I unexpectedly got a new cell phone for christmas, so now I actually have a phone that works and isn’t 15 years old.
Cell phone providers a lot of times lock out features of phones so you have to buy ringtones and music and crap from them. But you can hack some of the more advanced phones to bypass this stuff.
So I got a razr v3m and this site is the best guide I’ve found. I’ve almost completely unbranded my phone (no Verizon logo anywhere except when you first turn it on) and I can now use MP3 ringtones. It’s all done with a combination of hex edits and file replacements on the phone.
The hardcore hackers have even reflashed their Verizon phones with the leaked Altel (another service provider) Razr software which isn’t nearly as locked down and includes a lot more features. I haven’t gone this far yet, but I might do it for the better mp3 player that the Altel software has.
The cell phone hacking community is pretty young compared to others like the mp3 player hackers. Hopefully it’s just a matter of time before people have their own code running on phones…
I created a NES glitch/circuit bending theme for the Razr V3m/V3c. Instructions for installing all the pieces are on that Razr hacking site.
shutdown animation AND background images:
back screen image: