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Change default firmware?

jnmob2

Dec 20, 2008, 8:54 PM
I just got me E71 (don't get my started about how awesome it is). Unfortunately, I am on AT&T which so far my settings work fine for (data/phone). But, the darn thing came with Orange firmare which includes some annoying things I can't seem to get rid of. A hard reset just resets me to the default settings and same Orange stuff.

Does any one know where/if/how I can flash the handset with some generic firmware or the at&t firmware (even though i don't think they support the handset yet)??

Thanks!! -jn
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KSWind

Dec 20, 2008, 11:37 PM
Orange? As in the European Orange Cell phone carrier?

Why did you buy a european model when you could have bought the north american model (with AT&T 3g network bands) from Newegg.

Yes it would be possible to reflash it. Just not very easy to do yourself. I would look over on Howard Forums or the Nokia discussion forums.

But you would have to get the flashing software itself. Which is not an easy feat to find.
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jnmob2

Dec 21, 2008, 12:07 AM
Yeah, I thought it was going to be a while until there was US availability (lack of thorough research) so I grabbed one on ebay that was cross posted to the US site from Canada. The guy in Canada made no mention that it was a Orange or anything other than the US model.

It works okay, but some of the Orange features (like the mailboxes and some other annoyances) can't be deleted which I figure a US/AT&T firmware flash would alleviate.

Thanks for the tips. -jn
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KSWind

Dec 21, 2008, 12:18 AM
I would suggest reselling it and buying a north american model. Would be easier then you could also use 3G.

Note there are 3 (Yes THREE) different models of the E71. The E71-2 (on newegg) is the usa model. the only real different on the other two are the 3G bands on the device.
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jnmob2

Dec 21, 2008, 12:34 AM
KS, your advice may prove to be invaluable to me. The ad said this unit has 3G, it doesn't?? It says:
# CSD
# HSCSD
# GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 100/60 kbps (DL/UL)
# EDGE class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177.6 kbps (DL/UL)
# WCDMA 900/2100 or 850/1900 or 850/2100, maximum speed 384/384 kbps (DL/UL)
# HSDPA class 6, maximum speed 3.6 Mbps/384 kbps (DL/UL)
# WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g
# WLAN Security: WEP, 802.1X, WPA, WPA2
# TCP/IP support
# Nokia PC Internet Access (capability to serve as a data modem)
# IETF SIP and 3GPP
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KSWind

Dec 21, 2008, 9:09 AM
jnmob2 said:
KS, your advice may prove to be invaluable to me. The ad said this unit has 3G, it doesn't?? It says:
# WCDMA 900/2100 or 850/1900 or 850/2100, maximum speed 384/384 kbps (DL/UL)
# HSDPA class 6, maximum speed 3.6 Mbps/384 kbps (DL/UL)


Notice the WCDMA part. That part lists 3 different sets. This number. Or this number. OR this number... It does NOT give you a straight answer what version of 3G it uses.

Here's the list from Nokias website.

Operating frequency

* E71-1 Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 900/2100 HSDPA
* E71-2 Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/1900 HSDPA
* E71-3 Quad-band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900, WCDMA 850/2100 HSDPA

AT&T uses WCDMA ...
(continues)
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jnmob2

Dec 21, 2008, 10:49 AM
I feel like a rube. I have ordered the correct one from newegg per your advice and am working with the seller to understand his mis-representation. He probably should not have cross posted this to the US site. Argh.

Thank you again for your patience and assistance and thorough explanation. -jn
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KSWind

Dec 21, 2008, 11:35 AM
I'm sorry you had to go through that. The seller did misrepresent that sale by not specifying the 3G bands it used.

But at least you will have an unlocked and unbranded E71 to use and play with! Enjoy!

If you have any questions about the phone I would go over to nokia's discussion forums as they will obviously be a lot busier than this forum. And more helpful in the long run.

Posted using my own nokia E71 while eating brunch. Mmmm. Sourdough philly cheesesteak sandwich.
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