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    Flashing the MetroPCS Huawei M835 to Cricket?

    Just as the title says, I'd like to flash my M835 over to Cricket. I've spent the last 3 days just hunting down the right drivers to access the phone via QPST and as of right now, QPST can see my phone, I have the SPC Code, and I'm ready to roll. I'm the guy that posted about the M835 on the Facebook page, btw.

    BUT! Before I get going, I have a few questions that you guys can hopefully answer.

    1.) I know I have a tri-band phone. I downloaded the "45713MyCricketForum.prl" from the Official Cricket PRL Thread. Would this be what I need? It figures since it was pulled from Austin, TX, and since that's where I live, that one would be a safe bet.

    2.) This phone was never activated. Meaning, I don't have an actual number/account from either MetroPCS or Cricket. Can I go ahead and flash using the "QPST Tutorial with Pictures (Cricket)" post with the aforementioned PRL and later, activate through a local Cricket store?

    EDIT: Saw this posted by chrisngrod: You WILL need an active Cricket account in good standing to flash a phone over to your account. After you are done programming all of your account's info in the phone, you will need to change the ESN on your account (aka activate) the phone for talk and text to work. Data should already work at this point if you have a data capable phone/plan and have setup everything.

    3) I said earlier I obtained the SPC Code and along with the code, it said "The ESN/MEID you provided is clean for activation." I've seen other posts for other phones using 000000 to unlock, or are they already unlocked? Rather, should I use CDMA Workshop to unlock my phone?

    Can't think of anything else at the moment, but here's what I've done so far:

    DISCLAIMER: This is all from my own trial and (tons of) error. If you do this, I'm not responsible if anything goes wrong.

    On the phone, I went to Settings -> About Phone -> Device info. Copied everything down in a Word file and triple-checked what I had typed.
    I used
    CheckESNFree.com


    to get my SPC Code. It took the MEID-DEC, but not MEID-HEX.

    (My research showed that from here down, these steps could work for most non-Cricket CDMA Huawei Android devices)
    On the device, I dialed *#*#2846579#*#*
    A menu appeared with MMI_TestII, ProjectMenu, and Debug Screen. Tap ProjectMenu
    In the next menu, I went to (3) Background setting
    On this next menu, I went to (4) Usb ports setting
    Selected Manufacture mode (4th one down) and restart the device

    After the device came back up, I connected it to my PC.
    Checked in Device Manager, Ports, "DBAdapter Reserved Interface (COMXX)", where COMXX is the port QPST needs. Mine is on COM31, for example.
    Installed the proper Huawei drivers.
    NOTE: I wound up having to get them from drivermax.com. I was worried about it being scammy, but it's the ONLY place I've found these drivers. They do have you register and install a program to update drivers, but it's been OK so far. If you use them, in the program that installs, click "Check online for driver updates" and then "Identify Unknown Hardware". After that, the drivers will be installed.
    I fired up QPST Configuration, and went to the Ports tab, clicked the "Add new port" button, and added COM31.
    Then clicked "Clients -> Service Programming"

    Then I stopped and posted all this......

    Sorry if that's all too much at once, but I've never flashed before and just want to make sure I do it right. Odds are, I've probably left out some crucial steps.

    Thanks in advance for any advice or tips!

    SD

    Last edited by SoulDroid; 09-25-2011 at 08:49 PM.

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    I'd get the Cricket account ready because you're going to want a phone number and MIN to put in the phone when you're flashing it. Otherwise, all you're doing is putting a Cricket PRL in.

    MetroPCS uses AWS also, so you shouldn't really need a hybrid PRL. You look like you're well on your way. Make sure you can read all the settings in QPST...

    I'll be back in Austin at the beginning of the month if you really need help. I'm always willing to try a new phone.
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    OK, so I went by the Cricket store at I-35 and 183 this evening after work. It's a corporate store I believe. They told me I need to flash the phone before opening an account. It was actually kind of funny because the "hostess" there actually started asked the security guard there about what I was asking for. (The security guard? Really?!?)

    Is there a store around that will let me just open the account, or do I need to just buy the cheapest phone/plan and upgrade the plan after the flash?

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    So, I tried going back to the same store (which was probably my mistake) and got the same thing. Here's where I'm at so far

    I've performed what I'm calling a "90% flash". By that, I mean I skipped using CDMA-WS to reset the SPC. When I performed the actual flash in QPST, I kept the placeholder number and replaced it with Cricket info when needed. For example, if it said <placeholder_number>@aaaj.metropcs.com, I changed it to <placeholder_number>@mycricket.com.

    I used chrisngrod's QPST tutorial and went for it. I used the Austin, TX, PRL mentioned above, made the chagnes and hit "Write to phone". The M835 rebooted and it took a little longer than usual, but other restarts are just as quick as they were before the flash. First two things I checked were the PRL and SID which are now 45713 (PRL) and 4279 (SID). (They were 3018 and 4120, respectively.) Next thing I did was dial *228 to see if it still dialled into Metro. It actually dialed in to Cricket!

    The only odd thing that I've seen is that in the PPP tab in QPST, under Um and AN, none of those settings are sticking. Have a sinking feeling I'm gonna need CDMA-WS for this. The copy of version 2.7 I have only goes to COM 25 and won't go higher. My DBAdapter port is on COM31 and changing it didn't work.

    Anyways, I'm on my way to getting it done.
    Last edited by SoulDroid; 10-11-2011 at 11:03 PM.

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    I've been having some problems getting internet to work. Everything looks as it should not sure what I may be doing wrong. Any tips would be very helpful.

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    Fro me to Data Not working

 

 

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