Unlocking a Nokia 6275i

I have a Nokia 6275i cell phone. I got it about a year ago and enjoyed it but there are a couple of things that have bothered me about the phone. Actually, let me be clear, it is not the phone that has been the problem, but rather the ridiculousness of the cell phone companies that think they have the right to dictate to me what features the disable on the phone. Two of my main frustrations with the Nokia 6275i have been the phone not letting me use an MP3 as a ring tone and the inability of me to be able to use several mobile java based applications. All of this because Bell Canada seems to think that I am either a criminal, incompetent or they are simply greedy. In either case, I don’t particularly care for their decision and since I have bought my phone outright and I am on a pay as you go plan I started to investigate how to enable some of these features on the phone that I should be able to do.

First there are some things you are going to need to unlock the Nokia 6275i. You will need a Nokia USB data cable, specifically the Nokia CA-53 data sync USB cable. Don’t bother trying to get one from Bell or another cell provider, your best chance is to find one on eBay. I got mine from eBay Canada from the Apluswireless eBay store. It only cost $6.00 USD plus shipping. They shipped it quickly and in roughly a week I had the cable. It is useful, I can connect the phone to my computer and see it as an external drive on both Windows and Linux. Makes it easy to transfer files to the phone.

Once you get the cable you will also need a piece of software from Nokia called Diego. You can’t buy the software, and the only way to get it is by doing some searching on Google. From everything I read and the version I was able to download you will probably want version 3.08 of the Diego software. Once you find the software you will need to follow the instructions to install it. I had two little hiccups. One because I had installed the Nokia PC Suite. In order to get the Diego software to install and run properly you need to make sure all other Nokia software is uninstalled. The second hiccup was because I was using Windows Vista instead of Windows XP. I had to disable the Windows Vista User Account Control to install Diego.

Once you get the cable and software installed you are set to be able to unlock your Nokia 6275i phone. I would highly recommend you save your phones current settings, just in case you need to restore the phone to it original settings. I had two goals. One to to enable MP3 ring tones and second to install some other mobile Java applications, like Opera Mini.

Doing a search on Google for I wanted to use a song from my son’s Kindergarten class as my ring tone. The Diego software offers a lot of options and it can be difficult to know what settings to modify to do what you want, and of course there is the possibility of messing up the phone. Thankfully there are other people out there that have shared their knowledge already. I found this video on YouTube was great in showing me exactly what to do so I could enable MP3 ring tones. Following that simple guide I now have my son’s Kindergarten class singing as my ring tone.

Getting other mobile java programs to run on the phone was a little more challenging. The whenever I would try to download mobile java applications, like Opera Mini the phone would constantly tell me the application was “Invalid” and delete it. This is not quite true, there is no reason that Opera Mini should not be able to work on the Nokia 6275i, except that Bell thinks it shouldn’t. In any case, I did some searching on Google and discovered that that the Nokia secton on HowardForums was very helpful. There is even a post entitled “The Ultimate Nokia 6275i Mod Guide“. There is lots of interesting things you can modify on the Nokia 6275i, but to get Opera Mini working I followed the instructions to “Install, download, store and play Java apps/games anywhere” section.

Generic Features > NAM > Middleware > Java (J2ME) > Java Settings > Java Configuration > Option 0 – Java Configuration 0

Generic Features > NAM > Middleware > Java (J2ME) > UI Settings > Miscellaneous UI Settings > Access to Java MIDLets in Gallery Menu > Enable

Generic Features > NAM > Middleware > Java (J2ME) > UI Settings > Miscellaneous UI Settings > Access to Java MIDLets in on MMC > Enable

Generic Features > R&D > Middleware > Java Features > Java HTTP Stack Options > Java HTTP Stack Options > Option 1 – Sun HTTP Stack

Generic Features > R&D > Middleware > Java Features > Java HTTP Stack Options > Java HTTPS Stack Options > Option 1 – Sun HTTPS Stack

After the phone restarted, I downloaded Opera Mini on my computer, connected to my phone in data mode and copied the files over and ran the application. Guess what? No problems with the “Invalid Application” error. Opera Mini connected to the Internet and I have been happily browsing the Internet on my phone with Opera Mini since then.

Thanks to all those people that do all the testing and work to put those modding guides together. You have made it possible to enjoy using my Nokia 6275i. It is a great little phone when it is not crippled by the carrier in what it can do.

Free Public Wi-Fi

I am sitting at the Saturn dealer getting our 2007 Saturn ION serviced, once again, and I am amazed at the fact that they do not offer people a free wi-fi connection. In my opinion any business that has a waiting room should just automatically have a free wi-fi connection. With more and more smart phones using wi-fi, and people with laptops and netbooks waiting goes by much faster if you offer your customers an Internet connection so they can continue with their daily tasks. This should include doctors offices, car repair, airports, bus depots and any place where the average wait time is at least 15-30 minutes.

I am tempted to sit and hack the wireless network that the dealership uses. A salesman is sitting roughly 20 feet away using a laptop, surfing the Internet. I can see the network on my machine, all I would need is the key. Perhaps I shouldn’t, they might actually have something important on the network, besides I do have other work to do.

P.S. You are probably wondering how I am writing this on the blog if I don’t have an Internet connection. Simple, I am not. I wrote this in my basic text editor and copied it later when I had a connection.

Backup Advice

Like most people that work with computers and the Internet regularly I am often asked for advice on computers. I try to help people when I can, but there is only so much you can do without physically going over to the persons house and fixing the problem for them. Many of the problems people will ask me about are often malware related but occasionally I do get asked about what I would recommend to backup their computer.

I often go on and on about what people can do to backup their computer. I am always amazed at how trusting people are that their hard drives will not fail. I guess I have seen enough hard drive failures to know that sooner or later the drives will fail. I have a collection of dead hard drives that I keep wanting to make hard drive clocks out of or some other crafty item. Being a Dad and taking tons of photos of my family and kids I have tons of photos that I never want to lose. With that in mind I here is what I tell most people that ask about backing up their computers.

  1. Get another hard drive – People think one hard drive is enough. I don’t understand that. If you want to backup your data the fastest and easiest way is to get a second drive and copy the files you want to backup to it. Either install a second hard drive in your computer, use a hard drive in another computer, get an external hard drive. I don’t care which you choose, just get another drive and copy your files over. Two copies of your important files are better than just one.
  2. Use an online backup service – I am amazed at the number of people that have never heard of online backup. It is one of the best things about having a broadband Internet connection. People often say they don’t trust it and don’t like the idea of their files being out on the Internet. These are often the same people that will post ridiculous amounts of personal information to their Facebook profiles. Their personal information is safer using online backup than it is on Facebook, but I digress.

    Personally I have Mozy Home installed on the family computer that runs Windows to backup all of the family photos and other personal documents. When I was investigating online backup services I checked out several and almost went with IDrive, but in the end Mozy won because of a 10% promotional code that I found to save me some money on my subscription. If you are looking for a discount on Mozy I usually post the latest Mozy promotional code on my company blog.

I have been pleased with the backup system I use. Keeping a local copy of our photos and files on an extra hard drive makes it easy to restore when one of the drives die and Mozy has worked well to back everything up. If you don’t like Mozy try another online backup service. Don’t want to buy another hard drive to install then buy an external hard drive. If you don’t like my advice that is your choice but you really should backup your files before it is to late.

I regularly look through our photos and the small price I pay to back them up is worth every cent. I can’t replace the photos of my kids and knowing that there is another copy securely encrypted and stored makes me feel good. I won’t bore you with anymore talk of backing up here anymore, but I will not promise that I will not talk about the other advice I give to people to fix their computers.