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Palm Pre hacked to work on Verizon network, sort of

Zach Epstein
July 10th, 2009 at 12:45 PM

The fantastically blurry video after the jump shows the fruits of PreCentral forum member Cleanser’s labor, and Verizon fans will definitely want to check it out. The intrepid techie apparently managed to hack a Palm Pre, still exclusive to Sprint of course, and get it working on Verizon’s network. So far Cleanser has managed to get voice and SMS working just fine but he’s having a bit of trouble with data:

Only problem is that I can’t get data to work. Apparently webOS is checking to see if the device is provisioned or not before allowing a data session to take place. So my next step would be to somehow bypass this provisioning check.

So close, and yet so far. Cleanser also reports that it took a bit of convincing to get Verizon, now ‘open to all compatible handsets’, to add the device to his account. A bit of sweet talking seems to have gotten the job done though, thankfully. Hit the jump to enjoy the quick vid and keep those fingers crossed that he can manage to get data rolling soon.

[Via PreCentral]

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Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.




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