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Thread: Unlock and Change Wakeup Graphics on Old GSM Motorola Phones [Microtac, Startac]

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    Unlock and Change Wakeup Graphics on Old GSM Motorola Phones [Microtac, Startac]

    After countless hours of research and tinkering I was finally able to unlock and change the wakeup graphics on my Microtac Select 6000e and 2000e, and I fully expect this unlock to work on similar models such as StarTac 7000g, 8000g, Microtac Select 3000e, etc.

    I did this by making a designing and creating a custom circuit board. Unlocking the phones is simple, I just enter Clone mode and transfer over the Service Provider Unlock file to the phone. The wakeup graphics change is simply the image you see when you turn on your phone, so instead of seeing "Welcome to Pacific Bell", I can change it to any image you want. Note however that the bitmap resolution is 96x32 pixels, I'll attach an image below.

    I can also enable Permanent Test Mode, which allows you to enable test mode without a Test sim card inserted. With Permanent Test Mode, you can view and change security code and unlock code. I can also enable Engineering Field Menu, in which you can view the current cell tower you are connected to and much more.

    With this I can also Service Provider Unlock the phone, meaning I can remove "Enter Special Code Now". With this you can use the phone on any network you want, it isn't locked to any specific phone carrier.

    PM me if you are interested in me unlocking any of your old phones and increasing the value of them...

    Howard Forums won't let me attach photos until I post more, please PM me if you are interested and I will send them to you.

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    Here are the pictures

    Here are the pictures





    Sorry for the tape on the phone, the screens are easily scratched on these older models.

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    Video Including Unlocking Process and Software Used

    I've created a video of the whole unlocking process as described in my forum post. The video also includes the functions available when entering test mode, like displaying and changing lock and unlock codes.

    Check it out below!


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    For anyone who wants to know he is using a program called ASIM that can be used to debug gsm modules/phones and you can get a smartcard emulator w/serial from gsm support website. I've been doing the same thing for my phones, it works real easy!

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    I've got two different SIM Emulators from eBay, and neither of them worked. I had to end up designing my own. Also, the emulators need old software and old hardware to run them.

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