[GUIDE] Evo 3D on MetroPCS - MMS, internet, 3G speeds! [UPDATED TO WORK WITH ICS!!!]

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Max_Pain

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Oct 29, 2006
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Hey guys.
I've gotten many PMs and replies on here asking how to get everything working on our Evo 3Ds on MetroPCS.
Here is how I got everything working on two Evo 3Ds on MetroPCS. I didn't come up with any of this information, I just put different files and guides together and it works for me. Hopefully it will work for you.



PROVISIONING

First start by following bloodykiller86's Provisioning Guide STEP BY STEP.
The settings are the same across all devices. Following the instructions on the guide (for the Evo 4G) will get you set up correctly on the Evo 3D.
DO NOT DOWNLOAD METRODROID. That rom is only for Evo 4G. After you complete step 28, come back to this thread.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=8395950&postcount=1

Now you should have voice, text and internet working.



3G SPEEDS

MetroPCS has upgraded their towers in most areas of service to include 3G coverage. If your area doesn't have it yet, it probably will get it soon enough.
You need to have PRL 3022 or newer for this to work.
So here we go,

Latest MetroPCS PRL

1. Download the file.
2. Copy PRL file to the root of your SD card.
3. Open your dialer and dial ##775# (if nothing happens, download this EPST.apk and push it to /system/app/ with permissions set to RW-R--R--).
4. Put in your MSL code (if you followed bloodykiller86's guide above it should be 000000...if not, download MSL Reader from the Market and it will give you your MSL code).
5. Click on Update PRL
6. It will take a while, but eventually it will show you the prl file that you placed on your SD card. Click on it, click on OK.
7. Now press the Menu button, and click on Commit Modifications.
8. Reboot your phone and now you will have access to 3G service if its available in your area!

NOTE: some roms do not correctly show the difference between 3G and 1X service. I used SteelH's SteelRom line of Roms and they always changed from 1X to 3G depending on my service.



MMS

This is the biggest hurdle, which very few people have successfully gotten to work. It is not a perfect solution but it works very well for us.
Download the following Zip file (not flashable):

download

Follow these instructions carefully:

1. Download and install Titanium Backup. You will also need the PRO version, so you'll need to shell out a couple of bucks if you don't already own it. It's well worth it anyways.
2. Download and install APN Backup & Restore from the Market.
3. Open APN Backup & Restore, ignore the ICS warning, and click on "Backup APNs". Exit out of APN Backup & Restore.
4. Place this folder in your SD Card.
5. Copy MetroPCS_MMS_Send_APN.xml from this folder to the APN Backup folder in the root of the SD Card.
6. Open Titanium Backup, go under Backup/Restore, and find APN Backup & Restore, press and select "Make system app."
7. Open APN Backup & Restore, ignore the ICS warning, press menu, and disable ICS check. Exit APN Backup & Restore.
8. Open APN Backup & Restore again, and now there should not be an ICS warning!
9. Click on "Delete APNs."
6. Click on Restore APNs and select "MetroPCS_MMS_Send.APN.xml".
6a. Press Ok after selecting the above.
6b. Press No when you get the message asking Yes or No.
7. Using Root Explorer or a similar app, copy the MMS.apk file from this folder to your /system/app/ folder.
7a. Make sure you are in R/W mode and click Yes to overwrite existing file if you get the message.
7b. Make sure to delete any duplicate MMS.apk or mms.apk from the /system/app directory. You should only have one Mms.apk file (notice the capitalization changes in the three files I mentioned).
7c. Make sure to delete any MMS.odex, mms.odex, or Mms.odex file in /system/app.
8. Set permissions to RW-R--R--
9. Reboot and enjoy.

Notes:

Open the Messaging app and under Settings make sure to check (enable) "SMS split".
I use Handcent to send and receive the MMS messages. Try your own messaging app, and if it doesn't work, you can always use Handcent.
As of this writing, you must not be connected to a Wi-Fi network for the messages to download or send. You can have Wi-Fi on but not be connected.

If you have a better way of getting this done please send me a message.



VOICEMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

As far as I know, and from my personal experience, the Sprint VoiceMail app does not work with MetroPCS.
I use the free app Voicemail Notifier and it has always worked reliably. It is no longer in the market, but you can

download my modded version here.

not flashable, extract to your sd card and install as a normal app.



OPTIONAL

You can now uninstall APN Backup & Restore and MSL Reader.

To send and receive 3D images, use TwinPic 3D. It will work over WiFi or over 3G.

Want a MetroPCS Splash Screen? Click here to check out my thread.



DISCLAIMER

Please proceed with caution and at your own risk. I am only providing this information for your information. Anything you do and the resulting consequences are your own responsibility. I am not responsible for any damages you cause to your phone hardware, software, service provider account, any charges you may incur, or any other damages that might result from your usages of this guide. You have been warned. Proceed with caution.


THANKS

- bloodykiller86 for his amazing guide a year ago, that still works today!
- alipendier for the original working Mms.apk and APN solution.
- Emerl for providing PRL 3024!
- oakieville for the better and improved Mms.apk! his original thread is here
- everyone else who's helped me. I know i'm forgetting a couple of you. I will add your name as soon as I remember!
 
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Max_Pain

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08/21/2012
- updated guide to work with ICS-based roms.

10/17/2011

- added modded Voicemail Notifier to OP - app is no longer in the Market so i'm hosting my own modded version with a nicer icon.
- added a new (and better) Mms.apk to the OP - this one allows you to go into settings, disable notifications, etc. Also modded to have a blue icon instead of green.


10/14/2011
- initial release of the guide.
 
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Max_Pain

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Thanks for the update. I will test out that prl before posting it in the op.

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Great work! Always nice to see fresh and useful advice in the Dev forums. I'm sure people will find this useful.
 

yungtexas

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OMG been waiting on this for the longest!!! Thank u so much

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yungtexas

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Just did it and everything worked like a charm!!!

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Max_Pain

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Would the 3022 be better that the 3024?? Just wondering if the version in the op is somehow better

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as far as I know, the latest is best. however I always test before posting because they may have changed something for the worst.

I will update the OP to include a link to 3024. I've been playing with it today and it works great.
 

yungtexas

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as far as I know, the latest is best. however I always test before posting because they may have changed something for the worst.

I will update the OP to include a link to 3024. I've been playing with it today and it works great.

I've been surfing the web and streaming YouTube...sending and receiving mms....I seriously can't think of a better idea than an evo 3d on metropcs....this tut was the best to ever happen to me hahahahaha<<<<<<<<thats maniacal laugh!!

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Max_Pain

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Glad its working for ya.

Got a new mms apk that let's you go into settings and disable notifications but can still send and receive mms.

Need to get permission before I add it to the op.

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yungtexas

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Glad its working for ya.

Got a new mms apk that let's you go into settings and disable notifications but can still send and receive mms.

Need to get permission before I add it to the op.

Sent from my PG86100 using xda premium

With today's achievements that wasn't a big deal but that would be the icing on the cake! Hopefully it all works out

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as far as I know, the latest is best. however I always test before posting because they may have changed something for the worst.

I will update the OP to include a link to 3024. I've been playing with it today and it works great.
For some reason my network Shield and Antivirus go bizzzerk when trying download 3024.prl - somehow is redirecting to an malformed/infected URL. so I can't even get to it. Would you mind please uploading the 3024 somewhere else. I am dying to try it. thanks very much for a very informative post.


Edit; ... nevermind googled and found it. Thanks again!
 
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Max_Pain

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thanks for the info.

I will upload and provide a link in the OP. it was a free app so I'm assuming that's not against the rules?
 

Max_Pain

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For some reason my network Shield and Antivirus go bizzzerk when trying download 3024.prl - somehow is redirecting to an malformed/infected URL. so I can't even get to it. Would you mind please uploading the 3024 somewhere else. I am dying to try it. thanks very much for a very informative post.


Edit; ... nevermind googled and found it. Thanks again!

just in case I uploaded it to my server and changed the link in the OP.


Voicemail app isn't in the market anymore.
You may have to find a download link for it.

Sent from my 3D on Boosted

thanks for the tip. already uploaded it to my server and linked it in the OP.



I am going to change the icons for Voicemail Notifier and the MMS apk and upload a better MMS.apk tomorrow night, after a long day of school. now to that homework i've been avoiding.
 

yungtexas

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just in case I uploaded it to my server and changed the link in the OP.




thanks for the tip. already uploaded it to my server and linked it in the OP.



I am going to change the icons for Voicemail Notifier and the MMS apk and upload a better MMS.apk tomorrow night, after a long day of school. now to that homework i've been avoiding.

Can't wait to get that mms app...like I stated its no biggy but being able to get into the settings would make things that much better

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    Hey guys.
    I've gotten many PMs and replies on here asking how to get everything working on our Evo 3Ds on MetroPCS.
    Here is how I got everything working on two Evo 3Ds on MetroPCS. I didn't come up with any of this information, I just put different files and guides together and it works for me. Hopefully it will work for you.



    PROVISIONING

    First start by following bloodykiller86's Provisioning Guide STEP BY STEP.
    The settings are the same across all devices. Following the instructions on the guide (for the Evo 4G) will get you set up correctly on the Evo 3D.
    DO NOT DOWNLOAD METRODROID. That rom is only for Evo 4G. After you complete step 28, come back to this thread.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=8395950&postcount=1

    Now you should have voice, text and internet working.



    3G SPEEDS

    MetroPCS has upgraded their towers in most areas of service to include 3G coverage. If your area doesn't have it yet, it probably will get it soon enough.
    You need to have PRL 3022 or newer for this to work.
    So here we go,

    Latest MetroPCS PRL

    1. Download the file.
    2. Copy PRL file to the root of your SD card.
    3. Open your dialer and dial ##775# (if nothing happens, download this EPST.apk and push it to /system/app/ with permissions set to RW-R--R--).
    4. Put in your MSL code (if you followed bloodykiller86's guide above it should be 000000...if not, download MSL Reader from the Market and it will give you your MSL code).
    5. Click on Update PRL
    6. It will take a while, but eventually it will show you the prl file that you placed on your SD card. Click on it, click on OK.
    7. Now press the Menu button, and click on Commit Modifications.
    8. Reboot your phone and now you will have access to 3G service if its available in your area!

    NOTE: some roms do not correctly show the difference between 3G and 1X service. I used SteelH's SteelRom line of Roms and they always changed from 1X to 3G depending on my service.



    MMS

    This is the biggest hurdle, which very few people have successfully gotten to work. It is not a perfect solution but it works very well for us.
    Download the following Zip file (not flashable):

    download

    Follow these instructions carefully:

    1. Download and install Titanium Backup. You will also need the PRO version, so you'll need to shell out a couple of bucks if you don't already own it. It's well worth it anyways.
    2. Download and install APN Backup & Restore from the Market.
    3. Open APN Backup & Restore, ignore the ICS warning, and click on "Backup APNs". Exit out of APN Backup & Restore.
    4. Place this folder in your SD Card.
    5. Copy MetroPCS_MMS_Send_APN.xml from this folder to the APN Backup folder in the root of the SD Card.
    6. Open Titanium Backup, go under Backup/Restore, and find APN Backup & Restore, press and select "Make system app."
    7. Open APN Backup & Restore, ignore the ICS warning, press menu, and disable ICS check. Exit APN Backup & Restore.
    8. Open APN Backup & Restore again, and now there should not be an ICS warning!
    9. Click on "Delete APNs."
    6. Click on Restore APNs and select "MetroPCS_MMS_Send.APN.xml".
    6a. Press Ok after selecting the above.
    6b. Press No when you get the message asking Yes or No.
    7. Using Root Explorer or a similar app, copy the MMS.apk file from this folder to your /system/app/ folder.
    7a. Make sure you are in R/W mode and click Yes to overwrite existing file if you get the message.
    7b. Make sure to delete any duplicate MMS.apk or mms.apk from the /system/app directory. You should only have one Mms.apk file (notice the capitalization changes in the three files I mentioned).
    7c. Make sure to delete any MMS.odex, mms.odex, or Mms.odex file in /system/app.
    8. Set permissions to RW-R--R--
    9. Reboot and enjoy.

    Notes:

    Open the Messaging app and under Settings make sure to check (enable) "SMS split".
    I use Handcent to send and receive the MMS messages. Try your own messaging app, and if it doesn't work, you can always use Handcent.
    As of this writing, you must not be connected to a Wi-Fi network for the messages to download or send. You can have Wi-Fi on but not be connected.

    If you have a better way of getting this done please send me a message.



    VOICEMAIL NOTIFICATIONS

    As far as I know, and from my personal experience, the Sprint VoiceMail app does not work with MetroPCS.
    I use the free app Voicemail Notifier and it has always worked reliably. It is no longer in the market, but you can

    download my modded version here.

    not flashable, extract to your sd card and install as a normal app.



    OPTIONAL

    You can now uninstall APN Backup & Restore and MSL Reader.

    To send and receive 3D images, use TwinPic 3D. It will work over WiFi or over 3G.

    Want a MetroPCS Splash Screen? Click here to check out my thread.



    DISCLAIMER

    Please proceed with caution and at your own risk. I am only providing this information for your information. Anything you do and the resulting consequences are your own responsibility. I am not responsible for any damages you cause to your phone hardware, software, service provider account, any charges you may incur, or any other damages that might result from your usages of this guide. You have been warned. Proceed with caution.


    THANKS

    - bloodykiller86 for his amazing guide a year ago, that still works today!
    - alipendier for the original working Mms.apk and APN solution.
    - Emerl for providing PRL 3024!
    - oakieville for the better and improved Mms.apk! his original thread is here
    - everyone else who's helped me. I know i'm forgetting a couple of you. I will add your name as soon as I remember!
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    are you seriously asking if anyone has found a solution in a thread FOR the solution to what you're asking???

    I literally just lol'd




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    Also I don't know why MMS for metroPCS won't work on ICS anyone found a solution?

    Sent from my PG86100 using xda app-developers app

    are you seriously asking if anyone has found a solution in a thread FOR the solution to what you're asking???
    2
    08/21/2012
    - updated guide to work with ICS-based roms.

    10/17/2011

    - added modded Voicemail Notifier to OP - app is no longer in the Market so i'm hosting my own modded version with a nicer icon.
    - added a new (and better) Mms.apk to the OP - this one allows you to go into settings, disable notifications, etc. Also modded to have a blue icon instead of green.


    10/14/2011
    - initial release of the guide.
    2
    I had mine houdini flashed . Just go to your mom and pops cell store that's an authorized metro dealer. Jacksonville you should be good as far as 3g goes. I'm suprised there isn't more corp stores .
    Shot from my shooter e3dvo