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Debranding

Posted: 00:56 24 Apr 08 #1
  • karlish
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Upgrade is due in a couple of weeks and I'm thinking of getting the Viewty.

 But I'm on Orange and they like to fill the phones full of crap before giving them to customers... so is there any way of debranding the viewty?

 

Thanks.

 

 

Edit: spelling.

Posted: 08:10 24 Apr 08 #2

You have to force firmwares from other countries/hack the phone to make the Orange stuff disappear from what I have heard.  Can leave you with an expensive paperweight.

Pete (I need JD) Graham ************** Damn you! Use forum search!!.

Posted: 10:20 24 Apr 08 #3
  • Theone03
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Tis possible..... You can now (a recent thing) do this will full technichal support.

Have a little look here: http://www.fonefunshop.co.uk/Unlocking/lgku990debrand.htm

Just got this phone for the same reason... I am an Orange victum and also a big debranding fan, I waited for this to be easily possible to debrand before upgrading as I don't like the forceware stuff Pete speaks of above... I am told this is not that way.

I will be doing mine tonight most likely (it only arrived yesterday) so I can post to say how it goes if it helps...

Steve.....

P.s - Hiya Pete long time no speak mate.... ;)

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To Debrand or not to Debrand, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Branding. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And with DaVinci end them?

Posted: 10:35 24 Apr 08 #4
  • anitalg
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Posted: 10:36 24 Apr 08 #5
  • Theone03
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Hey Anita!

Hope your well! Thought I would browse about here a bit, its been too long.

;)

Steve... 

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To Debrand or not to Debrand, that is the question. Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous Branding. Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And with DaVinci end them?

Posted: 14:38 24 Apr 08 #6
  • karlish
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Thanks very much for the replies.

 Yeah, do let us know if that method's any good.

 

Thanks again.

Posted: 10:13 25 Apr 08 #7
  • Theone03
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Ok all done and I can't recommend it enough. Just to confirm  to people who read what Pete says, this is not the forceware that you had to use before this method. 

In the begining you had to do it that way but as Pete or anyone who knows about those tactics will tell you, that way is dangerous and neither myself, nor Pete, would ever recommend going to such extremes to debrand a handset. Its always worth hanging on a little bit until some bright spark comes up with a method like this as its a lot less hassle to do and is safe.

Here's the process:

Go to the site and buy the package, pay through PayPal and you get an instant link to a .exe file on the site.

You do not need to buy the full package so long as you have the USB > Phone cable that was supplied with your phone in its box so please don't waste your money chaps!

Ok now once you have finished with PayPal click on the "Return to" link to take you back to the website, this will automatically give you a link to the .exe fiule you need, download this file (just to desktop or will be best).  The file is approx (from memory here) 90MB or so, it took me about 7mins to download it. 

Once you have downloaded the file double click it and it will do 2 things for you, the first is install a program that will do the debranding, the second is to put a flash video there on your desktop too (assuming desktop is where you ran the exe from).  This video is great and will show you what to click on and how to do the actual debrand. Its very easy, even a young child could do it with the help of the video.

I will try to give a small example of whats involved just so you know what to expect.  You basically connect your mobile (make sure you installed the software that came with the phone first to avoid any driver or connection problems) then run the application, it opens up, you click on the menu at the top and chose select port or something similar (video shows you) and it will auto-detect your phone and you press connect.

As always with debranding, make sure that the phone is fully charged.

Now its just a case of selecting "browse" and navigating to the directory the firmware has been unzipped into (usually C:/Program Files/Viewty or similar). Now there will only be 1 file in here to select so its not hard to get the right one.

All the boxes that need ticking below the "browse" button auto-populate pretty much so just compare them to those ticked in the video just to make sure then click "Start".

The phone will then begin to flash.  Its fully Auto from here, just don't touch your mobile and wait until the entire process is finished which will be about 20 mins.

Be warned that there are several "phases" to the process so be sure its finished before unplugging, the progress bar will often go to the end as if its complete but then reset and begin doing the next part.  You can tell its completely finished as its stopped totally and there's a little Download Complete sign there if I remember rightly.

From here its a case of shutting the application down then unplug the phone and power on.  Sorted.

Good luck

Steve....

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Posted: 10:39 25 Apr 08 #8
  • Theone03
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Sorry for double post but wanted to keep this bit seperate, just though I would add some of the things I noticed that are better than my previous "Orange" branded firmware.

  1. The main screen, none of the orange crap.
  2. The menu where you slide the stylus or your finger from left to right, seems to appear now straight away for me where the Orange one sometimes I was sliding my finger for 5 or 6 attempts to get it up, also the menu itself scrolls in smooth and glitch free and look totally different to the crappy Orange one. 
  3. Main menu is like 1,000 times better now, its more structured, smooth just isn't the word and before mine was a little laggy as Orange stuff tends to be, this is just smoothly animated and suits the phone's look better.
  4. The themes of the phone now suit it. The phone before being debranded looked weird with all this Orange crap coming up all the time when you would expect the stylish menu icons and better colours (my opinion of course).
  5. Free space - tons of it!  The firmware you end up with hasn't got all the locked files and crap, in fact it seems to have none of the crappy little sounds and such like you normally wish you could delete as they are never used but can't.  As a result there's phone space there I didn't have with the Orange firmware.

I reckon thats it so far but I would do it anyday if it means getting rid of the crap above. It means you can enjoy the phone in the way its supposed to be. 

Steve...

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