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[Bell] Bell Samsung Galaxy Gio -- Back on sale - 79.99

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[Bell] Bell Samsung Galaxy Gio -- Back on sale - 79.99

http://www.bestbuy.ca/EN-CA/product/id/10176262.aspx

Back on sale in the new flyer at 79.99, but only 4 available for backorder.

Buy now and get the price adjusted later :)

Edit: Back to 149.99 at Futureshop.
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/ ... 07f966en02

PM still might be possible at Walmart.
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Unlock here!

S.Chan wrote: Honestly, the stl5 tutorial I previously posted is the simplest as you don't have to install any software on your computer. And if you double-check all the commands before you enter them, you should not be bricking your phone.

The newer bml5 tutorial posted by pinkpt has a lower chance of bricking as you are not messing with the EFS partition, but is more complicated.

However, the bml5 method can be simplified if you use Android Terminal Emulator and WordPad (so you don't have to install the Android SDK and a Hex Editor). I had to unlock a phone for a friend, so here's a step-by-step:

Android Terminal Emulator & WordPad bml5 Unlock Guide (No PC Programs to Install)

Disclaimer
  • There is always a risk of bricking/damaging your phone when peforming an unlock
  • Perform the following bml5 method (or the stl5 method) at your own risk
What You Need
  1. Samsung Galaxy Gio GT-S5660M
  2. microSD Card with SD Card Adapter
  3. Windows PC with SD Card Reader
Preparation
  1. Fully charge your phone
  2. Do not put in a SIM card in the phone
  3. Turn off your phone
Rooting the Phone
  1. Download this file from psyfactor's post: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?jzvnlbhidsd5f6l
  2. Copy root_gb_gio.zip to the root directory of your SD card on your computer
  3. Insert the SD card into the phone
  4. Turn on the phone in recovery mode by holding the HOME and POWER button
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  5. Using the VOLUME UP and VOLUME DOWN buttons highlight the Install Update option and confirm the selection with the HOME button.
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  6. Using the VOLUME UP/DOWN and HOME buttons, select the root_gb_gio.zip file and run the update
  7. Using the VOLUME UP/DOWN and HOME buttons, select the reboot option
  8. Verify that the SuperUser application icon appears on the last page (by default) of the menu screen
Obtaining the bml5.img File
  1. In Android Market, download and install Android Terminal Emulator
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  2. Boot up the Android Terminal Emulator application
  3. Using the on-screen keyboard, type

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    su
    A prompt will appear; you must select ALLOW to give superuser access to the application
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  4. Type

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    cat /dev/bml5>/sdcard/bml5.img
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    N.B.: The l in bml5.img is the letter "L" and no the number "1"
  5. (Optional Step)
    Exit superuser mode by typing

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    exit
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  6. Now turn off your phone
Obtaining the Unlock Code
  1. On your PC, copy the bml5.img file from your SD card to your computer
  2. Open the file using WordPad
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    N.B.: As bml5.img is a 9 MB file, this will take some time to open.
  3. Under the EDIT menu, click FIND and search for a series of three sets of eight zeroes (i.e. search for "00000000")
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    N.B.: In my file, the first set of eight zeroes appeared after clicking FIND NEXT 36 times
  4. Your eight digit numeric unlock code (blacked out in screenshot below) will appear before the three sets of eight zeroes; copy this down
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Unlocking the Phone
  1. Put in a non-Bell SIM card into the phone (might also have to be non-Virgin/non-Solo if the next step doesn't show up for you; I used a Fido SIM card).
  2. Turn on the phone.
  3. You will see a prompt asking for the network code.
  4. Using the on-screen number-pad, enter your eight digit unlock code.
  5. If successful a prompt will say "Network unlock successful". If not, then it will say "Network unlock unsuccessful"
  6. To double-check, bring up the lock status screen by dialing this number:

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    *#7465625#
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    N.B.: All the locks on the screen should have "[OFF]" displayed
  7. You have now successfully unlocked your phone! You can also uninstall the Android Terminal Emulator application if you like.
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So will this phone and apps work on speakout?
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rocke wrote: So will this phone and apps work on speakout?

once unlocked, it'll work~ but for apps (depending on what apps you are talking about), some may require you to install autoproxy~ :)
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rocke wrote: So will this phone and apps work on speakout?

Once unlocked it will.

Great directions above for unlocking. Seems pretty complex. Isn't there an app in the android market that will find the unlock code once the phone is rooted?

Too bad the Samsung phones aren't just $1.5-2.00 to unlock like most LG phones are on ebay.
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Tuppin wrote: Once unlocked it will.

Great directions above for unlocking. Seems pretty complex. Isn't there an app in the android market that will find the unlock code once the phone is rooted?

Too bad the Samsung phones aren't just $1.5-2.00 to unlock like most LG phones are on ebay.

It's actually not that hard. Took me less than 5 minutes to do the unlock itself, though I couldn't get my computer to connect using ADB so I copied the file onto the SD card and then read the file from it using my computer.
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Good price. I was just at a local cell store and they guy was offering this for $110 USED!

I just bought a galaxy i7500 for $99. This may have been a better purchase, oh well.
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Is the unlock method the latest one? There was one that was floating on RFD that bricked your phone because of a typo.
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If I want this to work with a speakout SIM and its Unlimited DATA, do I have to do any extra steps?

Edit: Nevermind...its answered above.
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goofball wrote: It's actually not that hard. Took me less than 5 minutes to do the unlock itself, though I couldn't get my computer to connect using ADB so I copied the file onto the SD card and then read the file from it using my computer.

I prefer S.Chan's final version of the unlock guide that uses Terminal Emulator instead of ADB. I've unlocked four so far for myself, family and friends.

The only thing I don't like about Gio was the amount of internal storage, it kept on complaining I am running out of storage space~ I know I can't complain cos of its price.. (bought mine from Zellers at 69.99 last year)

Kinda wish I could make it in time for the SE Arc from newegg.. *sighs*
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samson wrote: If I want this to work with a speakout SIM and its Unlimited DATA, do I have to do any extra steps?

Mind you, it's unlimited BROWSING... not unlimited data.. A lot of stuff don't work even with autoproxy...

There is a thread on RFD somewhere that tells you how to configure Autoproxy or Proxydroid for certain apps to work~ read over that and you should be set :)
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uruha wrote: Mind you, it's unlimited BROWSING... not unlimited data.. A lot of stuff don't work even with autoproxy...

There is a thread on RFD somewhere that tells you how to configure Autoproxy or Proxydroid for certain apps to work~ read over that and you should be set :)


Thanks very much. Gonna do a search now.

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