Many thanks to gorgy76 on the xda-dev forums.
Simple guide to unlock phone
1. Root phone (use super one click or custom roms that’s pre rooted you can skip this 1 step)
2. Download busybox from market; run app and install
3. Download galaxy_s unlock by helroz from the market
4. Run galaxy_s unlock app; follow unlock steps 1, 2 (it will reboot device)
5. To confirm lock status from dialer dial *#7465625# it should show network lock off in status.
I followed these steps and around the 3rd time, figured out what to type for validation. I’ve changed the order of the steps to be clearer. The AT&T phone didn’t seem any different after the reboot, but I was able to make a call using a pre-paid T-Mobile SIM from 2003-ish. That’s my $2.50/month pre-paid plan, still rockin’!
I was certain to disable both of these Android Mobile Network Settings
- Use packet data – unchecked
- Data roaming – unchecked
This article is more for my personal use than anything else. I do refer back to prior articles here, after all.
So far …
- Outbound calls work.
- Inbound calls work.
- The device shows T-Mobile as the carrier.
- Contacts stored on the SIM chip are available in Android. These are merged with Google-Voice Contacts.
Now I just need to learn how to answer the inbound calls. ;) I am not kidding.
- Pressing the green button on screen to answer doesn’t work.
- Pressing the red button on screen to ignore doesn’t work, but pressing the power button quickly does.
I’m feeling rather dumb today.
- Just need to get used to 12 hour batteries instead of the 7-day battery the Motorola v195 provided.
- Finally got an off-board bluetooth GPS connected and working. Both NavFree USA and Bluetooth GPS from the market were needed. Lots more to do here like learn to load my personal POIs. The onboard GPS doesn’t work without a data plan.
- Still looking for an automatic podcast sync app. I’ve been disappointed.
- I’ve tried about 5 different audiobook/podcast players. Even the best one sucks. It hides too many details for my tastes. I think in directories, not as a flat DB. This drives me nuts. Also, none of them support a simplistic .m3u playlist for some unknown reason. It is hard for me to believe that a simple list of files, relative to the current directory can’t be used as a playlist. WinAMP, PowerAMP both suck in addition to the 3 other players like PodKast.
Don’t get me started about wunderground.
- I don’t recall loading this app. I am a fan of wunderground, however.
- It ignores my favorite locations on the notification bar at the top of the phone. It is constantly showing locations (east/west coast) where I haven’t been in 4 years … where this phone hasn’t been since I wiped in a few months ago. It must be random, since I don’t have an account with the app.
Sorry for all the complaints. I’m fairly organized and get frustrated when my organization is ignored for an inferior method.