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Image1The mobile phone that I ordered from an internet site came in the mail not too long ago. An unlocked Sony Ericsson T707.

It was pretty much a cosmetic upgrade to the phone I had before which is also a Sony Ericsson.

There are a few features that I was looking forward to:

  1. Threaded SMS: Mmm, chat bubbles.
  2. Flip/Clamshell Design: I’ve never had one before.
  3. Faster Bluetooth: My previous phone transferred at something like 15 KB/s.  The T707 was pretty fast at 125 KB/s (or more? I forgot already).
  4. A slightly better camera: Even though it doesn’t have auto-focus…
  5. It looks sexy.

For some reason, when I got my phone, Threaded SMS wasn’t working.  I was reading the user manual over and over:

  1. Select Menu > Messaging > Inbox  the Conversations tab.
  2. Select a conversation

But I could never find that tab.  I even called into Sony Ericsson support and all they said to do was update my software.  At the time, it sounded like a plan, but after doing an update, the conversation tab still was not there.

With a bit of internet searching and phone hacking, I was able to turn it on! Here’s how. (NOTE: I’ve only tested this on Windows XP)

What you will need:

  1. A computer with Sony Ericsson drivers installed.  The easiest way to do that is to install the Sony Ericsson Update Software package. You can download it here: http://www.sonyericsson.com/cws/support/softwaredownloads
  2. A USB to Sony Ericsson cable.  This didn’t come with my T707.  I had it because it came with my older phone.
  3. A2uploader software. This software allows you to browse your phone’s file system.
  4. customize_upgrade.xml file.  This is the file we will be placing in your file system. Click on the link an then copy and paste this code into notepad and save as “customize_upgrade.xml” on your desktop (or anywhere you want). http://paste2.org/p/335765

Disclaimer:
I am not responsible for any breakage of cell phones. You are doing this at your own risk.

Steps

  1. Turn off your phone
  2. Plug in your USB cable into the computer, but NOT the phone (yet)
  3. Open a2uploader.exe
  4. Press and hold the “C” button on your phone.
  5. While holding the “C” button, plug the USB cable into your phone.
  6. After 3 to 5 seconds, you can let go of “C”
  7. Click on the “FileSystem tool” button in a2uploader. (it’s on the right side). Some action should be happening on the left side of the screen.
  8. Once the file system is loaded, browse to the TPA/PRESET/CUSTOM directory.  To check if you are in the right place, you should see “customize.xml” in there.
  9. Drag and drop the customize_upgrade.xml into this folder.
  10. Click on the “Turn Off FS” button at the bottom of the folder view.  (NOTE: The button may be named different, I forget the actual wording. I remember that it is RED though!)
  11. You can close a2uploader now, if you want.
  12. Unplug your cell phone and boot it up.

It may WILL take longer than normal to boot up the first time because it is loading the new setting file.

Now you can select menu > messaging > CONVERSATIONS.  It worked for me!  Also, it’s a tabbed area, so if you want to go back to the normal Inbox view, you can just press left or right.

Good luck!

Mmmmmmm… chat bubbles.


I mainly posted this because I could only find it in one place after searching for quite some time. Even still, I got these instructions based off of a Sony Ericsson W508 phone!  I took a chance and it worked on my T707 so I hope this is helpful to anyone that is looking for the answers that I was looking for, too.

References/Credits:

Original thread I found that had all the information, just kinda’ scattered.
http://forums.se-nse.net/lofiversion/index.php/t41348.html

A2Uploader by the_laser
http://forums.se-nse.net/index.php?showtopic=35439&st=0&p=422025&#entry422025

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