Group members deserve a special mention for making the voice/data activation process much easier for everyone on their high end CDMA handsets which would have otherwise been a tough nut to crack on CDMA. Given the enormous growth and development of the smartphone & tablet market in 2012, we can expect some highly groundbreaking developments for high speed data services in 2013. It is shaping up to be the year of 4G / LTE in India according to the industry analysts. Reliance Industries' telecom subsidiary, Infotel Broadband, is expected to be game changer who is getting ready to unleash voice over data services when it launches high-end data services hopefully by the second half of 2013. Infotel Broadband is expected to shake up the telecom market in the same way as it did about a decade ago when it rolled out low-cost mobile services. We have now added a separate section for Infotel Broadband 4G LTE and will evolve it further according to the developments in the future. We would like to give a heads up that our Super Moderator Ashok Karkera is organizing a RIMweb Meet in Mumbai on the 6th of January, 2013. The date & place is tentative as of now; and you can keep in sync about the event in the forum topic and/or Facebook Group page: Keeping in sync with the latest happenings in the telecom & communications industry in India, RIMweb.in has always received commendable support from all you members! Not to forget, RIMweb.in is an unbiased independent / unofficial public discussion forum for the Reliance Mobile subscribers community and evolved later to support the entire Indian telecommunication industry. Today we can proudly say that the discussion forum has managed to help and support fellow members for all their queries, grievances and become a platform for sharing experiences in an efficient and effective manner. It has been a long plausible journey has left its marks on the Internet and in the hearts of many, individually. On behalf of all the members & moderators at RIMweb.in, we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year - 2013 too! Time to bid Adiós to the year by and Congratulations once again to you, for the 9th Anniversary of the RIMweb Community! As part of the anniversary celebrations... and throwing the toast... we have a lot of goodies for you - the members who has made RIMweb what it is today! We are giving away online vouchers worth Rs.500, Rs.250 and Rs.100 to the top contributing 50 members. The top members have been filtered based on the Reputation points received during the past 1 year (December 23, 2011 - December 22, 2012) and the number of posts in the past year as well. The top 5 members will get Rs.500 worth online voucher, next 20 members will get Rs.250 worth online voucher and the remaining 25 members will get Rs.100 worth voucher. The online recharge vouchers can be redeemed for anything that is transact-able online like Mobile recharge, DTH recharge, etc. that is convenient to you. All the winners will be contacted individually by email (registered for your RIMweb.in account) with the details after January 2, 2013. You will be contacted by email only (and NOT PM), so please make sure that the email address in your profile is updated by then. Please find the list of winning members below (sorted alphabetically):
  23. 23 points
    Think Your Smartphone is Sluggish, Your Memory Card is The Culprit Source Source Source This was a revelation waiting to happen. After spending thousands behind that latest dual core android beasts, do you still think, it lags in performance. Your Memory Card is to be blamed for that... Reason perhaps Apple Still does not allow Memory Cards in iPhones after all this years!!! As per a recent study, "Revisiting Storage For Smartphones" at the Georgia Institute of Techbology on File and Storage Technologies.. Download Full Study Paper >> http://static.usenix..._papers/Kim.pdf With manufacturers focusing on the speed and number of cores a smartphone’s processor features, megapixel numbers, and network technologies like LTE, the performance of an Android handset should largely be based on its hardware, right? Wrong, according to a new study undertaken by researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The type and brand of microSD storage installed in the device could just as well be the culprit. Their study that found that flash storage often accounted for a 100 to 300 percent drop in performance. In one instance the numbers dipped by an astonishing 2,000 percent. The researchers tested top selling 16GB embedded flash memory cards in several Android smartphones and found performance over WiFi varied between 100% to 300% across applications. In one flash memory test, performance dropped more than 20X. Ironically, benchmarking tests showed that some lower grade microSD cards performed better than some higher grade cards. As for naming names, Kim writes that Kingston's microSD card performs so badly that its results need to be removed from test data to get realistic averages. Transcend performs the best for random writes by as much as a factor of 100 compared to the competition. The bottom line is that the brand of microSD card you use in your device does make a difference in how fast it runs. Kim checked the launch time for eight popular apps including Angry Birds, Twitter and YouTube and found that Kingston's microSD cards offered up the slowest times for most of the apps. And for those who complain about how sluggish their Android model is, a change in the microSD card brand you use could make the difference. "A good chunk of time for users is spent waiting for websites to load ... [and for] applications to load," said Hyojun Kim, a Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. And, while waiting for apps to load is annoying, a more nefarious impact of poor flash performance is that it depletes a smartphone's battery. Kim said wireless network performance has kept pace with most of today's mobile applications, as have the single and dual core CPUs being used in today's sophisticated smartphones. What hasn't kept pace is the bandwidth of NAND flash, he said. "Why would anyone want to see a 20-second wait time on their phone, particularly if the network is not the problem," he said. The research identified the problem with poor flash device performance to be rooted in random I/O from application databases such as heavy random writes. In flash memory, random write performance is orders of magnitude worse than sequential writes, Kim said. The smartphone tests involved the use of applications such as WebBench Browser, Facebook, Android Email. Google Maps, App Install, Pulse News Reader, and RLBench SQLite. The flash cards came from Transcend, RiData, SanDisk, Kingston, Wintec, A-Data, Patriot Memory and PNY. "Apart from the benefits of selecting a good flash card, there are some fundamental ways we're using storage in a bad way," he said, referring to the way many applications are created to write data randomly, which causes flash performance to fall of a cliff.
  24. 22 points
    This is for Verizon Wireess Incredible 2 (Device name VIVOW) Get Incredible 2 Rooted and S=OFF using http://revolutionary.io Download this file http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AOQ42MYO Rename file to PG32IMG.zip Place it into SDCards root (SDCard must be format by FAT32) Put Phone into Bootloader mode and FLash this ROM After Phone Reboot Select English Language Go to Wireless and CDMA APN - Create new APN Named RConnect UID = MDN / PWD = MDN / Dialup Number #777 Reboot now EVDO or 1X will be Started Automatically All OMH and Non OMH Card Supported YOU Can Switch from CN ROM to VerizonW ROM But Never ever play around with ##3282# and ##PST# it will Corrup NV and Phone may go to Bootloop To Revert to Official GingerBread ROM from Verizon Download http://www.megaupload.com/?d=FBLX0135 the file and Rename it to PG32IMG.zip and Place it on SDCard and flash via Bootloader
  25. 22 points
    Palm Treo 755p was the dirst mobile i put in diag mode after carefully following D K JI's guide Since then the most difficult part i come across is remembering how to get it in diag mode as i forget codes and methods all time, so i am gonna list it out for me as a ready guide. Before you begin: Get latest / old / Modified drivers for your device Get respective cable and off you go Palm device Sprint Treo 755P / Sprint Treo 800w ##3424# for ##DIAG# select the port Palm Pre / Pixi & Plus Bypass Activation Download Code generation from Hitesh post pass key gen get SN from device back or Info Navigate to phone dialer. Type ##USBPASS#, enter the 5 digit code recieved from the pass key gen. Navigate to 1 and change the port to diagnostic port. Plug in phone. You have access to diagnostic port. Don't forget to go back to the usbpass and take diagnostic mode off when complete it gives option to charge or mtp mode. This key will also work to enter in palm code to edit data settings such as mmscurl in ##3282#. Samsung Mobiles Fascinate Manual Program From the phone dialer screen, press * * 7 7 2 Enter 000000 Scroll down till you see SVC MODE NAM 1 CDMA Directory number Tap to enter MDN then hit enter Enter MIN number then hit enter Now just keep hitting enter until the phone reboots Diag mode Go to Menu, Settings, Applications, Development and check "USB Debugging" Bring up the dial pad on the phone and enter **87284 (**USBUI) you should have 2 different options on the screen select MODEM for both options phone is now on diag mode 16digit Pass: 2010031619780721 EPIC Manual Program Enter ##000000# Select edit mode and enter 000000 Type in your 10 digit MDN number and hit enter Type in your 10 digit MIN number Now just keep hitting enter until the phone exits the programming menu and reboots DIag Mode In 2.1 Just enable USB debugging (Go to Menu, Settings, Applications, Development and check "USB Debugging") go to Wireless Controls and Enable Dial up Networking Epic 2.2 or higher Enable "USB Debugging" Bring up the dial pad and enter ##8778# You should have 2 different options on the screen Select MODEM for both options Reboot phone with usb plugged in 16 digit Pass: 01F2030F5F678FF9 Continum Manual Program Same as Fasfinate Diagmode Bring up the dial pad on the phone and enter **87284 (**USBUI) you should have 2 different options on the screen select MODEM for both options phone is now on diag mode 16 Digit Password 2010031619810219 EPIC 4G Manual Program Same as EPIC DIAG mode enable "USB Debugging" enter ##8778# You should have 3 different options on the screen Select the "ALL" option NExus S 4G Manual Program Enter *#*#000000#*#* Select edit mode and enter 000000 10 digit MDN number and hit enter 10 digit MIN number Now just keep hitting enter until the phone exits the programming menu and reboots Diag Mode (thanks Tarun Kabra Ji) ENABLE "USB Debugging" dial enter *#*#8778#*#* 2 different options on the screen Select MODEM for both option Juke and Smooth Manual Program Go to Menu, Settings, * Enter 000000 for SPC Code or what u have Select Network Settings Choose Phone Number and enter (MDN), press OK Choose NMSID to enter MIN (00 followed by the MIN) Press OK Press Exit when done Phone will restart and Programming is complete. Diag Mode Menu - Setting & tools - plress # - dial MSL - go to MTP settings - Select MSM for DIag and MTP for music transfer ----------------MORE to CUM---------------------- To bypass activation screen, press emergency call button, then at the dialer, press* # 8 3 7 8 6 6 3 3, press the Home key. Samsung S3 / S2 Some Samsung phone the diag mode is in hidden Menu get it by (thanks to Parin) *#22745927 then enable hidden menu Then dial *#7284# or ##3424# Select QXDM USB Settings & Select Last option where there id DM (diagnostic mode) HTC Mobile ##3424# (tarun Ji) Motorola Mobile BP Tools is supported by (thanks Kapil Ji) Motorola Droid Bionic Motorola Droid 3 Motorola Droid 4 Motorola Droid Razr Motorola Droid Razr Max Some new bootloader on Droid X2 & Photon also support this MOre to Come --- if I have missed something please guide me or post below as your contribution
  26. 22 points
    Revised Buy-Sell Guideline Suggestion There are requests for changes in buy-sell guidelines due to some recent not so good experience from some newbie sellers. I thought of opening a fresh topic where we all can put our view forward and then Admin/Mods can take a final call. Background: As we all can see, recently there is increase in number of sellers who come on this forum ONLY for selling/making a quick buck/treating it as more of a BUSINESS. Getting a properly configured imported handset at a great price has been one of the unique attribute attached with this forum. This is enhanced by the fact that there is a reputed seller system where certain things are pre assured. Even for sellers who have not been in the reputed seller category, most of them are regular on the forum, contribute/help in various technical/other discussion. All this has resulted in most of the buyers attaching a much higher TRUST level to ANY sell topic here on this forum then others. Presumption from most buyers is always that every sell topic is good, buyer will get the items quickly, as described and with proper communication. Objective: The first objective of the forum is sharing of knowledge, help in technical matters. Buying/Selling though very important but is not THE primary thing for which the forum stands. It will be good if there are more reputed sellers but NEWBIES/Non Serious players who are here to make a fast buck/extra/side income can't be encouraged/allowed. Ofcourse if they are serious & continue with the forum, they will surely migrate to the next level in the long run. The system has to be designed as such. Regular Members who are selling occassionally OR single handsets (Upon changing/upgrading the handset) should face no difficulty/obstruction in posting their sell topics. (Ofcourse should comply with all rules) Proposed Changes in Buy-Sell Guidelines: Minimum number of posts for opening a sell topic for a single item should be 25 & Member since not less than 2 Month. (Applicable for All Members). If someone wants to open a sell topic with multiple items at a time, then the Minimum number of posts should be 100 & Member since not less than 6 Month. Someone wanting to sell multiple items but not having 100 posts but having 25 posts can post sell topics with a SINGLE item only, finish the transaction, receive the feedback & then open another topic for another item. No multiple ITEM sell post in the same topic to be allowed. All instances of sellers posting that he is having x phone/phones in stock for sell without actually giving complete details as per Buy-Sell guidelines should be strictly prohibited. There have been multiple instances of such practice recently with even the current problem sell topic of the fella with less then 10 posts having such post. See HERE in the third post he is mentioning handsets for sell without mentioning any details. This was not NOTICED/ACTED/ UPON. Not trying to blame anyone. Admin/Mods here do a wonderful job always. But we have only 2 Active as of today. Arun & Kamalbhai. Pretty busy too. Also this is complete free SEVA. It's entirely understadable that every topic may not receive every attention all the time. But then we should think of APPOINTING additional MODERATOR/s who can contribute. For used phone sell topic, minimum of 6 photographs compulsory displaying front/back and all 4 sides. As soon as the sell is closed, the posting member asks for closing the topic and it's closed immediately. No sell topic should be closed untill the buyer has posted the feedback. A separate TOPIC named Buyer's Checklist for Online Imported CDMA Handset Buying on RIMWeb should be created and a link to that topic should be made mandatory to be placed in all sell topics in RED Color (Except may be of Reputed Sellers). Possible Content of that topic given below Buyer's Checklist for Online Imported CDMA Handset Buying On RIMWeb Have you taken complete details of the seller like Full Address/Contact/Email/Numbers? Have you confirmed with the seller all details regarding MEID Registration/EVDO Data/Configuration/Activation? Have you confirmed with the seller regarding what services he will offer regarding above during initial sell & at the time of resale? Have you confirmed whether above services are free or chargeable? If chargeable, What will be the charges? Have you kept details of all communication with seller whether through pm/email handy? This will help in the event of a dispute. Have you satisfied yourself with the seller credentials/reputation/regular availability on the forum? Have you verified how long the seller is on the forum & checked the past feedbacks if any? Request all members to please share your inputs/suggestions regarding any of the above.
  27. 22 points
    New members, (why even me in the beginning!) go nuts over technical jargon that they may not fully follow. I am posting this topic with a view to help them comprehend better and understand CDMA which I feel is not given due appreciation. Post the additional essential details here but lets spare the argument on GSM v/s CDMA Experienced members kindly view this as a venue to refresh and share updated info. CDMA operators in India CDMA (code division multiple access) is a digital mobile telephone standard which takes a different approach to the other, competing standards: GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) and TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access). Where GSM and TDMA divide the available bandwidth into 'channels' using a combination of frequency bands and time-slices, CDMA spreads the signal over a wide bandwidth, identifying each channel using unique digital codes. This means it can provide greater bandwidth efficiency, and hence a greater potential number of channels. Traditional uses of spread spectrum are in military operations. Because of the wide bandwidth of a spread spectrum signal, it is very difficult to jam, difficult to interfere with, and difficult to identify. This is in contrast to technologies using a narrower bandwidth of frequencies. Since a wideband spread spectrum signal is very hard to detect, it appears as nothing more than a slight rise in the "noise floor" or interference level. With other technologies, the power of the signal is concentrated in a narrower band, which makes it easier to detect. The narrow band is also more prone to interference than the spread-spectrum of CDMA. Increased privacy is inherent in CDMA technology. CDMA phone calls will be secure from the casual eavesdropper since, unlike an analog conversation, a simple radio receiver will not be able to pick individual digital conversations out of the overall RF radiation in a frequency band. TDMA (time division multiple access) and GSM systems have to add an extra stage of encryption to the signal to ensure privacy, whereas encryption is inherent to the CDMA system. The 1× Evolution-Data Optimised, which is abbreviated as EV-DO or 1× EV-DO, is a wireless radio broadband data standard. It has been adopted by a number of CDMA mobile telecommunications service providers across the world, particularly in the USA, South Korea, Japan, eastern European countries, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and spreading in our very own India The technology was first standardised by 3GPP2 in 2000 as part of the CDMA2000 standards. Qualcomm started to develop EV-DO in 1999 in a bid to produce a 2Mbit/s downlink for stationary communications, according to the requirements of IMT-2000. Originally the DO of the standards acronym stood for 'data only'. However, after being ratified by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the 'O' was changed to 'optimised' since 'only' had negative connotations for marketing the technology. EV-DO technology is a direct evolution of the 1× (1×RTT) air interface standard, with its channels carrying data traffic only. HOW DOES IT MATCH UP? In comparison to GPRS and EDGE standards, which have been widely adopted by GSM networks, the 1× EV-DO capability of enabled CDMA2000 networks is much faster. It provides mobile devices (handsets and wireless modem air cards) with air interface speeds of up to 2.4576Mb/s with EV-DO Rev. 0 and even faster speeds of 3.1Mb/s with Rev. A (data only rev A, affectionately known as DORA). Only devices fitted with 1xEV-DO capable chipsets can take advantage of the higher speeds. High speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) is a rival technology for wide band code division multiple access (W-CDMA) networks. HSDPA has the advantage over EV-DO of being able to maintain voice and data channels simultaneously over a single pair of frequencies. The system has some real advantages over WiFi, including the fact that it is always on with seamless roaming. Additionally, the signal can travel on the same cell sites as mobile phones, can download and run video clips in real time, there is no 300ft range from the cell tower or 'hot spot' and there are not so many security issues. DEPLOYMENT AND TECHNOLOGY When deployed alongside a voice network, 1× EV-DO requires a separate radio channel of 1.25MHz. The first revision of the standard was 1x EV-DO Rev. 0 and this is now being superseded by 1× EV-DO Rev. A In addition to the increase in the maximum downlink rate from 2.4576Mb/s in Rev. 0 to 3.1Mb/s, EVDO Rev.A also has a 12-times improvement in the maximum uplink data rate, from .15Mb/s to 1.8Mb/s. EV-DO REVISION B Even Rev. A is now due to be superseded, with the wireless communications market constantly striving for better and faster services. 1× EV-DO Rev B (DORB) specifications have now been developed. EVDO Rev. B is the evolution of Rev. A and in addition to all that is provided in Rev A, provides additional enhancements such as: higher rates per carrier (up to 4.9Mbps on the downlink); higher rates by bundling multiple channels together (this can enhance user experience and enables new services such as high definition video streaming); reducing latency for services such as gaming and video telephony, due to statistical mutiplexing across channels and hybrid frequency re-use which reduces the interference from the adjacent sectors and improves the rates that can be offered especially to the users at the edge of the cell. Where EVDO isn't available, 2G/1xRTT data capability will be present and your EVDO modem or phone will automatically connect to it. While considerably slower than EVDO, 1x is a huge boon - if you find yourself in a remote location with no EVDO connectivity, you will still be able to remain connected! Commonly Used Abbreviations MIN - Mobile Identification Number ESN - Electronic Serial Number PRL - Preferred Roaming List SID - System Identification Number SCM - Station Class Mark CAI - Common Air Interface A Key - Authentication Key NAM - Numeric Assignment Module SPC - Service Programming Code Glossary BREW - is Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices equipped for CDMA technology. RUIM or R-UIM - is a transferable identification card for mobile phones that belong to the CDMA network. RUIM cards store personal information, including the name and account number, the cell phone number, as well as the contacts' names and numbers. The RUIM cards also store text messages and any other important phone settings. MEID - An ID number that is unique for each new CDMA mobile in the world. It identifies the phone to the network. MEID is a replacement for ESN. It began replacing ESN in 2005 since the pool of ESN numbers has been virtually exhausted due to the number of devices in use. It is equivalent to IMEI in GSM phones. ESN - An ESN is a numeric identifier that uniquely identifies a CDMA phone. The ESN is what a CDMA network uses to identify a phone and determine which subscriber's account, if any, it is linked to. Because of this, when switching from one phone to another, subscribers will have to provide the ESN of the new phone to the network carrier before it can be activated. The ESN is being phased out in favour of the MEID. This is happening because phone manufacturers are literally running out of ESN identifiers. OTA (Over-The-Air) - Any kind of event or transfer that takes place wirelessly using the cellular network as opposed to using a cable or other local connection. PRL - is a database residing in a wireless (primarily CDMA) device, such as a cellphone, that contains information used during the system selection and acquisition process. In the case of RUIM-based CDMA devices, the PRL resides on the RUIM. The PRL indicates which bands, sub bands and service provider identifiers will be scanned and in what priority order. Without a PRL, the device may not be able to roam, i.e. obtain service outside of the home area. Frequently Asked Questions : 1.How can I locate the ESN or MEID number on my phone? All mobile devices are identified by an Electronic Serial Number (ESN) or a Mobile Equipment Indentifier (MEID). Some devices may display the ESN or MEID under the battery, below the battery or on the back of the phone. Behind the Battery: Below the Battery: Back of the Phone: Below are examples of labels that can be found on devices supporting ESN numbers. As ESN Is an 11-digit Electronic Serial Number. An ESN in hexadecimal, or HEX, is represented by 8 characters that are numbers and letters. Below are examples of labels that can be found on devices that support MEID numbers. MEID is always hexadecimal, represented by 14 characters that are numbers and letters. The first digit is always A - F. NOTE: Don't confuse the letter O with the number 0 (zero). It is always a zero. Only letters A-F are in an ESN/MEID. Sourced info from the net and all recognition to them. Found this good report on the technical side of CDMA which you may find interesting. Some of the details provided may be obsolete as it was written a while ago, please verify the same. cdma.pdf Edit - Frequently Asked Questions
  28. 21 points
    Finally got WiFi tether working on Boost Moto G. For this we require following things. 1- rooted Boost Moto G 2- SQL lite editor installed. ( its paid app . but there are ways to get it free ) To root your phone, you can follow my bootloader unlock thread in Motorola section. Now ones you are rooted and ready with SQL lite editor installed. Open SQL lite editor and grant root access. Then scroll down to OMADMClient_Sprint_Data service Then you will see OMADM.db Select it. Then below screen will come Select first option runtime data After than you will see list of entries like below. Look for tether option and select edit from top pen button. After clicking edit . change 1 to 0 as shown in below screenshot. To Then just click save and reboot the phone. And default WiFi tether will work !! Sent by Moto G on Reliance CDMA
  29. 21 points
    I have almost completed the update to IP.Board 3.2 now which as you can see brings in a new look with more features. I mentioned "almost" since I haven't added back the usual addons like Google Search, Sidebar modifications, other customizations that was there previously, etc. which I will be completing in a couple of days. I will update this topic with a list of changes that is visible in the front end later, until then look around and check out the new stuff. Meanwhile please do let me know if you notice any issue (other than the missing addons/options as mentioned above) so that I can check or consult with the developers. Thank you!
  30. 20 points
    Ok, so I got myself an MTS MTAG 3.1 (Huawei C8511)/(Huawei C8500S China Telecom) which was ruim unclocked but data incompatible for Reliance. This guide works for other various Android non-OMH CDMA handsets as well. This is for those whose APN list is not editable or custom APN cannot be saved.Tested. This is my sole invention and work and is not published anywhere else till now. Use is as per your discretion. 1. Make sure the handset is rooted and busybox and SU are installed and updated. 2. Open Root explorer and allow SU permission if opened for the first time. 3. Delete the cust folder in the root system of the device. This folder carries operator files, multimedia, operator apks and NV traces. 4. goto apns-conf.xml in /system/etc folder 5. Longpress on apns-conf.xml and select open in text editor 6. Once the text editor pops up, scroll down and you will see China Telecom, Sprint, Verizon, M-pcs, Virgin, APNs list. 7. Edit the first APN (default one) with Reliance APN settings we all know here. 8. Keep changing all the APNS till down with various settings. Once can edit the defualt value with usr=net/pass=net and the other ones with mdn/mdn combination. 9. Be careful do not put any extra space or delete any comma or double colon. 10. Click to save and exit, original bak will be backed up automatically. 11. Goto root using root explorer and in system folder locate build.prop 12. Longpress and open using editor 13. Goto ro.cdma.home.operator.numeric= ____ change it to 404 00 and ro.cdma.home.operator.alpha=______ change it to Reliance 14. This can be a little troublesome so bak is imp. Click to save and exit. 15. Reboot. 16. In some devices, the APN list in Network settings gets automatically updated, in some you have to put it manually but now the custom APNs will be saved.
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    Friends, Everyone is Impatient To Know What is Happening to Their MNP Request...When...How... So i have made an MNP Process Flowchart For All Of You To Actually Know How It Happens....What Goes On In The Background...Time Frames Etc... When Days Are Mentioned Exclude Sundays And Holidays Under Negotiable Instrument Act. MNP Service Provider means either Syniverse OR Telcordia, the two MNP Service Providers in India. Donor Operator means Your Current Service Provider. Recipient Operator means the Service Provider to whom you are migrating. Enjoy And Relax...
  33. 19 points
    Enable OMH/EVDO/Wifi-Hotspot on Spring LG Tribute LS660 To get the SPC, we need to activate the device on Ting (a Sprint MVNO operator in the US). Use a referral link to Signup on Ting so that you get a $25 account credit. You may use mine if you'd like -- http://bit.ly/varkeyting Proceed for activation and it will ask you for the MEID and ICC ID, both are available on the box. Go through the steps, enter any US address (maybe use the address of a package forwarder or something). You will be asked to add a payment method, don't worry they won't charge you immediately. Create or use an existing Amazon account for this. Add a virtual credit card and link it to Ting. Once this wizard completes you will get an email with the SPC. You don't need to do anything on the handset. Now you can go to the device settings page in Ting and delete the device. Once we have the SPC, we can get the device activated directly on Sprint so that the Wifi Hotspot and other features get enabled. Go to http://bit.ly/sprintact and select "I'm a new customer and I want to activate my Sprint Prepaid phone." and go through the wizard. You need to enter your MEID and it will ask you to confirm the ICC ID. (You may have to wait sometime after you deleted the device from Ting for this to work) Go to the next page, enter the details (use any US address where Sprint has service). Choose the cheapest plan and when it asks for payment, select the pay later option at the bottom. Finish all the steps and you will get an email with your new Phone number. Now power on the device, connect it to WiFi and let it activate. This may take some time as it downloads couple of things. Once the activation, PRL update, firmware update etc is complete you would be able to use the device. Go to the settings menu and see if the Wifi Hotspot sub menu is enabled. Now we need to enable DIAG mode and then RUIM. @Vinod Nayak has made an excellent tutorial on this, so I am not posting it again. Please check the thread -- http://www.rimweb.in/forums/topic/36748-how-to-change-mode-from-nv-to-ruim-in-any-cdma-phone-using-dfs-free-version/ (You may also want to change the SPC 000000 to remember to easily.) You can insert the Reliance CDMA RUIM and it should register to network with call and SMS. I used a mini SIM which was cut and didn't have any problems. Few users reported that it did not work with a cut sim. So YMMV. When enabling data it threw an error for me and few others. To get data working, I am not sure of the exact change but few of the changes that I had made before it started working are below. I used QPST 2.7.411 for Step 2. (I will update the post with more info once I have the exact changes required). Changed the NV MCC MNC to 404 00 Disabled Sprint Mobile IP profiles and created a new one and activated with NAI as NET Changed NV Mode to SimpleIP Known Issues Handsfree activation popup on every restart. To make it go away immediately, enable Airplane mode, wait few seconds, it would display an error and disappear. Now disable Airplane mode and you can continue using the device (well, until the next restart )I will update the post with more details as we learn about them. I thank everyone who participated in the other thread, for their inputs which helped us in reaching this stage.
  34. 19 points
    Verizon Galaxy Note II - GSM Unlock - Add APN Data - Remove Non-Verizon SIM Message Source Topic This is great info. We have one of the best phone now working with GSM Data. CDMA Voice with SIM Card should work without any change & CDMA Data through SIM can also be tried through this APN method. I think we may have another best seller on our hand after Incredible 2 which works on CDMA & GSM SIM Card with Data! How to add APN data: In order to get data working you have to add carrier specific data to the apns-conf.xml file. While you may have been able to do this is in the past on other devices under settings, VZW has blocked this. Method 1: Flashable mod (via custom recovery) that will enable the Add APN menu by removing Verizon's block.(For deodexed roms only) >> http://www.mediafire.com/?wqmad2ypgsyd75z This enables the apn editor under settings. Go to Settings, More Settings, Mobile Networks, Access Point Names, menu button. Method 2: Ensure your phone is rooted adb pull /system/etc/apns-conf.xml Add the carrier data to apns-conf.xml with your favorite text/xml editor and save adb push your modified apn-conf.xml file back to /sdcard/ Copy this file back to /system/etc/ and change permissions (I use root explorer) Power down and change your SIM card (AT&T, T-mobile, whatever) if you hadn't already done so Power back on and go to Settings -> More Settings -> Mobile Networks -> Access Point Names (if done properly you should see the APN data you entered for your respective carrier). Select one of the APN listings and then you should have working data Profit Removing the Non-Verizon SIM message When Using a Non Verizon SIM Card: This will occur on roms that include Samsung's Setup Wizard (including stock) - all others can ignore Method 1: - Freeze "Setup wizard 1.0" in Titanium Backup Method 2: Download THIS APK for a deodexed ROM only and replace the original in /system/app/, then reboot. Make sure that /system is mounted as read/write before copy/pasting, and also that you're on a deodexed ROM. After copying it over, reboot and you shouldn't have the ongoing notification anymore.
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    For this process, HTC One Sprint M7WLS should be rooted and S-off. Google it for the procedure till here. 1. Open your favourite CDMA software and make the RUIM config as RUIM if avail 2. Boot the phone into fastboot and type the following commands a. fastboot oem rebootRUU b. fastboot flash zip CT3G_radio.zip c. fastboot reboot Link for the radio https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BylQ6RZ2mIP_UjBkcWd3T1lITFk/edit?usp=sharing 2. http://www.4shared.com/zip/Wh-_Fvsuce/CT3G_radio.html Your phone will detect CDMA SIM network upon reboot.
  36. 19 points
    Incoming calls on some Android phones using Reliance CDMA shows 0091xxxxxxxxxx, which the phone contacts may not recognise preventing outgoing calls in this format. I have devised a build.prop tweak which will revert back to 0xxxxxxxxxx number format with ease. Remember, always backup your build.prop before tweaking so we can switch it back when in trouble. 1. Using root explorer, from root file system locate the 'system' folder 2. go to build.prop and long press select open in text editor 3. opened, got to the line #ro.config.hwft_MatchNum=____ change from whatever to 7 ( RCDMA only accepts 7) #ro.config.hwft_MatchNumShort=____ Change from whatever to 7 more CDMA build.prop tweaks will be continued........
  37. 19 points
    Data Plan Related Unified Data Plans Use it any where On Phone or Tethering Mode (Use on RWorld Password or NetConnect ) (RWorld + NetConnect = SimpleNet) = DONE = Achived as MobileNet All SimpleNet plan must be Activated by SMS short code reducing burden on Web World or Customer Care People = DONE Default SimpleNet plan is Rs 0.50 / Minute / IT MUST BE Volume based like Rs 2 / MB = DONE More Dynamic Combo Plans for Voice + Data Usage = Can be done but not need now EVDO Related Automatic EVDO Activation for Fresh OMH or EVDO Based Devices = Comming Soon Unprovisioned / Old Deactivated OMH / Devidce must have EVDO Deactivated Automatically = Comming Soon Provisioned / Newly Activated OMH / Device must have EVDO Activated automatically = Comming Soon Activation / Reactivation / Deactivation of EVDO must be SMS Based = Will be only via Web World Additional MEID Based PPP Login ID ( A0000012345678@ppp.rcom.co.in) and Password sud be password / So all New Device like Samsung Atlas I500 should not require OS Modification to accomodate MDN / MDN based UID Provisioning = Comming Soon Device Related (Handset Change - Non RUIM) As per the old Methos HCC or Retain MDN both method is confusin HCC is either not available or not working on many devices, Retain MDN is too much time consuming and Device goes in Lost state, I appeal RCDMA to come with Voice Portal for Device Swap so no Funny HCC or Retain MDN is Involved
  38. 19 points
    The humble pen drive has been around for a long time. Prices have never been cheaper, and larger capacities are easily available too. If you're a computer user, you probably have several of them. Apart from using them to just transport your data, there are a myriad other uses for one, as long as you have a one with a decent capacity and speed. For most of these uses, a 2GB drive (prices start at Rs 250) is more than sufficient, though as is always the case with digital storage, more the merrier! Run PortableApps PortableApps is a Windows launcher that can run entirely from your USB drive. What this means is that you can carry a suite of all your favorite applications like Firefox, Chrome, VLC Media Player , Foxit Reader, 7-Zip and more, all on the drive. Plug it into any remote computer and you'll have all your favorite applications with you. All you have to do is head to the website and download the PortableApps program. There are even pre-selected app bundles available for download. Get it from www.portableapps.com Computer maintenance & troubleshooting A USB drive can play host to various applications that can help fix, maintain or troubleshoot a computer in need. First, you can start with Trend Micro's HouseCall or Kaspersky's virus removal tool. Glary Utilities can be run to do a complete maintenance check (registry clean, removal of temporary files, manage startup programs). Finally, Ultimate Defrag can be used organise the files for better speed and reliability. Get all the apps from www.pendriveapps.com Run an alternate operating system Linux and various versions of it are available for free. But some special versions of Linux like Puppy Linux, Damn Small Linux and Xubuntu are small and light enough to be run completely from a USB drive. This means that you can run and check out Linux for yourself on any existing Windows computer, without making any changes to it! The added advantages of these 'Live' builds of Linux is that they have very minimal hardware requirements, which makes them blazing fast, even on older machines. Get them from www.puppylinux.org, www.damnsmalllinux.org, www.xubuntu.org Automated backup of selected folders You may have a 500GB hard drive in your computer, but the most important data to you on that drive will be lesser. It could be a folder of your photographs, videos, songs or important documents. Rather than take a complete backup of the drive which is a time-consuming process, you can use Microsoft's SyncToy to selectively backup and synchronise certain folders between the hard drive and an external USB flash drive. Once configured, all you have to do is plug the drive in to backup the folder. Get it from: http://goo.gl/Zz77V Run a complete media player XBMC (Xbox Media Center) started out as media center for the Microsoft Xbox , but is now versatile software for PCs to playback multiple formats of multimedia files in a slick interface. XBMC Live is a special version, designed to run from USB drives and it can be used to run a pre-configured version of XBMC on any machine for demo purposes. Pretty much anyone who sees the Live version gets the full version instantly. Get it from: http://xbmc.org/download Encrypted Data with self-destruct feature If you're paranoid about someone stealing data from your USB drive, you can secure the data with USB SafeGuard. It encrypts data on the drive with advanced AES 256-bit encryption. You can assign a password to selected folders or to the entire drive. And there's a setting that can erase the entire contents of the drive if someone enters a wrong password too many times. Get it from http://usbsafeguard.altervista.org Work securely on a remote computer Democrakey offers a suite of handy applications that you can store and run from your USB drive. When you are away from your own PC and want to use the Internet on an unknown PC, Democrakey can keep your data and information safe. It includes the Tor Browser (for anonymous web browsing), Clamwin (to check the PC for viruses), AbiWord (to read Word documents) Thunderbird Portable (with pre-installed add-ons to send anonymous email) and TrueCrypt (for file encryption). Get it from www.democrakey.com Increase performance with Ready Boost With Windows Vista and Windows 7, if you have a fast enough USB flash drive, you can use it for Ready Boost. Ready Boost is a feature that uses the space on your USB drive as extra RAM , instantly boosting the overall speed of your Windows system and programs. Not all USB drives are fast enough to be used for Ready Boost. To check, right click on the drive's icon in My Computer, click Tools and then the Ready Boost tab. For more information: http://goo.gl/JztRI Use it as a 'key' to access several PCs You might have seen this before in the movies; a USB drive is inserted into a computer and it immediately springs to life. A free application called Predator can be used for exactly the same thing. Download and install Predator, and pair a USB drive with it. With the USB drive plugged in, you can continue to work, but as soon as it is removed, the screen darkens, the computer locks, and keyboard/mouse input is disabled. Plug it back in, and normal usage is restored. Get it from: www .montpellier-informatique.com/predator Make a "life-backup" This can literally be a life saver. Many of us may have not stopped to think about what would happen if we lost all our belongings in a fire, flood or natural calamity. The size and portability of a USB flash drive is actually ideal to store digital copies of all your important documents like bank information, credit card details, birth certificates, legal papers, insurance papers and anything else that ties into yours or your family's life. Be sure to keep one away at in a locker or at a friend's place in another city for extra peace of mind. Source: Economic Times
  39. 19 points
    As most of you are aware by now MEID Registration and EVDO Activation on Reliance CDMA is a reality now thanks to efforts from members like HetalDP, Sadikk, etc. This will allow foreign CDMA handsets to be activated legally and use on Reliance Mobile CDMA network with EVDO. We never know if Reliance may force A-Key authentication which can affect foreign CDMA Handsets configured by changing ESN in the past; and changing handsets or selling to someone is a hassle too - so MEID registration is the way to go for complete peace of mind and you get the oppurtunity to have EVDO as well. Without doubt this is a major achievement for everyone for which we have been waiting for several years. In order to cover the costs incurred till now for everyone involved in making it a dream come true and for future software development we need to help them financially even though they are not forcing for it. So we have decided to raise funds (instead of seeking random donation) by uniformly charging the following amounts for members who would like to take advantage of MEID registration and/or EVDO activation: MEID Registration + EVDO Activation = 1000 MEID Registration only = 500 EVDO Activation only (if your MEID is already registered) = 750 This will benefit everyone as both the developers and the members will be able to support each other instead of having just a few members to bear the costs involved. I request everyone to help raise the funds for something we have been eagerly waiting for. Here are some FAQs which I presume will be asked by some members: Does it really cost that much for MEID Registration/EVDO Activation process? No, it will not cost that much. The major part of the charge will be spent for covering the costs incurred till now and for future software development. How do I get my MEID registered and activate EVDO for my MDN? Go here and read the instructions in the first post. How do I make the payment for the fundraiser? We will try to give you as many options as possible like Bank A/C Transfer, Credit Card, PayPal, etc. Please mention your preferred mode of payment when you send the email and the details will be given in the reply. I have already sent the email earlier? You will be informed about the payment details in the reply email. How do I configure my new foreign handset after MEID is registered and for EVDO activation? New topics with configuration instructions will be coming up in the Technical/Programming forum in the coming days along with other related FAQs. What are the softwares being developed? Currently the process for configuring the handset after MEID/EVDO registration/activation has to be done manually which can be bit difficult for the technically challenged. A new software that can configure A-Key, MDN, PPP and HDR UID & password with EVDO settings which is dump compatible for CDMA Workshop 2.7 is being planned. The software is also expected to load Reliance NAM settings like Channel/MNC/MCC/SID/NID and have device specific support as well. This software is only planned and not easy to develop since it involves CDMA programming and can take time as well. Since we do not know if it would be possible for sure; for configuring the handsets new topics with instructions to do that will come up in the Technical/Programming forum or by email one-on-one. Will I get refund if the software development is unsuccessful? No, we are not commited to provide the software based on the funds raised as that is not the main purpose of the fundraiser. Recovering the money spent till now is the first priority. If we get enough funds then we will go ahead to develop the software to write HDR and other parameters in the handset. Manual configuration support will be provided anyway as indicated earlier. I have sent the details by email few days ago but I haven't received any response yet? I will keep an eye on the whole process though I am not directly involved in it. Sadikk will be posting the updates in this topic. Where do I find the Bank payment details? See the attachment in this post
  40. 18 points
    Good news is that SPR L720 works on OMH very well with data. I received a few phones last week which were shipped on 4.3 OTA. Rooted, flashed phil's recovery and updated to NAE 4.4 modem.tar, flashed rooted stock TW NAE 4.4 flashable ROM.zip from recovery and it reads any RUIM. Have also tested other international CDMA SIM cards on this baked tutorial. Chinese tutorial:- http://www.cdmamod.com/thread-1840-1-1.html the files:- http://pan.baidu.com/s/1hqsUCJU Note 1:- that GSM unlocking requires MDC modem, s4 unlocker and such, and that hidden menu may not be operable on 4.3/4.4 so please make sure its done before this procedure. The chinese tutorial states that a stock MK2 odin file is used, and then the 4.4 zip and the NAE modem, but i have not updated to 4.3 bootloader. Note 2:- OMH/GSM/NV mode (3 networks as called in China) also works on MDC base and CM roms. *Please use your favourite CDMA software to make the phone RUIM only/RUIM if avail before proceeding to this topic. *GSM usage by this method is under development. The entire tutorial is experimental and aimed towards achieving stock like performance.
  41. 18 points
    How To Root your Samsung Galaxy S3 - US Cellular [sCH-R530U] Hello everyone, Well this is one of my first tutorials for this forum on how to ROOT your Samsung Galaxy S3 - US Cellular [sCH-R530U]. I just recently got my Samsung Galaxy S3 from Parin da and found that if you update with the latest OTA your phone will lose Data. So I decided to Root my S3 now. It's quite easy with Odin. ThanX to Sougata da I would write this tutorial and maybe it might help others out there. Most Important Data Loss Issue: Don't go for OTA Update, otherwise you will loss your Data NO WARRANTY Use at your own risk, I'm not responsible for bricking your device Here is the step by step process I used to root it. Okay step 1. you are going to need some files... First thing you are going to need is the Samsung Drivers so you can connect your phone to your computer and your computer can recognize it. Links: Samsung Drivers for S3 step 2. Now you are going to need the Odin with MD5. Links: R530U ODIN with CF-Auto Root.md5 File MD5: B284379F181A6C6AC38A2C11EAF51F8F This is the CF-AUTOROOT file and this is what roots your phone. check the MD5 first before flashing First thing we are going to need to do is install the Samsung USB drivers, So do that. After the drivers are installed plug in your phone and make sure that it connects to your computer correctly, after it connects disconnect your phone from your computer. Next thing we are going to need to do is extract the ODIN zip file and install the Odin executable. Step 3. Make sure that [uSB Debugging] is enabled in your phone, if it is not go to Settings -> Developer Options and enable it. Step 4. Put your phone in DOWNLOAD Mode. You do that by pressing Volume Down + Home + Power button and hold it down till you see a warning screen. When you see the warning screen hit Volume Up to allow Download mode. Step 5. Now that your phone is in Download Mode you are going to connect your phone to your computer with ODIN RUNNING if everything connects correctly you will see ODIN highlight Yellow. Step 6. Press the PDA button, select the .tar.md5 file and Hit START. After the process the port will glow Green. As the reboot tab was default selected,This will reboot your phone. Your phone is rooted Find in the phone's application menu, Superuser icon is there. This is my actual Odin Video on YouTube for the reference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hlztkd5SrGQ&feature=em-upload_owner Congrats on rooting your phone! I hope this tutorial has helped you and I want to thank all of the system administrators/moderators of this forum that it is a great place for sharing our knowledge. I thank you all... Hope it helped! Updates... !!! LINKs: How to Install ClockWorkMod Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S3 [sCH-R530U] How to Install TWRP Recovery on your Samsung Galaxy S3 [sCH-R530U] How to Remove Unnecessary Bloatware using Super DeBloater on your Samsung Galaxy S3 [sCH-R530U] Don't forget to HIT LIKE if it helps you
  42. 18 points
    As many old Fascinate and EPIC users may buy HTC EVO3D or may be upcomming Galaxy S2 CDMA in September, The following is Important part you should Notice The User must Activate new Device on his Number He must also Reactivate EVDO and check that EVDO is working before selling OLD device (Very Important) BE SURE THAT EVDO is not WORKING ON OLD Device before shipping to new Buyer of that device FAILING to do so will BILL you for the data usage made by new Buyer of this Device Make Sure New User of your OLD device Reactivate his EVDO also (Very Important)
  43. 18 points
    Here is Setting for Working Internet on RWorld plan Please load all this NV item via CDMA Workshop Step by Step Process Disable any Anti Virus you have installed for CDMA Workshop to run Download cdma workshop 2.7 from here CDMA-Workshop-27.zip Dial ##8778# in your phone (code can vary) and select modem in usb section (Fro Fascinate **USBUI) (For HTC ##3424#) Now connect your phone it will be shown in device manager -com/ports in your pc in cdma workshop, Main tab select the same port as shown in device manager then click on connect and then read Send your SPC (Default 000000) to phone Go to Memory Tab - Click to Write in NVItem Group Select the Attached file and you New Password is configured Every thing will be charged as per RWorld plan no Free Goodies - Asking will same will be banned from Discussion Thread Complete dump file also added (00-All-Data-CW27.txt; Use this file for complete dump overwrite. CM27-Data-RWorld-RUIM-906-910.txt 00-All-Data-CW27.txt
  44. 18 points
    Hello Friends... With this thread, I would like to start new discussion on the topic. Being in this field since last 7+ years, I have gained lot of experience in this field. I understand most of the people view these things with negative outlook but that is mostly because it is more mis-sold than sold. To start with, I would like to contribute in this tread, over a period of time, some of the basics of Investments & Insurance & with fellow members posts, we can make this an useful thread for our community. Before I begin, let me clarify some points.. 1. Even though I am in this business, I dont intend to present myself as doing any sales activity. I would be glad to answer all the queries & would strongly recommend to buy or avail of service from your own town with somebody you personally know.(Josh wud surely vouch for this) 2. I would be discussing of certain products with its benefits. My sole intention to highlight certain product would be, because that product is actually very good, but very less known, due to low revenue generation for agents. Pls dont treat that too as any sales or marketing activity. In fact, if other members know of any alternative product, better than the one i mentioned, that would be for the good of this thread. Let me start with Accidental Insurance. There are 2 products which I am going to cover & are MUST HAVE for everyone from a chaiwala or an hawker to any crorepati. Accidental Insurance products generally cover below events due to accidents only: 1. Death 2. Hospitalization expenses 3. Permanent or Temporary Disability 4. Total or Partial Disability 5. Daily Cash Benefit Now, we may say that Death is already covered in my existing life insurance or for that matter hospitalization is covered in my existing health insurance cover. Then, why is this extra product needed. In my view, buying accidental insurance is highly important due to below benefits. 1. Premiums are very less compared to full fledged. 2. Premiums are same across all age bands. 3. There are no medical tests required. 4. Pre-Existing diseases are not seen for here. By this, I mean, an person with diabetes cannot get most of health insurance products. But even he is prone to accidents. So, even he can opt for accidental insurance n his existing diabetes wound stand as hurdle. 5. Having accidental products in combination to existing mediclaim means in case of accidental hospitalization, you would use benefits under your accidental plan n keep your mediclaim claim-free so that you keep on earning no claim benefits. Also, many of u have floater policies. So, the sum insured from existing mediclaim is preserved for other illness / other members. 6. Term / Life insurance is costly n premium increases the later you start the plan. Also, in my view, in earlier years (25 to 45 yrs of age), probability of death due to accident is more than probability of death due to illness. So, it is always better to go to Term Insurance + Accidntal Death Insurance than to opt for more term insurance. Now, I will cover some products here. 1. Bajaj Allianz Sankat Mochan : Product link : http://www.bajajallianz.com/Corp/health-insurance/sankat-mochan.jsp This is a very good n low cost product in industry. I have been actively selling it n have good experience as regards to claim settlement. I am sure many of you must have not heard of this product since none of the sales person would sell you this due to very low ticket size n consequently lower commissions. But,in my view, this can be utilized in very good way. In all there are 16 plans & all the details are covered in the link along with premium chart. I would advice you all to check Final Premium Risk class 2 for all the 16 plans. Generally risk class 1 is for low risk jobs. But, then since difference being so less, better to opt for class 2. Some times, even we our self do some high risk work. So, accidents in such cases may be denied if we have policy of risk class1. You will have to add 12.36% as service tax to get net premium. Specialty of this plan is @ just 303/- rs (including all taxes) we get 2 benefits viz. 1. Accidental Death for 2 lacs & 2. Accidental Hospitalization for Rs. 1 lac. This can be very good plan for our office boys or staff who are always on move. In case of any accidents, we do help them financially. But, if we plan properly then it is beneficial for us as well as person. I have been convincing my clients to take this plan for their whole team of 10-20 people. Claim settlement of Bajaj is very good too. I would suggest you to check all the plans n see for yourself as to what benefits you get. Everything is self explanatory. In case of any doubt, I would be glad to clarify the queries. 2. Bajaj Allianz Premium Personal Guard : Product Link : https://www.dropbox.com/s/oymxip3m4f13o2n/Bajaj%20Allianz%20Premium%20Personal%20Guard.pdf This product is not available on website. But, you can avail it from any of Bajaj agents or by visiting their office personally.. Though all the details are covered in above PDF. Specialty of this plan is @ just Rs.1994/- PLAN A, we get 6 benefits viz a. Accidental Death : 10 lacs b. Permanent Total Disability : 20 lacs c. Permanent Partial Disability : as per table. For ex.compensation paid for loss of thumb is 20%. This means, if due to accident, a person loses thumb, company will pay 20% of SI i.e 10 lacs which comes to 2 lacs. Accordingly this % differs from part to part. d. Temporary Total disability : Many times, after hospitalization we have to take rest for certain days as advised by doctors. This may lead to loss of income. The same can be compensated in this section. This section will pay 5000 rs per week till the person stays home due to his temporary disability like fracture in leg or hand or etc, due to which he cannot go to work. e. Accidental Hospitalization : 2 lacs f. Hospital Cash Benefit : This section will pay 1000/- per day till the time person is admitted in hospital, due to accident. People can choose plan as per their requirements. Also, can add family members according to table. Do note, for higher plans, income proof is mandatory. Again, I feel, we must have this plan along with standalone mediclaim. Probability of hospitalization due to accidents has been increased a lot now a days. For the sake of this plan, snake bite or falling in bathroom is also an accident. I hope I have been helpful with this thread. I would try to keep this thread live n give back to community by posting my views. Other members are requested to comment their views, opinions, or ask any doubts.
  45. 18 points
    LED backlighting in TVs has been a real boon for end users, while manufactures have been able to create stunningly slim televisions. It also keeps the environmentalists happy since there is no mercury used in LED backlit TVs there by giving you a greener product. We tested quite a few LED based LCD TVs in the past and the difference in power consumption is certainly visible while still maintaining a good brightness level. The problem with the term "LED backlit LCD" is that it's a bit too long, which does not look good in advertisements and posters. Manufacturers have conveniently eliminated LCD and simply highlight "LED", duping customers into thinking they are LED TVs, which they clearly aren't. Today we'll have a look at the different types of LED LCD TVs currently available that offer improved picture quality over the other or even traditional LCD TVs. All LED Backlit TVs are not created equal The first thing that you should know is that not all LED LCD TVs are created equal. Just because the TV may have a sticker that says "LED" on it does not mean you'll get the same performance as the flagship model. Stop and think for a moment, if companies used the same technologies in their high-end and low-end products, no one would look at the higher end models, right? There are predominantly two types of LED backlighting technologies; Edge-lit LEDs and Full array LEDs. The first batch of LED TVs that came out in 2009 were based on this technology and was first showcased by Samsung. Today you'll find everyone using this technology in their "cheaper" LED LCD TVs. Edge-lit typically means the LEDs are placed around the edge, which allow companies to make slimmer TVs. There are no major advantages in this type of LED LCD over conventional LCDs when it comes to picture quality. In fact there are many uniformity issues with edge-lit LEDs, like certain areas of the TV tend to be brighter than others, which we noticed when we reviewed the Sony ZX1. This is cheaper to produce than Full array LED LCDs, since they use a fewer number of LEDs. The other technology that can be found on most of high-end TVs of today is Full array LEDs. As the name suggests, there is a full array of LEDs (see pic) sitting behind the LCD panel. This obviously gives you a more even backlighting with little or no uniformity issues. Mid-range to high end models typically have this sort of backlighting, like the Samsung UNC6500 series. In terms of picture quality, there is no real perceptible difference when compared to an LCD. The only advantage here is lower power consumption and again a slimmer profile. The latest crop of LED LCD TVs feature Local Dimming LED technology, which changes the game altogether. What is Local Dimming LEDs? LG was the first to push out this technology in India and today almost all major brands have Local Dimming (LD) in their flagship models. LD on Full array LED TVs give you the better picture quality compared to the LD on Edge-lit TVs, which was introduced this year in the Samsung UNC8000 series and LG LE5500 series. The LEDs used here are similar to the Full array models except that the array is broken into different zones and the LEDs in each zone can be dimmed or brightened depending on the scene at hand. This gives you very good black levels that rival plasmas, since the LEDs in the dark areas can be completely turned off. There is a little catch here though. The side effect of this is a slight blooming effect noticed up close when a brighter image appears suddenly over a dark background. This happens because when displaying a dark background, the LEDs in that area are mostly off and when a bright object suddenly comes into that area, the LED's light up to full brightness and then dim down to the current selected picture mode. This happens very quickly and isn't very noticeable when watching a movie, but if you connect a PC to it with a static background, it's visible. Despite this, these TV's are capable of delivering the best picture quality among LCD TVs. Commercial true LED TVs don't exist yet How would one define a LED TV? It's when a single LED is responsible for illuminating a single pixel on the screen, which is when you could do away with the LCD panel altogether. Today's high-end LED LCD TVs pack in around 1500 LEDs and a typical full HD panel will have around 2 million pixels. So in order for a TV to be classified as a true LED TV, we would have to have 2 million LEDs powering individual pixels, which is simply not possible today, and probably won't be commercially viable for some time. So you see, no matter how companies try to spin and twist words and create fancy slogans, if a TV uses an LCD panel, it's still an LCD TV and not a LED TV. Sony and LG clearly mention this on their site as LED LCD TV, but Samsung seem to have conveniently dropped the "LCD" from all of their LED TVs, which would easily fool the misinformed. Aren't LED backlit TV's supposed to be cheap? Technically LEDs should be cheaper to produce compared to CCFL based LCDs, but our guess is that manufacturers seem to be cashing in on the hype and buzz generated by none other than them. Everybody wants a slimmer TV for easier installation, more bragging rights, etc. and we seemed to have conditioned ourselves into thinking the extra price is justified. Another reason for LED LCDs being expensive could very well be the manufacturing process not being that mature as yet compared to LCDs. It's probably cheaper to manufacture an LCD, since this technology has been around for a while now and manufacturing units are more wide spread as compared to LED LCDs, which just started hitting selves a year back. What the Future holds In the next three to five years we should be able to see a considerable drop in prices as we adopt newer technology for cheaper and better LED LCD TVs. QD Vision is a company that claims to have developed a breakthrough technology called Quantum dots based on nano technology that is capable of delivering up to 40% more power efficiency and a color gamut over 100% of the NTSC spectrum. This is achievable due to the use of nano sized semiconductor crystals capable of emitting pure red, green and blue light. You should see this technology hitting LED LCD models of 2011, which isn't far away. If you were on the fence on getting an LED LCD TV then we'd say get the one with Local Dimming LEDs if you can afford it, or else simply stick with a cheaper LCD TV, as the color reproduction will be better than the "cheaper" Edge-lit models. Better still, if you have a well functioning CRT at home, stick with that and take the plunge maybe next year when prices go down south. SOURCE: Techtree
  46. 17 points
    @ Mods I deliberately started this thread in General Chat. If you think this is wrong place, please move this thread to appropriate section. Later please remove this lines. In recent past, there has been brief bouts of discussion on RIMWeb about pollution, carbon footprints and global warming. Today it just stuck in my mind that there are so many electronic things which we buy, use and change even when useful life is left. For example, today I bought wireless KB + Mouse just to replace perfectly working keyboard and minor problem in mouse. Means if not mouse, atleast keyboard can be used by some one. New pair cost about 1800 bucks. Only keyboard may be costing about 1000 bucks and mouse alone may be the same. So I thought, what if I send or give it to some one who is about to buy new key board or may be he needs to buy keyboard. In any case I am not going to use it and it will be scrapped after some time. Hence I decided to post a thread where I will be sending this pair of Logitec pair of mouse and KB free. I will only charge for actual courier charges. Trusted Rimwebian may pay me once they get the stuff. Other people may pay me in advance. Also this thread is to be used for free give away without any obligations on either side. Please do not post if one is really not interested to give away free. If I get proper response, I am going to offer following thing: 1. BSNL ADSL + Wifi router 2. may be I have few chargers and data cable for various phones. 3. Some working computer hardware parts like HDD, RAM, graphic / modem cards etc. Will prepare list and post. All are invited to post their old stuffs too.
  47. 17 points
    GSM 3G/CDMA EVDO Phones Below Rs 10,000 GSM 3G is here and CDMA EVDO was already in place. Next thing you want is an affordable 3G/EVDO Phone. I feel not everyone is looking for buying those 20-25K phones, neither can most people afford it. So thought of compiling this list. For this roundup, my criteria was following, -Price Below Rs 10,000 -Real 3G Phone. GSM Phones advertising 3G but having 384kbps speed is excluded. -For CDMA, 1x speed phones are excluded. -Also imported CDMA phones excluded as Official EVDO on them still not possible. (I know some members using but still it's not available for public at large easily, Also won't fit into Rs 10,000) With this criteria, my search yielded following choices for 3G/EVDO Phones below Rs 10,000. All Prices are Online. Happy And Economical Buying....Enjoy.... Please post phones missed out fulfilling the above criteria and i will update. Thanks. CDMA PHONES Micromax E360 Rs 3,999 Micromax EG333 Rs 7,,999 -EVDO Rev.A V3 Pearl Rs 3,999 - EVDO Rev.A Samsung mPower TV S239 Rs 3,999 -EVDO Rev.0 Samsung Metro M519 Rs 5,649 -EVDO Rev.0 Samsung Ch@t M369 Rs 5,895 -EVDO Rev.0 Samsung mPowerTxt M369 Rs 5,989 -EVDO Rev.0 Samsung Corby TV F339 Rs 7,249 -EVDO Rev.0 Samsung Galaxy Pop Rs 8,950 - EVDO Rev.A Android 2.2 Huawei C7300 Rs 5,499 -EVDO Rev.A LG Cookie Spark 235 Rs 5,900 -EVDO Rev.0 LG Cookie Zip LG510 Rs 6,399 -EVDO Rev.A GSM PHONES Micromax H360 Rs 3,900 Micromax Modu T Rs 7,999 Micromax Andro A60 Rs 5,666 -Android 2.1 Micromax Bling 2 Rs 7,999 Android 2.2 Motorola Charm MB502 Rs 8,999 Android Motorola Flipout Rs 8,999 Motorola Quench XT3 Rs 9,999 Android 2.1 Samsung Hero E3210 Rs 3,190 Samsung Shark S5350(Metro 3G) Rs 4,740 Samsung Star Duos B7722 Rs 9,250 Samsung Monte S5620 Rs 6,790 Samsung Wave 575 S5753 Rs 6,999 Samsung Wave 723 Rs 9,299 Samsung Omnia 652 B6520 Rs 7,999 -Windows Mobile Standard 6.5 Samsung Galaxy5 I5503 Rs 7,990 -Android 2.1 Samsung Galaxy 551 I5510 Rs 9,399 Android 2.2 Samsung Galaxy Fit S 5670 Rs 9,500 Android 2.2 Samsung CorbyPRO B5310 Rs 6,999 Samsung Galaxy Pop S5570 Rs 7,650-Android 2.2 Sony Ericsson Cedar Rs 4,122 Sony Ericsson Naite J105i Rs 5,949 Sony Ericsson JALOU F100i Rs 6,299 Sony Ericsson Zylo Rs 5,567 Sony Ericsson T715 Rs 7,168 Sony Ericsson Elm Rs 6,599 Sony Ericsson W595 Rs 9,259 Sony Ericcson Hazel Rs 7,899 Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 mini Rs 8,499-Android 2.1 LG Cookie Plus GS500v Rs 5,999 LG T325 Rs Rs 5,524 LG GW525 Rs 6,490 LG Cookie Flip GD580 Rs 7,199 LG New Chocolate BL20V Rs 7,299 LG Optimus ME P350 Rs 7,500 - Android 2.2 LG Optimus One P500 Rs 8,999 - Android 2.2 LG Optimus GT540 Rs 9,999 -Android 2.1 Nokia 5230 Rs 6,899 -Symbian S60-5th Edition Nokia X3-02 Rs 7,724 Nokia 5235 Rs 7,799 -Symbian OS version 9.4 Nokia C5 Rs 7,249 -Symbian OS version 9.3 Nokia C3-01 Rs 8,205 Nokia X5-01 Rs 9,167 Nokia E5 Rs 9,142 Nokia C5-03 Rs 9,699 Nokia E52 Rs 9,976 Olive Fluid V-W1 Rs 6,649 Android 2.1 Spice Mi-310 Rs 7,299-Android 2.2 Spice MI-300 Rs 9,500-Android 2.1 Spice G-6565 Rs 9,700 HTC Smart F3188 Rs 6,999-BREW Videocon V7400 Rs 8,990-Android 2.1 Dell XCD28 Rs 5,999-Android 2.1 Dell XCD35 Rs 9,549 Huawei Ideos Rs 7,500-Android 2.2 Special Mention: HTC Wildfire Rs 10,499 Androd 2.2
  48. 17 points
    Edit : - 11/3/14 Here Is tool kit for Boost 4.4.2 restore :- https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ryfp0in10o4wyzs/AAAo4-wwJwRptWsi9pXcLU4Ua _____________________________________________________________ 1- Download and install Motorola Drivers: Windows 2- Download and extract the stock firmware of your choosing from: Link-1 or Link-2 The firmwares with '_umtsds' in the file name are for the 'dual-sim' versions of the Moto G DONT FLASH WRONG FIRWARES !! select correct carrier and sim preference we will need 7zip like software to extract .tar.gz 3- if the firmware file you downloaded is a .xml.zip file then download Motorola Fastboot mfastboot-v2.zip and extract the .exe into the same folder as the stock firmware files (the same folder as the .bin and .img files). If your firmware is a .tar.gz file then skip this step. 4- Get ADB (if you don't already have this), I suggest downloading and installing Minimal ADB and Fastboot by shimp208 Here Now real process begins 1) Reboot the phone into bootloader mode. There are 2 ways to do this. The 'hardware' way. a) Unplug the USB cable and power off the phone. Press and hold 'Volume down' then power on the phone. c) Connect USB cable to your computer. The 'software' way. a) Enable developer mode on the Moto G (Settings-> 'About Phone'. Tap 7 times on 'Build Number') Enable USB debugging. (Settings -> 'Developer options' -> 'USB Debugging' -> check) c) Connect phone to computer via USB, you should see a new ADB device detected and drivers installed. d) Open "Minimal ADB and Fastboot". Type: adb reboot-bootloader You should see the Moto G bootloader screen with the following options: Normal Powerup Recovery Factory Switch Console [NULL: null] Barcodes BP Tools 2) Open a command prompt / terminal (Start -> cmd.exe in Win7) and browse to the folder with the extracted firmware. In my case: cd c:\falcon_boost_user_4.4.2_KXB20.9-1.10-1.18_18_release-keys-cid9 3a) If you downloaded and extracted a firmware in .tar.gz format In windows, run the 'flashall.bat' script Type: flashall.bat /eu The "/eu" switch forces userdata to be erased from the device, this is the same as a factory reset or wipe this is recommended when restoring stock firmware. In Linux/OSX run the flashall.sh script. Type: chmod +x flashall.sh ./flashall.sh Downgrading: The scripts will fail with an error on downgrading from 4.4.2 to 4.3. Open the script in a text editor (notepad) and delete (or comment) the following: Lines 89-90 in the flashall.bat file: CALL :fastboot_flash partition gpt.bin IF %errorlevel% NEQ 0 EXIT /b 1 Lines 120-121 in the flashall.sh file: run $fastboot -s "$serial_number" flash partition gpt.bin if [ $? -ne 0 ]; then echo "ERROR: fastboot failed."; exit -1; fi 3b) If you downloaded and extracted a firmware in .xml.zip format. Flash each of the partitions in sequence using mfastboot, you need to enter the following commands one-by-one checking that each one returns an [OKAY] mfastboot flash partition gpt.bin mfastboot flash motoboot motoboot.img mfastboot flash logo logo.bin mfastboot flash boot boot.img mfastboot flash recovery recovery.img mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk1 mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk2 mfastboot flash system system.img_sparsechunk3 mfastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin mfastboot erase modemst1 mfastboot erase modemst2 mfastboot flash fsg fsg.mbn mfastboot erase cache mfastboot erase userdata mfastboot reboot Downgrading: The 1st command "mfastboot flash partition gpt.bin" will fail on 4.4.2 to 4.3 downgrade. Skip this command if you are downgrading and continue with the other commands, which should work. 4) Wait, you should now be rebooted into a fully stock Moto G firmware. These steps can be done on unlocked or locked Boot-Loader ! Follow these instructions at your own risk. If something goes wrong don't blame me! most of this info taken from t-bon3 on xda [Moto G thread]
  49. 17 points
    Samsung Site & Support : http://www.samsung.c.../SPH-L900ZWASPR User Guide : http://downloadcente...uide_LJ1_F5.pdf Engadget Review : http://www.engadget....note-ii-review/ Note II GSM India site : http://www.samsung.com/in/consumer/mobile-phone/mobile-phone/smartphone/GT-N7100TADINU The Ultimate NEXT BIG THING in hand Stock Photos : Initial Observations : 1. Though it is a big device, it is very easy to hold in hand and use as a phone. I was pleasantly surprised by this fact. 2. Build quality is Samsung's patented plastic which has exceptional durability and scratch resistance; Feels solid in hand. 3. 5.5" Super AMOLED Plus screen is brilliant but colours slightly under-saturated than my Epic Touch (S2). It is BGR technology having least pixelisation that I have seen in any phone. 4. The sound quality is just brilliant, the best I have seen yet on any phone. 5. The 8MP camera is again brilliant. Front Camera is 1.9 MP. 6. It is on 4.1.1 (Jellybean) and as a existing S2 owner, I had no issues transitioning to this device. If anything the level of customisations is now miles ahead. 7. Special software enhancements exists for One hand handling. 8. GPS locking is without any error and very very fast unlike S2 which has issues on stock rom. 9. 16GB in built memory + option to add upto 64GB micro sd card. 10. NO dedicated camera button. 11. Notification light is now present in Note 2 unlike Note 1. 12. Humongous 3100mah battery and battery life seems double than my S2 upto now. Should last 2 days for normal usage. 13. The highly glossy battery cover and all plastics are of the highest quality only attainable by Samsung. 14. Brilliant S-Pen, features of which I am still discovering. What I don't like: 1. I am getting "Activation not completed" message in notification bar and it tries to Activate on each restart. Minor irritant. 2. Under saturation of colours (in some photos). Videos just look unbelievable. 3. No flip case in box (cost cutting nowadays?). Have to buy separately. Original (with NFC) is 1600/-; Chinese (without NFC) is 500 bucks. 4. No kickstand. Even with these, it is now the MOST DESIRABLE SMARTPHONE in the world at the moment. It's sales numbers are proof of that because every second person I meet is carrying a Note 2, so a bit disappointed by lack of exclusivity. Now for some PHOTOS: The Box The Box opened in multi layers The Box's total contents. Notice the white charger, USB cable and headset. The Front and the Back Feel In hand Close up Shots of the Camera and sides The Back cover opened and the humungous 3100mAH Battery. The Back cover has NFC contacts and also supports cordless charging. The S-Pen Video's and the Screen is just brilliant Size compared with Epic Touch 4G (S2)
  50. 16 points
    For such a tiny little device, that Blackberry smartphone of yours has an amazing amount of functionality packed in behind the scenes. But, unfortunately, realizing the true potential of a Research In Motion (RIM) device isn't always as simple as opening up a user guide or surfing on over to Google. In fact, your BlackBerry's literally packing hundreds of "hidden" tips and tricks. That's where we come in. We bring you a comprehensive set of tips and tricks - for the novice, the seasoned expert and everyone in between. We' take through a comprehensive list of shortcuts, performance tips, our favorite BlackBerry software downloads, battery-life advice, memory optimization methods, getting more out of the built-in camera, better browsing techniques, innovative uses for your BlackBerry's Bluetooth, and much more. After learning these techniques, you'll wonder how you ever got by without them. Each tip takes only a second or two to learn and put to use, and they'll save precious time, provide valuable information about your device and make your smartphone run faster and more smoothly.So sit back, whip out that BlackBerry and pay attention. Shortcuts Galore On the list of reasons why we admire Research In Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry operating system (OS), the sheer number of built-in, valuable keyboard shortcuts ranks near the top. So whether you're new to the whole BlackBerry scene or you've been sporting a 'Berry on your belt since the beginnings of push e-mail, we're sure you'll find the following list of BlackBerry shortcuts well worth a read. When you're finished with our list, all you'll need is a shortcut to help you remember all these shortcuts. Unfortunately, you're on your own with that one...for now, at least. Typing Shortcuts · To capitalize a letter with one click, hold down the letter key. · To insert a period, click the Space key twice. · Turn CAP Lock on by pressing the ALT key followed by the right Shift key. Turn it off by pressing either Shift key. · Turn Number Lock on by pressing the ALT key followed by the left Shift key. Turn it off by pressing either Shift key. · Type an accented letter or special character by holding the corresponding letter and scrolling left or right with the trackball. · Insert the current date into a message or document by pressing the L key followed by the D key and Space key. · Insert the current time into a message or document by pressing the L key followed by the T key and Space key. · Switch text input languages on your BlackBerry at any point by hit the ALT button and Enter key at the same time, use your trackball to scroll to the new language you'd like to use, then click the trackball to confirm the new selection. Messaging (E-mail and SMS) · In e-mail inbox, press the S key to search for a sender or a word within a subject line, and any mail folder regardless of message was sent or received. · Within inbox, access the complete list of messages sent by hitting the ALT key followed by the O key. · Within inbox, access the complete list of messages received by hitting the ALT key followed by the I key. · Within inbox, access the complete list of SMS text messages received by hitting the ALT key followed by the S key. · Within inbox, access phone log by hitting the ALT key followed by the P key. · Within inbox, access voicemail log by hitting the ALT key followed by the V key. · To delete all messages sent or received before a specific date, highlight that date with the cursor, hit the BlackBerry Menu key, select Delete Prior and confirm selection. · To enable automatic spell checking of e-mail messages, click the Options icon on BlackBerry home screen. Then click Spell Check and select the Spell Check E-Mail Before Sending option. · To do a manual spell check, click the BlackBerry Menu key within a composed message and select Check Spelling. · When a message is being spell checked, suggested fixes to unrecognized words can be ignored by clicking the escape key. · Heavy BlackBerry users know the pain of trying to catch up on an e-mail thread with multiple responses. For easier navigation of a conversation threads, open the first message and then hit the J key to jump to the next response, and so on. You can also return to an earlier message in the thread by hitting the K key. (Note: If the subject line of the thread has been modified, you may not be able to find all responses using this shortcut.) · You can simply close a message, and when you're free again, just hit the G key after reopening it, and you'll be brought to the exact spot where you stopped reading. Phone Functions · Multitask while on phone calls by hitting the BlackBerry menu key during a call and then selecting Home Screen. You'll then have access to e-mail and other documents--though most BlackBerrys don't allow for simultaneous voice and data transfer, so Internet access is unavailable while on calls. · Find specific contacts from your BlackBerry home screen by pressing keys for first and last initials, with a space between them. If more than one contact has the same initials, scroll to the appropriate contact. · Rapidly switch back and forth between BlackBerry applications by holding down the ALT key and then click ESCAPE. While holding down ALT, you can then scroll left or right between apps, and you need only release the ALT key to select a program. · To reboot without removing the battery, simply hit ALT, RIGHT SHIFT and DELETE. · To pull up the Help Me screen, navigate to your home screen and then press ALT, either SHIFT key and the letter H. To return to your Home Screen, hit ESCAPE or open the MENU and select Close. · You can access a variety of helpful Home Screen shortcuts. o do so, click your Phone icon on the Home Screen or hit the green phone button on your device. Then press your Menu key, pick Options, then General Options and change the Dial From Home Screen field from "Yes" to "No." Now you'll need to hit your Phone icon or click the green phone button to dial a number and place a call, but you'll have access to all of the following shortcuts from your Home Screen via a single click of the corresponding letter key: WAP Browser -- W, Alarm -- R, Tasks -- T, Calculator -- U, Options -- O, Address Book -- A, Search -- S, Notes -- D, Profiles -- F, Help -- H, Lock keypad -- K, Calendar -- L, Messages -- M, Browser -- B, BlackBerry Messenger -- N, Saved messages -- V, Compose -- C. · To put device into Standby Mode so keys cannot be pressed while it's not in use, hold down the Mute key for a second or two. Undo Standby Mode by holding Mute for another couple of seconds. · Access your BlackBerry address book while on a call by simply clicking the green Send key to open up the phone application and call log. When your call log is on screen, hold down Send again for a couple of seconds until the address book information appears. · To automatically add an extension to a phone number, type in the appropriate ten digits and then hit the ALT and X keys, followed by the numbers in the extension. Then click the Send button. · While in a message or text file, you can copy text in two different ways. First, you can simply hold the Shift button while scrolling the trackball over the text you wish to copy, and then hit the BlackBerry Menu key and choose Copy from the associated dropdown menu. You can also copy text by hitting ALT and clicking the track ball before scrolling over the text you wish to copy and then hitting Menu and choosing Copy. To paste text once it's copied, you can either click Menu again and choose Paste, or you can simply hit Shift and click the trackball wherever you want the text to appear. BlackBerry Browser · Bring up the Enter Web Address field from any Web page by pressing the G key. · Insert a period in Web address by clicking the Space key. · Insert a back slash in Web address by clicking either the Left Shift or Right Shift keys and then hitting Space. · Add an item to bookmarks list by clicking the A key. · Bring up your bookmark list by clicking the K key. · Refresh a Web page by clicking the R key. To stop a page refresh, hit your Escape key. · Display a list of the last 20 pages visited by hitting the I key. · Open browser options with the O key. · To jump instantly to the very top or bottom or a Web page within your BlackBerry browser, simply click the "T" button to move all the way up or the "B" key to shift to the bottom. · To jump down a page length in the BlackBerry Browser, simply hit the Space key. Do so repeatedly to quickly move down a page. On the flip side, you can "page up" by holding a Shift key and then clicking Space. · The simplest and fastest way to surf to your home page via BlackBerry Browser: click your "H" key while on another page. (Note: Modify your BlackBerry home page by hitting Menu--directly to the left of your trackball--and choosing Options, then Browser Configuration. On the following screen, scroll down to the Home Page Address field and enter in the correct URL for your new home page. · Open up your BlackBerry Browser Options by hitting the "S" key while on any Web page. · To zoom in on a page while using the BlackBerry Browser, click "I." to zoom back out, hit "O." · To instantly view your BlackBerry browsing history, click the "Y" key while surfing the Web. · To rapidly determine the URL for a Web page you're visiting, click the "P" key. · To quickly exit your browser, either hit your BlackBerry Escape key--located directly to the right of your trackball--or click the "D" key. (Note: This shortcut did not work on our Curve 8900 running OS v5.0.0.90.) · To alternate Between "Column" and "Page" Views in BlackBerry Browser, click your "Z" button. · Click the "U" key while on any Web page to hide the BlackBerry Browser Banner. · While on a Web page, just click your BlackBerry's P key at any time to see that specific page's Web address and title. Spreadsheet Attachments · Change the size of a column by pushing the W key. · Go to a specific cell by pressing the G key. · View contents of a cell by pressing the Space key. · Search for text by clicking the F key, and then type the desired word. · Switch to a different worksheet by pressing V and selecting the desired sheet. Presentation Attachments · Skip to the next slide by pressing the N key. · Return to the previous slide by clicking the P key. · Start slideshow by pushing the S key. · Stop slideshow by clicking the Escape key. · Switch to a new view of the slideshow by clicking the M key. Back Up and Restore Handheld Data Anyone who has ever experienced the pain of losing all the data on a PC or handheld intimately knows the value of backing up personal information, whether it's an iTunes music collection, digital photo album or address book. This can be easier said than done, but BlackBerry users are in luck: The handheld data backup and restore process for Research In Motion (RIM) smartphones couldn't be simpler when you use the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, which ships with every new RIM device. We'll demonstrate how you can protect the valuable data on your BlackBerry by backing it up on your PC's hard drive--we'll even show you how to automatically backup your device data in preset intervals. To get started, all you'll need is your BlackBerry device, the latest version of RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager, a Microsoft Windows PC--the desktop software's not currently available to Mac users--and a USB cable to link your mobile phone and computer. First, you'll want to download the latest version of RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, which at the time of this article's time of publication is v5.0, . To determine which version of Desktop Manager you're currently running, launch the program via Windows Start Menu by clicking All Programs, BlackBerry and Desktop Manager. When the program's open, hit the Help tab on the main screen and then choose About BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The software version will be listed on the General tab. Launch Desktop Manager, Connect Your BlackBerry and PC Next, launch the desktop manager software if you haven't already done so. Follow the procedure detailed above to open the program if you didn't choose to create a desktop shortcut upon installation. When the program is running, connect your BlackBerry device to the PC via USB cord. Close any dialogue boxes that may appear when your BlackBerry is connected, including the desktop manager box that informs you it's searching for application updates. Your BlackBerry should now be connected to the software and the word "Connected" should appear in both the top and bottom left corners of the desktop manager screen. If you're still not connected, try unplugging the device and inserting it into another USB port. Backup All or Some of the Data on Your BlackBerry Click on the Backup and Restore icon in the top right corner of the desktop manager home screen. The following screen should offer three separate options: Backup, Restore and Advanced. To save all the personal data stored in your BlackBerry's internal memory, hit the Back up tab, choose a name and location for the file and hit Save. The backup process should take about a minute, and your BlackBerry screen will display a graphic of a connected handheld and PC while it's in progress. You can also set your BlackBerry Desktop Manager to automatically backup device data in preset intervals (5 days, 7 days, 14 days, etc.) whenever you launch the program and connect your smartphone and PC. To do so, click the Options tab beneath the Backup icon, and on the following screen fill in the box next to Back up my device data automatically every XX days. Then choose the specific data you want backed up. For instance, you can opt to back up all of your device data, or all data except messages and/or data that's synced with an organizer app. When you've selected the information you want to copy, hit OK and then click the Back up tab on the main screen. To further customize the specific information you wish to back up, click the Advanced tab on the main Backup and Restore screen. You'll quickly see a dialogue box that displays the application's progress scanning your device database, and then a screen with two columns appears: one column on the left named Computer Databases and another on the right titled Device Databases. In the right column, select the specific device data you wish to backup and then hit the left-facing arrow between the columns to copy the information from the Device Databases side to the Computer Databases. Once you've transferred all the data you wish to copy, open the File dropdown menu--located directly above the Computer Databases column--choose a name for your backup file and save it to your hard drive. Restore Data to Your BlackBerry Using Desktop Manager Files Restoring BlackBerry device data using the desktop manager software and backup files created using the application isn't difficult at all. First, you'll want to locate your backup files so they're easy to find when you try to restore data. Next, launch the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, click the Backup and Restore icon in the top right corner and on the next screen, and choose Restore. Browse to the appropriate backup file on your hard drive and click Open. You'll then be asked to confirm that you wish to replace all the existing data on your device with the information in the backup file. Hit Yes, and the desktop manager starts restoring your data. This can take several minutes depending on the amount of information in the file. Restoring only specific device data, such as address book contacts or custom AutoText entries, is similar to the above-mentioned process, but instead of hitting Restore on the main Backup and Restore screen, click Advanced. Then open the File dropdown menu on the left--directly above the Computer Databases column--and open an existing back up file. Choose the specific data you'd like to restore from that file and click the right-facing arrow between the Computer Databases and Device Databases columns. When the progress box disappears, your data has been restored and you're good to go. Security Basics BlackBerry has gained a reputation in the mobile space during the past decade or so as the "most secure" handheld device and mobile platform available. That's largely due to RIM's BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) software for corporate e-mail deployments, which has earned high-level security certifications from some of the world's most demanding information-security organizations, including the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Canada's Communication Security Establishment (CSE); and the U.K.'s Communications Electronic Security Group (CESG), among others. That's all fine and good for corporations looking to secure infrastructure and resources associated with their BlackBerry deployments. But no amount of security certifications can make up for an uninformed and/or careless BlackBerry user. That's why, as a BlackBerry smartphone owner, you need to do your part to keep your device, and all the information on it, secure; whether you're a corporate BlackBerry user on a BES or a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) customer, you can manage a number of quick and easy security safeguards on your own...and you'd be wise to do so if you'd prefer that personal and/or sensitive data on your device remains "for your eyes only." Here's a detailed list of five tips you can use to reinforce your BlackBerry smartphone's security protections -- and perhaps reduce future headaches associated with a lost or stolen BlackBerry. Password, Password, Password...One More Time: Password If your corporate BlackBerry administrator doesn't enforce a password policy on your device or you're a consumer BlackBerry user on BIS, the very first thing you should do with your smartphone is enable password-protection. This is probably the single most important--and effective--BlackBerry security tip that anyone can offer you. After all, there's little an average perpetrator can do with a locked-down BlackBerry, besides erase its contents. To enable a new password for your BlackBerry smartphone, simply open your BlackBerry Options menu, then scroll down to and click the word Password. On the following screen, select the Password field and then enable the option via the corresponding pop-up box. From there, hit your BlackBerry Escape key--located directly to the right of your track ball or trackpad--save your changes when prompted and then enter your new BlackBerry password. After typing the new password once, you'll be prompted to confirm your selection. Verify the password by typing it again, and your BlackBerry will be properly locked down. Just type your password again to unlock the device. Employing a password that's easy to guess and/or determine defeats the purpose of password-protecting your device; pick a random password that isn't the word "password" or your birthday, etc. (Your BlackBerry password must be at least four characters.) And don't store that password anywhere on your BlackBerry, unless it's in the built-in password keeper app--more on that in a minute. After enabling a BlackBerry password, you gain access to a number of related security options on the same screen. For instance, you can specify the number of failed password attempts you'd like to permit before your device locks itself down; you can pick a Security Timeout period for how long your device should remain unlocked before enabling the password; and you can choose to require a password whenever new applications are installed, to prevent apps from being installed without your knowledge. Encrypt BlackBerry Device Data Another way to help protect your BlackBerry device and the information stored within it is by encrypting your smartphone data. You can encrypt data stored on your device and/or your microSD media card. Doing so "scrambles" the information so it can't be transferred and interpreted if your device falls into the wrong hands or gets hacked. To enable encryption on your BlackBerry, again open up your BlackBerry Options menu, scroll down to Security Options and on the following screen, choose Encryption. Then, open up the Encryption menu on the next screen and pick Enabled. After enabling encryption, you may be prompted to tap BlackBerry keys to "generate random information for the new content key pair." This process is used to generate a new, random encryption key that'll help ensure your device and/or media card remain protected. Simply tap your BlackBerry keyboard until you're returned to the Security Options page. (Note: You may see some performance degradation after enabling device-memory encryption, especially if you choose the "strongest" setting, i.e., your BlackBerry may slow down a bit. So depending on your security needs, it could be a good idea to begin with the lowest encryption setting to see how it affects your handheld.) Locking Down BlackBerry Bluetooth Security All new BlackBerry devices have Bluetooth radios for connecting wirelessly to calling- and media-accessories, as well as for small-file transfers. Bluetooth can be invaluable to BlackBerry users, but it should be employed securely. For example, you can enable a number of Bluetooth options to secure connections to accessories and devices, as well as ensure you only connect to the desired gadgets. To access your Bluetooth options, turn your Bluetooth radio on by opening the BlackBerry Manage Connections menu and checking the box next to Bluetooth. Next, while still on the Manage Connections screen, scroll down to and pick Bluetooth Options. The following screen shows a variety of Bluetooth options, some are which are security-oriented. First, you'll see an option labeled Discoverable. This option lets you determine whether or not you want your BlackBerry to show up when nearby users search for Bluetooth enabled devices. If you set the option to No, others will not be able to pair or connect with you via Bluetooth; you'll have to manually add them if you wish to connect. If you choose the Yes option, anyone with a Bluetooth device in range will see your BlackBerry if they scan for nearby gadgets. And the third option, 2 Minutes means your device will be viewable to others scanning for Bluetooth devices for only two minutes after you make the change. Setting BlackBerry Bluetooth discoverability to No is probably the most secure option, because no one will be able to connect to your device via Bluetooth. But I often use the 2 Minutes option, as well, to let other, known parties quickly connect to my device. On the same screen, you can choose to allow or deny outgoing calls via Bluetooth--I use the "Always" option, because I frequently place hands-free calls via Bluetooth, with my device both locked and unlocked. You can also enable or disable your Bluetooth contact-transfer option, which allows you to quickly transfer BlackBerry contacts via Bluetooth. And there's a Security Level that lets you choose either High or High + Encryption to protect data sent and/or received via Bluetooth--the latter option scrambles data transferred via Bluetooth. Finally, you can pick and choose which services you want to enable Bluetooth for--headset, hands-free, dial-up networking, etc.--to reduce possible security threats. So, for example, if you never use your device for wireless tethering, you could uncheck the Dial-Up Networking option. Protect Passwords and Other Sensitive On-Device Data It may be tempting to store password, payment card information or other login data on your BlackBerry, but there are right and wrong ways to do so. The wrong way is to simply store such information in saved BlackBerry e-mail messages, to-do items or notes, without any sort of protection. If your device falls into the wrong hands, a hacker could potentially search your inbox or message list for the terms "Visa," "Master Card" etc., in hopes of locating financial information that could lead to cash. But if you protect all your passwords and/or sensitive information using something like RIM's built-in Password Keeper app, potential baddies looking for personal data would have to find not only a way into your device, but also a way to crack your password keeper. To employ Password Keeper, simply open up the app--it ships with all new BlackBerrys--and create a password to protect all your other passwords. Obviously, this master password should be difficult to guess. Then simply hit your BlackBerry Menu key--to the left of the trackball/trackpad--and choose New to create a new password item. You'll be prompted for a Title, Username, Password, a Website and Notes, but you can use any of the fields to store whatever information you wish. Parting With Your Device? Make Sure It's Wiped Whether you've upgraded to a new model, traded handhelds with a friend or colleague, or misplaced your BlackBerry, if you part with your device for any significant period of time, you should "wipe" it clean to ensure no sensitive information is lost. Obviously, if you've lost or misplaced your device, or--gulp!--it was stolen, you can't wipe it on your own. But if you're on a corporate BES or BES Express, you can still have your BlackBerry administrator remotely wipe your device clean, assuming it's still connected to your organization's BlackBerry Server. And it's best not to waste time; if you suspect your device has been nabbed, tell your BlackBerry administrator immediately, even if you think you may be able to find it. Mistakes happen and your admin should understand. Even if you locate the device in the future, it's safer to wipe it clean and simply restore your data from a backup, than take a chance of someone hacking your personal information. (You are backing up your BlackBerry regularly, right?) Boost Battery Life How long will your BlackBerry battery last? That depends on a wide array of factors, starting with the device model you're using, your proximity to cellular towers, and how often you're talking on a call, sending messages or surfing the mobile Internet. But regardless of whether or not you're constantly using your a BlackBerry 8830, 8700g or Curve in the city or the sticks, you can learn tricks to squeeze every last bit of juice out of your device. For instance, you can make sure all your unused connectivity options are disabled, your notification settings are optimized for extended battery life and your screen backlight is only as bright as you need it to be. We recommend carrying an extra BlackBerry battery along whenever possible so you don't get caught in the dark even if your main power supply dies. But these tips can help extend your battery life even if you have another at the ready. Set Connectivity Options Wisely Wireless connectivity options such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth eat up BlackBerry battery life when they're on but aren't in use, because they constantly try to connect to networks or devices. Even leaving your device's cellular radio on when you're not using it drains battery life, because it's communicating with cellular towers to determine if you're still in range of the network and to update various services or applications. Not all BlackBerry devices have Wi-Fi--in fact only a few of them do--but most new RIM devices have Bluetooth support, and the vast majority have cellular radios. To turn off one or all of these options, go to your device's icon screen and click the "Manage Connections" icon. (It looks a bit like a camera tripod with a few halos around the top.) From there, you can deactivate all connectivity options by hitting the "Turn All Connections Off" option, or turn individual connections on and off by checking or unchecking the boxes next to each. One caution: the cellular radio enables your device to make and receive calls, as well as view Web pages and transfer data, so you won't be able to place calls or surf the Web when your radio is turned off. If you enter an area with poor or no cellular coverage--when riding on a subway, for example--turn off you radio unless it's absolutely necessary, because it will drain battery trying to reconnect with the network. You can also set your device to automatically shut down at night (or other little-used times) and turn itself back on, to save battery life. To do so, go to your device's icon screen and click the Options icon. (It looks like a wrench.) Then click Auto On/Off, select whether or not settings should apply to weekdays, weekends or both, and choose stop and start times. Examine Your Notification Profiles The notification alerts that you use to signal new phone calls or messages can have a significant impact on your BlackBerry battery life. For example, if you set your call notification to vibrate three times and then ring loudly, your battery is going to drain faster than if you turn off the vibration and reduce your ring tone volume to low. If you use a custom ring tone--a little Buffett, say--you're also using more battery life than with a traditional ring. The most energy efficient way to employ call or message notifications? Set your ring tone to the lowest volume you can and reduce or eliminate the use of vibration alerts. We all need to set or devices to vibrate occasionally while in meetings or other locales that require quiet, but you can modify your vibrations settings. To reduce the number of times that your device vibrates when a new call or message is received, go to your device's icon screen and click the Profiles icon. (It looks like a speaker.) From there you can adjust your various profile settings--Loud, Vibrate, Quiet, Normal and Phone Off--and access Advanced settings. Scroll down and click the Advanced option, and you'll see another list of the same profile settings. To modify these settings, just highlight one, hit your BlackBerry menu key and click the Edit option. This displays all the various applications and services with notification options, like your phone, e-mail inbox, text message inbox, IM application and more. To change notification settings for an app or service, simply click one and select whether you want your device to both ring and vibrate when you receive a call or an email message and how many times for each. If you use an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) holster from RIM, you can also set different notification options for when your device is holstered. (RIM's newer holsters have built-in magnets that let your device know it's secured.) These options can save precious battery life, as well, because you can set your device to remain silent and still while holster and then revert to normal settings when it's removed. As a general rule, the fewer times you BlackBerry rings or vibrates, the less battery life your notifications use. Adjust Your Screen Backlight Newer BlackBerry devices enable you to heighten or reduce your display's backlight brightness. The brighter your screen, and the longer that screen stays lit, the more battery life you're using. To modify backlight settings, go to your BlackBerry icon screen and click on the Options icon that looks like a wrench. The click the Screen/Keyboard option and set your Backlight Brightness to the lowest level you can stand without needing to struggle to see your display. Then set your Backlight Timeout--how long your screen will stay on before going black--to the shortest time period you can handle. An OEM BlackBerry holster can also reduce the amount of time your screen stays lit regardless of your settings, because it blacks out your display whenever the device is holstered. Use Power-Hogging Applications Wisely The larger the number of BlackBerry applications you use, the more power you're going to need. If you constantly use a couple of apps, say the Viigo RSS reader and Facebook for BlackBerry, you need to consider how much power those specific applications employ. If battery life is of the essence, you probably want to use them sparingly. Some applications eat up power only when in use. For example, Google Maps mobile application for BlackBerry drains significant battery life when you search for directions or satellite images of a specific locale, but it doesn't use much power when not being employed. But, many BlackBerry applications drain battery life even when you're not using them by pulling in new content or updates. Viigo, a mobile RSS reader for BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices, for instance, pulls in content from whatever feeds you select. If you use Viigo and you're receiving articles from 30 feeds, the application is going to eat up a good chunk of your battery, even when you're not reading the stories it's collecting. Or take the Facebook for BlackBerry application: Depending on your Facebook notification settings, you could be receiving BlackBerry alerts every time a Facebook Friend sends you a message, writes on your wall, pokes you, or interacts with one of your widgets. All of that back and forth activity takes a lot of power. So be aware of how much battery your BlackBerry applications need, and why, and be selective. Keep Battery Connections Clean Over time, the battery connections within your device can gather dust and other particles and impede the transfer of power to your hardware. Every few months, it's a good idea to remove your battery and wipe clean the small sections of metal through which battery power is transferred, as well as the metal prongs inside your device's battery slot that connect to the power supply. Those prongs are delicate, however, so you should be very careful cleaning them. Q Tips and cleansing wipes made specifically for electronic gadgets work well, though they can leave residue, so you should ensure both surfaces are clear before replacing your battery. Finally, your battery will become less efficient over time, so it is occasionally necessary to buy a new one. If your battery is a year or older, and you've determined that its poor performance can't be attributed to a weak cellular connection, a power-hogging app or a similar issue, you may need to replace it. Close Unused Applications--Even if You Reopen Them Soon Many BlackBerry applications utilize RIM's respected "push" technology, which brings messages, notifications and alerts to your device almost instantly after the corresponding service receives them. That's all fine and good--except for the fact that it takes battery life to initiative the transactions and receive new data. The more apps you have open that use some sort of auto-update process, the more battery life those apps are eating up. So while my initial related tip was merely to close all "power-hogging" apps when they're not in use, today I'm suggesting you close ALL apps when you're not employing them. You won't receive updates or notifications, but you can always just reopen a specific app if you want to check it. This also goes for IM applications, like BeeJive or IM+, which many BlackBerry users leaving running constantly. If you're a heavy IM user, this tip may not play out for you. But if you're like me and rarely use IM via BlackBerry, except to initiate a quick conversation, you'll be better off leaving your IM apps deactivated until you need them. A quick way to determine which apps are running at a given time is to open up your BlackBerry Application Switcher ribbon by holding down the BlackBerry Menu key--directly to the left of your trackball/trackpad--for a few seconds. The core BlackBerry phone, browser, messages, BlackBerry Messenger and home screen icon cannot be closed, but anything else that shows up in your app switcher can be shutdown via the application menus. Standby Mode is Your Friend You can quickly and easily put many BlackBerry devices into "Standby Mode" to conserve battery life when not in use, among other things. Standby Mode is different than the BlackBerry screen/keypad lock in that it not only freezes your device keyboard, but also deactivates your display, saving power. You activate Standby Mode in different ways depending on your BlackBerry device, but some new devices can be put into standby by simply holding the Mute key on the top right or left of the device. For example, I put my BlackBerry Bold 9700 into standby every time it goes into my pocket by holding the Mute key on the top-right of the device. (Check your owner's manual or search Google if you can't determine how to activate standby on your specific handset. Note: As far as I know, the Storm2 does not have a Standby Mode.) You'll need to push the Mute key again--or reenter whatever key combo activates standby--to turn it off. So if you find that your device is on but won't start up when you press keys, ensure it's not in standby. Disable Your Camera's Flash If you employ your BlackBerry's digital camera frequently, but want to conserve battery life, you can turn off or adjust your camera's flash. Using the flash once or twice probably won't have too much of an impact on your battery life. But repeated use is sure to take a toll. To modify your camera's flash settings, open the BlackBerry camera app by clicking on the Camera Icon on your BlackBerry home screen. When the camera view finder is open, click your BlackBerry Menu key, hit Options and change the Default Flash Setting to "No." Hit your Escape key to exit out of the Options menu, save your changes, and your flash will be turned off the next time you open the camera. To turn it back on, simply reverse the process. Add E-Mail Accounts Sparingly Every time an e-mail message or group of messages is delivered to your BlackBerry inbox, your overall device battery-life diminishes. So, to maximize BlackBerry battery life, you should only connect "relevant" e-mail accounts to your smartphone. For example, if you have your Microsoft Outlook, two Gmail accounts, a Windows Live mailbox and Yahoo! Mail all linked to your BlackBerry device, you're using a significant amount of your battery life on simply delivering e-mail--assuming you frequently receive mail to these accounts. You probably need your Outlook mail, especially if your BlackBerry is work-issued. But do you really require that both of those Gmail inboxes be connected to your smartphone? Do you even receive mail to that ancient Hotmail Windows Live account? It's a good practice to connect only the mailboxes you employ most frequently to your BlackBerry device, since reducing the number of mailboxes will not only increase your overall battery-life, but also de-clutter your main BlackBerry Messages folder. Better Digital Camera Experience You can more out of your blackberry camera built in and capture pro-looking shots effortlessly. There are some basic tips provided by RIM themselves. We will take a look of the various tips they reccomend and also provide some useful tips of our own. First, RIM's tips: Get closer to your subjects Hold your hand steady Be patient Use the flash when necessary Use photos to help remember future errands/tasks/etc. Organize your digital media using BlackBerry folders Share images via digital photo apps like Flickr, Facebook or MySpace for BlackBerry Use a photo editor (There are free options) Modify white balance settings Experiment with built-in color effects like black & white or sepia Employ geotagging, where available, to tie location info to images Modify BlackBerry image quality camera settings Again, most of these are somewhat obvious, but each and every one will indeed help to make you a better BlackBerry photog. And much more detail on each item is available on RIM's site. I use my BlackBerry camera fairly frequently, and I've experimented with all the suggestions mentioned above and more. One tip that's often overlooked due to its simplicity: Make sure your camera lens is clear of dust and other debris. The simplest way to do this is to wipe both the lens and flash, found on the rear side of your camera-equipped 'Berry, with a cotton swab or a paper towel or tissue will do just fine, but make sure to use a quality brand that won't just leave more of a mess. My other suggestion is an extension of RIM's second tip: Hold your hand steady. I've had the best luck using both hands. I use one thumb and forefinger on the top and bottom to hold my BlackBerry horizontally in place while my other hand holds the device like I normally would, with a thumb on the trackball and the rest of my hand wrapped around its side. This is particularly helpful when using RIM's BlackBerry Curve 8900 or Storm devices. Both handsets have higher resolution cameras than other BlackBerry models—3.2 megapixels compared to 2.0 megapixels—as well as a new autofocus feature. The autofocus in particular really makes a difference in picture quality. But it also causes a delay after you click your trackball or screen to snap an image, so holding your device steady for those final few seconds is crucial. In addition to the cameras usage tips, RIM also included a breakdown of the BlackBerry Camera Settings. I won't get into details, but if you're new to using a BlackBerry shooter, these tips are a great place to familiarize yourself with RIM's camera application. The most interesting tidbit from the camera settings section: "If the [blackBerry] battery power level drops below 20 percent, the flash dims to conserve battery power. In cold temperatures, when the battery power level drops below 20 percent, the flash might turn off." Apparently there are battery-life-protection measures built into the camera app that jump into action whenever the temperature drops below a certain level. Who knew? Use Folders to Unclutter Your RIM Smartphone BlackBerry smartphones come with a default set of folders for users to store software, including RIM's own standard tools--like its Calculator and Memo Pad applications--as well as third party apps and games. The four main app storage folders are Applications, Games, Instant Messaging and Downloads--at least if your BlackBerry is running OS v4.6 or higher. Applications is where all RIM's native apps live; Games is for, well, games; a number of IM programs, including AIM and Google Talk, can be found in Instant Messaging; and any and all new apps you may acquire land in Downloads. That's all fine and good for new BlackBerry owners, but thanks to the release of BlackBerry App World, RIM's mobile software store, getting your hands on new software has never been easier. And those four folders fill up and become disorganized awfully quick. Luckily, you can create your own BlackBerry folders, which can be organized in the way that best suits your needs, in just a few simple steps. Once you're a master of the BlackBerry folder. Adding New BlackBerry Folders Creating a new BlackBerry folder for storing applications or other data takes just three steps. One: On your icon- or application-screen, click the BlackBerry Menu key, which is located directly to the left of your trackball. Two: Choose Add Folder from the options in the corresponding pop-up menu, and choose a name for your new addition. Three: Click the Icon section of the Add Folder screen, and pick the color or graphic that best fits the folder's intended purpose. Voila! A new BlackBerry folder should now appear on your icon screen. Should you wish to modify the folder's name, color or graphic in the future, simply scroll over it, hit the BlackBerry Menu key again, and choose Edit Folder. Moving Folders There's no right or wrong way to organize the folders and applications on your BlackBerry; try experimenting a bit to see which arrangements work best for you. However, the following tips can be used to shape your BlackBerry folder organization strategy. Any folder on your BlackBerry can be moved and shifted around your icon screen. To do so, scroll over the folder you wish to move, click the BlackBerry Menu key and choose Move . A white outline appears around the folder, and any movement of your trackball moves the folder. Depending on the BlackBerry theme you're currently using, you can position folders so that they appear on your home screen in addition to your icon screen. If you're using a "zen" theme, move a folder into the top row on your icon screen and it will also display on your home screen. Unfortunately, you cannot currently create new folders within folders, which could really help with BlackBerry organization. And it may be a while before this functionality hits a BlackBerry near you--if it ever does; I've been experimenting with a very early unofficial version of RIM's upcoming BlackBerry OS v5.0, and the feature still isn't present in the new firmware, though it could be eventually. One tweak within BlackBerry OS v5.0 that will help: You can easily change the folder for downloads, so new applications can be delivered directly to the appropriate folder, instead of landing in the Downloads folder first. Organizing BlackBerry Folders with Colors, Icons For new folders, you can choose from a variety of colors--green, purple, red, blue and yellow--along with a number of icons, such as stars, hearts, smiley faces and the BlackBerry logo. Using color codes and/or icons will help you remember what types of applications are in which folders without having to physically scroll over them to see app names. For example, you could use the color red to signify that a folder is work-related. So a red folder with a star titled "Applications" could house apps like WorldMate Live and TetherBerry, along with ERP, CRM or whatever other corporate apps your IT administrator may have distributed. And a red folder with a smiley face icon could be for your most frequently used, work-related software. A blue folder with a star could be used to store all your personal, or life-style, apps, like Viigo, Facebook for BlackBerry and TweetGenius. Again, these specific examples may not work for you, but find your own organization strategy by testing out the above-mentioned suggestions and seeing which work best. Set Up E-Mail Signature BlackBerry e-mail auto-signatures let you save time on typing and reduce unnecessary strain on BlackBerry thumbs, as well as proactively apologize for possible typos. Follow these simple steps to create, modify or erase BlackBerry e-mail signatures--for both personal, or BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS), and corporate, or BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), accounts. BlackBerry Personal E-Mail Auto Signatures: BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) To create, change or do away with an auto signature for a BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) Web-mail account, you first need to log in to your wireless carrier's website--you may also need to create a new account if you haven't already. To do so, surf over to your carrier's website and either create a new user name and password or login to an existing account. After logging into your carrier's website, you should locate the BlackBerry messaging, or BIS, section of the page. (You can also quickly find your carrier's BIS page by performing a Google search for the carrier's name and "BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS).") Once on the BIS page, create at new account, if necessary, or login. Next, you can choose to add a new Web mail account to BIS, or if you've already added one, there's an option to edit existing accounts. If you've not yet created an account, follow the on-screen process to enter an e-mail address and login information, then save your changes. Once an account is added, you'll be returned to the main BIS page. A default e-mail signature will be assigned to each new BIS e-mail account you add, something like: "Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T." Until you physically remove this default auto-signature, it will appear at the bottom of each and every message you send. This is a good way to spot newbie BlackBerry owners, as many beginner users aren't even aware that the signature is there. To remove, edit or create a new BIS e-mail auto-signature, login to your carrier's site, locate the BIS page and click the Edit option below the e-mail account you wish to modify. On the following page, you'll see an e-mail signature option with a space for text beneath it. If you've never modified your BIS account, you'll see the default signature mentioned above, within that space. You can delete it completely, modify it or create a new signature. Once you have, click the Save button. After you've got your signature the way you want it, return to the main BIS page and click the link that says Send Service Books. This helps to ensure that your changes are applied. BlackBerry Corporate E-Mail Auto Signatures: BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) The easiest way to create or modify BlackBerry e-mail auto-signatures for corporate or BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) accounts is via your handset and not a Web-based interface, like the BIS interface described above. Also, BES mail accounts do not have any sort of default signature applied, so unless you create one yourself--or an admin does it for you--your BlackBerry mail will not have an auto-signature. To create or change a BES e-mail auto-signature, you should first open your on-device Messaging app, where all of your BES messages are stored. Next, hit the BlackBerry Menu key--which is located directly to the left of your trackball--and scroll down until you can click on Options. Within the Messages Options menu, choose E-Mail Settings. On the following E-Mail Settings page, make sure the Use Auto Signature option is set to Yes, and then fill in whatever message you want to appear at the bottom of your e-mail, within the blank on-screen box. As mentioned earlier, common BlackBerry e-mail signatures include name, address and contact information, but you may also wish to use something to alert message recipients that your mailing was sent via BlackBerry. For instance, "Please excuse any typos. Message was sent via BlackBerry." Finally, hit the BlackBerry Escape key to the right of your trackball to exit the screen, and then save your changes when prompted. You can also add or change your BES e-mail signature using RIM's BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, though you need to have chosen the enterprise e-mail option when you first used Desktop Manager. If you'd like to employ the software to modify your BES auto-signature but don't have the corporate mail option in Desktop Manager, simply uninstall the app, then reinstall and choose the enterprise setup option. Next, connect your BlackBerry to your PC via the standard mini USB cord and fire up Desktop Manager. You should see an E-Mail Settings tab on Desktop Manager's opening page. If you do not, you need to uninstall and reinstall the app, as previously mentioned. Click E-Mail Settings and add whatever text you'd like to use as an auto-signature to the blank on-screen box. When you're done, just hit the Apply button and close the program. Finally, you need make sure that you have set your device to employ a BES e-mail auto-signature. To check this, follow the process described at the start of this section and make sure the Use Auto Signature option on the on-device E-Mail Settings page is enabled. Customize Your Blackberry Customize your RIM BlackBerry smartphone in no time using unique home screen images, backgrounds, custom ringtones, notification profiles and exceptions, and also by downloading and installing new themes. We guide you how to go about it. Change Home Screen Images, Backgrounds BlackBerry devices let you use just about any image or graphic as a home screen image. The simplest way to find adequately sized images for your BlackBerry's background is to take the picture yourself using your built-in digital camera, if you've got one, and then save it to your device's memory or media card. This helps ensure that the image is the correct proportions, since you can see what it looks like on-screen just after you take it. You can also locate correctly-sized images via online aggregators of BlackBerry backgrounds, or "wallpapers." I get most of my wallpapers, at least the ones I don't create on my own, via CrackBerry.com and sites like it. CrackBerry.com has a large, free wallpaper gallery, with all images categorized based on device display size. BlackBerry Pearl 81xx users want to employ 240x260-pixel wallpapers; Pearl Flip 8220 users want 240x320; Curve 83xx, BlackBerry 87xx and 88xx should use 320x240 backgrounds; Curve 8900 owners want 480x360; Bold 9000 users want 480x320; and Storm 95xx devices have 360x480 displays. You should pick your wallpaper accordingly. (Note: You can employ pictures and graphics that aren't sized perfectly for your device as background images by navigating to the image of choice, via your Media icon, selecting Pictures, then All Pictures and clicking on the image you want to use. Next, hit your BlackBerry Menu key--which is located directly to the left of your trackball--and choose Fit to Screen. Your image may appear disproportionate, but it will at least span your screen.) Whenever you save a new image or graphic to your BlackBerry smartphone, you can save the file to your smartphone's built-in, or "on-board," memory or an external memory card--if you've got one. It's a good idea to save images that you plan to use as home screen backgrounds to your device memory. (This helps to ensure that the image remains set as your background after a hard or soft reset, battery pull or memory card switch.) However, I like to set my image preferences to save all pictures taken with my camera to my external media card, so the small amount of built-in BlackBerry device memory doesn't fill up too quickly. To choose the save location for images taken with your camera, open the Camera app, click the BlackBerry Menu key and select Options. Scroll down to Store Pictures on the following screen, and choose either On Media Card or In Device Memory. If you choose to store all images on your media card, you'll want to move the files you use as home screen images to your on-board memory, for the above mentioned reasons. To do so, simply open the image you wish to move, click the BlackBerry Menu key and choose Move. Next, click the on-screen Device Memory folder and pick Move Here from the menu that appears. Your image will then be saved to your device. After you've located the picture you want to use and saved it to your device memory, it's time to set it as your BlackBerry home screen image. First, navigate to the appropriate image within your BlackBerry Media icon, as described above. But instead of clicking All Pictures within the Pictures folder, choose Picture Folders and select Device Memory. If you saved the image in the correct location, you should see it there. Next, click on the image you wish to use, hit the BlackBerry Menu key again and choose Set as Home Screen Image. Voila! The next time you return to your BlackBerry's home screen, you'll see the new image. And if at any point you want to return to the default home screen image, simply navigate to any picture, click your BlackBerry Menu key and choose Reset Home Screen Image. Set Custom Ringtones, Notification Profiles and Exceptions One of the most basic BlackBerry phone customization options available to users can also prove to be the most valuable. Setting custom ringtones for the contacts in your address book, or at least for those with whom you communicate frequently, can tell you who's calling and eliminate the need to peek at your caller ID. First, open your BlackBerry contacts by clicking on the Address Book icon on your home screen. From there, scroll down to the contact for which you wish to add a custom ringtone. With the contact's name highlighted, hit your BlackBerry Menu key, located directly to the left of the trackball on 8xxx series devices, and scroll down to and click Add Custom Phone Tune. From the dropdown menu, choose the location within your phone's memory where the default ringtones are stored--usually labeled Preloaded Ringtones--or the folder in your memory card where you keep your custom ringtones. (BlackBerry users can employ a variety of applications, including the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, to create their own custom ringtones.) Scroll through the list of available ringtones--default tones will be named "Ringer_ NAME_XX .mp3"--and click on the one you wish to associate with the previously selected contact. Hit OK when the confirmation dialogue box displays, and you're all set. After assigning a custom tone to a contact, you can edit that tone by highlighting the contact's name in your address book, hitting the BlackBerry Menu key and selecting Edit . Then, scroll all the way to the bottom of the entry where the custom ringtone is listed, click on the name of the tone and navigate through the dropdown menu until you find the new tone you'd like. RIM BlackBerry profiles allow you to customize the alerts you get when calls come in, new messages arrive and applications notifications are received. For example, you can use either the default "Vibrate" or "Quiet" profiles to silence your phone for a meeting. Or utilize the "Loud" profile to ensure you don't miss an important call while at a sporting event or other noisy locale. You can even employ a "Phone Only" profile so your device vibrates or rings only when a call is received and not when e-mail or text messages hit your inbox. BlackBerry devices also allow you to create your own profiles to suit personal preferences and needs, as well as tweak the default profiles. So, for instance, you can create your own "E-Mail Only" profile and set the phone to only vibrate three times for each e-mail message you receive. Or you can tweak your Vibrate profile so that your BlackBerry rings only when, say, your wife or child calls. To create a new profile for your BlackBerry, click the Profiles icon on your main icon screen. Then, scroll all the way down past the existing profiles to the Advanced option and click it. Within the current profiles list, hit your BlackBerry Menu key again, and choose New Profile . From there, name your custom profile at the top of the next screen and choose your notification types for each of the applications that use alerts, by scrolling down the list and clicking on the app or message inbox. When you click on an application, "Phone," for instance, you'll then have the ability to set custom "In Holster" and "Out of Holster" notifications, such as whether not you want rings, vibrations or both. And you can also modify volume settings and the number of vibrations for each alert, as well as enable or disable the LED message indicator light. After you've created a new profile, it will appear in the profiles list with a gold star over the icon. As mentioned above, you can also customize BlackBerry profiles for specific contacts or groups of contacts. For example, if you're expecting a phone call from a specific coworker, but you don't want to be bothered with calls or message from anyone else, you can set an exception to your default "Silent" profile that will allow for calls or messages from that specific person while blocking all other vibrations and rings. To get started, click on the Profiles icon on the BlackBerry icon screen and again hit Advanced . In the list of existing profiles, hit the BlackBerry Menu key and choose "New Exception." Name the exception at the top of the next screen, and then scroll down to the "From" field and click the trackball. Next, a list of options appears, from which you should choose "Add Name" and then pick the appropriate contacts from the dropdown list. You can choose more than one name. After specifying the contacts that you want included as part of the exception, highlight the "Use Profile" field and pick the profile you want applied those contacts. So if you want to receive calls from your significant other and child while the Vibrate profile is set, you should choose both of those names in the Add Name field and then set Use Profile to "Normal" or "Loud." Then hit the Menu button again, save your changes when the dialogue box appears and you're good to go. (Note: If you have multiple profile exceptions that include the same contacts, you may need to deactivate one or all of the others for new exceptions to take effect.) To delete a profile exception, simply click the Profiles icon on your BlackBerry icon screen, scroll all the way down, hit Advanced and then navigate down to your list of exceptions. Select the exception you wish to get rid of, hit the BlackBerry Menu key, choose "Delete," and confirm that deletion in the next dialogue box. Download and Install New Themes The majority of current BlackBerry smartphones ship with three different types of themes preinstalled: Icon, Today and Zen themes. Individual wireless carriers also often include their own branded themes. Changing or switching back and forth between BlackBerry themes is simple and can be done in a matter of minutes--though each theme must be customized individually and this process can take some time. For instance, if you rearrange the home screen using an Icon theme and then switch to a Zen theme, you'll need to reorder all your icons. However, if you then switch back to the original Icon theme, your icons will still be ordered the way you originally set them. To switch from one theme to another, click on your BlackBerry Options icon and choose Theme. You'll then see a list of all your available themes. Scroll down to the theme that you wish to make active--the word "Active" will appear in bold next to the theme that's currently in use--and then click your trackball. After a few seconds, you'll be returned to the BlackBerry Options screen. Simply hit Escape -- located directly to the right of the trackball--and you'll return to your main screen. One of the best ways to find quality BlackBerry themes is to visit RIM's mobile site, which can be located at mobile.blackberry.com, using your BlackBerry browser. (Click the "Fun and Games" icon on the home page and then choose "Themes," to browse the current offerings.) Though the selection isn't exactly wide, RIM's site can determine the specific device you're using based on browser setting to ensure that the theme is compatible with your BlackBerry--and all the themes are free. Once you've determined your device model and OS version you should also make sure that the site you plan to download the theme from has specified compatibility with your BlackBerry and handheld OS. Always be sure to obtain your themes from a reputable or trusted source. You can download and install new BlackBerry themes wirelessly (over-the-air), or using RIM's Desktop Manager Software, which ships with every new BlackBerry. The over-the-air (OTA) download is easiest, as it doesn't require a PC or any additional processes. To download a theme OTA, visit the site from which you want to obtain a theme, and follow the directions for OTA downloads, if available. Such directions will typically call for you to enter an e-mail address associated with your BlackBerry so a message with the appropriate download link can be sent. Once you receive such a message, open it, click the link and follow the download instructions. In some cases, like when you download themes OTA from RIM's site, you won't need to enter in an e-mail address; rather, all you'll need to do is click a link and you'll be transported to a download page. Once said page opens, click the "Download" link and wait a minute or so for your new theme to download. When the process is complete, a dialogue box appears to let you know, and you'll then be able to access and install the theme via BlackBerry Options and the Theme menu. Downloading new BlackBerry themes using RIM's Desktop Manger software can take a bit longer and requires an Internet-connected PC, but the process is similar to downloading OTA. First of all, you'll want to ensure you have the latest version of Desktop Manager. To determine which version you're current running, open the program, click the Help icon and choose About BlackBerry Desktop Manager. A dialogue box will appear to tell you which version you're using. Next, surf over on over to RIM's download page, verify you've got the latest version of the software and download and install it if not. Next, download the theme file to your hard drive. Usually, the file is compressed, and you'll need to "unzip." After doing so, launch Desktop Manager, connect your BlackBerry and open the Application Loader component. When the Application Loader opens, click on the Add/Remove Application option. On the following screen, click "Browse" and then navigate to the location within your PC where the unzip theme file is stored. The file you should select will very likely end in an ".alx" extension. With the appropriate file selected, click Open within the dialogue box and the theme will then be discoverable by the Desktop Manager software. On the Application Loader screen, scroll down until you see the name of the new theme, check the box next to it if it's not already filled, and then hit Next. The software will then confirm the file is the correct one you wish to transfer to your device. Click Finish and the file will transfer from your PC to the BlackBerry device. When the process is complete, you'll be able to access and install the theme via BlackBerry Options and the Theme menu. Once you've downloaded and installed a new BlackBerry theme, you have a number of options to further customize your smartphone. For instance, you can move your application icons around to position them wherever you like. To do so, scroll over any icon on your application icon screen, hit the BlackBerry Menu key--located directly to the left of your trackball--and choose Move. Use the trackball to move the icon into the position you wish and then click the trackball to make it stay in place. As mentioned above, you can also switch out the background image or wallpaper behind a particular theme, though in some cases doing so may hurt the aesthetic appeal--think Star Trek icons with no U.S.S. Enterprise. To change your BlackBerry wallpaper, simply click the Media icon on you home screen, scroll to the Pictures section and then highlight the image that you wish to set as your home screen graphic. After the image is opened, hit your BlackBerry Menu key, choose Set As Homescreen Image, and then hit either End or Escape a number of times to return to the icon screen. You'll find plenty of free BlackBerry themes available if you do a bit of searching--we've never paid for a single theme, though we've used piles of them--but lots of reputable sites also sell themes for small fees. Finally, if you wish to delete a particular theme, simply click on your Options icon, choose Advanced Options and then Applications , and highlight the name of the theme you want to ditch. Next, click your BlackBerry Menu key, choose delete and confirm that you wish to get rid of the selected theme. When the process is complete, you may need to reboot your device. Touch Screen Tips and Tricks RIM's first touch screen BlackBerry, the Storm, is also the first RIM smartphone to run BlackBerry operating system (OS) version 4.7, which incorporates a wide variety of new, touch-based keyboard and device shortcuts, as well as gesture-based navigation methods. These 20 tips and tricks will help you get the most out of your shiny, new Storm--and its SurePress touch screen. On Key: BlackBerry Storm Keyboard Shortcuts The BlackBerry Storm is touch-screen-based, and as such, it lacks a physical keyboard; however, three types of on-screen, virtual keyboards are available to users: 1) RIM's SureType keyboard, which is a QWERTY keyboard with more than one letter/number on each key (available only in portrait mode); a multitap keyboard that resembles the keys on a traditional cell phone (portrait mode); and a full QWERTY like the one found on your computer keyboard (landscape mode only). To switch back and forth between keyboards in portrait mode, simply click the BlackBerry Menu key whenever a keyboard is displayed, and click "Enable Multitap" or "Enable SureType." -To quickly bring up the Storm's onscreen keyboard, swipe a finger upward from the very bottom of the screen to the middle. -To quickly hide the Storm's keyboard, swipe a finger downward from the top of the keyboard to the very bottom of the device's screen. -Accented, or "special," characters can be typed via Storm in both portrait (vertical) and landscape (horizontal) views. To enter in a special character while in portrait or landscape mode, such as an ï, bring up the on-screen keyboard, depress the "i" key--but don't click it--and a number of options appear on screen, one of which is ï. To choose that character, simply click it on screen. --To activate number lock, bring up the onscreen keyboard and then hold down the "123" key for about two seconds until a lock appears on that button. The number pad will then stay on screen until you either hide it or tap the "123" key again to return to the normal keyboard layout. --To activate capital lock, bring up the onscreen keyboard and then hold down the "Shift/Arrow Up" key for about two seconds until a lock appears on that button. The number pad will then stay on screen until you either hide it or tap the "Shift/Arrow Up" key again to return to the normal keyboard layout. -To change text input languages, hold the Storm in landscape mode, bring up the virtual keyboard and click the "Globe" key found directly to the left of the Space key. Next, scroll to the desired language, highlight it and click the Storm's screen to select. Finding Your Way Around the Storm: Navigation Tips and Tricks -To scroll downward in a message or while viewing a Web page, place your finger lightly at the bottom of the screen--but don't click--and drag upward. To scroll down a full screen's length, slide your finger up rapidly. - To scroll up, place your finger lightly at the top of the screen--but don't click--and drag it down. To scroll up a full screen's length, slide your finger down rapidly. -To zoom in on a picture or a Web page, tap the screen lightly twice--but don't click it. (The BlackBerry browser also has zoom in/out options; two separate magnifying glasses for zooming in and out sit at the bottom of the browser screen.) To zoom back out after zooming in, click the BlackBerry Escape key until you return to the original view. -To "pan," or move around while viewing a web page, hold your finger on the display--but again, don't click--and drag it in the direction you wish to move. -To quickly switch between active applications from the Storm home screen, hold the BlackBerry Menu key until the Application Switch ribbon appears on screen. Then lightly touch the ribbon and move back and forth to scroll between available apps. To select one, click the screen when a specific app is highlighted. -To jump from the Storm home screen to the main icon screen, put your finger on the home screen, just above the app dock, and click once. (You can also simply hit the BlackBerry Menu key while on the home screen to access your icon page.) Text and Messaging Shortcuts for the Storm -To copy and paste text from one location to another, lightly touch a finger to the Storm's screen at the start of the text you wish to copy. Then hold that first finger in place while you touch the end of the text with another finger. The text in between your digits will then be selected. To copy it, click the BlackBerry Menu key, scroll to "Copy" and click the screen. To paste, follow the same instructions but pick "Paste" instead of "Copy." -To quickly search your messages for all mailings from a specific contact, find a message from that contact in your Messages application and then gently hold a finger on screen directly over the contact's name. After a few seconds, all messages from that contact appear on screen. - To quickly search your messages for a specific subject line, or to track a thread, find a message with the desired subject line in your Messages application and then gently hold a finger on screen directly over the subject line. After a few seconds, all messages with that specific subject appear on screen. -To precisely navigate to the middle of a sentence, or even a specific word, while typing on the Storm, gently press your finger on the Storm's screen on or around the text or character you wish to edit. Then, with your finger on the display, but not clicking it, slide your finger around until it's exactly where you want it and then let go. The specific character or set of characters will then be highlighted for easy editing. -To delete multiple messages at once via Storm, open your Messages app and gently hold a finger on a message near the top of the list you want to delete. Keep that finger in place, and then touch another message further down the list. All the messages between your two fingers will then be highlighted. From there, you can click the Delete Messages key at the bottom or the screen to do away with the selected messages. Or you can continue to select older messages by keeping one finger on the selected messages and scrolling down. When new, unselected messages appear beneath your current selections, touch any of them to select it and all the messages between it and your previous selections. Again, hit the Delete Messages key to trash messages when you're ready. To unselect messages at any time, click the BlackBerry Escape key. -Rapidly scroll through messages by sliding a finger sideway while reading an e-mail or text. Slide your finger to the left while in an open message to skip to newer messages; and slide to the right for older correspondence. A Storm of Multimedia: Image and Audio Tips -Scroll through images just as you would messages, by sliding a finger horizontally across the Storm's display. Slide your finger to the right while viewing an image to see newer images; and slide to the left for older pictures. -To zoom in on an image, tap the screen twice--don't click. Or you can also zoom by clicking the screen one time. Zoom out by hitting the BlackBerry Escape key. -To "pan," or move around while viewing an image, hold your finger on the display--but again, don't click--and drag it in the direction you wish to move. -To quickly search your music library for all songs from one specific artist, find a track by that musician or group in a list of songs, and then gently hold a finger on screen directly over the musician's name. After a few seconds, all songs from that artist appear on screen. Free Up Device Memory Power users of Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry smartphones need all the device memory they can get. These seven tips can help free up memory and keep your handheld running as smoothly as possible. Delete Any Unnecessary/Unused Applications The more applications you have on your BlackBerry, the less free memory that's available to you. New BlackBerrys ship with a wide variety of applications that you may not need or even know about. and you've probably downloaded a number of third-party apps with good intentions, then only used them occasionally if at all. Deleting unwanted or unused applications is simple, and depending on how many you've got, it can really improve your device's performance. To delete programs from your BlackBerry, click the Options icon on the device's home screen. Then scroll all the way to the top of the list and select Advanced Options. When you click Applications inside this menu, your device will build a list of all apps on your device. Scroll through them and you'll probably find a number of programs that you don't need. Delete apps by scrolling over them and hitting your BlackBerry menu key. Select Delete and confirm that you want to remove the app when the dialogue box pops up. A few examples of applications you may want to remove are the Help app, games like BrickBreaker, the Password Keeper and the BlackBerry Messenger--if don't use instant messaging or employ another app, like AIM for BlackBerry. (Note: You often need to restart your device for app deletions to take effect.) Delete Old/Read Messages and Maintain a Tidy Inbox Storing old or already-read text, e-mail and PIN messages on your BlackBerry can take a significant bite out of your device's available memory. Get rid of all that clutter. Click your Messages icon on the BlackBerry home screen to open your messaging application, and then hit the BlackBerry menu key. Scroll down the list until you see Options, in the next menu choose General Options, and then scroll down to Keep Messages. Set that option to the smallest number of days/months you can tolerate. Obviously, the lower the number of days, the more memory you'll free over time. You can keep your messages for as long as you want--forever, if you choose--but 15 days is the shortest time period. You can also minimize the amount of device memory taken up by messages by keeping a tidy inbox. Don't let your message counter get out of control, if you've got 50 or 100 unopened messages that you already read on your laptop, get rid of them on your BlackBerry. One easy way to delete a bunch of messages without having to go through each one is to hold the left or right Shift key while scrolling through your inbox or outbox. This highlights all the messages you scroll past until you release Shift. Then simply hit your BlackBerry Menu key and select Delete to get rid of the list. You can also delete all messages sent or received before a specific date. To do so, scroll down to a date line and hit the BlackBerry Menu key. From there, select Delete Prior, and you'll trash all previous messages. Enable Content Compression: BlackBerry content compression is meant to decrease the size of the data on your device to take up less memory, and you should take advantage of the option. When enabled, all your device data is compressed, including messages, contacts, calendar entries, tasks, and memos. To turn content compression on, click the Options key on your BlackBerry's home icon screen, scroll to and select Security Options and then choose General Settings. Once inside the General Settings menu, highlight Content Compression, click your trackball or trackwheel and choose Enabled. Then save your changes by exiting the screen via the Escape key or otherwise and select Save when the Changes Made dialogue box appears. Remove Excess Media Some newer BlackBerrys, like RIM's Pearl and Curve devices have cameras for photos and media players for watching video and listening to music. Some BlackBerry devices can also capture video, like the BlackBerry Pearl 8120. Even RIM devices without cameras, like the 8700 and 8800 series handhelds, have media players so users can view images and video downloaded from websites or sent by friends or coworkers. Media files, particularly video files, are quite large and can do a job on your device's available memory. If you like to store lots of images, music files or video on your device, your best bet is to get an external storage card, like a MicroSD card, so you're not using internal memory for your media consumption. It's also a good idea to do away with any images or video you don't want to keep or other media you don't use frequently. You can delete media files via PC or Mac using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, or you can use your handheld. To do so using just your BlackBerry device, click your Media icon on the BlackBerry home screen and select the type of media files that you wish to delete: music, videos, ring tones, pictures or voice notes. Once you've selected a media type, highlight the file that you wish to remove, hit your BlackBerry menu key, choose Delete and confirm the deletion. (Note: Some preloaded images or file types can only be removed using the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software.) Optimize Calendar Appointment Settings Like your Messages application, your BlackBerry calendar stores data on past appointments, meetings and other events. You can free up some device memory by reducing the period of time for which the calendar stores that data. Depending on whether or not you sync your calendar with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and a corporate mail client or frequently enter in meetings and other happenings, you could see a noticeable increase in available memory by tweaking your Calendar app's Keep Appointment settings. To change those settings, click Calendar on your BlackBerry icon screen, hit your BlackBerry Menu key and choose Options. From there, scroll down to Keep Appointments and set the value to the shortest acceptable time period. Again, like your Message app, the shortest interval is 15 days, but you can also choose to keep appointment information forever. Erase Your Event Log BlackBerrys keep a record of the recently run events and processes, called an Event Log. Your Event Log can come in handy if you're experiencing a problem with your device or a specific application or service, because it can be used for troubleshooting. But storing all that information also takes up your BlackBerry memory. To access your Event Log, go to your Home Screen, hold down the ALT key and then type "LGLG." To get rid of the list of events, hit the BlackBerry Menu key while any event is highlighted and then click Clear Log. A dialogue box will then pop up asking if you're sure that you want to delete the log. Once you confirm the deletion, your log will be cleared. And don't worry. If your IT department is running device management software along with its BlackBerry Enterprise Server, your company likely has its own record of this event log. Clear Your Browser Cache As you surf the Internet, your mobile browser caches various information from the sites you visit. That information has to be stored somewhere and that takes valuable device memory. Depending on how often you use your device to access the Web, your cached content may not take up much memory, but it's still a good idea to occasionally clear that cache. You can clear your BlackBerry Browser's cache by launching the application and clicking your BlackBerry Menu key. Choose Options and then select Cache Options. From there, you can clear your browser's content cache, wipe its pushed content and erase your cookie cache. You need only click the Clear button next to each option to do so. After clicking the button next to content cache, a dialogue box pops up to notify you that the device is cleaning its memory. As soon as that box closes itself, your cache is cleared. Use Your RIM Smartphone As a Modem for Your PC As a Tethered Modem Use your BlackBerry as a tethered modem to connect your computer to the Web and save yourself countless headaches--and a wad of cash. Follow these four steps and you may never have to tinker with public Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, airports or hotels again. The first step to connecting your Windows notebook or desktop computer to the Internet using your BlackBerry smartphone's data connection: download the BlackBerry Desktop Software from RIM's website or the CD that came with your device. You'll need software version 4.1 or higher to use your BlackBerry as a tethered modem. This software ensures that you've got the appropriate drivers to enable your BlackBerry to use your computer's USB and virtual COM ports to upload and download Internet data via dial-up connection. If you find that you're already running an earlier version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager that doesn't support tethering, simply download the updated software from RIM. You may to need repair the software after upgrading if the necessary USB and virtual COM ports can't be found. To do so, simply re-install and select the Repair option. Now, you will need to create a Web Access Point Name (APN). Open up your Windows Start Menu and find your Control Panel, within your Settings. Open up your Phone and Modem Options, and specify your local area code, carrier code (if necessary) and numbers that you may need to dial to access outside lines. Then choose whether or not your use a touch tone or pulse telephone connection and hit OK. From there, select the Modems tab, highlight Standard Modems and click the Properties tab beneath the option. Once the Properties window opens, click on the Advanced tab at the top of the box and in the Extra Initialization Commands field type: +cgdcont=1,"IP","Your Internet APN" (Note: If you don't know your Internet Access Point Name (APN), you can contact your wireless carrier's customer support representatives. Or you can try to find your APN by clicking the Options icon on your BlackBerry Applications screen, then Advanced Options, and TCP. If the Internet APN name has been saved within the device, it will be listed in this menu. A good old Google search never hurts, either.) Click OK once you've filled in the Extra Initialization Commands field and hit OK again when the Phone and Modem Options tab reappears. Windows XP Configuration Process Windows XP users: Open up your Windows Start menu, mouse over the Connect To option and then click Show All Connections. In the Network Tasks box in the right-hand margin, click Create a New Connection to launch the New Connection Wizard. From there, click Next, choose the Connect to the Internet option and hit Next again. Pick Setup My Connection Manually and hit Next again. Select Connect Using a Dialup Modem, hit Next. Select the Standard Modem option on the Select a Device screen, hit Next again. Within the ISP Name box, type a name for your connection (Carrier name, for example) and once again click Next. In the Phone Number field type *99#, and then select whether the connection is for you alone or for others, as well. You'll then be prompted for the User Name and Password provided by your wireless carrier upon signing up for the tethered modem service. (If you don't know your User Name or Password, contact your service provider. Again, performing a Google search might help, as well) After you've filled in the appropriate information, click Finish to close the window and open the Connect window. (Some default User Names and Passwords can also be found online.) When you've successfully created a new connection and the Connect window appears, hit the Properties tab at the bottom and ensure that the Standard Modem box is checked and highlighted. Then choose Configure. Check the Enable Hardware Flow Control box, make sure none of the other boxes are checked and then hit OK. When you return to your connection Properties box, hit OK again. Windows Vista and Windows 7 users: See additional information on how to configure connections for Windows Vista on RIM's site. Attach your BlackBerry smartphone to your computer via the USB sync cable that came with your device (or a comparable cable) and launch the BlackBerry Desktop Manager. Open your Windows Start menu, choose the Connect To option and click the name of your new Network Connection. Enter your User Name and Password if you haven't saved it, click Dial, and you're good to go. As a Bluetooth Modem To make sure your PC can locate your BlackBerry's Bluetooth connection, you need to set the handheld to be "Discoverable." To do so, simply click the Options icon on your BlackBerry home screen, scroll to and click onBluetooth and hit the BlackBerry Menu key--Menu is located directly to the left of the trackball on 8xxx series devices. Then choose Options from that menu. If the Discoverable field isn't set to Yes, use the associated dropdown menu to switch the value, hit the Escape button--to the right of the trackball--and save your changes when the menu prompts appears. (Note: You can turn off the Discoverable option at any time after pairing a new device by repeating these steps and setting the field to No. ) Next you need to pair your BlackBerry and the PC. Begin by accessing the Windows Control Panel on your PC. Control Panel can be found within the Windows Start Menu . Next click on Bluetooth Devices and then choose Add. On the following screen, check the box next to "My device is set up and ready to be found," and then hit Next. The PC software will attempt to locate your BlackBerry or other Bluetooth device. If successful and your device is found, click on it to highlight the selection and hit Next again. (If your computer cannot find the BlackBerry, try switching the Bluetooth on and off via the device's Manage Connections or Bluetooth options screen. Additional troubleshooting tips can be found online and via a Google search.) After you've selected the specific BlackBerry you want your PC to communicate with, check the box next to "Let me choose my own passkey" , type in and record a four-digit number, and hit Next again. Your BlackBerry will then request the passkey you just entered, and after you provide it and click your trackball, the two devices will be successfully paired. Finally, complete the pairing process by hitting the Finish button in the dialogue box on your PC. When another box appears on your BlackBerry asking if you want to accept the Bluetooth connection, fill in the "Don't ask again" box and choose Yes. Setting up a new Internet Access Point Name (APN) is the next step in the process. Open your Control Panel again, but this time choose Phone and Modem Options and click the Modems tab. From the list of options on that tab, choose Standard Modem over Bluetooth Link and hit the Properties button at the bottom of the window. Once the Properties window opens, click on the Advanced tab at the top of the box and in the Extra Initialization Commands field type: +cgdcont=1,"IP"," Your Internet APN " Click OK once you've filled in the Extra Initialization Commands field and hit OK again when the Phone and Modem Options tab reappears. Open up your Windows Start menu, mouse over the Connect To option and then click Show All Connections. Then click Bluetooth DUN Connections and choose Properties. In that window, click the Networking tab, highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and again choose Properties. A new window will appear, in which you should click Advanced. In that new window, hit General and make sure the Use IP Compression Box is blank. Then hit OK and all windows will close. Again, launch your Windows Start menu, highlight the Connect To option and then click Show All Connections. In the Network Tasks box in the right-hand margin, click Create a New Connection to launch the New Connection Wizard . Then click Next , choose the Connect to the Internet option and hit Next again. Pick Setup My Connection Manually and hit Next again. Select Connect Using a Dialup Modem , and hit Next . Select only the Standard Modem over Bluetooth Link option and on the Select a Device screen, check the box next to Modem -- Standard Modem and hit Next again. Leave the ISP Name box blank and once again click Next. In the Phone Number field type one of the following options, depending on which wireless technology your phone employs: You'll then be prompted for the User Name and Password provided by your wireless carrier upon signing up for the tethered modem service. (If you don't know your User Name or Password , contact your service provider. Performing a Google search might help, as well. Some default User Names and Passwords can also be found online. And some carriers do not require this information.) After you've filled in the appropriate data, click Finish to close the window. From your Network Connections screen, click the Name of Your New Connection , type in your User Name and Password , if required, and click Dial . You'll be up and running in no time. (If you experience problems connecting for the first time, make sure the BlackBerry is linked to the PC via Bluetooth--see step two--close out any applications that may be running on the device and deactivate any Ethernet connections to your PC. Source: PCWorld
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