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    First and foremost: I did none of the development or research for this process. I am posting this for all those who requested a step-by-step approach. All credits go to the hard efforts by mines, ideefix, syzygy and the many others that made this all possible.

    Warning: The following guide is for information purposes only. Programming your phone may result in damage that could render your phone useless and may void your warrantee. Anyone attempting the following does so at their own risk. There are no guarantees or assumptions of liability for anything that you may do. WRITE DOWN YOUR ORIGINAL SETTINGS

    Note: It now seems that the Verizon firmware can be installed onto a Sprint phone. I have not done this since I am now using a 650. For instructions, please see Post 293.

    Required Hardware:
    1. Sprint Treo 600
    2. TREO 600 Serial HotSync Cable (serial cables for TREO 2xx, 3xx are OK)

    Required Software:
    1. Kyocera Wireless PST 3.1 (Product Support Tool). You may have to search around for this, but it was last seen here:
    (This software was designed to change the internal information of Kyocera wireless handsets).
    2. Verizon PRL file: (see bottom of post)

    Required Information:
    1. Your TREO 600 MSL (Master Subsidy Lock). Every TREO 600 is assigned a unique 6-digit MSL code.
    You must either use special software (BitPIM or UniCDMA) or convince someone at Sprint to give it to you. There were some tricks to doing that somewhere on this forum. There were a few people out there willing to obtain your MSL for a fee ranging anywhere from $5 to $50, but it seems that Sprint somehow put an end to that.
    Try here for a link to BitPIM software.
    And for how to use BitPim, follow this thread.

    In summary, connect the Treo using the cable.
    Launch BitPim
    On the Treo push ##3424 then dial. For Verizon firmware users, dial #*#3424.
    Click on the Filesystem tab and go to nvm --> nvm --> and right click on nvm_0002 and choose Hexdump. You may have to try right clicking on one of the other files (nvm_0003, etc).

    The instructions on how to read the data and find your MSL are on that same thread listed above.

    Step 1: Changing Sprint's TREO 600 PRL, MSL and Phone Number.

    1. Install Kyocera Wireless PST Software
    2. Connect TREO 600 using the Serial Cable.
    3. Turn on the Treo and enter the phone mode
    4. Punch ##3424 followed by dial button.
    You should see the message "Passthrough Enabled"
    5. Launch the "Kyocera Wireless PST-Service Programming" program
    (Start -> Programs -> Kyocera Wireless PST -> Kyocera Wireless PST-Service Programming).
    6. Select "QCT-6200" in the Phone Selection dialog box and click OK.
    7. Select the "Settings" tab (if not already there).
    8. Press "Read from Phone"
    9. At the "Enter Service Programming" dialog box, enter the phone's original MSL code.
    10. After reading all information, change Service Programming to 000000.
    11. Click the CDMA Tab
    12. Change the MCC box to 000 (3 zeros) (Write down ALL your original values for possible future use)
    13. Change the 11_12 box to 00 (2 zeros)
    14. Change the "directory" and "IMSI_S" boxes to your 10 digit Verizon phone number (no dases).
    15. Click Roam Tab, and click the "Browse" button.
    16. Locate and select the Verizon PRL file.
    17. Click the "Write To Phone" button. Wait about 1 minute.
    18. Disconnect the Treo

    Step 2: Activating your Phone

    1. Go to http://www.verizonwireless.com
    2. Login to your account and register your TREO 600 ESN.
    3. Dial 611 and you should get a Verizon message.
    4. You can now dial *228 to update your PRL and Phone setting.
    5. If you have "Roaming" message on phone screen, punch ##3825 or ##727 or ##2362 the Dial. This is because the TREO 600 sometimes works as PCS only or CDMA only. 3825 means "Dual", 727 means "PCS (1900Mhz)", and 2362 means "CDMA (800Mhz)".
    You can check which Band is being used by punching ##33284.

    Step 3: Activating Express Network Data
    Note: There are 2 separate methods of doing this. Find which one works for you.
    1. Go into Network Preferences --> menu key --> Options --> View Log
    2. Type in: "pdpset 1" and hit the enter key...then hit done
    3. Use your new MSL code if asked.
    Method 1:
    4. Create a new service connection...
    Hit menu, select New, and fill in:
    Service: Express Network
    Connection: Virtual Modem
    User Name: your10digitphonenum@vzw3g.com
    Password: vzw
    Phone: #777 (make sure you include the "#" sign)
    6. Click on [Details], Click on [Advanced], Click on [Script]
    Enter the following script:
    Send: at$qcmdr=3
    Send CR:
    Send: at$qcqnc=0
    Send CR:
    End:
    7. Click [OK], then [OK]
    8. Click on Connect and watch your tower icon change to data mode

    Method 2: 4. Create a new service connection...
    5. Hit menu, select New, and fill in:
    Service: Express Network
    Connection: High Speed Wireless
    User Name: your10digitphonenum@vzw3g.com
    Password: vzw
    6. Click on Details, click off Mobile IP, then OK
    7. Click on Connect and watch your tower icon change to data mode


    Alternative Step 3: Activating QNC Data
    (Doing this may cause EN to no longer work. This problem may have been fixed somewhere else in this thread. If you find the fix, PM me and I will update it here)

    1. Preferences --> Network
    menu --> New
    Service: QNC
    Connection: Virtual Modem
    User Name: qnc
    Password: qnc
    Phone: #777
    2. Details... --> Advanced... --> Script...
    Send: at$qcmdr=2
    Send CR:
    Send at$qcqnc=1
    Send CR:
    End:
    OK --> OK --> Connect

    Step 4: Fixing Blazer

    Go into phone mode.
    Enter ##3282 --> DIAL -->
    Select [menu] --> Browser --> [Modify]
    Clear both Primary and Secondary NGG's and their ports.
    Save and browse.

    Changing Sprint logo
    If you want to change "Sprint" logo on left top side of phone screen, you must edit the banner of TREO internal Modem.
    1. Using the "Software Download" feature of Kyocera Wireless PST, you can download all NV Data.
    2. Edit the Sprint Banner with a hex editor (like QEdit),
    3. Restore again with the modified file to change the logo.
    4. For complete details, read further into this thread.

    Changing the Phone Startup Screen:
    See the attached file below. This will also upgrade your dial pad. I made the splash screen, others made the dial pad.

    For detailed programming instructions try here.



    Here's a quick tip for updating the PRL: *228 itself will simply connect to the carrier that it's already set to. However, *22801 and *22802 will link to the A and B channels respectively (they're 800Mhz CDMA channels), while *22803 through *22805 (or even 06, etc.. I don't know) link to the 1900 Mhz PCS channels. In New York City, Verizon is the B channel, so that once Verizon Wireless knew my ESN, I could dial *22802 and update the PRL that way.

    Works in Progress:

    1. Picture messaging
    2. EMS (1,000 character SMS messages, as opposed to the normal 160-175?)

    Again, thanks to everybody here for making this possible.

    PM me for any errors/corrections...

    The attachments below are for the sign-on/off screens specific for Verizon and the PRL zip file
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    Last edited by GalenMD; 06/02/2005 at 08:59 AM. Reason: Updated info
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    How widely supported is EMS? Is it expected to replace SMS? Does it require additional hardware (i.e. a new phone) or will current phones that support SMS be able to use it?
    There's no place like 127.0.0.1
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    The link to the Verizon PRL file above doesn't seem to work tonight. Anybody have an alternate source or can you post an attachment?

    Meanwhile, great job GalenMD, Mines et al. I'm on my way to by a Treo 600.
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    The above link expired. Here is the PRL
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  5.    #5  
    Here is a Verizon logo splash screen. Just install using the palm install tool.
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    Great job Guys....
  7. #7  
    I have just assembled all the required pieces to making this work. I encountered my a roadblock at the first step. Getting the MSL code. Sprint will not/cannot give me the MSL unless I sign up with them and BitPim does not seem to work with the Treo 600. No-one on the boards offer MSL's anymore so it seems as if I'm out of luck.... Is there anyone that can help????
  8.    #8  
    Originally posted by drj1975
    I have just assembled all the required pieces to making this work. I encountered my a roadblock at the first step. Getting the MSL code. Sprint will not/cannot give me the MSL unless I sign up with them and BitPim does not seem to work with the Treo 600. No-one on the boards offer MSL's anymore so it seems as if I'm out of luck.... Is there anyone that can help????
    The BitPim works, but is not straight forward. Connect the Treo using the cable and on the Treo push ##3424 then dial.

    For how to use BitPim, follow this thread.

    Click on the Filesystem tab and go to nvm --> nvm --> and right click on nvm_0002 and choose Hexdump. You may have to try right clicking on one of the other files (nvm_0003, etc).

    The instructions on how to read the data and find your MSL are on that same thread.

    Update us if it works or if you found anything different.
    Last edited by GalenMD; 02/14/2004 at 04:50 PM.
  9. #9  
    Originally posted by GalenMD


    The BitPim works, but is not straight forward. Connect the Treo using the cable and on the Treo push ##3424 then dial.

    For how to use BitPim, follow this thread.

    Click on the Filesystem tab and go to nvm --> nvm --> and right click on nvm_0002 and choose Hexdump. You may have to try right clicking on one of the other files (nvm_0003, etc).

    The instructions on how to read the data and find your MSL are on that same thread.

    Update us if it works or if you found anything different.
    Very cool, GalenMD. I tried out BitPIM 0.62 (the special edition for the LG VX6000 phone) and found what appears to be my MSL starting at offset 0x00000057 in
    nvm/nvm/nvm_0002
  10.    #10  
    Excellent.

    I'm glad people are no longer getting $50 for this. Imagine my fear when I had this whole thing laid out nicely, only to find that people stopped selling the MSL on the same day I receive my Treo!
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    GalenMD,

    Enabling Passthrough on the phone was the missing link. I've completed the process successfully and my new Treo works on Verizons Network. Thanks for all your help...

    Except for the Express Network Activation. I have been unable to locate "Network Preferences" on my Treo. I guess I'm a little Dense... Where is this setup done?
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    I guess I was a little impatient with learning the Treo. I'm all set now... Thanks Again... YEAH....
  13. #13  
    Superb guide... Yet another Sprint t6 on VZW with data and voice working perfectly.

    Now about that downloading of NV data to change the Spring logo in the upper-left. PST asks for a file to connect it to on the desktop PC. How do I select a file when I haven't yet gotten it from the phone?

    And if I do find a qualifying file for the "phone image" won't it merge that with what's on the phone? Would that not be a be very-bad-thing?

    I pity the cell techs using this software on a daily basis.
  14. #14  
    Guys,

    Your hard work convinced me to try this, bought my Treo today. Have used BitPim before (my current phone is an LG VX6000). for the life of me, I can't get BitPim to communicate with the Treo, so i can extract my MSL. The Treo is installed on COM 1 and can HotSync from there, yet when I select Com1 (or any other Com port - and yes I have exited HotSync....), BitPim gives me a error dialog box.

    Help me, pleeeeaaasse !!!!

    Thanks is advance....

    Geoff
  15. #15  
    Originally posted by ggalat
    Guys,

    Your hard work convinced me to try this, bought my Treo today. Have used BitPim before (my current phone is an LG VX6000). for the life of me, I can't get BitPim to communicate with the Treo, so i can extract my MSL. The Treo is installed on COM 1 and can HotSync from there, yet when I select Com1 (or any other Com port - and yes I have exited HotSync....), BitPim gives me a error dialog box.

    Help me, pleeeeaaasse !!!!

    Thanks is advance....

    Geoff

    try killing the hotsync process in windows' task manager. you do have a serial sync cable you're using with bitpim and not the usb sync cable, right?
    Last edited by ideefixe; 02/15/2004 at 06:12 PM.
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    And what does the error say exactly?
    Pete
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    PeteEMT,

    The error should have said "dude, you are an *****", since as Ideefix points out....I was trying to use a USB cable. Teach me to read and read and read and miss this simple part of the process. I'll order the cable (can't seem to find any around home) and try when it gets here....

    Thanks guys.....
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    By the way, I remember getting an error too when I used BitPim to "Get Phone Data" (or whatever the instruction was). I thought it wasn't working, but it was!! After that, I didn't do anything except follow the instructions and going under the Filesystem tab. Try it anyway, though I have never heard of anybody having success with a USB.
  19.    #19  
    Originally posted by speedracerx
    Superb guide... Yet another Sprint t6 on VZW with data and voice working perfectly.

    Now about that downloading of NV data to change the Spring logo in the upper-left. PST asks for a file to connect it to on the desktop PC. How do I select a file when I haven't yet gotten it from the phone?

    And if I do find a qualifying file for the "phone image" won't it merge that with what's on the phone? Would that not be a be very-bad-thing?

    I pity the cell techs using this software on a daily basis.
    I have not figured that one out yet. Mines said that it could be done, as have some others, but I have not received a clear method of doing that yet. It is one of the only vestiges left of Sprint on my device. After my return period expires, I am going to remove the glued-on logo on the phone itself.
  20. #20  
    Originally posted by GalenMD


    I have not figured that one out yet. Mines said that it could be done, as have some others, but I have not received a clear method of doing that yet. It is one of the only vestiges left of Sprint on my device. After my return period expires, I am going to remove the glued-on logo on the phone itself.
    It's quite straightforward...

    1) Start up the KWPST Software Download tool (while the Treo is still in passthrough mode)
    2) click on the Backup tab
    3) in the QCN File: field type in the path and filename with a .qcn extension of where you want to dump the nvram content to
    4) enter in your MSL (000000) in the SPC field
    5) click Start and wait a few seconds as it saves the nvram to file
    6) start up your favorite hex editor and open up the file you saved in step 3 (default path is C:\program files\kyocera wireless pst\bin\nv backup)
    7) Search for the string "Sprint", I found mine at offset 0x0000C386.
    8) Replace this string to your liking...I'm not sure what the character limit of this string is. To be safe, I'd use something 6 characters or less.
    9) save this modified file to a NEW filename so that you'll still have a backup of your nvram
    10) go back to KWPST Software Download tool
    11) this time click on the Restore tab
    12) browse for the new file, enter your MSL in the SPC field
    13) Click on Start... wait until it finishes. I think the Treo will do a reset when finished
    14) Your new network string should show up instead of "Sprint"
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    Last edited by ideefixe; 02/16/2004 at 12:56 AM.
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