- 12-30-2011, 04:16 PM #1
Besides all the great things about a Focus (can use a microSD card, awesome screen, cheap to buy off contract, etc) - the best thing is that it might just be the simplest WP7 device to unlock.
I'm not really big on tinkering with devices, but I gave this a shot :
Developer, Interop unlock your Samsung WP7 with WindowBreak - Windows Phone Hacker
It worked like a charm. I downloaded this and was able to deploy XAPs to the Focus really easily :
[UPDATED-06-APR-2011] New XAP installer, in-place app update, no dev tool and more... - xda-developers
So for any of you thinking about unlocking your device so you can tinker with your phone, give it a shot. I put Nokia Drive, the HTC app hub, Themes, Folders, and Supreme Shortcuts on mine to start with.
I apologize if there's a thread about this already - if anyone has any questions I can answer, feel free to ask.
- 12-31-2011, 12:37 PM #4
- 12-31-2011, 11:36 PM #6
As for homebrew I like supreme shortcuts. It lets you add tiles for a ton of stuff including system apps. Useful if you want a tile that links directly to the brightness setting, for example.
I've also been able to install advanced settings and change my system color. It lets you add as many color options to the theme setting as you want. So in addition to the 10 or so colors Microsoft lets me have I also have "dodger blue" and "crimson", for example.
There are other homebrew apps that are nice like one that monitors your battery and lets you add a live tile showing battery percentage.
01-04-2012, 11:39 AM #7
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I get some kind of GPRS stuff, nothing about unlocking or jailbreaking the phone, when I get to the pulldown menu. I'm in my office, don't have signal, but have wifi, could that be a problem.
I have a Samsung Focus 1.3 Running WP7.5
*UPDATE* Disregard, got it, had cell signal on second attempt and it worked. Must be something over-air.
Last edited by JoeScuba; 01-04-2012 at 01:27 PM.
- 01-06-2012, 12:56 AM #9
So I went to the site and got it "broke" and diagnostics also confirms this but I cannot deploy anything. I tried the Advanced Configuration, Accent Changer, Root Tools and everytime I hit the deploy button I get this
"Deployment FAILED with the following ERROR:
Failed to connect to the device. Ensure that the device is completely booted and is connected to the PC."
Steps I have taken so far:
Downloaded .Net Framework 4
Rebooted PC and phone
Reinstalled Framework 4
Used all versions of XAPDeploy tool
Downloaded "vs_sdeprolightup-enu.zip" I was getting the 0x89xxxx errors before this
It also made me install something for Microsoft Visual Studio
Any ideas? Sorry for hijacking your thread btw
- 01-06-2012, 09:45 AM #10
Make sure the Zune software is open and running and synced...
Leave your phone UNLOCKED (take off lock screen) - I had this problem the first couple of times I tried to deploy. Leave the time out settings the longest you can (5 mintues) so it doesn't relock during a deployment.
Try again - if that doesn't work, try different deployment software. I know there's Tom'sXAP and a few others. Search the XDA forums for "XAP deploy" and you'll find a couple of different ones. Maybe try this one that I found - http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=1220617
Also, try "Themes" - Themes for Windows Phone Version 2 - Windows Phone Hacker
If Themes doesn't work either then I dunno - maybe someone from the XDA forums can help.
- 01-10-2012, 02:10 PM #11
Ha - another fun tweak I found today - though purely cosmetic - you can change the "3G" so that it says any three letters. You can change it to "LTE" and convince your dumber friends that you already have an LTE windows phone, for example.
01-10-2012, 03:26 PM #12
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Nokia Drive would work on my Focus without data connection, right? Doesn't it download the maps to the phone?
Carrier: Verizon Wireless
Phones: HTC 8X & HTC Trophy & Samsung Focus
PC:Dell Studio XPS 1640
My app: Plant Guide
Spitfire 4.0, my HTC Imagio, rest in peace.
- 01-10-2012, 04:12 PM #13