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    Over the air programming

    Anybody out there have any knowledge on Over the Air Programming. In particular CDMA handsets. *2280x codes etc. Who uses them, who supports them. Isn't there at OTLA protocol or something? Don't remember where I thought I found that one.

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    Sprint tried to program my 6185 over the air, and were unable to. CDMA supports more robust combined transmission than other technologies seem to. When I call Sprint to activate a new phone (often enough), they already know the ESN, phone model, etc. because it is sent via the network.

    I wonder if they can do firmware updates to...hmm.

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    I'm taking that since Clearnet handsets are the only handsets that require this, only Clearnet/Telus handsets would work for Over the Air Programming since you'll be downloading the Telus PRL anyways. Useless to other handsets with other carriers.

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    Well I tried *22805 on my Bell Phone and I do get a message "Welcome to Bell Mobility's Over the Air Activation Service"

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    Perhaps CDMA carriers in Canada have this option when they dial *2280* and call into their service provider.

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    Either way the number would be tailored for each network. I try it with my Sprint 6185 and it doesn't work.

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    The *228XX codes are part of the IS-683A standard for over the air programming and prl updates. The number following the *228 determines which band the phone looks on. Believe it or not the Nokia is the ONLY handset which properly handles OTA, the Sanyo's, Motorola's, Audiovox's etc etc all have little quirks such as not flushing the MRU after the PRL update (MRU contains the most recently used channel number) and the Audiovox in particular will not look for the proper carrier associated with each *228 code unless you are in Analog.

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    I guess the Nokia engineers did something right then.

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    Yep I guess so. There is one small but totally insignificant bug in the 6185 and the way it handles the MRU but it is no big deal and will not affect anyone.

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    At&T is using OTA programming also now. they're not CDMA, but still. it's not working entirely well yet, but it's comming along. try it. next time you go to but a nokia 8260 or a panasonic promax, see if they program the phone. in most cases they won't. they'll just wait for the AT&T sign to show up on the screen...and *poof* your phone is ready to use. but just to make sure OTA programming went through, some dealers will short program thier phones. I do work with verizon wireless too, and the phones are OTA compatible, but for some reason, i still have to manually programs those shi*s. oh well. thats CDMA for you. i think sprintPCS is the same. to make sure OTA went through, CSAs will often make you short program the phone first.
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    Originally posted by j2tha0e
    At&T is using OTA programming also now. they're not CDMA, but still. it's not working entirely well yet, but it's comming along. try it. next time you go to but a nokia 8260 or a panasonic promax, see if they program the phone. in most cases they won't. they'll just wait for the AT&T sign to show up on the screen...and *poof* your phone is ready to use. but just to make sure OTA programming went through, some dealers will short program thier phones. I do work with verizon wireless too, and the phones are OTA compatible, but for some reason, i still have to manually programs those shi*s. oh well. thats CDMA for you. i think sprintPCS is the same. to make sure OTA went through, CSAs will often make you short program the phone first.
    AT&T here in the states is all OTA programed. All AT&T phones support it, even my old 2160i. All my phones have been OTA programmed (Startac, Nokia 5160, 8260, R280lx) - just call CS and tell them you need an ESN swap and to send the programming. It usually pops up in a couple of minutes. Really slick, if you ask me!

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