MetroPCS announced that it will allow new customers to bring their existing CDMA handset and activate it on the MetroPCS network. Customers who bring their own phone will not have to buy a new phone and will receive one month of free service. The program is called MetroFlash. People interested in switching to MetroPCS will be able to check the company's web site to see if their handset is compatible.
I am going to assume that Metro is going to flash the most popular phones with their own firmware. Is Metro going to offer a warranty on their firmware? Are they going to inform the customer of the risks associated with the firmware flash?
I've had plenty of former sprint customers come into the location that I work at and show me their broken Sprint-branded phones. They had the local Cricket dealers flash their phones so that they could use the phones that they'd purchased through Sprint on Cricket's network.
Once the Cricket's firmware bricks the customers' phone, the Cricket people send them to us for service. We have to tell them that they are SOL because they:
1) are no longer a sprint subscriber, and that we can't work on... (continues)
As far as I understand, there is not firmware change. All the Metro guys would do is flash a different PRL which will allow it to start acquiring Metro towers. It could be the different network characteristics of each provider that is causing the ph... (continues)
MetroFlash is powred by Houdini Software, look it up for more info. Customer's sign a waiver that they will be voiding their warranty and that they will not be able to get assistance from us, the manufacturer, or the previous carrier after flashing t... (continues)