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Sunday, August 21, 2005

Adding Ringtones and Wallpapers to the MetroPCS vx3200

Adding ring tones and wallpapers to the MetroPCS vx3200 is really easy. The phone supports MIDI and MP3 files for ring tones and BMP, JPG and PNG files for wallpapers, and the process for adding content is similar for both ringers and images.

To add ring tones
You may use either MIDI or MP3 files. Most MIDI files worth without modification, while MP3 files need to be 16kHz mono files at a low bit rate like 24 kbps. Both MIDI files and MP3 files must have the extension .MID.

Using Bitpim, copy the .MID file to /user/sound/ringer and then delete the file /download/dloadindex/brewRingerIndex.map.

To add wallpapers
Images must be 114 pixels tall by 128 pixels wide or smaller. The image will be displaced below a 14 pixel banner that runs along the top of the screen, which is 128px x 128px.

PNG and JPG are great formats to use if you would like to reduce file space, but BMP is also usable. JPG images do take some time to render when viewing the files on the phone so I recommend PNG as the preferred format.

Using Bitpim, copy the image file to /brew/shared and then delete /download/dloadindex/brewImageIndex.map.

After you’ve added media to your phone
After you’ve followed the steps above for either media type, you must reboot your phone for the content to be usable. Once you have rebooted, you can find the ring tones and images in Menu - Tools (7) - My Media (8)

A note about GIFs
It seems the phone recognizes GIF images, but does not render them. If anyone can get a GIF image to work please let me know.

8 Comments Leave Comment

I forgot to ask you how much space can 3200 model handle?
I heard somewhere you can lock the phone forever if you have too many files or something?

Also, I could not understand why it has to be 114 by 128 because
if you use it as turn on/off image the white bar shows on top of screen while turning on/off.
otherwise as wallpaper its good, but it doesnt look neat during on/off.

Comment by Raju — Tuesday, November 8, 2005 @ 2:47 am

it seems the phone can hold a bit over a megabyte.. you can see how much space is left if you go intto @metro and look at the settings page.

and as far as the images, they will always have that bar at the top… I recommend using white background images or an image that fades to white at the top.. this way it isn’t as noticable

Comment by swiftlytilting — Tuesday, November 8, 2005 @ 5:03 am

yeah thanks, I have 649kb so it says. I guess rest went into my ringtones and wallpapers I put it in…

Please let us know if you can find more on how to modify this phone internal structure. Thanks.

Comment by Raju — Saturday, November 12, 2005 @ 4:31 am

I put the ringtones like description said, but it does not repeat.
like it only plays once and not again and again.
if music is short then its a bummer, any ideas?

i know i can put that again my using sound editor software, like twice
but that steals away space..

Comment by Raju — Sunday, November 20, 2005 @ 9:42 pm

yeah i dunno how to make music repeat other than to double the sound file like you’ve described

Comment by swiftlytilting — Monday, November 21, 2005 @ 6:31 pm

i did this like it was directed and when my computer rebooted the phone,my phone froze up at the start up screen and now it wont go any further????????????? any ideas

Comment by don — Friday, December 16, 2005 @ 10:24 am

umm take it back to metro and try to get a new one? Don’t tell them you were using the cable thing though.. just say your bought an image or something and it crashed it

Comment by swiftlytilting — Friday, December 16, 2005 @ 1:36 pm

hi, I think you are not supposed to go over the limit. thats might would had happened. if you click on metro button.
then manage apps and system info. you will see how much space you have to put music and pics in. dont get too close
i guess next time around…

Comment by Raju — Wednesday, February 1, 2006 @ 3:38 am

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