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CDMA Touch Pro 2 Unlocked. Let the Custom ROMs Begin!

Well, many frayed nerves and hours hunched over one of the most popular Windows phones has finally paid off: The "unlocker" which we mentioned a few days ago has been completed, meaning users can now install custom ROMs to their beloved Touch Pro 2s, specifically Verizon, Sprint, U.S. Cellular and all other CDMA versions.

At least for Sprint, it sure beats waiting till "early 2010", eh?

Having this tool now, all the custom ROMs which are literally waiting in the wings (e.g. Energy, Mighty, CFay, Juicy, etc.) can be installed -- this includes WM6.5 and WM6.5.1 builds with all that custom goodness from your favorite 'Chefs'.

A big congrats to everyone for this achievement (donations are in order) and now if you pardon us, we're off for some ROM flashing ourselves! ...

Go HERE to grab the HardSPL!  Here for the SIM Unlock and here for support.

Daniel Rubino
Executive Editor

Daniel Rubino is the Executive Editor of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft here since 2007, back when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and arguing with people on the internet.

31 Comments
  • Huzzah!
  • hey phil I see you know your stuff with these things lol I was wondering if there is a way to get your sprint HTC touch pro 2 back to factory settings after unlocking? or is it a permanant thing. The reason I asked is becuase I have a touch pro 2 now but i plan on having it exchanged for a new one within the week.
  • yes,wonderful article,i like
  • wow u sure don't waste any time!
  • lol, I'm a little excited
  • What's the point of a SIM unlocker and why are they charging for that and not the HardSPL?
  • The SIM unlocker lets you use the the Sprint/Verizon TP2 on AT&T's network. The regular "unlocker" (aka hardSPL) allows custom ROMs and different radio firmware. More on the money end of things in the PPCGeeks threads. It's a big bag of hurt, but a sound argument.
  • I cannot tell you how helpful that comment was! People on forums are such "geeks" they forget that newbies like myself don't understand the basics. Thanks - I was about to pay for the unlocker for nothing. :)
  • Glad to hear it! Hope you listed to us talk about it all on the latest podcast, too.
  • Guess we know what I will be doing tomorrow. Hold my calls!
  • That's awesomeee!! I wish I had one :(
  • Mal and Phil, Will this work for the Imagio as well, or is it specific to just the TP2 line of phones? I know that screen rotation for the home screen etc. does not work on the Imagio like it does for the TP2's. Is that an issue or could this unlocker/custom ROM's actually be useful for the Imagio/Pure crowd? I wouldn't mind have the today screen being in landscape mode just for something different. While we're on the subject, I am a tinkerer. However, I am completely new to Windows Mobile (Windows Phone) and all of this "hard SPL, custom ROM" stuff, its completely foreign to me. I do NOT want to brick my phone. Is there a one stop shop for learning how to do this stuff? Seriously, like a "for dummies" spot on the net. I've seen a couple of posts at XDA about this, but none seem to start from absolute ground zero. I'm a pretty quick learner and its like riding a bike. The forums here seem to be pretty bare not so active IMO. I know that XDA is more for the GSM crowd and PPC Geeks is geared more towards the CDMA crowd. It can all be kinda confusing. Thanks,
    -Brad
  • Hey Brad, I was in your boat a few months ago. I have a Diamond2 (Topaz) and I wanted to flash my ROM with a cooked ROM from XDA. I went over to XDA, did a search on "How To Flash ROM" or something like that and I found a a sticky which explains the process. Just read and follow every step! Basically you'll need to HARDSPL your phone. This allows (I think) the ability to install "cooked" ROMs on your phone. So once you Hardspl your phone. Go to your phone section and look for ROMS. Typically in the ROM's section, there are steps on how to install the ROM. I've flashed my phone 4 times so far and haven't experienced a problem. Good luck. Schwack
  • This Hard SPL is ONLY for RHOD400 & RHOD500 devices. Check the following link where cmonex says she is going to get started on Whitestone/Imagio next: http://forum.ppcgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=91525
  • @tek818 Yep! @everyone else: Aight. It's been a slow week. Listen for some major custom ROM talk in the next podcast.
  • Well after a little bit of a struggle I am now all set up and running my first custom ROM on my TP2.
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  • Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.
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    Thanks for such a great post and the review, I am totally impressed! Keep stuff like this coming.
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  • you can to do that
  • Oh,my god,let me see,I really think so.
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  • from where we can download the ROM ?