26 November 2013

How to make your FreedomPop phone awesome

This information pertains primarily to the HTC Evo Design 4G sold on FreedomPop.

Install BlueKingdom ROM

I have tried a few roms for the Design and this one is the best if you like JellyBean. It isn't a true JellyBean ROM as it is still based on ICS according to the phone info, but it has as much of the HTC bloat removed as possible and has many of the JellyBean menus. It is incredibly responsive and looks beautiful. Freedom Phones come with CWM recovery already, so all you have to do to install this ROM is the following:

  1. On wifi on your phone, navigate to http://www.androidfilehost.com/?fid=23159073880932946
  2. Click the green circle to download the file
  3. Shutdown and pull the battery
  4. Put the battery back
  5. Hold Voldown+Power
  6. After it runs its checks, select recovery
  7. In recovery select wipe factory default
  8. Select install zip from SD card
  9. Find BlueKingdom1.4.zip in your downloads folder
  10. When complete, select reboot from main menu

Known issues:

  • Front-facing camera has issues with taking photos, so no selfies just yet 
  • No way to access the built-in Android SIP account settings (System Settings->Phone on ICS)


Put more apps to install to SD Card

Install the HTC drivers and Android SDK and run the following command. It will allow you to put more apps onto your SD card than currently permitted. It will also set the SD card as the default location for new apps.
adb shell pm set-install-location 2
Caveat: Widgets will not work for apps installed on SD card

Install CSipSimple and setup for FreedomPop

FreedomPop's Messaging app is just a custom flavor of the CSipSimple open source SIP app. I would like to assume that they did some tweaking of it to make it work better, but in my testing I have arrived at the contrary conclusion. They seem to have made it so the Messaging app constantly has a wake-lock on which kills battery life. FP doesn't allow you to directly access the settings that it uses to connect to their SIP servers, but it is fairly trivial to get the information necessary to setup the vanilla CSipSimple app.
  1. Backup Messaging app with Titanium
  2. Copy the tar.gz file containing the data for Messaging onto your computer and extract it
  3. Use a sqlite viewer to open the database
  4. Pull your account info from the Accounts table (the main thing you need to get is your password (Field: Data type, a 32-character hex string)
  5. Use the following configuration to create an account in CSipSimple
Create new expert mode
Account name: FreedomPop
Account id: <sip:1XXXXXXXXXX@fp.layered.net>
Registration URI: sip:fp.layered.net
Realm: *
Username: 1XXXXXXXXXX
Data (password):
Data type: Plain password
Transport: TCP
Default uri scheme: sip
Register timeout (sec): 900
Proxy URI: sip:fp.layered.net

Network settings:
Use compact sip: true
Media:
Codecs:
Fast: PCMA, PCMU
Slow: ILBC

Filters:
FreedomPop:
Has exactly N digits 7, Prefix by 1XXX (your area code)
Has exactly N digits 10, Prefix by 1
Use mobile:
Direct call: Is exactly 911
Can't call: All

FP's PBX server requires phone calls to be of the form 1XXXXXXXXXX so the above filter rules will make your native dialer accept 7-digit numbers from your area code and 10-digit numbers as well as 11-digit numbers.
Using CSipSimple does not receive SMS through FP, so you will probably want to switch to Google Voice for SMS.

Install Greenify

This app will selectively hibernate apps when not in use. Make sure you only have it hibernate apps that do not need to be running in the background and don't need to give notifications.

Install HTC Radio app to conserve data

If you like to listen to Pandora or other streaming radio, using the built-in FM tuner on your phone for music can save you a ton of data. Install the HTC Radio app using one of these two files. You can install the zip using CWM or you can install the apk the traditional way. They are both the same version.
htcfmradio.apk
htcfmradio.zip

Setup Wifi Tether

  1. Download
  2. Leave Device-Profile on auto
  3. Set Setup-Method to Netd(master)
  4. Uncheck WiFi-driver reload 2
  5. Configure other settings as you see fit as long as it continues to function
Note: If your connection only seems to last a couple of minutes, try checking WiFi-driver reload

Install 4G toggle app

4G Toggle for EVO
Make sure to move this to internal storage if it installs to SD card or it won't show up in the menu

3 comments:

  1. I backed up the messaging app and tried to read the sqlite file but no sq lite program can read it. Can't get this to work

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  2. It is not work it fack i tried so many time it is not work it is not configure with sip client

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  3. http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=49059322

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