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He's DUN it Again...

As I commented in my previous post, the possibility that a 'resourceful hacker' might find a way to circumvent the disabled dial-up-networking (DUN) on Cingular's Treo 650 GSM was quite high.  I had not however anticipated that it could be done quite this quickly.

Firstly I must say that I already had a pretty good idea of who this 'resourceful hacker' might be.  Namely, a Treonaut who goes by the name of Shadowmite and who the TreoCentral forum has quite rightly given the title of 'Treo Hacker Extraordinaire' in recognition of his impressive record 'fixing' stuff on our Treo that shouldn't have been broken in the first place - DUN and WiFi capability.

Over the last 24 hours, Shadowmite and one lucky Treonaut (Milo) who got his hands on an early Cingular Treo 650 exchanged a number of files, tested and refined a patch until finally a few hours ago Milo confirmed that DUN functionality had been 'restored' on his Treo.  He's still trying to get everything tested on his computer but if the past is any indication it will only be a matter of hours before Shadowmite has again completely 'fixed' this issue.

UPDATE: Milo has kindly now sent us a screenshot of the Bluetooth screen on his Cingular Treo 650 which as you can see below now allows him to actually a) see the Dial-up Networking menu (out-of-the-box the Cingular Treo 650 will not show this at all) and b) switch his DUN On.

Having said all of this, PLEASE NOTE that I would not encourage anyone who doesn't have a pretty good idea of what they're getting themselves into to go and try doing this on their own.  You could end up with a 'dead' phone, losing data and quite possibly voiding your warranty - none of which we want to be held responsible for.

For a very good and complete story of Shadowmite's previous 'exploits' read "HowTo: Make that Treo 650 Even Better!" at Palm Infocenter.  You can also go directly to Shadowmite's website.

[Thank you Hays.  Via TreoCentral Forum.]

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Posted by Andrew on January 28, 2005 at 02:17 PM

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by robert kim | Jan 31, 2005 8:39:33 PM

Shadowmite, Congrats. let me know if you want to work on the new moto e815 phone... i can get you an early release or the vx8000... we just got done Supercharging the xv6600 it works with voip and is about 30% faster. http://video-phones-evdo.com

by Tom | Feb 4, 2005 12:33:58 AM

I'm dying. My Treo 180 is on its last legs(battery) and I refuse to go to the 650 until Verizon offers it. What is the latest speculation out there on when this might come to be?

WHich will give me better web/download performance: the GPRS or CDMA? I can't keep up with the leap-frogging anymore.

by faster | Nov 23, 2005 5:58:08 PM

Shadowmite, this BT DUN works great but is there a Cable DUN buried in there somewhere also? Or have I simply missed one of the other areas that your patch unlocked?

by PJ | Feb 10, 2006 1:52:23 PM

anybody been able to do it on the Verizon Treo 650?

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