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Friday, 30 May 2008

Hackers vs. Nokia 2-1: new HelloCarbide method to set your phone free works without computer-to-phone connection

The popular hacks that allowed you to set your phone free (Python script, ROMPatcher, BiNPDA) so you could install unsigned programs, use the OPDA certificate, kill the camera shutter sound, rename apps, change menus, etc. all shared the same weakness: you needed to install a program called AppTRK so you could connect your computer to your phone the non-Nokia way.

And then Nokia started spreading firmware updates that made installation of AppTRK impossible.

But the inventor of the original hacking method didn't give up. Now there's a new method called HelloCarbide available to make your phone do what you want. It's still in an experimental state with rough edges and the accompanying documentation needs to be improved, but if you're feeling adventurous and the three original hacking methods don't work for you, you can go to the symbian-freak forums, sign up for an account, and go test the new toy yourself.

Or just follow the step-by-step guides on

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