Flexing the V3You don't need to flex your phone unless your goal is to unbrand it or because you purchased a used phone that has outdated software on it. Many people that came to me purchased used V3s with Cingular branding but they had service through T-Mobile with a T-Mobile SIM that they wanted to use the phone with. I simply put a T-Mobile flex on their phone and they were good to go.
My phone came with Cingular flex version "GSMV3xxCIN02NA088". Since I wanted to add video recording to it, it was necessary to upgrade the flex to support video capability. You need at a minimum, flex version "GSMV3xxCIN02NA0A5". For T-Mobile you want flex version "GSMV3MXTMB01NA0A5" or higher. Also, depending on what you are doing, you don't need to flex just because you flashed.
There are a couple types of flexes at MotoX. There is the "flex" (the original factory default one), and the "flexlash" (a flex which comes in a flash file format .shx). As with the flash file, just get the most recent flex you can. Once again, I'll cover flexing with RDS Lite, then MFF.
In the image below I used a flexlash file. You can see by the file name that it is flex version "A106", it's intended to be used on T-Mobile phones and came from a phone with the "42.09R" flash on it. This file will only install the flex though.
Launch RSD Lite. Then connect your phone to the data cable. Your phone should be detected shortly by the program and display the first line of text you see in the screen shot below. Click the button labeled "..." and find where the flex is on your computer that you want to use. Click the "Start" button. Now you should see what's displayed on the second through sixth lines of text as the program processes each code group and does other things. When it's finished you will see the line of text on the seventh line displayed. Click the "Close" button and you are done. Disconnect your phone from the cable and check it out.
|Looking at the screen shot above you might ask yourself why it doesn't say it's flexing if I'm flexing the phone? Because I happen to be using a flexlash file which is a flex, but it's installed like a flash. If I use a true flex file, like in the screen shot below, it will say flexing instead of flashing.|
After it's finished and your phone has given you a confirmation tone, you can
click "Close" and disconnect your phone from the cable and check out your changes.
If you should get a message like this where the program seems to hang:
Don't panic. Just close the program, chance are your phone is just fine. Sometimes this happens.
|Ok, let's try MFF this time. Launch MFF. Go to the "Flex Setup" window and check the "Enable Flex" box press the "Browse" button to locate the flex file you want to use. The flexing process will take about twenty minutes.|
Make sure to check the "Override existing phone software even if it is newer
than the superfile software", "Master Clear phones after flexing" and "Master
Reset phones after flexing" boxes in the "Preferences" section.
When you're flexing your phone with a custom flex, perform "Master Clear" and "Master Reset" on your phone before flexing. Leave "Master Clear phones after flexing" and "Master Reset phones after flexing" options unchecked in the "Preferences" section of the MFF program. I wound up doing the exact opposite and everything still worked out when I flexed later on.
If you notice any problems with Internet connectivity, then you may need to upload a "websessions" file to your "/a" directory. These can be downloaded at this site later in the tutorial. The Cingular file has the standard settings for MMS and MEdia Net. The T-Mobile file has the standard settings for e-mail, MMS, SMS and T-Zones.
I learned how to flex this phone from MotoX at his tutorial right here.
This ends the "flex" section of this tutorial.