HOW TO UNLOCK A MOTOROLA V3R (R4515/R3443u2)
Before we begin, here are some things you will need
1) A GSM RAZR V3R phone, software version R4515 or R3443 WITH A GOOD, FULLY CHARGED
2) Unlocking software. I recommend P2K Easy Tool version 3.9, NOT 3.7 or 4.1. I couldn't get 3.7 or 4.1 to work. 3.9 worked perfectly the first time. You will have to search the net for this software as it is wares and we cannot link to it.There are other programs that will perform the unlock, but I have no experience with them. You will have to take your phone apart to unlock it yourself. Don't panic, it is very easy to do. You will also need the latest version of Flash & Backup, so you can get a backup of your phone before you start.
3) A Torx T5 or T6 screwdriver, I can't remenber which one, and the numbers on my bits are so small, I can't read them (sucks getting old).
4) Your testpoint tool. You can be very creative with this. Some
people use a small piece of wire, small test probe, safety pin, etc. When you
read the procedure for using the testpoint, you can
decide what method you're most comfortable with.
5) Nerves of steel and the will to succeed!
Before we begin, make sure you have installed the Motorola drivers for the phone. You can download them here
Windows 32 bit: https://developer.motorola.com/docstoet_USB_Driver/
Windows 64 bit: https://developer.motorola.com/docstoUSB_Driver_64/
You will need to do a quick, free registration to download the driver packs.
Alright, let's get started!
I'm going to unlock a V3R - R3443, which is locked to T-Mobile, but the procedure is same for V3R - 4515.
1) Perform a backup of your phone using F&B. This might save your ass if something goes wrong. Open the F&B Program & connect the phone to one of your PC's USB ports, NOT a USB hub. If you have installed the drivers correctly, your screen will look like this:
Notice the box in the lower left will turn green, showing connection and phone information. Select the correct phone model in the 'Active phone profile' drop down box. In our case, V3R. Change the 'Backup format' to SHX. This will result in a larger file, but you'll have more flexability with it later. Check the 'Select all' box. Un-check the ' Cut empty bytes' box. Click on 'read data' and let the fun begin. The phone should go into flash mode and the backup procedure should start with the screen looking like this:
The backup will take about 5 minutes. When complete, the phone should restart back to it's normal operational state. You now have a backup of your phones software.
2) Time to dis-assemble the phone. Turn phone off and remove the battery. There are 2 screws you'll need to remove here:
When you remove the screws, the case halves will start to separate. DO NOT pull them apart yet. Looking in the crack, you will see a ribbon cable plugged into the circuit board:
You must unplug this before separating the halves. Don't use anything sharp, as it may damage the ribbon. A butter knife works pretty good, rocking it back & forth. Once the ribbon is disconnected, you can separate the halves. There are 4 small little clips holding the halves together. Some people just muscle the halves apart without damage. I like to use a plastic iPod opening tool to release the clips. Now that it's apart, this is what you'll be working on:
Here is the location of the testpoint
NOTE: There has been some confusion on the testpoint location. Look very closely at the picture. The testpoint is the solder joint (silver endcap) on the circled component, NOT the component itself!
Before we do a testpoint, we need to understand what it is. We need to put the phone in diagnostic mode so we can access areas of the software needed to unlock the phone. We do this by 'grounding' the testpoint, meaning we make an electrical connection between the testpoint and the ground of the circuit board. There are many grounds on the board. The most common are the metal shields on the chips and the USB port. The testpoint needs to be grounded when we turn the phone on (attach the battery). This is where you have to be creative. You need you come up with a comfortable way to ground the testpoint, apply battery power and click your mouse at the same time. I would recommend that you have someone help you the first time. Ok, lets get started. Prepare by opening the P2K Easy Tool software, select the correct phone model in the drop down box, click on the 'Locks' tab and check the 'Unlock SP' box:
Place your mouse over the 'Do Selected Jobs' box, but don't click it yet. Plug the USB cable into the phone and PC. Nothing will happen as the phone has no power yet. Set up the phone, battery and PC close together. This is how I set mine up:
I usually use a small piece of wire with an alligator clip on one end and a safety pin on the other:
I clip the alligator clip on the USB shield and hold the pin on the testpoint while sliding the battery into place. You'll have to come up with your own method. Let's do it!
Ground the testpoint and slide the battery into position. Wait a couple of seconds for the phone to power up. While holding the testpoint and battery in place, click the 'Do Selected Jobs' button. Another box should pop up, telling you to remove the testpoint
Remove the testpoint but MAKE SURE YOU DON'T DISCONNECT THE
You can now disconnect the battery and pat yourself on the back as you have just unlocked your phone (but we're not done yet).
Before we can use the phone, we have to do a PDS repair. This requires doing a testpoint again, but this time instead of checking the 'Unlock SP' box in the 'Locks' tab, we do it with the 'Full repair PDS zone' box checked in the 'Repair' tab. Follow the exact same procedure you did for the unlock. When complete, you should see this screen
You can disconnect the battery and put the phone back together. Don't forget to plug the ribbon cable back in.
Well, that's all there is to it. Test it with a SIM from another carrier. If it's working properly, you're done. Now is a good time to delete the backup you made previously and make a new backup as the previous one was locked and will re-lock your phone if you restore from it. Make sure everything you flash to your phone is un-locked, or you'll have to do this all over again..
THANKS TO JHANKO FOR THIS TUTORIAL!
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