For anyone (like me) who has been staring at "all free download slots are in use" on filefactory for days straight, here's another link to (an older version of?) ETS:
(Thanks to fantsay777, who posted that in another thread.)
Still have been unsuccessful in finding another place to download VPST or VPCT. (Found a couple Chinese sites, but, not speaking that language, I couldn't make sense of the captchas in order to register and get access. Bleh.)
On to more serious issues, about which I have even less useful information to contribute:
autoprime, have you tried changing the active profile? I have absolutely no reason to think that should matter -- but I also vaguely recall, one of the few times I flashed a phone to cricket, it did seem to matter. And, as it's all sort of voodoo to me, if it hasn't been tried, it at least does no harm to try. But it probably has been tried, so...
next idea: have you tried poring over the 'logcat -b radio' output to see if it can give any hint as to where the process is failing or what incorrect values are the culprit? I currently only have an unactivated Sprint GNex, and that buffer is giving me no useful information, and a whole lot of not very useful information... but there might be something in there that's passing by too quickly for me to parse it.
Anyway, those are my lame ideas. Maybe I'll come up with something better later.