BYOD a hacked Nexus S

I have a hacked Nexus S running nicely. Apparently the old ESN is eligible for BYOD (there really should be a confirmation before actually beginning the process!). I'd love to free up the donor phone/ESN for future use.

If I just change the ESN back to the old one, should it activate correctly? It seems that I stupidly forgot to save the old sprint AAA/HA stuff. Does it need that to activate, or should a reset be enough?

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  • It would be worth a call to Ting to discuss this before you go any further. 

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  • It will probably be fine. You don't need to save the mobile IP profile keys, they get regenerated. What I would recommend is to just switch back to your original MEID, go through the activation process, and then do profile updates. You might have to do a factory reset to get things to work. You basically need a "data reset." That process varies from phone to phone, but should be doable. I've done this exact process with an HTC EVO 4G (used as target from a donor, lost AAA keys, restored original MEID, back to life, etc).

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  • Hi all,

    I'm trying to figure out if I can bring over a Nexus S from Sprint - I'm planning on getting one from eBay or CL.  The info on the BYOSD page is a little unclear to me - will I still need a donor phone?  If I don't need a donor phone, then what is the process of bringing my existing Verizon cell number onto the Nexus?  I've read this help entry, but I'm still unclear on the donor phone aspect and whether or not I'd need one:

    https://help.ting.com/entries/21256192-nexus-s-on-ting-working

     

    I am only a little familiar with the rooting stuff - I currently have a 1st generation Droid that I rooted and installed CyanogenMod 7 on.  It took me about 3 hours, and I was just following 5 or 6 forum posts for advice.  it worked, but that's a credit to the step-by-step instructions I followed (and my ability to follow them!)

    I'm willing to do it again if it means I can switch to Ting, but I'd like to get a few more answers first.

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  • The Nexus S will be added to the Ting whitelist so you should be able to use the BYOD page to activate it no donor phone required.  https://ting.com/byod It isn't specifically listed yet but will be shortly. https://ting.com/blog/device-update/ 

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  • Thanks, Zarthan... That helps to clarify.

     

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  • So I have an update - a successful one!

    I bought a Nexus S that had been on Sprint.  Clean ESN.  Signed up here, entered the ESN and such, and then about 1/2 hour later got the email saying that my old VZW phone number successfully ported.  The only hiccup was the phone needed to have its profile and PRL updated, and the first couple times I tried that they both failed.  But after trying again 15 or 20 minutes later it worked and I was able to send phone calls, texts, and 3g data.

     

    4g is not active yet, but that's a challenge for another day.

     

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  • Hellp Peter,

    Just to confirm. . . You actually activated a Nexus S on Ting using the BOYD page?:https://ting.com/byod/get_started

    If so, this is GREAT news!  I have a Nexus S 4G (Clean ESN) ready to come over.

    Will wait for your confirmation!  

    I am going to the gym now. 

    Thanks... 

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  • @Joe - Yes, that's correct.  The phone had been active on Sprint - the previous owner's phone number was still listed on the Phone Status menu under Settings/About Phone.  I entered the ESN on the BYOD page you linked above, and then all told about 2 hours later I had full connectivicity (minus 4G).

    I didn't want to mess around with having to rewrite passcodes and registry entries, so I hunted for a Nexus S that was already on the Sprint network.  If your phone is not already active on Sprint, I have no idea if the process will be as smooth for you.

     

    Good luck, and report back!

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  • Actually, I also have an active Nexus S on Sprint.

    This is awesome news!  I believe that you are the first one to move an Nexus S 4G to Ting (without hacking it).

    Will keep you posted.

    Thanks!

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  • Isabel at ting tech support seemed much less excited than you are for my pioneering achievement. She seemed to take it in stride, as if she was expected nothing less.

    So you may not have any of the above issues.

    The one thing that was confusing to me is that after your old number is ported to the Nexus S, you'll have to update the profile and PRL (preferred roaming list).

    Go to System Settings -> About Phone -> Sprint System Updates. I had to execute both commands there.

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  • @Peter,

    You mentioned that you had not got 4G working yet.

    I ran across this post with for "4G" plus other settings:  https://help.ting.com/entries/22808877-how-to-activate-a-nexus-s-4g-on-ting-w-o-a-donor-phone

    Cheers! 

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  • That's a great thread, Joe - I'll be trying that out in the next couple of days.

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