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Old 05/28/2011, 12:05 PM   #21 (permalink)
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I donated $10 as soon as I saw this on twitter (within 10 minutes of Rod posting)... Just haven't been on the forums til this morning
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Old 05/28/2011, 12:10 PM   #22 (permalink)
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From an interview I heard (on the Adam Carolla Podcast), the Australians dont like that too much. Complete American reference... Ohh and I love your avatar
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Old 05/28/2011, 12:27 PM   #23 (permalink)
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I must have accidently clicked the "pay now" button twice, so instead of donating $20, I donated $40, hey, no worries, it's for a good cause

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Old 05/28/2011, 01:07 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Glad to know it's not something most users would run into.
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Old 05/28/2011, 01:24 PM   #25 (permalink)
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$20 more on the way. Thanks for your hard work.
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Old 05/28/2011, 04:43 PM   #26 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone!

I'll be posting more internal shots today after the sun comes up (7am Sunday here right now).

The hunter vivisects his prey today ...

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Old 05/28/2011, 06:05 PM   #27 (permalink)
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Are we at $556 now?
$566 - hopefully enough to replace this bricked US AT&T device with an unlocked EU-bands Veer from Germany (now that I know how to swap the keyboard on a Veer) so I can do 3G speeds on it in Australia.

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Old 05/28/2011, 06:20 PM   #28 (permalink)
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$566 - hopefully enough to replace this bricked US AT&T device with an unlocked EU-bands Veer from Germany (now that I know how to swap the keyboard on a Veer) so I can do 3G speeds on it in Australia.

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Hmm the ATT Veer has both the 1900 and 2100 band for HSPA and thought Australia does the 2100 right? Should get 3G down there with it.
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Old 05/28/2011, 06:36 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Hmm the ATT Veer has both the 1900 and 2100 band for HSPA and thought Australia does the 2100 right? Should get 3G down there with it.
2100 in the CBD, 900 in the 'burbs and country.

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Old 05/28/2011, 07:03 PM   #30 (permalink)
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2100 in the CBD, 900 in the 'burbs and country.

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Ahh so the lowbands will getcha.
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Old 05/28/2011, 09:44 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Old 05/28/2011, 10:48 PM   #32 (permalink)
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+20 = $586
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Old 05/29/2011, 12:16 AM   #33 (permalink)
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Another $10 here, and a commitment to another $10 if it happens to Rod again.

I would hope that this can be made repairable - did you damage hardware with the software command - seems this should not be possible.

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Old 05/29/2011, 12:19 AM   #34 (permalink)
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I'm on vacay and not trolling the forums as usual. Just saw this. Maybe too late but add vente-cinco pesos (conf:7BM25123H6311903U) to the total.

$611.....maybe add next day shipping.
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Old 05/29/2011, 12:30 AM   #35 (permalink)
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20 dollars just sent.

Thanks for the awesome work guys.

according to the total posted above mine, thats puts it at $631
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Old 05/29/2011, 12:35 AM   #36 (permalink)
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I would hope that this can be made repairable - did you damage hardware with the software command - seems this should not be possible.
It seems that there is a new A6 chip, which is related to the touchstone interface (charging and touch to share). This chip seems to be programmable. There is a binary called PmA6Updater which programs it. Interrupting that binary while it is running will brick a device.

So it seems that correct programming of the A6 chip is required to boot the device.

Hence my advice is to stay well away from the PmA6Updater binary, and programming of this A6 chip.

And since this post is linked from the Engadget article, here is the PayPal button that they neglected to include in their article:

An off-contract device purchased at full price ($550 including shipping to Australia) by Rod Whitby was used in this tear-down. To recoup that cost, your PayPal donation is requested.



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Old 05/29/2011, 01:08 AM   #37 (permalink)
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Hmm the ATT Veer has both the 1900 and 2100 band for HSPA and thought Australia does the 2100 right? Should get 3G down there with it.
The annoying thing in Australia is that either model may be the correct one depending on the circumstances (and this is not a problem exclusive to the HP handsets - the iPhone 4 is about the only one on the market right now where you don't have this issue). UMTS frequencies by carrier in Australia:

Telstra: 850 nationwide + 2100 metropolitan
Optus: 900 regional/2100 metropolitan
Vodafone: 900 regional/2100 & limited 850 metropolitan
3: 2100 metropolitan (roams on Telstra 850 outside of metro areas)

So it isn't so much 3G in Australia (I'm happily using an AT&T Pre+ and North American Pre2 on Telstra 3G) but "3G outside of metropolitan areas in Australia on carriers other than Telstra".

Aside from New Zealand, I don't know of any other markets where both 850 and 900MHz UMTS are in use.
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Old 05/29/2011, 04:01 AM   #38 (permalink)
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Yo!, good work! everybody Please consider continue donating, so Rod can buy a Pre3 and also a Touchpad to develop on without to much personal costs! We all benefit!
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Old 05/29/2011, 09:26 AM   #39 (permalink)
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From an interview I heard (on the Adam Carolla Podcast), the Australians dont like that too much. Complete American reference... Ohh and I love your avatar
OK, I'll eat the shrimp and down a Foster's

Thanks;Hopefully,we will eventually eliminate breast cancer.
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Old 05/29/2011, 11:31 AM   #40 (permalink)
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OK, I'll eat the shrimp and down a Foster's

Thanks;Hopefully,we will eventually eliminate breast cancer.
LOL, I'll be drinkin some new Sierra Nevada's ....I'd take some shrimp too, but we didn't buy any......
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