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Posts Tagged: Samsung Focus

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One of the beauties of being able to tinker with our devices is how it allows us to have flexibility. Most countries around the world have several choices when it comes to mobile service, and among them you have the ones that will welcome you with open arms and that ones that simply do not want to let you go. How do the latter accomplish this? They lock the phones to their networks so that they cannot be used on others. Because of this, ever since XDA has been XDA, we have striven to do away with this ridiculous concept that is the carrier lock. The reason is simple, you pay good money for your device, you should be able to use it wherever and with whomever you see fit. XDA Forum Member fatclue had this idea as well and after searching far and wide he came across a guide, which he posted on xda-develoepers about how to get the Samsung Focus onto the no-contract carrier Straight Talk in the US.

The procedure is very well explained and goes into very deep detail regarding what tools are needed to get the device working on the network. The only real block on this is the fact that the procedure will require the device to be Interop-unlocked due to the low level tools that are required for this operation, such as WP Root Tools as well as access to the registry. The Focus is a device that can be unlocked by following this guide by XDA Recognized Developer Heathcliff74.

So, if you feel like getting out of an expensive contract and still be able to use your beloved Focus while saving some money in the process, please follow the steps in the guide, and leave some feedback for the dev as well.

This is a reprint of a working solution I posted on WPCentral.com

Okay, I’m going to try to list the steps to get internet sharing and MMS working with Straight Talk, Please bear with me since I’ve only been playing with WP7 for a couple of weeks, I’m a webOS refugee and I seek asylum within the Windows world.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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Looks like Windows Phone 7 hacking is becoming more and more interesting as time goes by. This time, XDA member Heathcliff74 brings us the first release (read alpha quality release) of his Root Tools for WP7. The tools currently work only for Samsung Devices using this OS (aka the Samsung Focus) due to Samsung specific parts of software that needed to be used to make the tool work. The app, which at this point consists of a registry editor, will allow you to tinker with low level parts of the registry that deal with services and other normally locked parameters of the phone. Most of you coming from Windows Mobile will know and understand the dangers of messing with the registry. However, back with WM, things were easier to solve if one messed up somewhere. As hacking Windows Phone 7 is still taking off, it would be good to be cautious and not try anything fancy unless you know what you are doing.

Please leave some feedback for the dev.

Hi hackers!

This is the first release of a tool, that I’ve been working on for the past months. With this tool you get root-access to parts of your WP7 device. The first release only contains a registry-editor. The file-explorer and certificate stores will follow.

You can find more information in the original thread.

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If you own a Samsung Focus and have tried to use external microSD cards (other than the one provided by the manufacturer), then you are likely running into compatibility issues, or even data completely evaporating after a reboot. XDA member wm.andrew.wilson and a few other members are currently testing a few registry tweaks that deal mainly with power control to the SD card. According to the dev, these tweaks seem to be stabilizing things quite nicely and adding a few extra goodies as side effects: faster device response and better battery life. It seems that so far, the issues are gone (for the most part), but they would like to get more feedback from other Focus owners.

The dev also claims that if this proves to be a solid fix, that this will be sent over to Microsoft for evaluation on their end. So, if you happen to have a Focus, please drop by the thread and leave your experience after applying the mod. Keep in mind that your device needs to be unlocked before doing any of this.

Hi all,

A few of us on the SD card list thread have tried this and it seems to be stablizing things….the theory as we are working with now is that the problem is due to a power control issue in the Samsung drivers for the phone, not especially in the card itself.

No ill effects have been reported as of yet, and the battery life seems to be on par with before the switch was made. It is a simple fix, and can be reversed easily.

You can find more information in the fix thread.

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Shortly after the unveiling of WP7 in Europe, XDA has started taking steps towards the next generation of Windows Mobile devices. We have had a place for WP7 development and chat for a while now, but since we now know of a few devices that will be hitting the market soon, we decided to give them places for centralized development for each one individually. The three devices (HTC Mozart, HTC HD7, and Samsung Focus) already have some discussions around them regarding possible specs, pictures, and more. The most advanced one in terms of devs having stuff to work on is the Mozart, which has a couple of shipped roms, effectively giving devs the possibility to look at the final product (maybe not exactly final, but rather what the devices will ship with).

Interested? Want to join the fun before it begins? Come and share with us your thoughts, expectations, and maybe experiences with us.

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