After many years of resisting, I finally got a cell phone. I went with a local provider MetroPCS, which offers unlimited calling for a flat fee without contracts or credit checks. Overall I think it’s a pretty good deal, though I wish they offered a way to browse the web through the phone.
I decided to go with the LG vx3200, which is a pretty basic model. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information out there on the LG vx3200 from MetroPCS (mPCS 3200 for short). Verizon Wireless also offers a vx3200, but the Metro vx3200 seems to be somewhat different. Luckily for Metro subscribers, the mPCS 3200 seems to be a bit easier to customize.
One thing you will need for almost all of the hacks is a data cable. The vx3200 requires a serial cable, or a USB-to-Serial cable. It should run about $30. Be careful of the cheap USB cables on Ebay; a lot of them don’t work with the 3200 even though they make that claim. I use a serial cable made by LG (the makers of the phone) which I found on Ebay. You can also look for a FutureDial USB cable. Many people use #19 which was sold by radio shack, though #49 is specifically made for the 3200. The USB cables require drivers while the serial cable doesn’t.
You will also need BitPim, which allows you to access the file system on the phone. I use version .62, but newer versions should also work.
I’ve added a new section to the site for this phone, and I’ll be posting some tips and tricks I’ve learned about this phone and about MetroPCS’ service in general. In the meantime, check out this site on LG 3200 phones. It’s a good starting point and most of the information (aside from the replacement wallpaper instructions) is accurate for the mPCS 3200.