Sprint HTC Evo 4G on Ting?

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  • I may have found what I was looking for although it will require a lot more research to figure out exactly how this is done.

    https://help.ting.com/entries/21798151-samsung-m370-donor-phone-getting-the-aaa-shared-and-ha-shared-passwords

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  • I've seen a few mentions from people around here about the Evo 4g working. I have one myself, although I wasn't able to get the 3g profile data from my Brio doner so I wasn't able to get 3g functionality as of yet. I blame the Brio in this case, not the Evo.

    If you don't want to pay for CDMA workshop, it gets a little tricky to change your MEID/ESN on the Evo. You need lots of time and patience while you spend hours doing memory dumps and rewriting memory locations over and over again using DFS and QXDM. I'm going to do a writeup this weekend on that process.

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  • Well, first things first it looks like I need a donor phone. The thread I found has instructions from someone who use a Samsung M370. Is that something people are buying? Or is ting giving these out to people willing to take the risk and write up instructions?

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  • People are buying them and working out the details of the process in the forums.

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  • I'm using Evo 4G, as are at least a couple of others. My donor phone is no longer for sale on Ting, though.

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  • @Mike:

    Darn work gets in the way of checking this post during the day. . .      :-)

    Anyway, I did get my Evo 4G working with calls, texting, 2G and 3G data.

    I purchased the Samsung M370 as a donor phone.

    I used the following software:

    - CDMA Workshop (purchased a copy)

    - QXDM

    The toughest step is to get the AAA/HA Shared passwords for Profile-0 (which is 3G data) and profile-1(2G data).

    As you noted above, those steps to get those passwords are outlined here:

    [https://help.ting.com/entries/21798151-samsung-m370-donor-phone-getting-the-aaa-shared-and-ha-shared-passwords

    ](https://help.ting.com/entries/21798151-samsung-m370-donor-phone-getting-the-aaa-shared-and-ha-shared-passwords)This weekend I will update that post with a more detail  for  “HTC Evo 4G as a target phone” using CDMA workshop.

    I agree with Aaron.  It can be done using other free software tools (DFS/QPST), but it takes more time and more fiddling around.

    Since I am planning on transferring 5 family phones from Sprint to Ting (1 down 4 to go), I went ahead and bought the CDMA software.

    CDMA WS sure makes it easier to transfer the M370 settings to a target phone.

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  • Thanks Joe, does the donor phone have to be a "Ting" device, or will any M370 work? 

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  • Mike,

    The donor phone has to be a Ting phone.

    I read on another thread that Sprint sells (and registers) the phones to Ting.

    So, only you can only use Ting phones as donor phones. 

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  • I set up a EVO 4g for my daughter but it's been several months ago so I can't recall all the details.  The main thing that tripped me up is that I fought for days to change the ESN and it wouldn't work.  I finally figured out that I missed one simple step.  You have to root it first.  Then all went smooth from there.  It was time consuming searching memory addresses and swapping out hex values but the smile on my daughters face made it worth it... maybe.  :)

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  • Forgot to mention that everything works except 4G.  My donor was a samsung reclaim.

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  • @Keith:

    Dude you are a "Ting" pioneer! Good for you. 

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  • @Joe

    LOL!  Now I feel old for some reason.

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  • Thanks guys, this is starting to make more sense. Are the devices on the site the only ones they are selling or are there less expensive ones somewhere? 

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  • Devices come and go on the site.  Ting currently only sells on their own site.  Your only option is to buy on the site or used from another Ting customer.

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  • thanks, next question. Do I need a different donor phone for each device I would want to bring over?

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  • Mike,

    Yes, you need a different Ting donor phone for each target phone.

    Each phone has a different phone identifier (ESN=Electronic Serial Number, MEID=??). 

    One important thing to keep in mind is that once you clone the donor to the target, you should never have them both on at the same time.  

    By the way, I may not get to the instructions for the "Evo using CDMA Workshop" this weekend,

    Got kids soccer games :-)       and also need to go into work on Sunday to catch up.  :-(

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  • No problem Joe, I really appreciate the help and info. I may be boned, my Evo was resetting itself a while back and it did it today really bad. I had to just pull the battery and let it sit. It's a heat issue, but it does this if it gets over about 110F it seems, maybe less. My wife's Evo works fine in the same conditions so something just burnt out in mine me thinks. I'm planning on using ting very frugally so it may be best that I downgrade :P

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  • Is the changes to the target phone reversible?  For example, if I would want to clone the EVO to another service?  I understand that it needs to be rooted.  Is rooting reversible, meaning that after rooting, can I reset the phone back to factory settings, like it came out of the box?

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  • Un-cloning a target phone:

    Yes, the changes are all definitely reversible.  Know by experience.

    BUT, make sure that you have back-ups/exports of the settings or each device BEFORE you clone. 

    Reset to Factory:

    Yes, as well. However, that process is better described here:

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=780141 

     

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  • Just to clarify, the phone does not need to be rooted to change service among Sprint/Ting/Verizon/<insert random MVNO>.

    All of these manipulations happen on the radio chip's NVRAM (Qualcomm Snapdragon, etc). This is separate and completely isolated from the android OS since the architecture for these parameters long predate android. They make no changes to the OS at all. In fact, for many phones, you can only change service while using the stock OS because the custom ROMs don't have the dial codes that turn the phone into a modem (diagnostic mode, etc). Returning the phone to original settings is just as easy as programming it again, assuming of course the original codes were copied down and kept safe.

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  • When I moved a EVO 4G to Ting I fought it for days.  I was using the hard method to track down and change all the many copies of the ESN and zero them before I could change it.  Just wouldn't seem to work.  After much frustration I rooted the phone and all went smooth as butter from there with no issues.  In hindsitght it could be that the rooting process changed the radio firmware but been months ago so I can't remember.  In fact I've tried to forget those few days.

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  • Alot of people run into this problem of not being able to zero out the meid/esn. What happens is that they are missing at least one address that needed to be zeroed out. I know there are guides out there that claim to give you all of the needed addresses, but in my experience there usually are addresses that aren't listed in those guides. So if you miss one address and then run the command to check the meid, some of the addresses you had zeroed out will revert to the original meid, meaning you have to go through and check all of the addresses you zeroed whenever you don't get all zeroes for the meid/esn check command. You also need to zero out the esn addresses as well. Now if you did get back a zeroed meid/esn, but can't write the new meid, check that you are entering it correctly, particulary the 0x00 (not 00x0) part that precedes the meid

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  • I did this right before Thanksgiving 2012.  I still had my old EVO from Sprint and wanted to try out Ting.  I signed up for the Beta BOYD team and when I got an email from them I jumped on it.  I did have problems trying to wipe the phone of its old Sprint phone numbers and settings. I needed to do an MSL unlock and reset in order to get it to register on Tings network.  I had a Cyanongen 7.2 rom installed on the phone and it would not accept the commands from the phone keypad.  I had to falsh back to a stock HTC sense rom in order for the phone to accept the commnads but then after that it was smooth sailing.

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  • I did this right before Thanksgiving 2012.  I still had my old EVO from Sprint and wanted to try out Ting.  I signed up for the Beta BOYD team and when I got an email from them I jumped on it.  I did have problems trying to wipe the phone of its old Sprint phone numbers and settings.  I needed to do an MSL unlock and reset in order to get it to register on Tings network.  I had a Cyanogenmod 7.2 rom installed on the phone and it would not accept the commands from the phone keypad.  I had to flash back to a stock HTC sense rom in order for the phone to accept the commands but then after that it was smooth sailing.

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  • I picked up a brand new, Sprint branded HTC EVO 4G on ebay. Getting it working was cake, once I learned the steps needed to set it up here. The only thing I have yet to mess with is the 4G network, since there's no coverage where I'm at, I won't mess with it until it's available.

    What was surprising is that using it as a mobile hotspot took a click of a button on the phone. I fought with trying to root a Motorola Triumph at Virgin, and it never worked, I couldn't even get the thing to boot into the mode needed to get the root going.  It's so cool to finally be able to get net access when the weather goes extreme and everything dies out- power, cable, internet. Now I can get online through the phone on anything- laptops, ipod touch, ipad, everything. 

    I wasn't sure how easy it was going to be to get set up here, but with the help of the Ting Army and the Ting staff, I was up and running in a couple of days, including porting my old phone number to here. I suspect this company is going to go gangbusters  once people start hearing about this place. I love it. I've just bought another EVO 4G for my wife, and hope to have her up and running soon. Sorry Virgin, you were saving me some decent money, but the limitations of data usage on different devices sent me here, and life is good.

    Now, if anyone can get one of these EVO 4gs rooted easily, I look forward to the walk through, I'm all about tinkering with this sort of thing. 

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  • Hi Steven,

    Congratulations!

    Welcome to the Ting family.

    Glad you are all set!

    What "Software version" are you running (You can find this under Settings).  I will try to point you in the right direction.

    I am already rooted and running this version of ICS: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1812324

    Cheers... 

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  • Hey Joe,

    Took forever to figure out where this thread was. I've now got myself and my wife on EVO 4g's. She's having some bizarro issues with the facebook app- mismatch of their SSL certificate, the error doesn't even make sense, it says X doesn't match Y, even though it's exactly the same. Since it's a sprint installed version of facebook, and can't be uninstalled, and updating it doesn't work, it looks like I'll need to root the thing to get it working properly.

    I don't have her phone in front of me, mine is running Android 2.3.5 and I'd guess she's running the same thing as we've both updated the OS and other goodies to bring it up to speed. Is this rooting thing pretty straight forward? I'd just hate to bork the thing.

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  • Hi Steven,

    Sorry to hear about your wife's bizarro facbook app problems.

    To root your phone, you first need to know the "HBOOT" version that it is running.

    To see what Hboot version you are running, do the following steps:

    1) power off your Evo AND pull the battery

    2) Then power it up by: Press and HOLD both the Power Button AND the Volume Down buttons at the same time until you get a white screen

        This website (images 1 thru 3) show exactly how to do this:   http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1771755

    If you happen to be on HBoot 2.18, then you can follow those instructions.  I know from experience that these instructions work.  I had to unroot my Evo replacement about 4 months ago.

    If you are on an earlier(different) version of Hboot, I can help you find the right "unroot" instructions. 

    It can be a little scary unrooting for the fist time, but "bricking" (phone dies and becomes a doorstop) a phone is very hard to do if you.  It is very rare to brick a phone.

    The first time I rooted, I read through the instructions about 10 times to make sure I was clear about every step.

    The KEYS to "unrooting" success are:

       a) follow the instructions to the "T"

       b) allow plenty of time (Mistakes happen when you try to rush things).

    I am confident that you can root your Evo without a problem.  Just allow plenty of time!

    Will wait to hear back from you if you need help.

    Cheers! 

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  • Joe,

    Thanks for the great tips. I just brought a sprint htc evo 4g to ting, am running hboot 2.18 and am getting ready to root it. Are you still running the strike/supersonic ics rom on your evo or have you moved on to another rom? My other phone is a galaxy nexus running an aokp jb rom, going back to gingerbread on my ebay special has been torture.

     

     

     

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  • Hi Bill, 

    Funny you should ask about which ROM I am on.

    Honestly, I try a new ROM my Evo 4G about 1-2 times per week.

    I keep coming back to "The.Emilio Unchained v2.0".

    What I like is that I have all of the functionality/stability of Ginger Bread (Video recording, 4G, no glitches with camera, great battery life), BUT with the look and feel of Jelly Bean.  I LOVE it!

    Here is a link to the XDA Forum: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2083567

    Here is a link to the download: http://d-h.st/WIS

    By the way I also running TWRP recovery v2.2.2.0.

    I was running Smelkus, but really like this recovery.

    If you decide to try TWRP, make sure that you install 2.2.2.0 and not the most current version which is 2.4.1.0

    Let me know if you have any other questions.

    Cheers! 

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