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Posted by jumbocod
I am soon going to debrand my Orange C905 and I have a quick question about the Icons on the main menu.

After I have debranded I understand that the naff orange icons will be gone. Does this include Orange World icon too? Will this get replaced with the SE internet icon?

I have seen a couple of themes on an o2 phone (dusk and morning glisten I think) which have their own icon style but on my Orange C905 I still get the Orange icons and the option to use the icon from the theme is disabled!

If I debrand and used one of these themes I don't want to be left with a mixture of orange and SE icons.

Can anyone post a piccy of the icons on these themes after debranding an Orange C905?

Thanks


Posted by totalgsm
Once you have debranded, there won't be any more orange stuff.
It will be completely orange free.


Posted by scook94
Except for a "Welcome To Orange" pop-up when the phone is switched on, which seems to be related to the SIM... Apart from that what he said ^^^

Posted by yorkiex
If you want to debrand it for free and feel a little tech minded then try this way which i found on topsony and it worked for me


First of all, i dont have any credit for this method. I was helped by several users ( Thanks ! ) and i decided to make a guide to help.

This is an A2 Debrand Tutorial

Software Required:
- A2uploader ( google search )
- Sony Ericsson Update Service ( Comes with the phone CD, or download on SonyEricsson website )
- Notepad ( Comes with Windows ... )

Note: On some Sony Ericsson Models, you have to press 2+5 instead of C.

Recommended Step: (For Users with Phone Warranty)
- You will need to identify your CDA to Debrand again your phone in case you need to take it to Warranty.
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader on your computer, and press the identify button:

- Then plug in your USB cable to the computer, and should appear a text like this:

- Save that number on CDA-Article
- Follow the next steps:

Step 1:
- You need to switch your phone CDA to a Generic CDA, this makes SEUS to update to the debranded firmware.
( for people who want to restore the phone "Recommended Step", in cda number on xml, copy the one you got from A2uploader )

http://www.4shared.com/file/7[....]f30dbec/customize_upgrade.html


download the above file and unrar itas i have already made the file (which is for western europe uk) for you to use

Step 2:
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader and press the FileSystemTool button:

- Go to tpa/preset/custom directory and drag the customize_upgrade.xml to there (after copy, check if it is there):

- Press Stop button on A2uploader, and Quit

Step 3:
- Turn on the phone, to (in other words) install the new CDA.
- Turn off the phone

Step 4:
- Execute Sony Ericsson Update Service, and press Start button:

- Choose your phone type and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Choose your phone model and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Follow the program instructions:

- Then will appear your new firmware type, and u press continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example, western europe firmware)

- It will pop-up a window for you to confirm, you have to press Yes twice:

- Now you have to w8, for the process to finish:

- Congrats ! You have debranded your Sony Ericsson, disconnect the USB cable from the phone, remove battery and put it again, and turn on the phone. Enjoy

[ This Message was edited by: yorkiex on 2008-12-05 19:23 ]

Posted by childude

On 2008-12-05 20:10:09, yorkiex wrote:
If you want to debrand it for free and feel a little tech minded then try this way which i found on topsony and it worked for me


First of all, i dont have any credit for this method. I was helped by several users ( Thanks ! ) and i decided to make a guide to help.

This is an A2 Debrand Tutorial

Software Required:
- A2uploader ( google search )
- Sony Ericsson Update Service ( Comes with the phone CD, or download on SonyEricsson website )
- Notepad ( Comes with Windows ... )

Note: On some Sony Ericsson Models, you have to press 2+5 instead of C.

Recommended Step: (For Users with Phone Warranty)
- You will need to identify your CDA to Debrand again your phone in case you need to take it to Warranty.
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader on your computer, and press the identify button:

- Then plug in your USB cable to the computer, and should appear a text like this:

- Save that number on CDA-Article
- Follow the next steps:

Step 1:
- You need to switch your phone CDA to a Generic CDA, this makes SEUS to update to the debranded firmware.
( for people who want to restore the phone "Recommended Step", in cda number on xml, copy the one you got from A2uploader )

http://www.4shared.com/file/7[....]f30dbec/customize_upgrade.html


download the above file and unrar itas i have already made the file (which is for western europe uk) for you to use

Step 2:
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader and press the FileSystemTool button:

- Go to tpa/preset/custom directory and drag the customize_upgrade.xml to there (after copy, check if it is there):

- Press Stop button on A2uploader, and Quit

Step 3:
- Turn on the phone, to (in other words) install the new CDA.
- Turn off the phone

Step 4:
- Execute Sony Ericsson Update Service, and press Start button:

- Choose your phone type and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Choose your phone model and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Follow the program instructions:

- Then will appear your new firmware type, and u press continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example, western europe firmware)

- It will pop-up a window for you to confirm, you have to press Yes twice:

- Now you have to w8, for the process to finish:

- Congrats ! You have debranded your Sony Ericsson, disconnect the USB cable from the phone, remove battery and put it again, and turn on the phone. Enjoy

[ This Message was edited by: yorkiex on 2008-12-05 19:23 ]


Omg I have just joined this forum to simply thank you for such a thorough and precise tutorial! i cannot believe ym phone is totally debranded!! i love you! ha! merry xmas!

Posted by strizlow800
Well that procedure is for free flashing and debranding.. Great one.

Anyway, for people that doesn't want to torture themselves folowing tutorials and guides of everykind, you can use totalgsm. I think it's worth spending some euros.

www.totalgsm.com

Posted by szs
Hey ive got so far as to plugging my phone into the update service thing but it says there are no updates for it so what can i do now?

Posted by JD UK
I would like to express my deepest thanks to all involved in devising this method. I thought the amount of brandnig on C905 from O2 would be relatively small, but then I noticed the softkey on standby had "O2" written above it and I thought to myself that they had gone one step too far. You have saved me 10 and helped me remove the branding from my phone, so thank you.

Posted by sludders
wow, i am also a brand new member just here to thank you. amazing, so simple and thoroughly detailed. have a fantastic xmas and take solace in the fact you have made someoe elses xmas extra great

Posted by lillewp
You know this geeza that just posted this is Very genorous! i want to say i love you and i would if you was a gyal

Posted by Shin2k35
Hi everyone. I received my C905 this afternoon and it was on the Orange network with those horrible Orange buttons.

After following the tutorial above I managed to get my phone debranded and looking great. Only small detail is the Orange logo on my phone case, but that's nothing to worry about.

This was a brand new phone out of the box and I had a small hitch, too. SEMCBOOT.

I followed the instructions at the bottom of page one in this thread

http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=164419

After using device manager to install the drivers for the SEMCBOOT Flash utility I was up and running. I saved my CDA but I don't need it anymore as everything went great. Thanks to the OP who posted/shared this tutorial and stuff you to Orange for messing with my homescreen and menu buttons.

Posted by Nosphorus
Hey guys, first post here, just thought I'd ask the pros about debranding my new c905

Roight, I'm with orange, I've got the unlimited internet usage on my c905, but my phone is branded with all this horrible orange firmware, just a question, if I debrand my phone, will I lose all of the internet information required to access orange's internet server? I came here before about my N95, debranded it and lost my username/password required to access the internet, does anyone know a way where I could get this information off my phone or get everything sorted after it's been debranded?

Posted by tranced
yes you will lose all your data. you can get the internet settings from the orange website

Posted by yorkiex

On 2008-12-30 18:04:48, Nosphorus wrote:
Hey guys, first post here, just thought I'd ask the pros about debranding my new c905

Roight, I'm with orange, I've got the unlimited internet usage on my c905, but my phone is branded with all this horrible orange firmware, just a question, if I debrand my phone, will I lose all of the internet information required to access orange's internet server? I came here before about my N95, debranded it and lost my username/password required to access the internet, does anyone know a way where I could get this information off my phone or get everything sorted after it's been debranded?


go here and follow the instuctions http://setuporange.wdsglobal.com/index.html

Posted by Nosphorus
Awesome, cheers guys!

I've got the silver version of the phone, that's the only one they had when I phoned them up, does anyone know if I could take this down to one of their retail stores and exchange it for a black one?

Posted by tranced
if it's brand new with all its bits and a voucher i think they'll do it.

Posted by Nosphorus
Voucher?

Posted by tranced
never mind

Posted by Nosphorus
Please any information will be helpful!

Posted by gregpot2000
CHEERS MATE!

i had previously paid 10 to davici to do this, and everything worked fine unti i got the dreaded ear piece fault!

got my new handset today and used your techinique and it works brillaintly, at least i know now if i have problems with this one dont have to worry about paying ten pounds every time!

thanks again

Posted by sibluenose
I debranded my phone and now I am unable to send ordinary text messages. It is missing altogether from the new message menu (I have been hammered for send loads of MMS messages over new year!)!

I guess I am missing some simple settings, does anybody know them?

PS I am on Orange. I debranded with the Western European software and have reinstalled it a couple of times just to make sure it wasn't a dodgy installation.

Posted by superleeds27
Your customize_upgrade.xml doesn't contain any regional information?
IE. Western_europe. etc

Just the CDA Number

Posted by sibluenose
Yes that's right, it is just a CDA number but it is read as Western Europe.

Is this something to do with the problem I am getting?

Posted by superleeds27

On 2009-01-17 15:43:54, sibluenose wrote:
Yes that's right, it is just a CDA number but it is read as Western Europe.

Is this something to do with the problem I am getting?


Not sure, can't be the reason if other people have done it this way?

I know i debranded my W910i, but the XML File had loads more in

Posted by superleeds27
Its simple basically.

Tyhe CDA is a code which SEUS recognises and tells the server to download what firmware.
If you switch your CDA with the western europe generic, for the phone, then the phone triggers the server to download the generic not the branded.

You should keep a note of your CDA, then if problems arise with the phone, create anotehr XML with the original CDA and paste it back, update via SEUS, and it will give you back the branded firmware.



Not too hard to follow tbh

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Edit:

try flashing your phine back with branded software and see if the sms works tehn.

I got this list off the net fro C905 CDA's, not sure if its correct id double check before doing.

1210-4325 o2-de_Germany
1210-4327 Orange_United_Kingdom
1210-4328 ORANGE_F_France
1210-4888 T-mobile_United_Kingdom
1210-4889 T-Mobile_DE_Germany
1212-0108 E-PLUS_DE_Germany
1212-4557 BOUYGTEL_France
1212-9617 3_Hong_Kong
1212-9618 3_Sweden
1212-9620 3_Denmark
1212-9623 3_United_Kingdom
1212-9848 Vodafone_DE_Germany
1213-3340 T-Mobile_NL_Netherlands
1213-3341 T-Mobile_CZ_Czech_republic
1213-6376 Vodafone_GR_Greece
1213-6381 Vodafone_NL_Netherlands
1214-0335 Telenor_SE_Sweden
1214-7311 Customized_United_Kingdom
1215-6920 Vodafone_Contract_United_Kingdom
1216-4455 Cosmote_Greece
1219-7224 O2_United_Kingdom


[ This Message was edited by: superleeds27 on 2009-01-18 18:58 ]

Posted by wd_40
I am having trouble debranding a T-mobile C905.

I have used the guide shown (and thank you so much for that), all goes ok, I copy over the .xml file, check it's on the phone by reconnecting A2, it is there, quit, turn phone on, turn phone off, battery out, connect to SEUS, choose phone and it tells me "update not available".

Where may I be going wrong ?

Thanks for any help.

[ This Message was edited by: wd_40 on 2009-01-19 16:42 ]


Posted by superleeds27
what does your xml say?

For western europe, C905 It show show:

CDA - 1209-4774

language-variant-name>WESTERN-EUROPE
This Xml should work for the C905, Dont hold me responsible if it doesn't, pretty sure it should

C905, Western Europe.:

http://www.uploadjockey.com/d[....]/9416877/customize_upgrade.rar




[ This Message was edited by: superleeds27 on 2009-01-19 16:54 ]

Posted by wd_40
The one I have says:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<customization>
<info>
<cda-number>1209-4774</cda-number>
</info>
</customization>

I shall give the one you have posted a link to a go.

Cheers

[ This Message was edited by: wd_40 on 2009-01-19 16:58 ]

Posted by superleeds27
Let me know if it works

Cheers

Posted by wd_40
Nope.

It is a brand new phone, arrived today.

Unlocked it no problem.

I did notice a custom.xml file in the directory that I am pasting the custom_upgrade.xml file (I assume that should be there).

I am right to be powering the phone on and then off after transferring the .xml file, before using the SEUS aren't I ?

Thanks muchly.

Posted by superleeds27
Yer, copy the file the xml to:

tpa/preset/custom

Diosconnect phone, power on, should install the CDA:

Turn off update.

Sure it doesn't work? I think it should. Wghat network did you get it on?

Posted by superleeds27
If i debrand from o2.

Can i at a later date, go back to o2 branded firmware?

Posted by Alex_230

On 2008-12-05 20:10:09, yorkiex wrote:
If you want to debrand it for free and feel a little tech minded then try this way which i found on topsony and it worked for me


First of all, i dont have any credit for this method. I was helped by several users ( Thanks ! ) and i decided to make a guide to help.

This is an A2 Debrand Tutorial

Software Required:
- A2uploader ( google search )
- Sony Ericsson Update Service ( Comes with the phone CD, or download on SonyEricsson website )
- Notepad ( Comes with Windows ... )

Note: On some Sony Ericsson Models, you have to press 2+5 instead of C.

Recommended Step: (For Users with Phone Warranty)
- You will need to identify your CDA to Debrand again your phone in case you need to take it to Warranty.
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader on your computer, and press the identify button:

- Then plug in your USB cable to the computer, and should appear a text like this:

- Save that number on CDA-Article
- Follow the next steps:

Step 1:
- You need to switch your phone CDA to a Generic CDA, this makes SEUS to update to the debranded firmware.
( for people who want to restore the phone "Recommended Step", in cda number on xml, copy the one you got from A2uploader )

http://www.4shared.com/file/7[....]f30dbec/customize_upgrade.html


download the above file and unrar itas i have already made the file (which is for western europe uk) for you to use

Step 2:
- Turn Off your phone and remove the battery and put it again.
- Connect the USB cable to the phone and Press C button.
- Execute A2uploader and press the FileSystemTool button:

- Go to tpa/preset/custom directory and drag the customize_upgrade.xml to there (after copy, check if it is there):

- Press Stop button on A2uploader, and Quit

Step 3:
- Turn on the phone, to (in other words) install the new CDA.
- Turn off the phone

Step 4:
- Execute Sony Ericsson Update Service, and press Start button:

- Choose your phone type and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Choose your phone model and click continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example)

- Follow the program instructions:

- Then will appear your new firmware type, and u press continue: (In picture, im using SE C905 for example, western europe firmware)

- It will pop-up a window for you to confirm, you have to press Yes twice:

- Now you have to w8, for the process to finish:

- Congrats ! You have debranded your Sony Ericsson, disconnect the USB cable from the phone, remove battery and put it again, and turn on the phone. Enjoy

[ This Message was edited by: yorkiex on 2008-12-05 19:23 ]


I know I'm not supposed to ask here but it looks simple ,will this method work for me to debrand a W910 on Vodafone? If so ,can someone provide me a link or something to get the generic w910 firmware like the customize_upgrade.xml and CDA for it?

Posted by superleeds27
Fpound this on the net for W910i, supposedly others have had it working from this file:

http://www.mediafire.com/?jdmkjum001g

W910i - Western Europe

Posted by Alex_230
Never mind ,i found the .xml (general adriatic fw) file for w910 and actualy did it ,and guess wat? SUCCESS thx for the guide

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curently owning: J220 ,W810 ,K550 ,G900;
Nokia: N90 ,2610
lost: S700 ,T630
R.I.P.: SE T105, T230, Z200; sold: K800i

[ This Message was edited by: Alex_230 on 2009-01-19 23:42 ]

Posted by wd_40
sorry I couldn't post back earlier, only three posts allowed on your first day of registration.

I ended up using davinci, which worked splendidly (though cost 9.31). Oddly enough, now the SEUS says there is an update available

Thanks for the assistance anyway, I shall continue frequenting the forum once more.....

/I used to be a member many years ago....

Posted by superleeds27
Debranded my c905 today, phone was annoying me restarting all the time!

Anyway, if i have any tech problems, or anything needs to eb done via warrenty, Ill change the CDA back to the original O2 one, and flash via SEUS, putting the crappy o2 stuff back on

[ This Message was edited by: superleeds27 on 2009-01-20 17:24 ]

Posted by teebee
Hi, been trying to debrand my sony c905 but cant get past step 1 to identify my CDA! Ive downloaded A2 Uploader and followed the procedure of connecting the phone by holding down C (even tried 2+5). Tried it a number of times but A2 doesnt find anything? Ive waited 7-8 minutes but still no luck.

Any help would be great.... thanks.



Posted by nekromantik

On 2009-01-23 02:16:36, teebee wrote:
Hi, been trying to debrand my sony c905 but cant get past step 1 to identify my CDA! Ive downloaded A2 Uploader and followed the procedure of connecting the phone by holding down C (even tried 2+5). Tried it a number of times but A2 doesnt find anything? Ive waited 7-8 minutes but still no luck.

Any help would be great.... thanks.




you downloaded and installed the flash usb drivers?

Posted by teebee
No i didnt. Is that what the post below describes? This looks like what i got when i connected my phone to the comp.


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Hi everyone. I received my C905 this afternoon and it was on the Orange network with those horrible Orange buttons.

After following the tutorial above I managed to get my phone debranded and looking great. Only small detail is the Orange logo on my phone case, but that's nothing to worry about.

This was a brand new phone out of the box and I had a small hitch, too. SEMCBOOT.

I followed the instructions at the bottom of page one in this thread

http://www.esato.com/board/viewtopic.php?topic=164419

After using device manager to install the drivers for the SEMCBOOT Flash utility I was up and running. I saved my CDA but I don't need it anymore as everything went great. Thanks to the OP who posted/shared this tutorial and stuff you to Orange for messing with my homescreen and menu buttons.

Posted by Inaam
I successfully debranded C905 on T-Mobile UK.

Posted by pullenuk
If I got this on Orange and debranded it. What happens if I get a hardware fault? Can I still take it back to Orange without them stopping me because I taken off their software?



Posted by yorkiex

On 2009-02-07 18:48:28, pullenuk wrote:
If I got this on Orange and debranded it. What happens if I get a hardware fault? Can I still take it back to Orange without them stopping me because I taken off their software?




yes you can im on my 4th c905 and the first thing i do is debrand the phone and every time they have swaped out the phone without any problems.

cheers

Posted by nambiker
hi does anyone have a good link for a2uploader as all search results on google are trojans.

Posted by pullenuk
Currently debranding my brand new orange version right now. Nervous of course! Been playing with it. Really hated the fact I can't use Google Maps as it should work and the fact the Geotag doesn't work properly either.

Wi-fi works, but a bit poor on the signal strength side.

Themes, man doesn't work properly as you got bright orange icons as the menu..... noooooooo..... that alone is enough to want a debrand!

No games, just demos...? Nope thumbs down Orange, I want the games that should be on the phone, not demos!

Impressed that I could still actually use the phone properly when playing music, something that my K850i still can't do without lagging in the menus.

Will feedback my first impressions when I finally got the phone the way it should be not with the orange junk!

Posted by huggons
Hi

I have got a new c905 from vodafone on r1ba038 (unlocked to any network) and would like to load the newest version of 3 firmware for the uk so i can use skype / msn / planet 3. would be great if someone could give me some tips / help of how to go about this and if the phone would be locked to 3.

cheers guys

Posted by steventkaz
I just debranded my C905, which I just bought from Vodafone , using the "recommend step" of course, and I would like to thank the guy posted the tutorial!

God bless you!

Posted by duffy1807
Hello guys , hope you all are ok

Well this is my first post, and i would just like to say, a special thanks for the guide that has helped my unbrand my Orange c905, i am so glad to get rid of the hidous menu that orange uses, the icons where so horrible. But now i dont have to see them anymore

Gutted about the memory game that orange provided me that i paid 4 for, haha, after the flash, i forgot about the game. but nevermind, theirs 3 new games on my phone to play with now.

Cant wait to put sum flash themes on my phone now , thank you guys


Posted by CF2790
This is freaking fab!!

(im a long time user but have totally forgotten my username etc so this is new )

My new C905 is now de-branded and is the sexiest phone ever!!

Question....

Would I need a new XML file for each model SE handset?

Also, would de-branding the handset also unlock it to be used with any SIM?

My Voda is unlocked anyway but like making an Orange SE phone able to use an o2 SIM for example?

Posted by CF2790
Btw, i can now love this site direct on my mobile woohoo!


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