How To Unlock Your T-Mobile Dash

t-mobile dashIt doesn’t matter who your carrier is, unlocking your cell phone can be a huge pain. Call your carrier’s customer service department and ask them about unlocking if you don’t believe me. Why do I need to unlock my phone you ask? Well, you don’t need to, but there are a few reasons why you might like to. First, unlocking your cell phone allows for it to be used on different carrier networks. For example, you could unlock a Cingular phone and use it on T-Mobile’s network. The only thing to keep in mind with using phones across different network is that GSM and CDMA do not mix together. Secondly, a phone that is application unlocked allows you to install basically whatever you want on it, making it essentially as customizable as you want.

Before we get into how to unlock your T-Mobile Dash, I want to note that there are two types of locks on a cell phone: SIM and CID. The SIM lock is what marries the phone to a specific service provider, and as mentioned above removing this will allow you to use it on multiple carriers. The CID lock is what ties the phone to a specific OS and software, and as I just said removing this will allow you to install whatever you want.

OK now that we know what we’re doing and why we want to do it, let us proceed.

Unlocking your T-Mobile Dash is very easy but not free.

1. Go to http://www.imei-check.co.uk/dashunlock.php

2. Enter your IMEI into the form and hit continue. To find your IMEI number just dial *#06# on your Dash.

3. Complete the necessary PayPal form — comes out to around $40.

4. Save the DASHv2Unlock Program to your computer — downloadable from the Web site in Step 1 .

5. Go into your email account on file with PayPal and save the UNL file that matches your IMEI to your computer.

6. Turn on the Dash and establish an ActiveSync connection.

7. Extract and run the DASHv2Unlock program from Step 4.

8. Supply the DASHv2Unlock program with the UNL file from Step 5.

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9. That’s it, just wait until the program finishes and your phone reboots.

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Google in Talks Over Phone

Internet giant Google, Silicon Valley’s most valued business, has recently held talks with Orange, the mobile phone operator owned by France Telecom. Executives from Orange flew to Silicon Valley for a meeting at the Googleplex. The plan is to manufacture a branded Google phone that would have Google software built-in to improve the traditionally daunting task of surfing the web on a mobile device.

Among the potential benefits are location-based searches: aware of your handset’s geographical position, Google could offer a tailored list of local cinemas, restaurants and other amenities, and maps and images from Google Earth.

As someone who uses Google an uncountable number of times each day I am delighted at the prospect of a Google phone. I’ll admit I love my Sidekick 3 but if Google could offer me the same features and services plus their own I would be heavily inclined to make the switch. For people like me and others who use a multitude of Google services it would just make our lives easier. Can you imagine checking your Gmail, reading your favorite RSS feeds, sharing images from your phone on Picasa, sharing videos from your phone on YouTube, looking up movies times by location with Google Earth and talking to your friends on Gtalk? All while editing your spreadsheets and documents and checking your analytics from anywhere you go! When can I pre-order mine? :)

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How to Customize Your Sidekick 3 Background

Here is a quick and dirty tutorial about how to customize your Sidekick 3 background in 10 easy steps, which is ever so necessary as the default ones from T-Mobile are atrocious.

Step 1 ) Plug the USB cable that came with your Sidekick 3 into your computer and into your Sidekick.

Step 2 ) Navigate to the drive where your Sidekick was mounted. (In most cases your computer will auto-detect and you may choose to browse the files in the folder, however you may need to double-click My Computer and then access the letter drive the Sidekick was assigned to)

Step 3 ) Once on the Sidekick drive on your computer, make a new folder called Themes

Step 4 ) Now make another new folder inside of the newly created Themes folder, calling it whatever you want the name of your custom theme to be.

Step 5 ) Select the main picture you want to use for your theme, this image should be a PNG or JPG file and must have dimensions of 240×138.

Step 6 ) Select the picture that you want to use for your sub-categories. (For example when you click Instant Messaging or Organizer on your Sidekick 3) Again, this image should be a PNG or JPG file and must have dimensions of 240×138.

Step 7 ) Open any text editor program, Notepad will do just nicely, and copy and paste the following into a blank file:

ThemeName #
string Name(en_US) ThemeName
bitmap ring-background FileNumberOne.png
bitmap ring-folder-background FileNumberTwo.png

  • Substitute the name of the folder you created in Step 4 with ThemeName
  • Change FileNumberOne to the name of the image you selected in Step 5
  • Change FileNumberTwo to the name of the image you selected in Step 6
  • Save this file as Theme.txt

Step 8 ) Copy all of the files (2 images and Theme.txt) into the folder created in Step 4

Step 9 ) Make sure all of the files transferred to the folder and unplug your Sidekick 3 from the USB cable

Step 10 ) Go to backgrounds on your Sidekick 3 and select your newly created one and enjoy!

Example of my Sidekick 3 background:

custom-sidekick-3-background

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