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    Hi everyone. This is a quick guide for anyone interested in buying a new Pre3 and making it work on the AT&T network in USA. Hopefully this will help demystify the process and encourage you to try WebOS off-contract for all the right reasons!

    I used to own the Pre- from Sprint, and I think I had about 10 of them warrantied at the Sprint store for various hardware malfunctions. I loved that phone, despite its underdog status, primarily because of WebOS. I jumped ship when my last Pre broke, buying a Lumia 900 on AT&T. Well, years later, the Lumia fails to charge and Microsoft has cancelled McLaren Windows phone release this year. I saw the Pre3 unlocked on ebay for $160 and chanced it.

    1. Pre3 arrives, I take it to AT&T store and have my SIM data transferred and the phone activated at no charge. It now takes calls and does SMS. No charge for activation. I verified that the unit connects HSPA+ and download speeds are consistent with capability. Wifi works with WPA2-based wireless-n (forgot what frequency exactly).

    now time for the fun stuff

    2. Downloaded to my PC the WebOS quick install software (https://github.com/JayCanuck/webos-quick-install)
    3. Turned phone into developer's mode (type "webos20090606" in the JustType header")
    4. Downloaded the gmail sync fix ([Patch] Google sync https fix (unknown error on sign in))
    5. Downloaded the app catalog certificate expiration fix
    -- (from this thread: App Catalog - Root certificate fix for WebOS- A MUST FOR EVERYONE)
    -- (from this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pia7xi5wbd...date_3.0.0.ipk
    6. Downloaded the google maps app that is still supported (http://www.webosnation.com/sites/web..._0.3.3_all.ipk)

    plug phone in

    7. choose "just charge" and run webOS quick install
    8. push green "+" sign to include the above downloads
    9. restart the phone
    10. bask in the glory that is a working webos phone


    hope this clarifies things for anyone
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    I just received a new/old stock Pre3 today, but looks like it is a bad phone and need to return it for another one. I plugged it in and let it charge for a while. I got the charging icon, but the phone will not start.

    The icon started as a battery running low with the red line on the bottom. Then it changed to a 3-pronged icon with a circle, triangle, and square at then end of each prong.

    After doing some research online, I found suggestion to try to forced reboot - hold the power button while moving the mute/ringer button back and forth 3 times.

    When I did that, it looked like it might reboot, I got the HP icon for a few seconds, but then it went back to the 3-pronged item. I tried the option/symbol/'r' buttons at the same time too with no results.

    Does this sound like a familiar problem?

    The steps you listed will be very helpful once I get the phoned exchanged. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eaob3 View Post
    Then it changed to a 3-pronged icon with a circle, triangle, and square at then end of each prong.
    That didn't sound familiar until I googled it. You mean the USB symbol. Have a search for "stuck in USB mode" and similar thread titles.

    HTH,
    UW
    Handspring Visor -> Palm Centro -> HP Pre 3 / HP TP 4G -> amazon fire phone 64GB
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    I figured out last night that the icon was the USB icon. I knew it looked familiar

    I left the phone at the office last and just 10 minutes ago I got the phone to boot up. I have it to the point where I can make calls now and will follow these instruction this afternoon to get it updated.

    Thank you for the response.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eff View Post
    Hi everyone. This is a quick guide for anyone interested in buying a new Pre3 and making it work on the AT&T network in USA. Hopefully this will help demystify the process and encourage you to try WebOS off-contract for all the right reasons!

    I used to own the Pre- from Sprint, and I think I had about 10 of them warrantied at the Sprint store for various hardware malfunctions. I loved that phone, despite its underdog status, primarily because of WebOS. I jumped ship when my last Pre broke, buying a Lumia 900 on AT&T. Well, years later, the Lumia fails to charge and Microsoft has cancelled McLaren Windows phone release this year. I saw the Pre3 unlocked on ebay for $160 and chanced it.

    1. Pre3 arrives, I take it to AT&T store and have my SIM data transferred and the phone activated at no charge. It now takes calls and does SMS. No charge for activation. I verified that the unit connects HSPA+ and download speeds are consistent with capability. Wifi works with WPA2-based wireless-n (forgot what frequency exactly).

    now time for the fun stuff

    2. Downloaded to my PC the WebOS quick install software (https://github.com/JayCanuck/webos-quick-install)
    3. Turned phone into developer's mode (type "webos20090606" in the JustType header")
    4. Downloaded the gmail sync fix ([Patch] Google sync https fix (unknown error on sign in))
    5. Downloaded the app catalog certificate expiration fix
    -- (from this thread: App Catalog - Root certificate fix for WebOS- A MUST FOR EVERYONE)
    -- (from this link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/pia7xi5wbd...date_3.0.0.ipk
    6. Downloaded the google maps app that is still supported (http://www.webosnation.com/sites/web..._0.3.3_all.ipk)

    plug phone in

    7. choose "just charge" and run webOS quick install
    8. push green "+" sign to include the above downloads
    9. restart the phone
    10. bask in the glory that is a working webos phone


    hope this clarifies things for anyone

    Everything is installing but the gsync 1.2 psych file and I'm not sure why that is. It's Bern running the sync function now for around 5 mins and hadn't completed for some reason

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