Recently i realised that my phone number wasn’t showing up in the settings on my HTC Desire. After spending a while searching around i discovered that this was because the MSISDN number wasn’t set on my sim card. This is usually something that is set by your phone network operator but it seems like a lot of the time it doesn’t happen.
So i began hunting for a way to set this via Android. It appeared to be impossible! Everywhere i looked said “use an old phone” or “use an iphone” but i don’t have either. It does seem to be possible using the CyanogenMod rom but i didn’t fancy installing a whole new rom just to set my phone number.
I recently had an issue on my HTC Desire where it stopped showing photos in the messages application. I initially thought it was due to “Facebook for HTC Sense” that i had recently set up. It turns out however, that this is due an issue with Rom Manager’s “Fix Permissions”. A post on the AndroidForums site explains what to do to resolve it.
1 – Go to the market and download a terminal emulator (there are several free ones)
2 – Open the terminal emulator and type the following:
chmod 666 /data/data/com.android.providers.contacts/files/*
Twibble is a mobile client for Twitter. It works on most (if not all) Java enabled smartphones including Nokia, Blackberry, and Sony Ericsson.
It has all of the standard features from a twitter client including:
- posting tweets via wifi, gprs, sms
- auto refresh
- send photos to twitpic (new beta version uploads to Mobypicture.com
- re-tweet (forward) of tweets
It is (so far) the best free twitter client for my N95. There are other alternatives that are a bit more polished but they are not free, and twibble still seems to be the best. The beta version adds support for showing avatars and uses less memory (amongst other things).
Go check it out!
Upgrading your phone? Just need to wipe it to get rid of niggles? If so you probably want to backup the settings you have on your phone. Below is a list of what settings you can back up and where to find them. To access these you need to have hacked your phone.
|Access Point Settings||C:\PRIVATE\10202be9\persists\cccccc00.cre|
|Ngage data||C:\PRIVATE\20007b39\ – folders beginning with 200|
|Bluetooth Paired devices||C:\PRIVATE\100012a5\DBS_100069CC_btregistry|
|Menu Layout (Pre FP1)||C:\PRIVATE\101F4CD2\Content\Applications.dat|
This information was found on ipmart
Even though this is a old ‘hack’ i’ve only recently discovered how to grant permissions to java applications. Java applications must request permission to access gprs/wifi connections, use the camera, load/save user data etc. With this hack you can remove these prompts.
You can set permissions on a per application basis without hacking your phone, but the permissions available is limited (depending on the privilege). With this hack you can grant full permissions to any privilege you want (use connectivity, save data, use user data, etc.)
Now for the hack:
- Download the following zip file: fca00000.googlepages.com/java_permissions.zip (copy and paste on your browser to download)
- Put the two files from the zip file into “c:\System\data\midp2\security\policy\” on your mobile phone (you may need to create the directory(s) yourself)
- Download the following rar file: http://fca00000.googlepages.com/c2z.rar (copy and paste on your browser to download)
- Extract the rar file to a folder on your computer
- You now need to generate a RomPatcher patch file. To do this (instructions are included in the above .rar file) copy “z:\sys\bin\EFSrv.dll” from your phone to the directory where you extracted the rar file. Run c2z.exe from that directory and it will generate a c2z.rmp file. Copy this to “e:\patches”.
- Download and install RomPatcher from this SymbianFreak page (skip if you already have it installed)
- Run RomPatcher and apply the c2z patch.
- Reboot your phone and you should be able to give the necessary permissions by opening the App Manager, finding the program you want to change and click “Open”. You can then assign the permissions as you wish.
Note: Only grant permissions to applications you know and trust. Do not grant any permissions you do not need to!
Recently Microsoft allowed POP3 access to all hotmail accounts (certain countries at the moment, more will follow). This means that it is now possible to check your emails with the built in email account on the n95 (and other phones).
To set it up go to your Messaging application and scroll down to the Mailbox. If you haven’t already created one it will ask you to go through the wizard. Below are the settings you need:
Incoming Mail Server: pop3.live.com
Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.live.com
And obviously a hotmail account!
Once you have completed the wizard you will need to change a couple more settings. If you go into “Email Settings” -> “Connection Settings” -> “Incoming Email” you need to make sure you have the following:
Security (ports): SSL/TLS
Do the same for “Outgoing Email”, and you should be able to view your emails from the main screen by going “Retrieve Email”, then selecting how many to get (New/Selected/All).
If you want to set it up to automatically check your emails you need to make sure you have entered your email address (in full) and password in the incoming and outgoing email settings (the same place as above). Be warned, this may result in a lot of GRPS/data/wifi use so don’t enable this if you are not on an unlimited tariff.
To enable automatic checking go to “Email Settings” -> “Automatic Retrieval” and set “Email Retrieval” to Enabled. Set when and how often you want it to check and you’re all done.
I hope this helps.
This is actually a really old ‘hack’ but i only discovered it today so thought i’d share it. I found it on Symbian-Freak.
The default rss/feed/news viewer on the N95 is very poor as the text is too large and not very user-friendly. Some guys over at Symbian-Freak have released a template that makes it much better.
Essentially all you need to do is replace the default feeds_view_template.html found in c: on your n95 with the custom one that can be found here
Before (left) and After (right). As you can see the after is much smaller and easier to see the story without scrolling.
For a more in depth guide on how to do this, head over to symbian-freak
I posted recently about the new firmware for the Nokia N95. Since then i have discovered a few bugs/annoyances which i have also managed to find fixes for. I thought i would share them here so everyone else can find them easily
Menu Size bug:
This is a wierd one. When you turn the phone on, the menu icons are smaller and there is a large “Menu” at the top of the screen. This used to be a small “Menu” as can be seen in the screenshots below:
To fix this follow these steps (you will need to repeat after each reboot of your phone):
- Go to menu
- Click options and exit
- At the standby screen rotate the phone to landscape
- Enter the menu while the screen is still in landscape
- Rotate the screen back to portrait
- Rotate the screen back to landscape and portrait again and there you have it, a nice menu with big icons.
Sources for this fix:
- Screenshots from hardwarezone.com.sg
- Video of fix on youtube
- text description of fix Symbian-freak.com
New way to hack:
It is still possible to hack the firmware of S60v3 phones, although a slightly different method is now required. Be warned that this will invalidate your warranty and i take no responsibility for any damage or cost that hacking your phone incurs.
For those who are not aware of what the benefits of hacking your phone are, it essentially allows you to access/delete/modify and of the system files (i.e. c:\sys, c:\private etc.). By hacking your phone you can install any software you wish even if it is not Symbian signed. This is a security risk if you do not know what you are installing but allows you much better use of your phone.
Rather than describing the whole method i will just link to the page i used to hack my phone. It is a relatively quick and simple method, a complete walk through guide is on the site.
Find it here on Symbian-Freak.com
Remove items from Standby screen
My main issue with the v30 firmware is that there is yet another item on the standby screen, “Share Online”. Previously it was a very simple fix to remove this, however with the latest firmware it is slightly more complicated. I have found several ways to remove items from the standby screen:
A relatively simple way is to install RomPatcher. This allows you to modify a variety of features on your phone including removing items from the standby screen and removing the camera capture sound. At the moment it is not possible to remove the “Search Online” item but it may be possible in the future. One downside to this method is that you have to disable and then re-enable the standby screen to get it to work each time you turn on your phone.
Find this method here on Symbian-Freak.com
Modified .dll file
A method which can remove the “Search Online” item is using a modified “SoActiveIdle.dll” file. I haven’t tested this on my phone but it is reported to work ok. I did attempt it before posting on his site but i have not attempted his fix after he updated it. Please post and let me know if it works or not if you attempt this way.
Find this method here on fwrnando.com
Modify the AIPluginDefinition.rsc file
This is the method that worked for me, and i also removed the Search item (which annoyingly in v30 takes up 2 lines of the standby screen).
This method involves editing a hex file to remove the items you don’t want on the standby screen. It does involve slightly more work but is a permanent fix which ‘sticks’ over a reboot. I used the xvi32 hex editor to modify the file, it can be found here.
Find this method here on Symbian-Freak.com
Another firmware for the N95 has been released. At the moment it is only for a few product codes but should be released to more soon. There are not any major changes in this firmware, although some features that were previously only available with 3rd party tools are now built in. One of these is that the N95 the Auto Screen Rotation feature that was available in the last update for the N95 8GB. There is also a auto-download option within the Video Centre so you don’t need to manually download any video subscription videos any more.
The changelog as reported so far:
- Nokia Maps 2.0 built-in
- Full N-Gage client
- Nokia Search 4.0 with Google plug-in
- Share online 3.0
- Enablers for Comes With Music
- Download! application updated (v 3.1.50)
- Upgrade to Music Player
- Update for Flash Lite 3 (improved viewing of sites like YouTube)
- Current consumption improvements (for e.g. WLAN scanning)
- New baseline for VoIP (with significant error corrections)
There is also a new theme, previously seen on the N81.