Some background information:
There is a big community of Motorola phone "modders" out there, that have brought many innovations to the Motorola phone enthusiasts community. However, their efforts have been stynmied by the fact that Motorola phones have a 1024-bit encryption key that must be present in any files to be flashed on the phone. Since this key is not (yet) known to anyone outside of Motorola, the best that we can do right now is modify flash files that have been generated by Motorola. They cannot generate their own custom flash files without the encrypted key.
If the modding community had the power to generate their own flash files, the possibilities for adding features and customizations are limitless. With the Motorola firmware, you can only enable features that Motorola actually programmed. With custom firmwares, the Motorola community could write any sort of code to perform any functionality whatsoever. The possibilities are limitless.
So what is needed is to "break" the encryption on the Motorola firmware file. To do this requires a great deal of computing horsepower. One approach is to harness the idle computing cycles of computers around the world, in a process known as "distributed computing." If you are familiar with the SETI@Home or Folding@home projects, then you are already familiar with the concepts of distributed computing.
Basically, this involves running a small program on your computer. When your computer is "idle" (i.e. you are not using it), it will process data sent to it by a central server, then upload the results back to the server. The amount of network traffic is minimal.
I, as well as many upstanding members of the Motorola modding community, have checked into this and it is legitimate. There is NO spyware or adware or viruses or Trojans in this code. If you wish, you can inspect it yourself - the source code is provided.
To find out more about this project, or to join it, see the MotoModders thread at:
We need your help!
HowardForums Motorola Forum - An excellent general purpose forum where you can ask anything about Motorola phones (including RAZR)
MotoModders RAZR Forum - An excellent forum for Hackers (phone modding); find out how to tweak your phone to its fullest potential
MagicTom's Official RAZR V3 Getting Started Guide - Excellent beginners guide to flash upgrading and hacking your phone
How To edit your phone's SEEM (configuration switches that control your phone's features and how they work)
T-Mobile Settings Configurator - automatically and wirelessly configure your phone for T-zones (WAP), Picture Messaging (MMS), and VPN (GPRS using your Laptop or PDA)
Some background information:
Well, it's official: T-Mobile is now selling the Motorola RAZR V3 Silver, as of Monday 07/11/05.
Here is a collection of useful SEEM edits. I'll be adding to this as I discvoer more.
As I discover new and useful key combinations/secret keys, I'll update this post with them.
I'll be futzing around with the styles/colors on this blog over the next few days. Gonna try and set up something a bit more eye-pleasing, as well as (more importantly) adding a Links section to showcase some of the extremely useful RAZR-related sites I've found on the net. Please excuse the constant changes, hopefully I'll be able to settle with something that works fairly soonish.
I just got my RAZR and it's the freaking best. this is the first official 'nice' phone I've ever owned. (my old phone was a v120e...total dinosaur.)
Word is that T-Mobile will soon be introducing their own branded version of the RAZR v3 Silver. All set up out of the box to work with t-zones (WAP), Picture Messaging (MMS), T-Mobile Internet/VPN, all those goodies. Just add SIM card. I'm hearing a release date of July 11 for this. Dunno if it'll be rolled out nationwide or only in select cities/markets at first.
Just got a brand new, unlocked RAZR v3 (unbranded, factory direct from Motorola, appears to be designed for the Asian market [China? Hong Kong? Taiwan?]) from TigerDirect. It's taken some effort and some hair-pulling, but I've finally got it more or less working fully with my T-Mobile (US, southern California) service -- t-zones, SMS, and MMS (Picture Messaging). As soon as I have some time to collect my thoughts and my notes, I'll post all the steps I needed to take in order to get thi to work.
Welcome to this new community! I set this up for those people who own or are enthusiastic about the hot new Motorola RAZR cell phones. Anyone is welcome to post here. Feel free to chat, post your latest hacks/modifications you did on the phone, or ask questions. (If asking a question, be sure and specify as much information as possible on your particular phone's model as well as your cellular carrier and what city/state/country you use it in.) I hope you enjoy your time here, and once again, welcome to the community!