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    8350i on Boost Mobile?



    Hello. Sorry if someone has asked this question here, I can not seem to find it. I currently have service with Boost Mobile ($50 unlimited plan) and I was interested in buying the 8350i and using the phone with Boost. Has anyone had success in using this phone on Boost? What services work? I'm not really interested in the push email as long as the calls, PTT, web, SMS and MMS work fine.

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    Calls and PTT would be the only thing out of the box. Web can be used by installing opera mini. But SMS and MMS will not be functional at all. As well as the PUSH but you've already mentioned you wont be needing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mobile Empire View Post
    Calls and PTT would be the only thing out of the box. Web can be used by installing opera mini. But SMS and MMS will not be functional at all. As well as the PUSH but you've already mentioned you wont be needing it.

    This Is Un True Mobile Empire.. I Can MMS & Text On My Blackberry 8350i Using A Boost Mobile Sim Card.... You Just Need To Do A Lil Configuring To The Phone Is All... Heres How You Do It..

    So there were a couple of things I had to do to start with in order for me to get some of my stuff going the way I wanted them to but you do not have to do them all:

    1) I had to copy all of my contacts from my SIM card


    a) Click on the “Contacts” Icon

    b) Click on the Blackberry menu key; Contacts from SIM card

    c) Click on the Blackberry menu key; Copy all to Contacts

    2) I had to turn off Smart Dialing (+1) dialing to be able to place calls from my phone book.

    a) Click on the Green phone icon key

    b) Click on the Blackberry menu key; Options; Smart Dialing

    c) Change the country code to “unknown”

    Then, you need to get all the correct service books installed so you have full access to everything. You can download them here: http://forums.crackberry.com/attachm...-combined3.zip

    NOTE: This is a ZIP file. You will have to extract in order to use with BB DM. If you do not know how, read this: How To: Open a Zip file

    1) ENABLE SERVICE BOOK COMPLETE BACKUP / OVER WRITE / RESTORE on the Device, like this:


    a) On your device, go to Options -> Advanced Options -> Service Books hold Alt and hit {S}{B}{E}{B} let go of alt and it should show a message about how legacy service books are enabled.

    2) BACKUP EXISTING SERVICE BOOKS

    a) Hook up the phone to the laptop

    b) Open Blackberry Desktop Manager -> Backup/Restore -> Advanced

    i) On the right side, scroll down to Service Books, then press the <<

    ii) Click on Save, and save them some place just in case

    3) WRITE NEW SERVICE BOOKS TO DEVICE

    a) First, clear your service books by scrolling down on the right side, high light Service Books, then press Clear

    b) Check your device now (Options -> Advance Options -> Service Books)

    i) If there is anything left besides something that mentions TCP/IP or Browser, delete those also

    c) Open BB DM, go to Backup/Restore -> Advanced -> Left Window -> File -> Open -> select the service book file you downloaded, then the >> button to move it over. A pop-up will ask if you want to over-write. Say "Yes."

    d) Disconnect phone from Computer.

    e) Go to Options -> Advanced Options -> Host Routing Table -> BB Menu key -> Register

    f) go to advanced settings -> browser and change the hot spot to browser.

    i) Now your browser should be enabled, along with this, you should also be able to send/receive MMS. Now would be an okay time to test this, by sending one to yourself. If you are able to send, but not receive, make sure your phone is updated with the correct IMEI on Boost's "My Account" area and that you have disabled text forwarding. It might also be a good idea to put your SIM in a different phone and make sure your number is receiving texts.

    g) If you do not get the browser option restart and try again.

    Now that you’ve done that, you should also be able to use the BB inbox for email via Shangmail. This is an application that runs in the background and pushes your email to your BB.

    1.) Go to Shangmail’s website: Shangmail-Cell phone mailbox, mobile phone e-mail, take with you freely I used the English version but it does go down from time to time. I have heard the Chinese version is more reliable but I do not know this from experience.

    2.) From there, you should be able to register, add up to 5 pop3 email accounts, and download the app and install via Desktop Manager.

    3.) Once installed, you have to open the application and log in. After that, it should start up instantly and push your email to you instantly.

    Now you should have full use of your BoostBerry! Here are a few additional applications I recommend:


    1.) Opera Mini (Opera Mini - Download)

    a. You do not have to use this for web browsing since you have the native browser working, but there are some sites that load better with Opera and it’s faster.

    2.) Google Maps (You will have to download this via the BB Browser OTA. You have the option to do this when you go to google.com with your BB Browser).

    a. You now have the Blackberry Maps application installed but certain functions are blocked out because you do not have BIS/BES so this program will help. There are also other GPS programs out there. I have heard good things about AmazeGPS but I haven’t personally tried it.

    3.) VyMail (http://www.joekrill.com/vymail/0.8.3...il-0.8.3.5.zip)

    a. This is a third-party App for using YouMail. As of right now, you can only download YouMail via the Blackberry Store Application but you won’t be able to use that since you don’t have BIS/BES. I’ve used both and this works just as well.

    4.) “Visible Menus Theme” (Default theme with black menus)

    a. A lot of third party pieces of software such as Opera Mini do not support the transparent menus that are utilized in the default them for the 8350. This theme is simply the default theme but with the fix so you don’t have to worry about that anymore.

    Now, if you still have the urge to forward your text messages to your email, here is the how-to on that. This is a little more updated than the other one.

    1) Go to Sprint.com and where you can sign in, click on “Sign Up.”

    2) The rest should be pretty straight forward, just fill out the form. Once you get logged it, it might say “Cannot access your account at this time.” Don’t worry about that, just move on.

    3) Go to http://mms.nextel.com/mms and log in with the same information.

    4) You will see a red bar that says “Your messages cannot be read. Please try again later.” Do not worry about that, this is made for Sprint customers so you will never be able to read your messages on this page.

    5) Click on Preferences, then Forward Messages.

    6) At this point, you can choose a place to forward your messages too. This can be any email address, but the most popular is a gmail or msn account b/c you can download the app for the respective email accounts and they poll often enough. Since I downloaded shangmail, I have push email so I just used my favorite email account. I also tested sending it to yournumber@page.nextel.com. This comes in as an SMS message which is instant (sometimes shangmail can take up to 15 minutes). However, it does not show who the message is from. If you get it as an email, it will tell you it’s from “your friends number/TYPE=PLMN@myboostmobile.com” If you want to reply, you will have to send a message to “your friends number@their service provider.com.” It’s a pain, but it’s better than nothing. Anyway, type in your email address and click “add.” If you want to test different ones to see which comes in faster or how they come in, you can add more than one address.

    7) Be sure to check the boxes that say “Enable Forwarding Address” and “Keep a Copy in my Inbox until it expires” and then click “Okay” to save everything.
    Hope This Helps U Guys Out.
    Last edited by MurderousOne; 06-18-2009 at 05:13 PM.
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    Question

    First off let me just say THANK YOU SO MUCH for this post. For the most part I have successfully taken an 8350i and modded it for my boost account.

    I only have one question. I went through all the steps except for the very last one (i have no intrest in forwarding my texts to my email) Everything is working great TALK, SMS, MMS, SHANG EMAIL and the native browser (but it pulls up everything in wap it seems) The only problem I am having is when I downloaded the GOOGLE application the icon came up in my downloaded folder, after accessing the prog it says completing installation and then says ERROR don’t have access to internet. It does the same thing as well with the OPERA application. I’m stumped bc I’m getting all the push emails from my gmail account just fine.. PLEASE PLEASE HELP WITH THIS ISSUE

    MANY MANY MANY THANKS

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    Also another issue I am experiencing is Recieving Text Messages - Since I started using the 8350i I am not recieving txt msgs right away. It seems that they are only coming to me when i turn the radio off then then turning it back on.. When I test it to myself it sends and recieves with no problem, there only seems to be a problem when someone sends one back to me a few min later. Any suggestions as to why?


    ALSO WHEN I TRIED TO UPDATE THE IMEI NUMBER ONLINE ON BOOSTS WEBSITE IT SAYS INVALID IMEI #
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    are u sure u hit alt & SBEB & turned legacy on & did u register??? i havent had problems sending/recieving any texts or emails.... try removing service books & re-installing them... this might fix the problem..
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    Quote Originally Posted by MurderousOne View Post
    are u sure u hit alt & SBEB & turned legacy on & did u register???

    Yes I know for a fact I did register to the network. Any suggestions about the internet?
    Last edited by aruikis78; 07-10-2009 at 03:38 PM.

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    To > aruikis78

    The SPECIFIC issue you are having with SMS & MMS has nothing to do with the configuration or provisioning of the device on Boost Mobile. It is an OS version issue. The original BB OS that was released with the BB 8350i was full of bugs. One of those bugs being the exact SMS/MMS issue you are having, which requires you to turn the radio off/on as a workaround in order to recieve new SMS & MMS messages. This issue is easily resolved by downloading the BlackBerry Desktop Manager Version 4.7 and the Blackberry Handheld Software Version 4.6.1.204 (316) by going to sprint.com/downloads > Smartphones > BlackBerry® Curve™ 8350i Smartphone and then selecting the download for install.

    You may need to re-provision your device with the service book instructions provided by the MurderousOne after the software download is complete, however, I am not sure, so make sure you back up those service books!

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    Question NEED HELP

    I did everything that was said to be done to convert my 8350 to boost, but my messaging wont work. I dont have the option to switch from hot spot to just plain browser, please any suggestions?

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    my blackberry is already working by making calls and recieving calls both by phone and walkie-talkie but i still cannot text message and use the internet plus the internet symbol is not showing anymore;; ii dont understand what i have to download in the first link ii click it and it goes to the website but i dont know what is that i have to download please help...

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    plleeeeaaasssee heelppp....

    :cry:hellO can yOu please help me convert my blackberry phone to boost?? please ii beg yOu;;

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    i need sum help cracking my blackberry plz

    i had to download the desktop manager cause i bought the phone used and that person did not have the disk...
    but when i open the bb dm i cant click on the icons syncronize, backup/restor, media ect.... i need help working that out i think im missing a driver but dont know which or how to get it.. also where to put it...

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    sup bro i was hoping you could help me out with my blackberry

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    I am having, what I think is, a strange problem. I am trying to connect my device to a computer but the device is not being recognized. I thought it might be the USB/miniUSB or the computer so I tried it at home with a different USB/miniUSB and a differnt computer (both had DM and the OS 4.6). It didn't work either time. Suggestions? Also, while I am picking the brain of all the smart people out there, when I email myself a zip file or an mp3 through gmail, I can't seem to open or download the files. Thoughts? Thanks for any help.

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