Palm Centro As Donor Phone

Hi Gurus,

I have an old sprint palm centro lying around and I plan to use it as a donor phone. I followed this (https://help.ting.com/entries/21798151-samsung-m370-donor-phone-getting-the-aaa-shared-and-ha-shared-passwords) and has successfully got ha/aaa secret key for profile 0 and 1. 

Now, I have two noob questions:

  1. do I need to activate the donor phone first to make sure it works? 

  2. Does all CDMA phones has two NAM profiles? I am using QPST reading the palm centro's profiles, and it only shows NAM1.

 

Thanks a lot

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  • And another question, does HA and AAA secret keys related to the phone number? That is, if I get the HA/AAA and then activate the donor phone, will HA/AAA be changed by the activation?

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  • In order for a phone to be a donor phone it would fist need to be active on the Ting network. A donor phone would be used to "convert' a non Ting phone using the donor to clone the ESN and other values to the non Ting phone. You might want to outline exactly what you are trying to accomplish.  

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  • Thanks. I will describe what I want to do.

    I have a virgin mobile HTC one V that I want to use for Ting. And I have a sprint palm centro that has been out of service two years ago, which I plan to use as a donor phone. So what I need to do for this is:

    1. activate the palm centro on Ting's network.

    2. Clone Palm centro's ESN/profile to HTC One V

    But there is one more twist, I have a number that I want to port to Ting if the above is successful. But I don't want to activate the Palm centro with that number, because if the cloning did not work, I will end up with a dumb phone for my main number.

    So my question is, if I was able to cloning Palm centro's profile to HTC One V, can I then port my current number to Ting and use it for the HTC One V? That's why I asked if HA/AAA and other CDMA profile stuff is associated with the phone number.

    Sorry for the mumble jumble, hope I made my intention clear.

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  • The Palm Centro would need to be active or at least able to be activated on Ting for cloning to work as you have described. I don't know if the Centro could even be activated on Ting. At the moment BYOD is fairly limited. I would call Ting support and discuss your plans. If it is possible and successful then it should be possible to clone the ESN but that would be a big IF. You may have trouble with features available on Ting but disabled in the HTC like roaming and teathering. You might be better off selling your device and purchasing a Ting device.  

    The phone number is an independent value and is not tied to a particular CDMA profile so porting a number should be OK. 

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  • Yeah, I know there will be a lots of obstacles, but I am willing to give it a try. At worst, I waste $50 on the HTC one V, and a never used Palm, which does not worth much.

    Thanks for giving me the answers. I will let you guys know if I get this through. Happy holidays.

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  • i have not heard of any BYOD alm phones on Ting.

    I think they plan on testing the Palm Pre early next yesr, but the Centro runs a PalmOS, not WebOS. It may use a profile from the phone system, or it may need manyal activation to work.

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  • Turns out, they won't even activate my Palm Centro. There goes my plan.

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  • It would have been a longshot at best. 

    I think you would have a better chance with selling the HTC and finding a suitable device on Ting or get a device that is on the BYOD list from Craigslist, Ebay or similar. 

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