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Promoted 11-26-2012 by yuugotserved at 12:00 AM View Original Post
Virgin Mobile has their Virgin Mobile HTC One V Prepaid Smartphone for $50 with free shipping. Thanks siddichan

Price Research: Our research indicates that Virgin Mobile HTC One V Prepaid Smartphone is $90 lower (64% savings) than the next best available price from a reputable merchant with prices ranging from $140 to $200. - yuugotserved
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Edited November 25, 2012 at 09:19 PM by siddichan
Verified with a chat specialist on 11/25:

HTC One V will drop to $49.99 with a savings of $100.
http://www.virginmobileusa.com/sh.../features/ [virginmobileusa.com]


The other phones currently on sale for Black Friday will no longer be on sale after 11/26.


I will update with a direct sale link later if it changes. woot

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Last Edited by kevingattaca January 21, 2013 at 11:26 AM
So I think folks have been complaining that the HTC One does not have a Wi-FI Hot Spot host ahh but it does and I stumbled upon it quite by accident.

Download ES File Explorer form the Play Store.

Launch it click on the top button App Manager at the top of the screen.

Now Click Category and choose System apps Scroll down to the bottom of the screen hold the Wi_Fi Hotspot button and choose create a shortcut. There you go, maybe this is not news but it was news to me.

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This is a guide that will walk you through Unlocking your Bootloader, Rooting, Installing a Recovery, Making a Backup, and Flashing to PagePlus.

Disclaimer: This will void your warranty. I am not responsible for any problems this may cause with your phone (but I'll do my best to get it working).

NOTE: This was all done in Windows 7. I originally tried in Windows 8, but ran into too many problems so I installed Windows 7 on another Hard Drive and booted from it.

Also, since this was done on a new install of Win 7, I do not have Word installed, so I am using WordPad, which lacks Spellcheck. I think everything is good though.

Most of the content from this tutorial was taken from the xda-developers forum and modified to fix some missing steps and to be more specific and easy to understand. I did not figure any of this out alone by myself. The members at xda-developers did. Also, a big thanks to dzap, octavio, and all of the other members that helped me to get my phone working in the Cyber Monday thread for this deal.

PagePlus Plans (Monthly or Minutes)

Unlocking the Bootloader and Rooting
  • Follow the Primo C CDMA steps. Following the Primo U GSM steps will brick your phone.
Flashing TWRP
  • Copy it into C:\fastboot\
  • Boot into Fastboot and open CMD
  • Type: fastboot flash recovery twrprecovery.img

Making a Backup
  • plug your microSD card into the phone, if you haven't already
  • boot into bootloader and select "Recovery"
  • TWRP will open
  • Select "Backup", select the items you want to backup and then swipe
  • Backup will complete and you will now have a backup on your microSD card, copy this over to your computer

Flashing to PagePlus
  • NOTE: 3G will not work. Speeds will be 1X. No one from the Cyber Monday deal has been able to get 3G to work yet. It may be possible, but don't expect it.
  • This will not work on custom AOSP ROMs, install a custom ROM (if you want) after flashing
  • Open the Play Store, search "MSL Reader", download and install
  • Open "MSL Reader", grant it root access when prompted, get your MSL and write it down
  • Call PagePlus (800) 550-2436, select 1 at the menu for activation of a new phone
  • Hold tme has been about 15-20 minutes for me during the 5 or so times I have called in
  • Tell them you are flashing a new phone to PagePlus and you need a MDN (the phone number) and a MIN. They will ask you for the ESN, read them the MEID Decimal from the back of the phone.
  • They will try to have you dial a number for Over the Air Ativation, this is a VM phone so it woin't work. Tell them it doesn't work, but you know what you're doing. They will give you the MDN, MIN, and probably the SID. You do not need the SID.
  • Install CDMA Workshop and QPST
  • Plug your phone into the computer and dial ##3424# choose "ON' to put it in diagnostic mode, click "SELECT", enter your MSL at the prompt, it should say "Diag enabled"
  • Open 'Device Manager', just hit the windows key and type it in
  • Look for "HTC Diag", it was under "Other Devices" for me. It should have a yellow exclamation point next to it.
  • Right click it and select "Update Driver...", select "Browse my computer...", select "Let me pick...", "Show all devices", "Have disk...", "Browse..."
  • Navigate to the drivers you downloaded and choose either the 64 or 32 bit driver. Whichever your OS runs. Select 'Next' and then tell Winows it's safe at the prompt.
  • Open up CDMA Workshop, select "Port" from the top and double-click your phone which will be named "HTC USB Modem #", then click "Connect" (also up top)
  • Click the Security tab
  • On the bottom right it says "SPC/user lock", enter the MSL the MSL Reader app gave you. Click SPC and select "Send". If you entered the right MSL, it should say device unlocked successfully.
  • Click SPC again and select "Write 000000", it should say successfully written.
  • Click the "Other" tab at the top, choose "Write" from under PRL and select the PRL file you downloaded. It should say successfully written.
  • Click the Main tab, click "Read" from above the security tab, then click "Read" in the bottom right corner. It will fail to read some items, this is normal, they are inactive or are only read in the non-demo version.
  • There are two boxes that say "MIN", delete the current MIN and enter the MIN that PagePus gave you.
  • Look for the "Dir_Number" and "Dir_PCS" boxes, delete whatever is in them and enter the phone number (MDN) that PagePlus gave you.
  • Click the "Write" tab, it will write, then close CDMA Workshop, save changes when asked.
  • The phone will reboot, close CDMA Workshop and open QPST.
  • Dial ##3424# again and make sure your phone is still in Diagnostic Mode
  • Hit the Windows key on your computer keyboard, type QPST and select "QPST Configuration"
  • Click "add new port", choose the COM port that your phone is plugged into.
  • From the top bar, select "Start Clients", then "Service Programming", uncheck "Show Serial and USB/QC Diagnostic ports only", double click on your phone (mine shows up as COM# - USB/QC Data Modem) and a new window will open.
  • Click "Read from Phone" in the bottom left of QPST, enter 000000 (yor new MSL you wrote in CDMA W)
  • At the top right, there are a bunch of tabs, click the right arrow until you see the "M.IP" tab, select it when you do, on the bottom it will say Mobile IP Behavior, select "Simple IP only"
  • Double click profile 2
  • In the "HA Shared Secret", select "Enter Text String" and then type in 'vzw'. Repeat this in the "AAA Shared Secret"
  • On the right, Home Address should be set to 0.0.0.0, both Primary and Secondary HA addresses should be set to 255.255.255.255
  • Hit ok at bottom left, now look at the tabs again and navigate to the "PPP Config" tab
  • Click "um"
  • Click in the password box and type "vzw"
  • Click the AN tab
  • Password is "vzw"
  • Click "Write to phone"
  • You will now get a read only error that pops up, this is NORMAL. The phonne will reboot and you will get another error saying that the phone disconnected. This is also NORMAL.
  • You are now done with QPST.
  • When the phone reboots, make a call, dial the phone number of another cell you own or your home phone. NOTE: Your phone will still say Virgin Mobile. This is because that is built into the ROM, you will be on PagePlus. To change this you will need a custom ROM.
  • Your call will go to a PagePlus automated message. Press 1 for English. Your account is now active and you have a $2.00 balance. Your call will now go through to the number you originally called.
  • Congratulations, you're done and now on PagePlus!
  • This seemed to fix MMS.
    Dial ##3282#
    Select edit mode
    enter your code (hopefully you have changed it to 000000)
    Go to Advanced ==> MMSC Setting

    Name= Production
    MMS= http://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms
    Port= clear this field leave it blank
    Proxy = clear this field leave it blank

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Complete Page Plus Tutorial
Unlock and Root: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1598964
Flash to Page Plus: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1838606
OTA Program: *228, then 1 when prompted (*22890 will not work!)
Update PRL (again): http://www.howardforums.com/showt...-Ver-52896

Start hacking: http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1906

Here is the link to check your order status [virginmobileusa.com]

HTC One V ROMs - TheUnlockr (theunlockr.com) [theunlockr.com] --mikefxu

Just a heads up because this was driving me nuts trying to figure out. There's a bug in the radio that causes a reboot loop flashing custom roms here's how you fix it. http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=1996665

If you are flashing ROMs make sure it is CDMA.

dont forget to register or sign in to your dropbox, free extra 23GB for 2 years. COURTESY of HTC.
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Do I have to activate it? Can I just use it with free WiFi hotspots to check e-mail and such?
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Even with a $10 increase per month, I'm still getting a better deal than most carriers and none of the headaches associated with the one I have now. The 3G is still better than what I got on my old slider with vm. I wanted a 4G steal this year but if it still looks like One V is the only one on sale come tomorrow, I'll probably end up getting it. I'm just going to do some research into battery life and any quirks people have noticed with it. Smilie
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Hoping to snag a deal on the Evo 4G
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Quote from kahilm View Post :
Hmm... already ordered a Reverb for $100...

looks like the reverb is a better phone what do you think?

to me it is worth the extra money to get a larger screen , faster cpu, more ram, front camera,
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I heard there is a way to get $5 off each month by autopaying.
Is that true? How do you do that? Thanks
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#21
I really want to get this just so I can use Bluetooth, but don't want to give up the $25/month plan.

My Triumph's Bluetooth doesn't work and Motorola is denying that there's an issue with the phone, just that my laptop, headset, and car all have faulty Bluetooth, even though all 3 work with other BT devices.
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Quote from CSIG1001 View Post :
looks like the reverb is a better phone what do you think?

to me it is worth the extra money to get a larger screen , faster cpu, more ram, front camera,
Well the specs are definitely better. 1.4 ghz processor on the Reverb vs. a 1 ghz on the HTC One. The screen size is also bigger, but it's the same resolution so less DPI.

My wife has the HTC One and it's definitely a good phone... a steal at $50. Gonna have to think this over.

Anyone ever return a phone to VM that you ordered from their site?
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Quote from kahilm View Post :
Hmm... already ordered a Reverb for $100...
Take advantage of the 30 day money back guarantee. You can send them the phone back for a refund!
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So, for what time I set the alarm clock to get this deal?
Hopefully is not like Amazon's lighting deals.....if you blinked - IS GONE!
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Do I have to activate it? Can I just use it with free WiFi hotspots to check e-mail and such?
yes I did that with a moto triumph from VM for a while.
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Quote from fyreboltx View Post :
I really want to get this just so I can use Bluetooth, but don't want to give up the $25/month plan.

My Triumph's Bluetooth doesn't work and Motorola is denying that there's an issue with the phone, just that my laptop, headset, and car all have faulty Bluetooth, even though all 3 work with other BT devices.
Just tell them it reboots all of the time or whatever. The failure rate is so high on the Triumph....they won't care. They'll believe whatever you tell them because in general, the Triumph is totally unreliable.

Try also contacting Virgin's social network support at saveme@thevirginangels.com
http://www.facebook.com/notes/vir...2044211194

I RMA'd my wife's Triumph 4 times through them. Each one with a different problem (reboots, charging port issues, awful touch screen, crackly ear speaker). I did finally get a good one (which I ebay'd since the wife had given up already and gotten an Evo 4G).

Still, I appreciated how helpful the social media C.S. was.
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Quote from CSIG1001 View Post :
looks like the reverb is a better phone what do you think?

to me it is worth the extra money to get a larger screen , faster cpu, more ram, front camera,
Stock for stock the reverb is definitely better. Also for my uses (i.e. Skype) the front facing camera is a must have.
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I'm guessing the $50 will start tomorrow, since the deal with $150 will end today.
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Quote from kahilm View Post :
Hmm... already ordered a Reverb for $100...

This. Think I will stick with the Reverb.
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Quote from eastcoastwester View Post :
Can you use this phone on the grandfathered $25 plan? I have a triumph and I hate it so, so much. Have all these issues and they won't give me another refurb after just getting a refurb in late August. Don't understand why they don't give you any kind of warranty on refurb.
Quote from fyreboltx View Post :
I really want to get this just so I can use Bluetooth, but don't want to give up the $25/month plan.

My Triumph's Bluetooth doesn't work and Motorola is denying that there's an issue with the phone, just that my laptop, headset, and car all have faulty Bluetooth, even though all 3 work with other BT devices.
Quote from greenmky View Post :
Just tell them it reboots all of the time or whatever. The failure rate is so high on the Triumph....they won't care. They'll believe whatever you tell them because in general, the Triumph is totally unreliable.

Try also contacting Virgin's social network support at saveme@thevirginangels.com
http://www.facebook.com/notes/vir...2044211194

I RMA'd my wife's Triumph 4 times through them. Each one with a different problem (reboots, charging port issues, awful touch screen, crackly ear speaker). I did finally get a good one (which I ebay'd since the wife had given up already and gotten an Evo 4G).

Still, I appreciated how helpful the social media C.S. was.
I had a ton of issues with my Triumph back in the day (almost a year ago?). I sent the first one back for not working in some annoying way, and I've been reasonably satisfied with my second. Aside from the soft keys intermittently not working for a few seconds, I've had no issues with it.

Just use MIUI [androidforums.com]. A much nicer looking and quicker rom than whatever is stock. I would never, ever wish a stock Triumph upon my worst enemies. Miui makes all the difference in the world. Additionally, I'm able to set my phone up as a hotspot for my laptop. Big plus. Really, the improvements are innumerable.

If anyone wants to give their triumph one final chance, I can help you out with custom roms.
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