08/26/2011, 02:05 AM
Sometimes I forget just what a Frankenbeast my Sprint Pre 2 is.
Yesterday I went through a box of old phones from my Pre / Pre Plus hacking and discovered two Sprint Pre Plusses I hadn't gotten around to doing anything with. I need some money now, and I figured I'd sell some stuff. One Sprint Pre Plus I hadn't even activated to test and make sure it worked.
I activated it and learned that the 6-digit code to program the phone (using ##786#) they send now is just the one-time code (already used at least once), and I had to chat up someone at Sprint to get the secondary code (the good one). I tested it out, and it was fine.
Then I decided to switch back to my Pre 2. I used "activate a new phone" using the MEID DEC matching the com board.
This always worked fine in the past with other phones, though it sometimes took a while for data to come back. Well, I waited hours and tried toggling airplane mode, shutting down and pulling the battery for a while... nothing.
Finally I remembered I had initially activated the Sprint Pre- and had then switched the com board over to the Pre 2. Well, re-activating the Pre 2 also requires the com board to be activated in a Pre-!
I scrambled for the right tools, shut down, and swapped the com board back to its original donor Sprint Pre-. It still wouldn't give me data. I did a ##786# reset, and it came back up with a data connection! I tried to log into a test Palm Profile, but I got an error retrieving my data. I figured it would probably work now, and shut down and swapped the com board back.
It worked, and I didn't have to reset the data or anything on my Pre 2. I will not take "activate a new phone" lightly any more.