Has anyone hacked another CDMA phone to work on Ting?

I've heard murmurs of people cloning the ESN of a phone to work on Ting. I'd like to hear from people that have actually done this. Is anyone willing to share their experiences? 

In general I'd like to see answers to the following questions:

What phone did you use?

What software was used to hack the phone?

Does texting work (SMS and MMS)?

Does 4G work (or 3G)?

Anything else?

Thanks!

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  • I have, that thread is how to achieve root on the Conquer. I am looking to hear from someone that is using a non-ting device on ting. I'm not sure how the two are related.

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  • I unfortunately have already damaged my Ting supplied phone dropping it in water.  I bought a used phone and have been in the process of moving the MEID of my broken phone to my other phone. (HTC Evo 4G) 

    But I haven't had much luck so far.  I unlocked the phone and have cleared the SPL.  But I haven't figured out how to change the MEID.  All the places that talk about this are horrible web forums with various conflicting recipes.   All the software is sold commercially and I get the impression much of it is pirated.  The MEID is a new version of the old ESN and much of the discussion is about changing ESN's which I don't think helps.

    So currently I am waiting for a local cell phone repair company that things they can fix my old phone for $90.  (no charge if they can't so I figured why not)

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  • I went through some similar troubles this past weekend. I was able to finally get my new phone's MEID changed using cdma tool. It is a pirated copy - I didn't want to shell out a bunch of cash if things didn't work. Anyway, in one of the tutorials someone mentioned using the 16 digit password before trying to write the MEID. My phone being a Samsung, I used the default Samsung password. - 01F2030F5F678FF9. This tutorial here however says to use the same password for the EVO 4G -  you may want to give it a try:  http://androidforums.com/evo-4g-all-things-root/460035-evo-4g-boost-mobile-guide-evo-3d.html.

    I'm not able to get data provisioned on my new phone, once I can get that, I was planning to write up the steps I followed.

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  • Should anyone get a Galaxy Nexus to work on Ting I'd be ecstatic to learn about it because as far as I know none of the current Ting phones have ICS installed. 

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  • i keep getting a little closer. last night i got data to work, only at 1x speeds... around forty kbps.  

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  • Me too! I might have a small prize to the first person to provide clear instructions on how to get the Nexus with ICS fully functional (voice/data/sms) on Ting.

    -Ben

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  • It's just a placeholder, but I've dumped what I got going so far in this thread:  https://help.ting.com/entries/21256192-nexus-s-on-ting-almost-working

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  • It is definately possible to clone an esn from a Ting device to another.  MMS/3G/4G all working, you just have to have the right software and know how to get the ESN/MIED info you need from the donor phone.  CDMA Workshop will work as long as you purchase it with the latest version 3.8.0 , that will be easier than using an older version.  I know someone who tested this "for educational purposes" just to see if it could be done on an Evo 4G and it is possible.

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  • EVO 4G with a Sanyo Vero as a donor phone. Talk/Text/3G Data all work. I'll be in a 4G area this weekend so I'll try that then.

     

    So if you are ok with 3G data, there is no need to buy one of the android phones for a donor.

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  • 4G tested with the EVO 4g and it does work, you just have to make sure that the data profile is provisioned EXACTLY like the Vero

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  • And another hot tip: Before you sever ties with your current provider, make sure the USB port on your phone FULLY works. Its not too uncommon for them to partially fail where charging works but data communication doesn't. So connect it to your computer and make sure you can transfer data.

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  • Chris/Samuel - Thanks for your posts! Maybe I was making things too complicated and changing too many of the settings. I saw Samuel's post on the Nexus S thread and will try that when I get home. 

    I'm in a 4G area - I get a connection, but when I try to browse a website I get a generic error that says to contact sprint.

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  • Hey folks, this is a great discussion... thanks for sharing!

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  • Scott..you are close if your getting 1x speeds...check your data profile again...most likely your shared secret keys are not set under the correct section....whatever you do is NOT update the profile after you make changes to the EVO.

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  • If your not getting 3g speeds then 4g won't work...FYI

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  • Samuel Aguilar and Chris Revell, when you "switched" from a Sanyo Vero to an EVO 4G, did you use QPST by any chance? Or is CDMA Workshop the only option for getting data out of the Vero?
    TIA.

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  • My friend tried qpst, without success. There are certain things that are difficult to do with it. Requiring hex editors if you stick with qpst. It may work, but spend the money and purchase cdma workshop, it will save you lots of time, and supports development, plus its still cheaper to buy cdma workshop than buy another comparable phone on ting. also you can help friends come to Ting with their existing phones, which helps support Ting.

    I know people try the free route..but the road is long and rocky for you..been there done that.

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  • You can use QPST+QXDM and DFS Tool.

     

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  • And as far as ease of flashing goes...

    If you know exactly what to do you can be done in about 2 hours. I recently reflashed my phone because my initial Vero was defective and that is about how long it took the second time. Over half of that time is spent sitting and waiting for the phones memory to be read, so it's not bad at all.

    I have not flashed a phone prior to this and it took me about 30-40 hours to finally get mine working. That included figuring out what parts of other guides were applicable, a soft brick, as well as two other errors that added up to about 25 hours of that time.

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  • With cdma workshop it was done in 10 minutes.. to each his own. There is no wrong way to do it. Is rather not spend hours doing memory dumps and looking for hex codes. Plus I don't mind supporting software developers that make an excellent product that has saved me hundreds of dollars. Also it is easier to do other phones as well with a few clicks..

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  • In that case, I'd have gladly paid as well.

     

    If those developers made a per use license they'd probably make alot of money from people who only need to flash one phone.

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  • Chris & Samuel, thanks a lot for sharing your experience! I'll share mine once I get the phone.

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  • I jump about to have time to try moving my HTC Detail to a HTC Evo I bought on Craigslist again.  Still debating if the risk of buying CDMA workshop is worth it.  One question: my Detail has a broken screen. It runs but the screen doesn't work.  Is that going to be a problem to get information off the old phone?  I know the MEID obviously, but I can't dial the number to allow it to connect and download other information.

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  • Cdma workshop seems like decent program and I hear it referenced often. Though I dunno if I can justify a one time use of $100 for an annual license. Perhaps the demo version will be enough.
    Tis a shame that the nexus S 4G isn't on tings list. Perhaps my friend will settle for the transform or whatever shall be available at that price in June

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  • Success!!! Was able to go from Sanyo Vero to HTC Evo 4G. I used Data Pilot 7 to access the Vero, and CDMA Workshop to read/write the data. As others have mentioned, 3G works. When I'm in a 4G area, I'll try it.

    Some lessons learned.
    1. I should've activated the Vero first. I ended up writing to the Evo twice (well, a lot more than that, until I figured out what was wrong.)
    2. I hit a couple of problems, which I should've ignored in hindsight.
    a. I couldn't read CAVE values in CDMA Workshop. I tried different methods, but none worked.
    b. When I loaded Vero's data into CDMA Workshop, it gave an error - "'4294967295' is not a valid integer value".

    Some money-saving tips.
    1. You may be able to find a discount code for Data Pilot.
    2. It's legal to re-sell CDMA Workshop. Had I known that, I would've checked if anyone was selling it at a discount. For some people $108 may be a bit too steep for a one-shot deal. I think I'll be ready to resell my copy pretty soon, once I'm sure everything is stable.

    Thanks to all who've gone before me and shared their advice!

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  • Thanks Boris, for those of you were are looking for a discount code that Boris mentioned, 

    You can get $5 off Data Poilet with the code: DPS11

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  • oops, typo, i meant "Pilot" : )

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  • Excellent Boris, thank you.
    So, data pilot 7 is $15 with the discount code. How much are you willing to sell CDMA workshop key? The full software is available for download but is trial locked. Does the paid CDMA workshop lock to a single computer or could a few of us pitch in and pay you for access to the key? If not, Do you think it would be possible to do this with free version of CDMA workshop?

    The evo 4g seems like a nice phone to play with getting it to work on ting for my friend. In any event, I'm interested and would like to replicate what you've done here and give the phone to my friend so we can share a ting account.

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  • I wonder how well this process would work on other HTC phones of similar spec but newer hardware.  Such as the Evo 3D

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