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By RyanMogul, Retired Recognized Developer on 14th March 2009, 01:07 AM
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This is for people who want Cricket to work perfectly, just follow these instructions not skipping a beat and you will be OK from then on! If you are not having problems obviously skip this!


I have updated this thread ONLY to Change a step. Its not a Required Change for current Cricket users however, it may be needed for Phones that have never been on Cricket before. I also re-phrased some things to be more understandable.


This thread is assuming that you already have your phone Unlocked (spc code all zeros) and that you have already contacted Cricket and had the Phone you are programming added to the Account. You might as well tell them you have a Motorola Razor V3C that will ensure there will be no problems obtaining EVDO.

Also ask Cricket for your MSID/MIN number (usually not your Phone Number) we will be needing the MSID/MIN if you dont know it, or if the phone was never on Cricket before.

My HTC Unlock Tools Directory, Read SPC Instructions Readme

My Cricket WAP and Arcsoft new versions or my Cricket Carrier CAB <--If you are installing one of my Cricket CABs dont test it until your PST settings are correct.

This thread is also assuming that you already have a CRICKET PRL file loaded in PST. If you have my ROM flashed than a couple PRL files that you can use are on device memory we will get to that later below.


Important note on PRL files. You must know what kind of Cricket Plan you have. If you have Roaming on your plan you need to use the 5 digit PRL files. If you DO NOT have Roaming on your plan you must use the PRL files that are considered 4 digits or contain a 0 at the beginning. Otherwise *228 will not work and you will not be able to Authenticate. Some report for users with roaming you may have to use PRL 1042 and set your SID to be able to *228. Examples below.

PRL 01013 = Non Roaming
PRL 38515 = Roaming


1. Now first thing you want to do is have a good Cricket CAB or ROM installed. This way when the PST settings are done they can be looked over again, and tested.

2. Now if you are starting from a fresh flash OK, if you are starting from a hard reset OK, we can continue. If you have a ROM installed that is having problems I recommend a hard reset and skip Auto Customizations using stylus when it says you have 3 seconds. If you are confident the ROM you have installed is ready to go then fine. We can continue.

3. Now open your Phone Application and go to options and make sure smart dial is off. Then dial ##778 call button (PST/EPST), now click edit and enter six zeros. In the Main Page change the NAM name to Cricket, and enter the MSID/MIN number (that you obtained from your old Cricket phone or from Cricket themselves) make sure its a 10 digit number thats in your area code BUT IT IS USUALLY NOT your PHONE NUMBER. If it was already fine we can continue, if you dont know it you may of skipped obtaining this from calling Cricket as stated above. Now click view info and goto PRL, now check to make sure you have a CRICKET PRL (1013,1014, 1040, 1050 etc.. there are others) If you dont have one loaded in PST and you are using my ROM then you can click in Update PRL File (click in the blank area under setting) and then click Menu, edit, browse and it should go to main root (my documents). Pick PRL 1050 (You may have to try another PRL for *228 to work in step below). Then click ok, then Menu, then ok, it will ask you if you want to update the items click ok. Let it do its thing and restart. If you already have a CRICKET PRL then skip the update PRL step but still make sure to click menu, then ok and let it restart.

4. Now after the phone restarts open phone application again and dial *228 call button (this will make sure base settings are good so i will not have to explain as much, it will also download the proper local EVDO prl to where you are), it will dial cricket and do its programming thing. Do not interrupt this. Let it do its thing even if it restarts. It should say Update complete or Programming complete (if not then try a different Cricket PRL) Now when you are back in action we can continue.

5. Now open the phone application and dial ##778 call button (PST/EPST), now click edit and enter six zeros. Now click view info and goto AKEY and make sure its blank, nothing there. Now click view info and goto NAM settings, NAM name should be Cricket, Mobile Directory number should be YourTenDigitPhoneNumber, MIN1 should be that other phone number the MSID/MIN that is usually not your phone number, but it should be 7 digits, ex: sevendigitnumber, MIN2 should be just your area code. MSID/MIN should be 10digitMSIDnumber <--again usually not yourphonenumber, This part I only know for USA users MCC should be 310, MNC should be 00 (for other Countries you have to look this up), NMSI should be your MSID/MIN (XX10digitnumber<--usually not your phone number) THE XX'S should be zeros, ex: 007185548692, Now if all these settings in this paragraph didnt need touched assuming you didnt skip any of my steps (which they shouldnt be touched i am just making sure) we can move on.

6. Click view info and goto CDMA settings, we are going to make sure they are set right and change a couple things for Clearer voice transmissions, people will compliment how good your phone sounds even in some cases. EVRC should be set at Disable, Home page should be Voice 13k, the Two below it the Same Voice 13k.

7. Click view info click modem settings, change slot cycle index to 1, This will make the phone ring a little sooner, also get your texts a bit sooner. The other 4 options should be Auto, Auto, Enable, No in Order from top to bottom.

8. Click View Info and pick Security, now we are changing this regardless you must do this, we are going to Unauthenticate you and Re-authenticate, it is a Needed step everything in this How To needs to be done and Not skipped! Change the HDR Auth User ID to something bogus like [email protected], the password below it make it something random but remember it, now do the same for PPP user ID and password but make them the same as the HDR ones.

9. Click view info and pick MIP Settings, Make sure Active Profile is on 0, MIP mode should be Simple IP only, MIP reg retries should be 1, MIP reg retry timeout should be 2000 ms, MIP pre-reg timeout should be 30, Mobile Node HA auth should be Disable, send a reg request should be Enable, dormant handoff to disable.

10. Click view info and pick MIP Default Profile, Enable profile should be ENABLE, NAI should be [email protected], MN HA SPI set should be enable, MN HA SPI value should be 12c, MN AAA should be enable, MN AAA SPI value should be 2, reverse tunneling should be enable, home address should be 0.0.0.0, Primary HA address should be 68.28.15.12, secondary should be 68.28.31.12, HA shared secret and AAA secret should be cricket <--lowercase, DMU public should be 0, MN Authenticator should be 0.

11. Click view info and pick MIP customer profile 1 and make sure Enable profile is DISABLED. Now do the same with the other 4 profiles (profiles 2-5), make sure that the only profile enabled is MIP Default Profile.

12. Ok now click menu, ok and let it reset, but make sure not to do anything we are going to be going right back INTO EPST, so when it boots back up open the Phone application and dial ##778 call button (PST/EPST), we are going to re-authenticate you its easy, now click edit and enter six zeros, click view info and goto Security, now change the HDR AN Auth to [email protected], password should be cricket<--lower case, same for PPP user id and Password make them same as HDR.

13. Click view info and goto MIP default profile, make sure the HA, and AAA shared secrets are both cricket<---lowercase, then click menu OK and let it reset.

Thats it! PST settings are perfect for CRICKET, you have a Local EVDO prl file installed, and you are Authenticated for Data and EVDO, now if you used my ROM just go to internet explorer and goto a real page, and follow instructions but remember to click save password! You can also go back into the Phone Application and turn smart dial back on if you choose.

Thats done, every Custom ROM flash from now on should never affect your PST settings and you should always be Authenticated. I hope this helps everyone.

Ryan Mogul
19th March 2009, 05:42 AM |#2  
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Good write up for this. I have one big problem. when I try to *228, it fails after just a couple of seconds and says,
“The number of SPC attempts failed 15 times from the network. Handset will free for 1 minute and will then reset.” I read a post that was obscure but said that the SPC should be six 0's Mine is not all zeros. I don't know how to change mine to all zeros if that is the case

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19th March 2009, 05:58 AM |#3  
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That is the case, for *228 to program your SPC code needs to be all zero's or all 3's (make it zero's though) just follow My Unlock pack and Instructions, it guides you through changing your SPC to all zeros.

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thanks for the great info. as a note, changing the EVRC setting (#7) to 'Voice 13k' kills my phone connection; i couldn't make or receive calls. everything else seems fine!
28th March 2009, 06:50 AM |#6  
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Thumbs up About Voice 13k Settings
Read the settings again, maybe you missed something.

Check these four settings, also make sure you have used *228 and let it UPDATE your PRL, don't do it manually afterwards. Then check all of the above settings over again and you should be good. I have researched, tested, and used these settings for a long time.

EVRC should be disabled
Home Page should be Voice 13k
Home Orig should be Voice 13k
Roam Orig should be Voice 13k

Since your phone is digital, it uses a codec to determine how the voice data is compressed into digital. Voice 13k (Qualcomm's Purevoice) is the highest voice rate. EVRC (Enhanced Variable Rate Codec) benefits the carriers because it uses a reduced rate, which means less bits to stream, more calls to go around. Voice 13k is in fact the updated version of EVRC that our Digital phones have the option to select from. Voice 13k should be enabled for optimal voice quality.

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heres why your *228 doesnt work for you..
This is for the User Vickie that needed a little help.

In order to use *228 for Cricket You need to have a Cricket PRL already loaded on the Device meaning installed from PST. You also need the phones SPC code to be all zero's (000000) Then *228 will work fine. It will then update your settings and DL a new PRL if a better one exists. This is for Cricket. If that works out you can follow my settings over again.
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hey ryan i have installed your V1.1 Heavy Cricket rom, works great, thxs a lot

neways i was going trough this and i did every step to the letter, now mine didn't work... so i have to ask you a few questions...

first, once i am done with this, and if i did it correctly, i can now make calls and internet right? (hopefully this is yes...)

ok so assuming the answer to the above is yes, then i have to ask.

On step 3, you say if we have your ROM we can just update the PRL from there and to skip the "update step". by update step i'll assume you meant step 4. but then in step 4 you say "for both people who had to restart and people who didnt" and then you say to dial *228

so do we do that even if we already have your PRL loaded?
or do we never have to dial *228 if we have ur prl file?

also, on the profiles, in the M.IP settings, my phone had "6" profiles by default, should i set it to 5 like yours or what?
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ok i got everything working beautifully, thanks for the instructions... it's just that i wasn't supposed to dial *228, and i did

anyways, my internet works, and holy cow i get bursts of 2mbps!

well one last thing i gotta ask is... so my calling doesn't work, so i have to call cricket or something to have them switch it to mine right?

on a sidenote, do you guys actually use IE? isn't there like firefox mobile or something??
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PST settings are not the Only thing that matters for Internet(WAP) or for MMS. The ROM you are using also has to be configured properly for Cricket WAP/MMS to work. My ROM does but not everyone uses My ROM.

This thread will get your Phone's 1X and EVDO set up correctly. Which will ensure that if your ROM is configured properly that Calls/Text/WAP/MMS will all work. But this thread is NOT the only thing that matters. Read the end of my TOP post and it tells you what the Thread sets up..

Now for your other questions: In this PST settings thread Step 3 says that if you are using MY ROM and the phone doesnt have a Cricket PRL loaded in PST that my ROM has Cricket PRL's copied on it to Update PST with(after updating PST with Cricket PRL phone will soft reset).

This means that YES you need a Cricket PRL loaded(updated) in PST before dialing *228 and then it will restart and then on with the rest of the settings. Dialing *228 gets a local(to your AREA) EVDO PRL loaded in PST(which is downloaded from Cricket Realtime) and sets up base PST settings so that this thread is easier. It explains that in the TOP post at the TOP..
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ok in the version of your ROM that i installed, which would be the V1.1 Heavy, it says in that post this:

"Messaging and Connections settings: <--Please do not mess with these as they are fine tuned for CRICKET!! It will always work perfect for you if you leave it alone I cant be responsible if anyone changes anything but you can always post your problems in this thread and I will be more than happy to help sort it out.
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and this; "Fully working and tested Cricket WAP and MMS/SMS with no problems! I did a lot of tweaks to registry and provisioning to make this possible as the base I used(1.3.4) was originally meant for Sprint!! I pulled a lot of "All Nighters" put it that way lol."

so i thought i don't have to set up my MMS/WAP...

and do i still have to call *228??


***EDIT***
i just called *228, and they said: "sorry we cannot program your phone"

my internet still works... but that's the only thing that works so far, i can't make calls. or send txt msgs.
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