Introduction: Get Free Wireless Web on Your Motorola/nextel/boost Phone

Today I will teach you how to get free wireless web on your nextel/motorola/boost phone.

Step 1: Get the Basics Down.

for this instructable, I will be using a Motorola i450 on the Boost Mobile network. First, you will need to know your phone number, and have an e-mail account (any works). you will need to mail the phone a link to any site, BUT I have a preferable one, http://cellphonerepair.org/wap.htm . It is a collaboration of all kinds of mobile formatted pages, that will display nicely on your screen. you will want to mail it to your number@MYboostmobile.com (mine would look like this "1541591XXXX@myboostmobile.com")

By doing this, when you click the link in the text message you have e-mailed to the phone, it avoids the authentication process of logging on to their network. ta-da, you have the web on your phone. don't stop reading quite yet!! there's more to come... XD

Step 2: Installing an HTML Browser

The browser included in the phone is called "OpenWave" it's a cheap-o browser, that can hardly interpret the html language, therefore throwing a LOT of content errors. it took me a while, but I got the solution, and it's name is Opera Mini. it's a full HTML browser, that can handle anything on the web, as long as it isn't flash, or java (app).

What I had to get:

1. USB data cable for Motorola phones.
2. Drivers for the phone (drivers make hardware work).
3. iDEN JAL (Java Application Loader
4. both the opera .jar and .jad files.
5. a text editor

1. I got the USB cable off ebay for $1.99 (4 bucks shipping)
2. www.driverguide.com has the proper drivers.
3.iDEN JAL, I got from motorola's developer network. http://developer.motorola.com/docstools/idenjal/
sorry folks, you'll have to subscribe to iDEN before you can get it, but it's free, and handy as all get-out
4. I got the generic version of opera mini, for compatibility reasons, both found here: http://mini.opera.com/global/opera-mini-3.1.8295-advanced-int.jad
http://mini.opera.com/global/opera-mini-3.1.8295-advanced-int.jar
5. I used window's notepad.

Step 3: Software

Plug the USB cable into your computer, then into the phone. it will search for drivers, and will fail. so, install the drivers you got in step 2. once completed, install the iDEN JAL on your computer. run JAL, and click "connect to phone" and it should connect within 10 seconds, giving you a list of all java apps on the handset.

Step 4: Re-naming the Files, the Right Way.

so you know how to re-name files. big whoop. do you know how to do it the right way? doubtful. fret not little one, I have the answer. for this step you will need the text editor, and both the .jad, and.jar file I had you get in step 2. rename both files "mini", then open mini.JAD in the text editor it will look like this:

MIDlet-Version: 3.1
MIDlet-1: Opera Mini, /i.png, Browser
MIDlet-Data-Size: 25600
MIDlet-Description: Opera Mini
MIDlet-Icon: /i.png
MIDlet-Info-URL: http://mini.opera.com/
MIDlet-Install-Notify: http://mini.opera.com/n/8295Aviprdome_int
MIDlet-Jar-Size: 99007
MIDlet-Jar-URL: opera-mini-advanced.jar
MIDlet-Name: Opera Mini
MIDlet-Vendor: Opera Software ASA
RIM-COD-SHA1-1: 4d d4 40 53 96 fa cf e0 be 3a c2 85 3d da c7 24 e0 54 79 dd
RIM-COD-Size-1: 71624
RIM-COD-URL-1: http://mini.opera.com/builds/releases/operette-3.1.8295/operette-hifi-1.cod
RIM-COD-Creation-Time: 1181563574
RIM-COD-Module-Dependencies: net_rim_cldc,net_rim_os
RIM-COD-Module-Name: operette-hifi
RIM-COD-SHA1: 97 2b 74 33 38 83 83 ea 2e 6e 3c 1b 13 f6 89 65 e7 98 89 3c
RIM-COD-Size: 70900
RIM-COD-URL: http://mini.opera.com/builds/releases/operette-3.1.8295/operette-hifi.cod
Content-Folder: Applications
MicroEdition-Configuration: CLDC-1.0
MicroEdition-Profile: MIDP-2.0

take a look at the end of line 9. that is telling the JAL where the .jar is located. if we renamed it, the file won't be found, so we fist that by changing the .jad file, so the line looks like this:

MIDlet-Jar-URL: mini.jar

now save the change made to the .jad file, and on to the next step.

Step 5: Installing Opera Mini

ok, so once your phone is connected in JAL, you will want to click the "Download" button it will bring up a directory, navigate to mini.jad and click "open" it should take off and load the .jar file onto the phone, once it has completed that task, disconnect the phone from the cable, flip it open go "Menu button>java applications>Opera Mini" when you open opera mini, it will do the actual installation. when you run opera for the first time, it will ask you to press random keys. no, this isn't a practical joke, it needs random data, to determine encryption. don't ask.

Step 6: All Done!

ta-da you have the full web on your phone. it will take a while to get used to how opera works, but it is the BEST browser out there. Nice thing about this little "Hack" is that it doesn't show up on your account info. I called boost mobile data support, and they said I have no record of ever accessing any web pages. There's more wonderful java apps to come, I am working on getting a functional and free GPS navigation system installed.
But until that day, my friend. you'll just have to stick to surfing instructables.com from anywhere you are.

-BW

Comments

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Iegette made it! (author)2016-09-16

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m0ld made it! (author)2011-12-10

Can you do this without the USB cord? I downloaded opera mini with my prepaid sanyo juno that I only use for the cheap internet, but being free would be even better.

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typenamehere_____ made it! (author)2010-02-22

OPERA IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! I always use either that or Firefox.

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lparker3470 made it! (author)2009-09-19

there is a service that will track your lost phone and do some mobile social networking capabilities...it works by tracking your gpsphone

check out the site iTag.com

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Foaly7 made it! (author)2009-08-06

Will this work with a RAZR on Alltell?

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mayugmm made it! (author)2009-03-01

will this work with anokia 6670 with a BSNL network

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dxvbaby made it! (author)2009-02-20

umm im confused do i send that website to my phone.. but i dont understand how to send it... like is it jsut ur plain number? im kinda confused. Do you need to sign up on boostmobile website or what?

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red555357 made it! (author)2009-02-06

Sorry to bother you but I don't feel like reading all the other comments to get my answer but I have an i425 and it doesn't work with mini-opera atleast not the one posted so you wouldn't happen to have another url that supports an i425 Motorola phone.

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temp made it! (author)2008-12-13

i have a motorola so would i have to put 508631----@MYmotorolamobile.com?(instead of @myboostmobile.com)

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-12-13

ehm, perhaps you didn't understand the syntax of the address; it's not dependent on the brand of the phone, but on the carrier.

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rasutii made it! (author)2008-09-29

DUDE, this is the best app I have ever used on any phone. But here's the great part, it works on the "new" i425. I was wondering if you could make a special little ring tone transferring "Hack" for the i425 series, those MyJAL apps are crazy to use.

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-09-29

Unfortunately, after 6 years of great service my i450 took a dump, and I deleted all my software, however there is a way to do that, a full step by step guide can be found here. the program you will be installing will be called "iDen webJAL" it's similar to the JAL included in this instructable, but it requires a spoofed server connection (server is run by http://harrythompson.com/), it allows ALOT of stuff to be done with these phones.

If you do choose to take this path, I wish you luck, for you will be very pissed 90% of the time, it's not a simple thing to install, but IT IS WORTH IT!

let me know how it goes.

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rasutii made it! (author)rasutii2008-10-01

I have tried iDen webJAL more than once, and I have gotten pissed off at every time. I don't know whether it's because I'm running vista or not. I was wondering if you could use this app to download ring tones from sites that I have registered to, I can open my text, follow the link using this app, but when I try to download, it says it may need to close to download but nothing happens. Does it let me or am I gonna have to find an alternative?

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-10-01

you will never be able to download a ringtone directly to the phone, even if it did get put on the phone, it wouldn't be registered as being put on anyways, that's why the webjal is needed. it not only loads the data onto the phone, but at the same time places some identifying information in the phones registry.

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rasutii made it! (author)rasutii2008-10-01

I have used up my MyJAL MediaPAL 3.0 trial, it works great. If you could lend me a "link" to one it would be appreciated. Every time I download another trial, it's like the servers are linked and won't let me use it, it expires instantly. If webjal was EXTREMELY easier to install, that would benefit to more than a handful of individuals. But for now, I'll just remain some sort of Boost god, by installing this app on my friends cells.

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-10-01

Also, yes windows vista IS a problem with older software, like webjal. it's quite simple to install another version of windows on the same computer, without disrupting vista. I know this because I use Ubuntu 8.04, Windows XP, and windows Vista all on one laptop.

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-10-01

Remember this, it's a universal rule. "Garbage in Garbage out" and iDen webjal is far from garbage. it may be a bit of a pain to install, there are basic steps to it 1. downloading proper software 2. installing the proper software 3. spoofing the server (basically redirecting all trafic to motorola's iden server, to Harry Thompson's server) Once those are done properly, it will be your best friend.

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struckbyanarrow made it! (author)2008-09-27

dang i got a sony ericsson walkman ,will that work?

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-09-27

If it did, I would check www.operamini.com with your web browser and see if it's supported. webjal will NOT load it into the phone memory, becuase of the brand, and the network type. however it may work by other means unknown to me.

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casey321b made it! (author)2008-08-09

will it work for any nextel phone that is unlocked?

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oxymoron made it! (author)2008-07-14

NIce step-by-step! Thanks. For GPS tracking, try mytracking:
http://www.geocities.com/prestonsystems/mytracking
MUCH more stable than mologogo. I havent had to re-boot it at all so far, so it's really a great unattended tracking solution for about $10 every 3 months (the cost to keep the Boost account active). I believe personal use accounts are still free.

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tboo100 made it! (author)2008-06-27

hey guys just wondering does it work on a boost i855?

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lutin made it! (author)2008-06-08

Does not work with Cingular, I might go pick up a boost phone later

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alexmeyer made it! (author)2008-05-30

Dude, this is awesome. I can confirm that it works on an i425 with Boost Mobile. I've been periodically checking my account summary online, and no charges or anything.

At the end of the instructable you mention free GPS tracking... I was just wondering how that was going. Other tracking apps (such as mologogo) wouldn't work? You would have to have the data service?

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-05-30

Well, thank you for checking that particular model! I have succesfuly run mologogo on my i450 - however it is VERY laggy (due to low memory) data connection is needed to load various maps (which is seen as an http transaction, so it's free with the listed networks and phone models.)

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alexmeyer made it! (author)alexmeyer2008-05-30

What exactly do you mean by the "listed networks and phone models"? I'm kinda curious on what counts as the kind of "internet traffic" that you would be charged for. Opera obviously doesn't need the paid-for web service... (Sorry if I sound like a stupid n00b... I'm really not. I'm quite competent when it comes to anything technological.)

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-06-02

Sorry, I should have been more specific. basically all motorola phones on the sprint, nextel and boost mobile networks SHOULD be able to do this, but so far the only confirmed models are the i450, i455, i425. A close friend of mine unlocked an old moto razr v3 - and had it put on the nextel network, he is currently able to browse the web for free in the same way as my i450.

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xecure made it! (author)2008-05-17

is this possible on a motorola phone on any other network? (tmobile, at&t;, etc..)

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-05-19

I have not tested outside of the boost/sprint/nextel network, but I assume it will not work. if it does work, please let us know.

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dud_1 made it! (author)2008-05-16

it worked

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el_plebillo made it! (author)2008-04-20

I already have free internet, just installed opera mini, so, my question is: I still wont' get charged for using opera mini ?

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MODX made it! (author)2008-04-03

lol I actually think it's pretty cool. Maybe you just think it's lame cuz you didn't come up with it? Nice job Bleachworthy.

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-04-03

Thanks!

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taz_ofda_310 made it! (author)2008-02-29

does the boost mobile account have to be activated in order to work?? or can i use it like wen and wen it isnt activated???

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-02-29

In order to get internet, you need to be connected to the network, and to be connected to the network you need to be dialing one of the "emergency" numbers listed in the codeplug (911), or the account must be active. I really dont think you want to be calling 911 while triyng to get internet. I've been trying for months now to alter that list, but have only managed to piss off the local fire department.

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Big Bubba made it! (author)2008-01-28

this is what it looked like...

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Big Bubba made it! (author)Big Bubba2008-01-28

Tap into your inner rock star. Get the Music MOTOROKR™ Z6m, exclusively from Alltel. This super-cool, super-sleek slider keeps the music bumping. With a narrow form factor and clean lines, it’s as fashionable as it is fun. A powerful integrated music player and Music capabilities let you transfer your digital music in seconds. And with up to 2GB removable memory available, there’s room to store all your favorites. Whether your life is classical opera or classic rock, the MOTOROKR™ is sure to be a classic hit. The MOTOROKR™ Z6m also features:

  • MP3 player with Music capabilities
  • Celltop ready *Right here*
  • 2 MP camera with video
  • Stereo Bluetooth® capable
  • GPS capable
  • Expandable memory slot
  • 3.5 mm headset jack
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Big Bubba made it! (author)2008-01-25

Hate to sound like a noob, but what is a celltop?

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2008-01-26

it sounds like a typo.... could you quote the sentence it is in, so I can correct it? I searched and searched, but never mentioned the word "celltop"

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Big Bubba made it! (author)Big Bubba2008-01-28

go to shopalltel.com then go to the section where it says phones (u might need to type ur zip code) and then find the motorola rockr z6 when u see the info it has u then click the actual picture of it and it will show another thing with more info this is where i found the word celltop hope this can help! thynx

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LarrySDonald made it! (author)2007-12-23

I've been using a boost i415 and supporting a i450 for a year and a half or so (i.e. a family member is using it and I'm putting on what they need). Opera certainly doesn't randomly work without data access enabled ($0.35/day currently, initially $0.20/day), with the data access on most network access apps seem to work fine. As mentioned, need a JAL - I initially used WebJal but switched to the opensource OpenJal later. I've had no issue with that, may have to try cutting data access and accessing a messaged link (I assume the point is that will open further access from other apps, but I may be misunderstanding). I have a hard time switching to a better platform simply because it's a stupid good deal for what I do, 35 cents a day doesn't add up to a whole lot and net, IM, email, maps, GPS, etc all work great. I'd love a bigger platform, but all other places keep saying mean things like "one year contract" or "$20/month for data" - F that.. Sure it's only 9.6kbit or so, but that's a-ok for casual browsing, checking mail, brief messages, etc. It this works it'd cut data rates from $10.50 to $0, which wouldn't hurt and it can always be reactivated I guess..

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2007-12-23

well, I hate to burst your bubble, but it does work, but not so randomly. all iden phones on the boost/sprint/nextel network, have a packet data connection. boost will try like hell to charge you for it by using the OpenWave browser. if you don't believe me, and are willing to blow off a litte cash to see for yourself, go out, buy a brand new i455 or i415, load opera, and see what happens.

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LarrySDonald made it! (author)LarrySDonald2007-12-28

Not sure I'm willing to buy anything else. I cut service on one (i.e. data service) and toyed around a bit but didn't get it to work all that well. It would once in a while manage to load pages it, in theory, shouldn't be allowed to access (i.e. outside boosts cozy $$$ site) but I didn't get that far with it. Perhaps I'll play more. I'm not prepared to give up data access on my own (I actually use it). If they're cracking down harder on that I probably will need to check into it more, I've been considering getting something bigger (the i415 has about 2Mb memory, which is a little tight). I have had opera work on relatively new i415s and i450s though (with "boughten" data access). I haven't done extensive checking, just people over at the house who happened to have them and then the "OpenWave sucks! - Toss it over, I'll slam in Opera mini on it, cables right here" conversation. I'm not sure if you mean they plugged the SMS link hole thing and I'm not planning on forking up to find out.

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misterhh made it! (author)2007-12-27

Eugene perhaps?

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Hawaii00000 made it! (author)2007-11-12

Don't get it.

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2007-11-13

umm... ok

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bleachworthy made it! (author)bleachworthy2007-11-13

lol, why don't you get it?

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Hawaii00000 made it! (author)Hawaii000002007-11-13

Big technological words.

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FlyingMonkieBoy made it! (author)2007-10-08

How do u email a link to a phone? i've been trying it with yahoo and it comes up with just the words

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