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  Can I change the software on my Cell Phone? 
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BrinNutz Jul 01, 2006, 10:17am EDT Report Abuse
Ok, as the title says, I would like to change the Software on my Cell Phone.

I have a Motorola V710 Cell Phone with Service through Verizon (which I now despise) and was wondering if I could somehow find the older software for the cell phone that Motorola actually installed on it.

Reason being is, I want to be able to make my own ringtones, b/c this phone has a TransFlash card, and my old phone had the option to transfer the music, or my edited mp3 for my ringtone, from the card, to the phones memory. This phone was originally from Motorola, and not Verizon. The Verizon boxed phones have this option and a couple of other's disabled, because they obviously don't want you to make your own ringtones, they want their money!!

Also, I hate Verizon because now every single phone they now sell has the same exact User Interface, no phone is different from any of the others, and you cannot personalize them at all. That is obscene!

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Beavis Khan Jul 01, 2006, 11:46am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I change the software on my Cell Phone?
I'm sure you could, if you didn't care about making or receiving phone calls anymore :) I too dislike Verizon, but frankly, all the carriers seem to suck pretty badly, and Verizon gets far and away the best reception where I live.

Please sir, may I have another! *whack*


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BrinNutz Jul 01, 2006, 12:02pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I change the software on my Cell Phone?
I look at it like this, phones have something that resembles an OS, correct?

So, shouldn't there be a way for me to "flash" the right on onto it? If so, how would I go about getting the program? LOL

Jul 01, 2006, 07:04pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I change the software on my Cell Phone?
I'm no familiar with your phone, but it should be possible (or at least possible to hack it enough to transfer ringtones). Check out, the regulars there will be able to help you better. There is a specific Motorola section.

When I bought my phone (Verizon also), I was told that the only way to get ringtones is over "Get It Now," and I think they are 99 cents each. Mine doesn't do mp3's, only midi and pmd, but I bought a Samsung USB cable from RadioShack and so I can edit and then transfer as many ringtones/wallpapers that I like. I can also transfer pictures and movies back to my PC without having to send an "e-Card." Can't transfer games from one phone to another though, it's coded for a specific ESN.

Not all phones have an "OS," but I assume you's is newer and thus more complicated, so it probably does. Some phones can even run Linux.

Michael A. Jul 01, 2006, 10:37pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Can I change the software on my Cell Phone?

I also own a V710, but my cell phone carrier (Golden State) didn't touch Motorola's software.

I don't know if these links will help:

If I knew how to get the firmware off of my phone I'd send it to you. Any ideas?

Michael A.



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