“Unable to edit protected network destination” error

Under SettingsConnectivitySettingsDestinations, I have numerous access points under Uncategorised which I cannot seem to delete. Each time I try, I get an error: “Unable to edit protected network destination”. I have trolled the Internet looking for a possible solution and have even tried Nokia’s Configuration Tool to delete unused access points.

Then I came across this post which solved my problem. This solution requires a hacked phone, which luckily I have thanks to HelloOX2 (refer to the post I wrote on 11 October 2011). First, I contacted my service provider (Vodacom) and asked them to send the Internet, WAP and MMS settings for my Nokia N8 via SMS. You can also login to www.vodacom.co.za and under Phone SetupOTA setting, select the 3 access points and click submit. Wait for all three SMS’s to arrive before proceeding.

Then, I ran RomPatcher+ and enabled the Open4All patch that gives me access to protected folders. I then used MGuard’s File Manager (or X-plore or FExplorer) and navigated to the C:\private\10202be9\persists\ folder and moved the file called cccccc00.cre to the phone’s external memory (F:\). I moved the file instead of deleting it so that I could restore it if the solution did not work.

Next, I selected each SMS from Service provider and saved the 3 access points. Under SettingsConnectivitySettingsDestinations, all 3 access points were filed under Uncategorised. I created a New Destination called Internet and moved Internet.Vodacom to this folder.  I added my wireless ADSL router as a new access point and set its priority to 1 (Internet.Vodacom to priority 2). This means that any app requesting an internet connection will first try via WiFi, then via 3G (if WiFi is not available). I then set the Internet folder as the default connection. Finally,  I created a New Destination called WAP Services and moved WAP.Vodacom to this folder.

I recommend you download and install LeControl v1.11 from Nokia Store. This fantastic Homescreen widget allows me to enable/disable WLAN and GPRS/3G connections with a single button press. This widget prevents applications from accessing the Internet, thus saving valuable data bundles from being eroded by free apps with built-in advertising (especially games!). LeControl also allows you to activate the phone’s Powersave mode and has a built-in traffic counter.

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Symbian Belle update for the N8

On 7th February 2012, Nokia began to roll-out the Symbian Belle (i.e. Nokia Belle) update for current Symbian^3 Anna devices like the Nokia N8. The update is not available over-the-air (OTA) due to its size and complexity. Hence, you will need to download and install this update via PC using Nokia Suite. Click here to find out more about the Nokia Belle update and how to begin the update process.

To find out if Nokia Belle is available for your N8, type *#0000# on your phone to obtain its product code. The product code for Nokia N8 devices distributed by Vodacom (South Africa) is 059D2N9. Then, click here (and here) to determine if Nokia have released the firmware update for your device (version 111.030). Currently, Nokia Belle is waiting for Vodacom to approve the update for the Nokia C6-01, C7-00 and E6-00. Unfortunately, Nokia are still finalising the update for the N8. In the past, Vodacom took 21 days to approve the Symbian Anna update which Nokia released on 18 August 2011 for 059D2N9, but only became available for download on the 8 September 2011. In short, just keep checking the Nokia availability website for the status to change from “Software Under Creation” to “Waiting for approval” for product code 059D2N9, then wait an additional 3 weeks or so for Vodacom to give Nokia the approval to release the update via the Nokia update servers.

Nokia Belle offers an all-new look, more homescreens (up to 6), new widgets and easier personalisation. The menus are clearer, the screen transitions are smoother and pull-down notifications help you stay up-to-date. There’s also a new status bar, a new tool bar, new Nokia Maps, improved video recording, web browsing and more. The Nokia Belle update consists of an update for your phone’s operating system and depending on model and market, some mandatory application updates could be automatically installed as well. All other optional app updates are offered via the normal software update app after Nokia Belle has been installed.

As mentioned earlier, the Belle update is complex. All apps installed on your phone’s internal (C:) memory are wiped. During the update, the contents of your phone’s mass memory (E:) and memory card (F:), such as photos and videos, are safe and won’t be touched during the update. Any miscellaneous files are copied to E:\Nokia_Belle for preservation during the update procedure.

To prepare for the Belle update, click here to download and install the latest version of Nokia Suite (v3.3.86) on your PC. Nokia Suite is not yet available for Mac users. To minimize the time to update your phone to Nokia Belle with Nokia Suite, make sure you’ve chosen the option “Automatically download software updates” in Tools…Options.

You may want to check if your favourite apps will work with Nokia Belle. Hence, it is highly recommended that you visit Nokia Store before the update via a PC and:

  • Click on “Set device” or “Change” at the top left of the screen
  • Select your device and press “OK”
  • Select Nokia Belle and press “OK”
  • The apps you now see are compatible with Nokia Belle.

Click here for a list of apps and games that are currently not compatible with the Belle update. In addition, I would recommend you backup your music collection stored on the phone. Start Nokia Suite and select the Music icon in the taskbar, then

  • Copy your music from the phone to PC by first selecting your phone’s Music Library, then selecting “All Artists” and finally opening the Tools menu and selecting “Copy to Computer”
  • Wait until all music files have successfully transferred.

Finally, if you use Mail For Exchange, make sure your contacts and calendar entries are synced (i.e. up to date) with your server. Furthermore, Nokia Maps is automatically upgraded from v3.06 to v3.08. If you don’t like v3.08, you may want to stick with Symbian Anna. Check out this forum for more info.

Before Nokia Suite begins the Belle update, it will automatically back up your contacts, messages, calendar, tasks, notes, bookmarks, web feeds, landmarks and the predictive text dictionary. Nokia Suite then wipes your phone’s internal (C:) disk before installing the Nokia Belle OS, which is a 300 Mb download from the Nokia update servers. You may have to enter your phone’s SIM card PIN on re-boot, then Nokia Suite restores your backed-up data (contacts, messages etc.).

Since Nokia Belle is a major update, it is not possible to back up and restore all content stored in your phone’s internal memory (C:). Hence, the update will remove any “Comes With Music”, “Nokia Music (Unlimited)”, and other DRM music licenses from your phone as well as certain apps that are not provided by Nokia directly.

After the update, you will need to re-configure/re-license the following on your phone:

  • The date, time and region (else the Nokia Store app fails to run),
  • Ringtones and wallpapers,
  • Up to six homescreens,
  • Any WiFi access points,
  • All Bluetooth devices (headsets etc.)
  • Mail for Exchange account,
  • Other email accounts (e.g. GMail etc.), and
  • DRM protected music either online or using your PC.

With regard to Mail for Exchange users, delete all existing device contacts when re-creating the Mail for Exchange account in order to avoid duplicated contact entries. Your calendar entries are re-synced from the server back to your phone. Then, you will need to re-install and re-configure all your favourite apps you previously downloaded from the Nokia Store. Follow the instructions mentioned previously to check app compatibility with Belle.

Nokia will provide the following Microsoft Apps (depending on the country) as an OTA download within the next few weeks:

  • Microsoft® Lync™ 2010 Mobile,
  • Microsoft® PowerPoint® Broadcast,
  • Microsoft® OneNote™ and
  • Microsoft® Document Connection.

There are going to be many glitches with the Belle update. For example, users who have updated are already complaining that Belle does not play FLV files (workaround is to convert to MP4 format). When playing videos, you cannot adjust the volume using the touchscreen.

Don’t touch your phone during the update procedure, even if it asks for region settings etc. Just enter your SIM card PIN if asked. The offical Nokia Belle FAQ can be found here. If the update goes wrong and the phone doesn’t start, you may want to check out this website for help.

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The Nokia Ecosystem: Travelling made easy and fun!

Having just returned from a two week visit to Australia, I am grateful for the valuable services provided by the Nokia ecosystem. Before leaving South Africa, I loaded the Australia road network onto my Nokia N8 using Nokia OVI Suite (now called Nokia Suite). Using nokia.maps.com, I created a number of favourite places such as airports, hotels and popular tourist destinations. I also created a number of routes from the hotel I was staying at to business-related meeting venues, selecting toll roads where possible to decrease travel time. I then launched Nokia Maps on my phone and synced the waypoints and routes that I had created online. I could now access these using either Nokia Drive or Nokia Maps. I drove a total of 660 km in Australia, and lever got lost once!

Since Vodacom’s voice and data roaming charges are insane, I SMS’d ROAMON to 123 before departing for Aussie. This disabled voice and data services on my Vodacom SIM card and only allows SMS to be received (free) and sent (R2.75 per message). I then loaded my Vodacom SIM card into my old Nokia N82 and switched the phone on in Australia. The phone automatically selected the Vodafone network and I began receiving SMS notifications of all credit card transactions for accommodation, taxi fares, ATM cash withdrawals and petrol purchased in Australia. Isn’t technology great!

When I landed at the international airport in Aussie, I immediately purchased a Vodafone Flexi Cap recharge voucher for AU$49 (~R400). The 128 Kb SIM card was free and was simply activated by dialing 1555. I cold now make calls totalling AU$350 and had 3 Gb of data to use! For more information, click here. I loaded the Vodafone SIM into my Nokia N8, switched it on and connected it via a USB cable to my laptop running Nokia PC Suite (v7.1.40.1). I then SMS’d my temporary Vodafone cell number to all business contacts in Australia as well as friends/family back home. I then connected to the internet via PC Suite to access e-mail and my favourite social networking sites. With 3 Gb of data usage, I could use Nokia Maps, Google Maps, Google Street View on my laptop to explore the world around me and decide how best to spend each day site seeing.

Before I left South Africa, I also visited Nokia Music Store and purchased R500 credit and purchased R600 worth of new MP3 tracks. I loaded these onto my 16 Gb external microSD card and remembered to pack my Nokia BH-505 bluetooth stereo headset. I listened to alot of music on the trip, especially when waiting in airports or travelling on buses and ferries.

I also purchased a waterproof pouch for my phone so that I could take my N8 everywhere in Australia. This came in real handy when I took an hour’s ride on a 500 HP jet boat out to sea! I was able to capture this amazing experience using the N8’s camera. I took many wonderful photos and HD videos of my trip. Since the N8’s built-in 12 MP camera is so awesome, there is no need to carry a standalone camera. During the festive season, its great knowing I always have a great camera with me at all times. Steve Litchfield echoes my sentiments in his recent article titled: Camera phone? Why not a standalone?.

I scanned my passport to PDF and created password-protected PDFs of other valuable travel documents (itinerary, visa, e-ticket, travel insurance policy etc.), before storing them on my Nokia N8. This proved valuable when I unfortunately sprained my ankle whilst hiking and was able to provide the hospital’s emergency room with the necessary details of the travel insurance policy.

I downloaded and installed LeControl v1.11 from Nokia Store onto my N8 before I left for Australia. This fantastic Homescreen widget allowed me to enable/disable WLAN and GPRS/3G connections with a single button press. This widget prevented other applications from accessing the Internet, thus saving valuable data bundles from being eroded by “free” apps with built-in advertising (especially games!). LeControl also allows you to activate the phone’s Powersave mode and has a built-in traffic counter.

Finally, the world time widget built-into SPB’s Shell 3D user interface proved invaluable in determining the most reasonable time to phone home to catch up with family and friends. Furthermore, SPB Time provided me with a trusty alarm clock and another world time calculator. Best Jotter by Smartphoneware allowed me to record information such as my temporary Vodafone cell number, the PIN code, access codes for gates into hotel complexes, car mileage, expenses etc.

When I returned to South Africa, I SMS’d ROAMOFF to 123 to re-enable voice and data services on my Vodacom SIM card, which was still installed in my Nokia N82. I was invited by friends to a braai to share my experiences. We perused the photos and videos I took in Aussie using Nokia Big Screen and my N8 connected to an LCD TV via an HDMI cable. I played some tranquil background music, whilst we watched a custom slideshow of my best photos, pausing here and there to answer curious questions.

The ecosystem provided by Nokia (Nokia Store, Nokia Maps, Nokia Music, Nokia PC Suite, Nokia OVI Suite etc.) and the simplicity provided in purchasing applications and music is the main reason why I am still a Nokia fan! Coupled with brilliant hardware such as the Nokia N8 smartphone, I will remain loyal to Nokia for the coming year (2012). To conclude, I suggest reading the Tech Bishop’s article titled: A celebration of hardware and why I still choose the N8.

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SPB Shell 3D v1.2 for Symbian released

It seems that SPB Software have not forgotten about the Symbian OS and have finally released an update of SPB Shell 3D from version 1.1 to 1.2 on 15 December 2011.  New features include:

  • Symbian Belle support
  • “Show Native Homescreen” option
  • Call log widget
  • Music player widget
  • Nokia widgets support
  • Fixed bug with repeated activation
  • Automatic update of Shell 3D
  • Better system integration
  • Other improvements and bug fixes.

To download the current version of SPB Shell 3D, click here. The update is free to those who purchased version 1.1. Install version 1.2 over the existing 1.1 version and there is no need to re-register the update. For more information, click here.

I am very pleased to see SPB have addressed the annoying repeated activation bug. If the Shell 3D interface was not exited properly (i.e. battery went flat, phone required rebooting, etc.), Shell 3D required re-activation on startup.

The Call Log widget is a welcome addition, but frankly should have been released in the first version (v1.1). The Music Player widget works well, with two buttons to select the Next or Previous track as well as a Play/Pause button.

The new Show Native Homescreen option is also useful. This option is activated with a long press on a blank portion of any panel (i.e. long press on the actual wallpaper). However, a widget version would be much better. Ideally, the native homescreen should be incorporated as a panel.

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Keep your N8 updated

In the past week or so, there has been many software updates for the N8. I will briefly mention some of the important updates:

  • Symbian Anna service pack: a 1040 Kb service pack is available for the N8 via an over-the-air (OTA) update. Just select Software update and install it. The phone requires a reboot after the successful installation. Click here for more details.
  • Phone apps update: a 3302 Kb phone apps update is also available OTA. Click here for more details.
  • Opera Mobile 11.5: Millions of Android users have upgraded to version 11.5 since it was released 3 weeks ago. Now its available for Symbian^3 (7 Mb download from m.opera.com).
  • Nokia Store QML Client: a Nokia Store client (written in QML) update to version 3.18.032 is available from the Nokia Beta Labs.
I look forward to the following updates which should be coming soon:
  • New N8 browser and lag free homescreens. Click here for more details.
  • Symbian Belle is coming, but not on 26 October 2011 as some blogs are claiming. Symbian Anna has only just been released in the US, Canada and Australia!


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Hacking your N8 with HelloOX2 or an antivirus app (e.g. DrWeb) and RomPatcher+

In a previous post titled “Its time for a little hacking…“, I described how you could obtain a developer certificate for your N8 based on its IMEI number. If you were lucky enough to obtain your .cer and .key files from the OPDA website, you could then sign any unsigned app (.sis or .sisx file) and install it on your phone. Thanks to the HelloOX team, you can use your developer certificate to install the HelloOX2 (v2.11) app and run it, which then allows you to install any unsigned app on your Nokia N8.

First, download HelloOX2.v2.11.Signer.zip from the Daily Mobile Forum. Unzip the downloaded file and run HelloOX2.v2.11.Signer.exe. Then, point the app to your .cer and .key file and then click on the Sign button. This will generate HelloOX2.v2.11.signed.sisx which you then install to your phone using Nokia PC Suite or Nokia OVI Suite. Once installed, run HelloOX2 on your N8 which does the following:

  • Installs the root certificate, and
  • Installs RomPatcher+ (v3.0).

RomPatcher+ is an app with manufacturer capabilities which patches installserver.exe in C:\sys\bin, thus allowing any unsigned app to be installed. Visit the HelloOX website for more information. Run RomPatcher+ on your Nokia N8 and apply the two patches called Install_Server_RP+ and Open4All_RP+. You are now able to install any unsigned app without the annoying certificate errors. You can also install the X-plore v1.53 File Manager which allows you to see all system folders which were previously hidden, such as C:\sys\bin.

If you don’t have .cer and .key files for your phone, there is another way to hack it. Using the DrWeb 6 antivirus app, the RomPatcher+ app is installed in C:\sys\bin, allowing the Open4All patch to unlock the C:\sys\bin folder. Using X-plore File Manager, the hacked version of Installserver.exe is then copied to C:\sys\bin, allowing any unsigned app to be installed. The hacked version of Installserver.exe works because its was recompiled from the source code with all checks disabled by default. For more information, visit the Daily Mobile Forum and CODeRUS websites.

A similar hack has been achieved using Norton Antivirus and Trend Micro Mobile Security. These hacks work because the antivirus apps are used to “restore” a “quarantined” version of RomPatcher+ to C:\sys\bin. In summary, the easiest way to hack your N8 is the HelloOX2 app because it involves only one step. However, if you don’t have a developer certificate for your N8, use the two-step method using antivirus apps.

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Downloading applications from OVI Store to your phone and PC

When you find an application (e.g. Nokia Drop) on OVI Store that you wish to install on your N8, you simply click the Send to mobile button. You are then provided with two options, namely:

  • Download on mobile: This option sends an SMS to your phone like http://store.ovi.mobi/content/187328?intc=sms. If you open this link on your phone, it first checks that the Nokia OVI Store app is on your phone, and then runs the OVI Store app, allowing you to download the requested app.
  • Download on PC: If your phone is connected to Nokia OVI Suite (not Nokia PC Suite) via a USB cable, this option will download the requested app and prompt you to begin the installation.

The problem with option #1 (Download on mobile) is the two-part process required to install the app. The issue with option #2 (Download on PC) is that it requires your phone to be connected via USB to the PC and Nokia OVI Suite running. There is a much simpler way to download and install apps from the OVI Store onto your phone. It involves using Nokia Drop which you must first install using either option #1 or #2 described above.

Until recently, Nokia Drop v1.3 was in beta and only available for download from Nokia Beta Labs. Once Nokia Drop is installed, run the app and select Connect under Options. Then, disconnect your phone’s USB cable and using OVI Store on your PC, select another application to download via option #1 (Download on mobile). The app is “pushed” to your phone and the installation begins immediately.

Nokia Drop is a simple and easy way to push content to your phone from public websites. Nokia Drop uses Push Notifications, so no USB cable or Bluetooth connection is needed to your PC, only an Internet connection via 3G or WiFi. In fact, with Nokia Drop you can:

  • Change your phone’s wallpaper,
  • Send an image to your phone,
  • Send a public URL to your phone browser (i.e. Nokia Browser or Opera Mobile),
  • Send map views or selected locations from maps.nokia.com to your phone’s Nokia Maps client, and
  • Send feeds to Nokia Reader or to a native browser web feed.

To push images and URL’s from the PC’s web browser to your phone, you first need to install Nokia Drop extensions for either Firefox (versions 3.6, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 supported) or Chrome (latest stable only).

TIP: There is another way to download OVI Store apps your PC! First sign into OVI Store, find the app you wish to download (e.g. http://store.ovi.com/content/187328 for Nokia Drop), then add /download to the URL: http://store.ovi.com/content/187328/download

The Nokia Drop application NokiaDrop_installer_S3_v1_340072.3.0_nokia.sis is then downloaded to your PC and can then be installed using Nokia OVI Suite or Nokia PC Suite via a USB cable or Bluetooth connection. This is handy if you wish to keep a particular version of the application for re-installation at a later stage.

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