1. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Hi, four months into my three-year contract with Bell Mobility I got my Storm wet and killed it. I didn't think it would be necessary to spend the $7/mo for insurance and there is no way to replace it ore repair it and the ETF is $400, so I'm stuck with a three-year contract and no phone. So looking on Bell's website, I saw that they were offering the Samsung Ace SPH-i325 for $99 WITHOUT a contract, which I confirmed with the local retailer. ..
    I notice that Bell states it comes with OS 6.0, and I'm wondering if it can be upgraded to WinMo OS 6.1?
    Also, .is it possible to enable SDHC on this phone? Because I'd like to use the 8gb card that was bundled with the Storm instead of just using the 2GB that came with it.

    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 08-30-2009 at 03:08 AM.
    08-29-2009 12:52 PM
  2. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Thanks for the help, guys.
    Even more reaserch states that maximum would be 6.1, as 6.5 requires a 400mHz processor, and 7 needs more.
    I'm still trying to figure out if Bell offers OS 6.1 for this phone, and how hard if possible is it to enable sdhc support.
    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 09-17-2009 at 10:54 AM.
    08-30-2009 03:06 AM
  3. Dave Blake's Avatar
    I have looked around a bit but I think you have found the same things I did bell does not have an 6.1 upgrade for this PPC. Sprint USA upgraded to 6.1 but I have been unsuccessful finding an upgrade for Bell. Sorry but no SDHC support that I can find ether looks like 2 GB is the max. I wish I had better news for you maybe there is a way to adapt the Sprint rom to work on Bell unfortunately I don't have those skills. Here is the link to the Sprint ROM:


    I am in the US so I might not be getting all the available information I would recommend searching that site form your location you might get better results. I hope that helps.
    08-30-2009 06:44 AM
  4. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Thanks. I finally found the update page at Bell, and it says "i325.06 B.BD10" is the latest version.
    Would it be possible to install the sprint version without it borking my connection or whatever?
    I know that it is possible and frequently done with the BlackBerry OS,but i don't know if it will bork a WinMo device.
    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 08-31-2009 at 01:29 PM.
    08-31-2009 01:11 PM
  5. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Oh, and this page has a .cab that enables sdhc support (post #32).
    Last edited by FuturDreamz; 08-31-2009 at 01:21 PM.
    08-31-2009 01:15 PM
  6. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Amazing. Just as I guessed.
    Backberry: no problem
    Windows Mobile: no service. ever.
    09-12-2009 07:59 PM
  7. zander22's Avatar

    I accidently installed the Sprint 6.1 upgrade on the BELL samsung Ace. Now it boots into the Sprint network. How do I get it back to the BELL network?

    i325.0/6S.BG17.19202 ( it says S/W verions Now )

    i325.06 B.BD10 ( this is the version on teh Bell side mentioned above )

    Can someone tell me how to switch my phone Back to the Bell network?
    09-16-2009 08:05 PM
  8. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Does you phone still remember it's meid? Because mine shows up as 0000000000...
    From what I discovered, you have to either find a hack to change the MEID to A1000...
    Or put a Monster ROM or something on it that allows easier changing (more likely possible)
    09-17-2009 09:35 AM
  9. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    I posted a thread at XDA-developers asking how.
    If anyone else knows a good forum to ask, please copy this post to that other forum and link back.
    09-17-2009 09:56 AM
  10. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    09-17-2009 10:52 AM
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    So far it seems that to do so requires buying CDMA Workshop at $100, or using something called QPST.
    09-17-2009 10:53 AM
  12. zander22's Avatar
    I basically just need the original Ace i325 software version which I can reinstall via the Sync application. But it's not on the bell site.

    MY EMID shows up and all 0000000000...
    Last edited by zander22; 09-17-2009 at 11:30 AM.
    09-17-2009 11:16 AM
  13. zander22's Avatar
    So far it seems that to do so requires buying CDMA Workshop at $100, or using something called QPST.

    I have cdma workshop, but dont' understand how to use it.

    Also I dont' see a MEID edit section. :(
    Last edited by zander22; 09-17-2009 at 12:14 PM.
    09-17-2009 11:39 AM
  14. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    The thing is that Bell DOESN'T offer any updates for the Ace. If they had even the tiniest os upgrade that required reinstalling the entire OS then it would be possible.
    you have the demo of CDMA Work, right? because you may not need this app.
    I'm still figuring out CDMA Workshop myself, but I figure that once you (or me) figure out how to boot the Ace into download mode and get CDMA workshop to connect to it, then all you have to do is select the COM port, hit "connect," hit "read," then go to the Security tab and type in the MEID where it says to, hit apply, then immediately remove the battery and usb cable when the prog says that the meid has been changed successfully.
    I think.
    Once i can get it done, I'll post a tutorial.
    09-17-2009 01:06 PM
  15. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Useful links:
    http://www.ehow.com/how_2051233_change-esn-number.html generic instructions for changing ESN. MEID replaced ESN and I do not believe that the Ace has an ESN (no sticker on the box), but I believe the instructions will work.
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...d.php?t=102727 has a link to a "MSL reader" which can be used in the case that your MSL has been changed (as in my case).
    09-17-2009 03:29 PM
  16. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    http://www.sprintusers.com/forum/sho...=165812&page=4 (post #49) instructions on how to use CDMA Workshop for our purposes (until step 3 is finished), I'm assumming that your MSL has been wiped also.
    Aterwards, I assume that one just needs to go to the "security" tab and input the correct MEID and msl, then you can follow bell's instructions to activate your phone.
    I can't wait until my home internet is working again so I finally have both a computer with the priveladges to do this, AND internet to get it working.

    Also: from what I gater you have to download Sprint's connect software to use the phone as a modem and connect the phone to the computer in this way (I get a roaming alert and it fails to connect, but there should be a way around this).
    09-17-2009 03:52 PM
  17. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    This guy knows how to get it connected.
    09-17-2009 06:09 PM
  18. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Looks like I'll be eBaying it and getting another phone (NOT WinMo, ever).
    09-18-2009 09:31 AM
  19. Dave Blake's Avatar
    Looks like I'll be eBaying it and getting another phone (NOT WinMo, ever).
    Thats Cool WM is not for everyone just remember what ever device you decide to use we have a sister site for that where you are already a member. Good luck
    09-18-2009 09:54 AM
  20. Futurdreamz's Avatar
    Thats Cool WM is not for everyone just remember what ever device you decide to use we have a sister site for that where you are already a member. Good luck
    OK. You have a site for BREW phones?
    09-18-2009 01:03 PM
  21. zander22's Avatar
    Looks like I'll be eBaying it and getting another phone (NOT WinMo, ever).

    Did you manage to get the Samsung Ace to work after the 6.1 sprint upgrade?

    I left the phone at home, and i'm out of town for the weekend.
    09-18-2009 11:27 PM
  22. Dave Blake's Avatar
    OK. You have a site for BREW phones?
    Nope no real BREW phone sites I didn't realise you were going that direction
    09-19-2009 07:14 AM
  23. skidthekid18's Avatar
    where can i find the esn # on the samsung sph-i325, because i am trying to sell it and the buyer needs the ens number to varify it with bell, but i cannot find it..?
    03-31-2010 05:12 PM