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  1. So I was impatient and bought a generic USB-A to USB-C cable which allowed be to unlock and flash; joy!

    I have no idea what makes this cable/setup different (except the other cable was USB-C to USB-C, and I now have to use a different USB port), but if there is any interrest I can buy another one and dissect it to get some photos/data.

    Thanks all for the input and time!

    Arn

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  2. Hi,

    I am running into some problems[1] with fastboot and the consensus seems to be to try another cable[2] in such cases.

    The problem is: I can’t find information on what a proper cable is. No doubt this has to do with the amount of connectors/wires, but what do you need, and how is this specified? Is it an MTP cable, or OTG? Is it USB-C to USB-C, of only UBC-A to USB-C?

    I don’t mind getting a new cable (ok: I mind a little), but I would like to get one that works in one go instead of trial and error through various cables…

    Appreciated if somebody can help me with this!

    Arn
     

    [1] The phone is recognized by fastboot devices, but unlocking/flashing fails.

    [2] Using the cable of an Oculus Quest at this moment; my phone did not come with an official one.

  3. Appreciate all the input and people thinking along!

    Sadly it turns out the 1900MHz/band 25 band was never used for mobile communication in the Netherlands either for 3G (including HSPA+) nor 4G, and the 700MHz/band 13 is not currently used for 3G. This means that both the Droid 4 and the Photon Q cannot use a data connection anymore after the end of the year (barring any miraculous breakthrough with the PQ baseband firmware and a hardware mod).

    So for 4G that leaves the Blackberry Priv, key1 and key2 (LE) I guess, which cannot be flashed with a custom ROM, but for the price of the latter one might as well go for a Gemini PDA or Cosmo Communicator (even though those are clamshells).

    Well, I am going back to pondering whether a PQ is worth the price for the short period of time I would be able to use it.

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  4. 2 hours ago, DieBruine said:

    Nononononono to the D4! PQ was noticeably 'faster'.  By the way in NL 4G worked with KPN, Simyo and Vodafone.SIM mods were always done by Cornholio, at least mine.

    Ah darn; so spec-wise a Photon Q would be preferable over a Droid 4 then.

    Are you sure you had 4G connectivity? It seems in theory it should be possible with the modem, but that it was never achieved?

  5. 10 hours ago, Rob. S. said:

    Seems if you can still find one on ebay, it may already be modded to take a SIM card, like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/174709456691

    That's quite steeply priced, even considering the hardware mod. Also, lesson learned: the Ebay app did not show that as a result for me; had to go through the website.

    10 hours ago, Rob. S. said:

    But I guess the specs are too low now for still being usable, the Photon Q is 8 years old now and has only 1 GB of RAM. In 2016, when I had been overusing my second HTC Desire Z aka HTC Vision for so long that it wasn't usable anymore, I thought about getting such a modded Photon Q instead, but I decided that it wouldn't have been enough of a progress over the HTC for me to bother even then. Also, its 4G frequencies didn't include the band used here in Germany.

    Ah nuts... luckily you made me double-check and apparently I was working of a faulty source/assumption before: my telco supports 1800 and 2600MHz; the Droid 4 uses band 13 (~700MHz) and the Photon Q band 2 (~1900 MHz). I'll double check with some experts on those telco bands, but I doubt these phones are usable for me for 4G 😕

    10 hours ago, Rob. S. said:

    That was when I decided to buy a BlackBerry PRIV even though it was expensive and I didn't (and don't) like the portrait-orientation keyboard. I still liked the phone, it was beautifully made, the keyboard was nicer than I thought, screen and camera were great.  If security updates having stopped in October 2017 wouldn't bother me, I would still consider using one today. It's definitely better than no hardware keyboard at all – and I would think it is also better than the DIY keyboards shown in this thread.

    Yeah, there are several aspects to this phone that don't appeal to me either (but at least it supports band 3 (~1800MHz)): portrait keyboards tend to cramp up my fingers, and lack of security updates is concerning indeed (although I was willing to make short-term concessions there as well for the Droid 4). I see I can get my hands on a second-hand model for €70, so perhaps I am just going to give that a try to see if I am not to assumptious. Also, at least it has more decent specs then the other options I was considering :)

     

  6. All responses much appreciated! It seems I/we do not strive for an easy goal 😉

    I’ve expended my search with the iPhone keyboard case, but it seems these are equally elusive. In all honesty I prefer a (C)OTS solution, but perhaps that is just not obtainable given my strict preferences.

    I’ll also contact Muth to explore our options for the very kind offer made, especially given the experience from JamesB and some comments I’ve seen on XDA for some performance tweaked ROMs.

    In regards to Photon Q, I thought the specs were equally close not to be of relevance, but perhaps this is a faulty assumption. It also seems to require a hardware mod for the fixed SIM card, and I am not fully confident in my soldering skills for that. Or is there also a version with a swap-able SIM?

    Thanks again, and I’ll keep you posted on any solution 🙂

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  7. Hi all,

    Still eagerly awaiting my Pro 1 X, and having missed out on the recent second hand Pro 1’s sold in the Netherland, my frustration level with screen typing is rising so I am (ever) looking for an intermediate acceptable[1] solution involving a landscape[2] sliding keyboard. Can anybody provide affordable[3] hardware, or an alternative I’ve not thought of?

    The (4G enabled[4]) options I came up with is the Motorola Droid 4 (XT894) or one of the sliding keyboard cases for the Samsung Galaxy S4 (obviously leaning towards Android, option to de-google with LineageOS preferred). The first one is hard to get by and pricey to import in terms of shipping. The second one is virtually extinct except for an Ebay option which was (apart from also expensive shipping) promptly intercepted and destroyed at the US border (yeah, no idea why...). The third is a Jolla but I can’t find a TOHKBD (and it’s also a bit unclear whether that would work in Android or only in SailfishOS). I also fancy the Nokia N900 currently offered but that does not meet my requirements since the Neo900 never can to fruitation 😕

    I’ve tried an HTC Desire Z which was unusable in terms of system resources after updating it to Android 4.4.4: browsing was pretty much impossible, and although Signal worked video/audio calls failed. Also, it does not support 4G.

    Oh, and I’ve seen some home brew mods for phones, but those are rather clunky in terms of usability (e.g.: using it standing, instead oh having to put it doen somewhere).

    So there you have it. I was hoping perhaps somebody has one of the options lying around and willing to sell, or knows of another one?

    Regards,

    Arn
     

    [1] Acceptable to me means the ability to use Signal (Android >= 4.4) and a reasonable browsing experience (yes, there were also iPhone keyboards, but that was for the 4 or 5; also rather dated/unsupported).

    [2] I am not a fan of the small Blackberry style keyboards at the bottom, and looking for a layout similar of the Pro 1.

    [3] The Gemini PDA/Cosmo communicator ranks to expensive for me for a temporary solution. Also, not liking the clamshell design much.

    [4] 3G is about to be shutdown in the Netherlands next year, and would also prefer this to be my backup option considering the amount of hardware failures in the Pro 1 I’ve read about here.

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