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Old October 15th, 2012, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello guys,
im intrested in the samsung galaxy s2 for boost mobile. i am wondering if i can buy a used phone and flash it or convert it to boost mobile? since the phone is $370 without tax new!
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Hey there nicholasbaba, first off welcome to the forums

Secondly, i have moved your thread to the S2 Boost Mobile forums so that someone with the device could help you answer the questions you have better.


I havent dealt with Boost at all, but i am assuming it is a GSM supported carrier, meaning any unlocked phone could be paired with boost.

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im intrested in the samsung galaxy s2 for boost mobile. i am wondering if i can buy a used phone and flash it or convert it to boost mobile? since the phone is $370 without tax new!
thank you
by the time you buy the phone and buy a 4g donor and go thru all the headache you could just pay the price
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Hey there nicholasbaba, first off welcome to the forums

Secondly, i have moved your thread to the S2 Boost Mobile forums so that someone with the device could help you answer the questions you have better.


I havent dealt with Boost at all, but i am assuming it is a GSM supported carrier, meaning any unlocked phone could be paired with boost.

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boost is a part of sprint which is a cdma network. not as simple as a gsm switch
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boost is a part of sprint which is a cdma network. not as simple as a gsm switch

If only it were that simple. I could imagine all the different phones we could have.

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It is very simple to get a Sprint S2 and use the standard methods to flash it to Boost. I've done a bunch. Here is how I'm doing mine.

Get the MSL of the device while the Sprint firmware is still on it. getprop method.
With the MSL safely recorded flash the Boost firmware on the device.
Did you make sure to get the MSL BEFORE you flashed Boost on to the device? If you're here and didn't get the MSL use the aLogcat method on the Boost firmware.
Use the usual suspect set of tools to meid match your donor and the S2.
Make sure the MSL of the donor and your S2 match. VERY IMPORTANT.
Once the MSL and the MEID match do a ##786# reset on the S2.
When it comes back up it'll try to activate OTA. Cancel it.
Go back into the S2 and program profile 0 as per your donor.
Write to phone and let it OTA this time.
If the MSL, MEID and profile 0 match then your phone will pass OTA fine.
Enjoy your new phone.

You will not get 4g. To get 4g you need a 4g donor and you need to live in a 4g covered area. I do not live in one and thus have no interest in this. If you live in a 4g area and have a 4g donor then you can drop me a PM. I can direct you to where folks are actively helping others to achieve this. Good luck.
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Kinda of expensive though with having a 4g donor. That would be the nice thing of having GSM. I used to have AT&T (back before they were Cingular), and I had three phones that I just put the sim in the phone I wanted to use that week...

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isn't it true that Boost's 4g is WIMAX and Sprint's 4g is LTE?
If we flash sprints phone to Boost, 4g would not work ....right?
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isn't it true that Boost's 4g is WIMAX and Sprint's 4g is LTE?
If we flash sprints phone to Boost, 4g would not work ....right?
Actually it is based on the phone model itself Sprint's epic 4g touch is WIMAX (it is the same phone as ours). you have to look at the phone itself to determine if it is WIMAX or LTE.

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isn't it true that Boost's 4g is WIMAX and Sprint's 4g is LTE?
If we flash sprints phone to Boost, 4g would not work ....right?
Up until very recently Sprint's 4g was wimax only. Now Sprint is operating wimax and lte. You can still get wimax phones on Sprint but they're discouraging them and trying to get everyone on Sprint over to lte. Eventually the plan is for wimax to be phased out and for lte to be the future.

If you flash Sprint's phones over to Boost unless you have a valid 4g mac address you cannot get 4g. The only way to have a valid 4g mac address is to get it from a valid 4g phone that is allowed on Boost/Sprint wimax network. Then you have to spoof the mac of the 4g phone that you're using to the valid mac that you want to use.
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Get the MSL of the device while the Sprint firmware is still on it. getprop method.
With the MSL safely recorded flash the Boost firmware on the device.
Did you make sure to get the MSL BEFORE you flashed Boost on to the device? If you're here and didn't get the MSL use the aLogcat method on the Boost firmware.
I'm trying to flash a new donor phone and am able to get the SPC/MSL from my Donor Prevail but since the Galaxy S2 has already been flashed to boost from a previous owner the MSL/SPC reads 000000? Can I still get this phone to work for me?
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Follow the directions. Overwrite the 000000 with the MSL from your donor. Forget that it was flashed already and do it over as if for the first time.
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If you're here and didn't get the MSL use the aLogcat method on the Boost firmware.
After installing alogcat how do you find the msl? Thanks!
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isn't it true that Boost's 4g is WIMAX and Sprint's 4g is LTE?
If we flash sprints phone to Boost, 4g would not work ....right?
Don't take this as concrete, but I think Sprint still has both WiMax and LTE, WiMax to accommodate to those older phones out there still, and LTE for the new phones coming out.
As for Boost, it's is only WiMAx (for now). I heard rumor that they are talking about getting LTE and also something about Roaming as well, but for now it's WiMax only.

As for the flashing, like kolosus posted you can do it, and no I don't know how, but I know there are tons of sprint phones flashed to boost.....I even saw a few Samsung S3's flashed already LOL, so yes you can flash it to boost, but you won't have LTE to my knowledge, it will only be WiMAx.
On a side note, the 4g speeds are limited to I think it's 2gb data usage, after that they throttle you down to 3g speeds again until the next start of the month.
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Up until very recently Sprint's 4g was wimax only. Now Sprint is operating wimax and lte. You can still get wimax phones on Sprint but they're discouraging them and trying to get everyone on Sprint over to lte. Eventually the plan is for wimax to be phased out and for lte to be the future.

If you flash Sprint's phones over to Boost unless you have a valid 4g mac address you cannot get 4g. The only way to have a valid 4g mac address is to get it from a valid 4g phone that is allowed on Boost/Sprint wimax network. Then you have to spoof the mac of the 4g phone that you're using to the valid mac that you want to use.
I Dont know where to start on the switch to boost from sprint
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not understanding "Go back into the S2 and program profile 0 as per your donor." when i read from donor phone it has 2 profiles...profile 0 had my meid number as NAI and profile 1 NAI is my username and it is set as profile 1 is active user...now when i wrtie to the s2 do i do it the same way or make profile 0 active? thanks for you time kolosus
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ok got everything right....3g is up and running, just cant get it to OTA activate...i do a ##786# reset and it restarts and i cancel the OTA and rewrite to phone and the OTA never comes back up? any suggestions?
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i don't think it would be worth the trouble. I got mine on craigslist for like 220 and it's like new.
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Wouldn't it just be easier to put the boost JB rom on there call them up and have them do it over the phone?
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ok got everything right....3g is up and running, just cant get it to OTA activate...i do a ##786# reset and it restarts and i cancel the OTA and rewrite to phone and the OTA never comes back up? any suggestions?
Does the MSL of the donor and the MSL of your S2 match?

If the OTA is not coming up then I fail to see what your problem is. You have a working phone with 3g. What do you want the phone to do that it is not doing?

I'm lost here.

PS: You may want to PM me about this... I happen to fall upon this thread by chance, I usually do not come to this section any more. Wifey disliked the S2.
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I have MEID and MSL matched up from donor with s2 using DFS, what is profile where do i find it how do i write it to s2 please help, ty you so much
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It is very simple to get a Sprint S2 and use the standard methods to flash it to Boost. I've done a bunch. Here is how I'm doing mine.

Get the MSL of the device while the Sprint firmware is still on it. getprop method.
With the MSL safely recorded flash the Boost firmware on the device.
Did you make sure to get the MSL BEFORE you flashed Boost on to the device? If you're here and didn't get the MSL use the aLogcat method on the Boost firmware.
Use the usual suspect set of tools to meid match your donor and the S2.
Make sure the MSL of the donor and your S2 match. VERY IMPORTANT.
Once the MSL and the MEID match do a ##786# reset on the S2.
When it comes back up it'll try to activate OTA. Cancel it.
Go back into the S2 and program profile 0 as per your donor.
Write to phone and let it OTA this time.
If the MSL, MEID and profile 0 match then your phone will pass OTA fine.
Enjoy your new phone.

You will not get 4g. To get 4g you need a 4g donor and you need to live in a 4g covered area. I do not live in one and thus have no interest in this. If you live in a 4g area and have a 4g donor then you can drop me a PM. I can direct you to where folks are actively helping others to achieve this. Good luck.
Hey guy im new to the forms. Is there anyway to flash my gs2 epic from sprint to boost with the donor phone being a galaxy prevail? i used a flashing service and they didnt do it all the way and didnt get the 3g working. im back to using the prevail. dont wanna spend $65 to get it flashed again and dont have any donor phones. if you could help that would be nice
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Hey guy im new to the forms. Is there anyway to flash my gs2 epic from sprint to boost with the donor phone being a galaxy prevail? i used a flashing service and they didnt do it all the way and didnt get the 3g working. im back to using the prevail. dont wanna spend $65 to get it flashed again and dont have any donor phones. if you could help that would be nice

Welcome Mickey to the AF forums, Ok so I understand you want to use a GS2 from sprint to boost....
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Hey guy im new to the forms. Is there anyway to flash my gs2 epic from sprint to boost with the donor phone being a galaxy prevail? i used a flashing service and they didnt do it all the way and didnt get the 3g working. im back to using the prevail. dont wanna spend $65 to get it flashed again and dont have any donor phones. if you could help that would be nice

Well you won't have 4g service but 3g should work. Here is a guide from XDA

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=20850052
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Don't take this as concrete, but I think Sprint still has both WiMax and LTE, WiMax to accommodate to those older phones out there still, and LTE for the new phones coming out.
As for Boost, it's is only WiMAx (for now). I heard rumor that they are talking about getting LTE and also something about Roaming as well, but for now it's WiMax only.

As for the flashing, like kolosus posted you can do it, and no I don't know how, but I know there are tons of sprint phones flashed to boost.....I even saw a few Samsung S3's flashed already LOL, so yes you can flash it to boost, but you won't have LTE to my knowledge, it will only be WiMAx.
On a side note, the 4g speeds are limited to I think it's 2gb data usage, after that they throttle you down to 3g speeds again until the next start of the month.
With the tbsg4 rom, 3g/4g tweak and data throttle removed....

I can get better speeds and signal strength....but before I would shop at target...my signal was lost because they block any non att signal...

But now...it will roam..lock onto closes signal and ill have 4g for a while...then loose it...then comes back later...I laugh at buddies Boost signal and rub it in his face..lol
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Well you won't have 4g service but 3g should work. Here is a guide from XDA

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=20850052
i in the first step and i have entered my spc 6 digits and that works but when i type in the next command which is

requestnvitemread ds_mip_ss_user_prof

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14:32:04.116requestnvitemread - Error response received from target. thats what im stuck on.
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Welcome Mickey to the AF forums, Ok so I understand you want to use a GS2 from sprint to boost....
yeah but the prevail im using isnt working with the tutorials. Their all telling me i need to use a incognito and then flash the info from that phone to my gs2 epic
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