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Last Edited by jersharocks September 21, 2016 at 05:27 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/boost...Id=2730039
2nd generation (2015)
This is for Freedompop GSM
Free store pickup.

Height: 5.11"
Width: 2.63"
Depth: 0.48"
Weight: 5.11 oz
Screen Size: 4.5" touchscreen display
Talking Time: 14 hours
Battery Type: 2390 mAH Li-Ion Battery
Removable: No
Memory: 1GB RAM/8GB ROM
Processor: 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor
Operating System: Androidâ„¢ 5.1
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Last Edited by vetti September 14, 2016 at 08:05 AM
How to set up Sprint's Boost Mobile Moto E for use on Freedompop GSM
These steps are for a brand new, stock (unrooted) phone.
1. Remove Boost Mobile sim, insert Freedompop, and boot phone.
2. On setup screen, select English USA (this worked for me, other choices may work too)
3. Turn off wi-fi.
4. Go to Settings and select Data Usage. Cell Data toggles on automatically.
5. Back to Settings select More, then Mobile Networks
6. Click on Network Mode, opens popup Preferred Network Mode - select Automatic
7. Click 2 or 3 times on Roaming Settings and then more options will appear below
8. Check Allow GSM Data
9. Back at Settings go to Data Usage and open the menu at the top
10. On this drop-down menu, select Cellular Networks (Roaming should already be on but if not, toggle it on.)
11. Click on Access Point Names and add the Freedompop name and apn freedompop.foggmobile.com
12. Then click on menu and Save.
13. Select Freedompop and look for 3G icon in upper right of screen. If it doesn't appear, reboot. The Network Signal Info Pro app shows this "3G" as HSPA+ 42.2 Mbps (42.2 Mbps is the top speed this technology is capable of, not the local connection speed)
One or two updates will be offered.
25.11.25 fixes Stagefright 21.3 mb. Can download via cellular.
25.11.26 is about 13 mb and can only be downloaded via wi-fi or sideloaded. I have read that this update broke bluetooth tethering on phones on Ringplus.

If after following all the above steps, u still dont connect to FP, do the following to reflash the modem and clear modem cache:
  1. Grab modem from here [xda-developers.com]. Get the surnia boost one, something like: M8916_2020610.17.03.21.26R. Extract the zip into some folder - u should see a NON-HLOS.bin file.
  2. Enable Developer options on ur phone by tapping build number in About phone for 7 times. After that, enable usb debugging.
  3. Install minimal adb/fastboot if you dont already have it: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2317790
  4. Install moto drivers: http://www.motorola.com/getmdmwin
  5. open a command window in the folder where u extracted the modem, Connect ur phone and accept the RSA prompt on ur phone for debugging. Run
    Code:
    adb devices
    and u should see ur device listed as TA.. Then run
    Code:
    adb reboot bootloader
    .
  6. The phone should drop down to bootloader. Now run the following:
    Code:
    fastboot flash modem NON-HLOS.bin
    fastboot erase modemst1
    fastboot erase modemst2
    fastboot reboot
  7. Should boot back up and give it a few mins - service shows up (provided u were able to add the APN etc as in the original instructions).


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Cool link bro!
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I don't think the phone will work with either networks due to the FED check.
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Quote from snoopyshops View Post :
I don't think the phone will work with either networks due to the FED check.
Not sure what you mean. Boost Mobile is part of the Sprint network and you can confirm via this link that it works on Freedompop:

http://willmyphonework.net/

I have four of these phones running on Freedompop GSM at the moment.
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Last edited by webossified September 6, 2016 at 12:58 PM
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Not sure what you mean. Boost Mobile is part of the Sprint network and you can confirm via this link that it works on Freedompop:

http://willmyphonework.net/

I have four of these phones running on Freedompop GSM at the moment.
Freedompop has two kinds of service: CDMA (Sprint) & GSM.
It may work on GSM Service, but not CDMA as it would fail on FED check.
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Freedompop has two kinds of service: CDMA (Sprint) & GSM.
It may work on GSM Service, but not CDMA as it would fail on FED check.
Tried it with a pair of 1st gen Moto E from Walmart. It works well on Freedompop GSM, but you do have to follow the instructions step by step to keep the thing from being captured by Sprint during setup, cause once its caught, then FED does kick in and what you'll have (unless you have a thing for Boost) is a $20 brick

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That's RATHER good to know about it.
Best Buy has become one of my least favorite places to shop for anything and given this I wouldn't even THINK about buying a phone there any more.
They may still have the 1st gens at Walmart for about the same price - maybe a buck more.
Repped.(Well, I was going to anyway)
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Last edited by Naoautorizada September 6, 2016 at 01:41 PM
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besides all that above its a 8gb phone. Why are these still around? does no one use any apps anymore? Last i checked all the old 8gb phones could not even handle FB app and others because of the 800mb fb used. you also needed about 800 mb for your normal temp files and 1gb free for a page file when updates occurred. that's 2.6gb used with just one normal app.

The rom used near 5gb of the 8gb already giving you about a whopping 3.2gb free with nothing running. even without an app installed you lost 1.8gb of that for the temp files and page swap so you have like 1.4gb of space really.

Unless its android 6.0 where you can supposedly offload apps to the micro sd just pass on 8gb straight up unless you talk and only browse in chrome.
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Will OP get sued for this?
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These phones are subsidized phones and the vendor does not want anyone to buy it and connect using its competitors.

There use to be a loophole which the Sprint system does not know which IMEI belongs to which company if the phone has never been registered (brand new). So theoretically you ccould activate a brand new Boost phone on Ringplus, Freedompop, etc. There were so many people doing this trick and Sprint plugged this hole a few month back.

Now all the new prepaid phones are preregistered in Sprint system. Unless you activate on the correct vendor, the phone would fail FED check.

And Sprint has the worst requirement to unlock the phone. You need to pay 12-month of service before Sprint can unlock it.
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Quote from Naoautorizada View Post :
Tried it with a pair of 1st gen Moto E from Walmart. It works well on Freedompop GSM, but you do have to follow the instructions step by step to keep the thing from being captured by Sprint during setup, cause once its caught, then FED does kick in and what you'll have (unless you have a thing for Boost) is a $20 brick



That's RATHER good to know about it.
Best Buy has become one of my least favorite places to shop for anything and given this I wouldn't even THINK about buying a phone there any more.
They may still have the 1st gens at Walmart for about the same price - maybe a buck more.
Repped.(Well, I was going to anyway)
You'd pay more for the older version?


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There use to be a loophole which the Sprint system does not know which IMEI belongs to which company if the phone has never been registered (brand new). So theoretically you ccould activate a brand new Boost phone on Ringplus, Freedompop, etc. There were so many people doing this trick and Sprint plugged this hole a few month back.

Now all the new prepaid phones are preregistered in Sprint system. Unless you activate on the correct vendor, the phone would fail FED check.
Well, that kills this deal.
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besides all that above its a 8gb phone. Why are these still around? does no one use any apps anymore? Last i checked all the old 8gb phones could not even handle FB app and others because of the 800mb fb used. you also needed about 800 mb for your normal temp files and 1gb free for a page file when updates occurred. that's 2.6gb used with just one normal app.

The rom used near 5gb of the 8gb already giving you about a whopping 3.2gb free with nothing running. even without an app installed you lost 1.8gb of that for the temp files and page swap so you have like 1.4gb of space really.

Unless its android 6.0 where you can supposedly offload apps to the micro sd just pass on 8gb straight up unless you talk and only browse in chrome.
It might not run Pokemon, but I don't think anyone is suggesting this as a daily driver, but it will (/does, I've tried it) run Waze using a $1 Freedompop SIM so for $20 you get a GPS with great coverage (the FP SIM picks up on both AT&T and T-Mobile towers) you can depend on without having to be worried about another cell phone bill.
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So not going to work on tmo or att? I got a Verizon one for 10 bucks during thanksgiving as a tinder burner might grabs an extra one
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Well, that kills this deal.
Sprint doesn't want new customers.
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