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I’ve Finally Dumped Rogers Wireless! (And how to convert your Rogers Samsung Galaxy S2 for Wind Mobile)

You may remember I wrote about dumping Rogers a while ago. Well, they did fix my problem after a lot of pain- that said, their cost is still out of this world. So, I took the jump and finally dumped them for Wind!

Samsung SGS-I727 Galaxy S2 From Rogers

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE phone from Rogers. Luckily, this phone uses the same modem chip as other models that work on the T-Mobile in the US. So, to make it work, I had to take two steps: first to get the phone unlocked, and second to change the modem file…

There are a lot of options for unlocking your phone. I first went to a local phone shop who tried and failed (using software connected to the USB port.) Then, I found the most excellent company QuickPhoneUnlock.com. I went to their website, and paid $7.99 on my credit card through Paypal. They have a real-time online chat if you need to ask questions. I can’t recommend this company enough! (they do $4.99 Blackberry unlocking too!)

It took 18 hours for them to figure-out the unlock code- this is normal, as they need to use a computer (and some mathematical formulas) to hack-out the code. They sent the code to me by email the next day.)

The next step was to turn-off the phone, put in the new SIM card and turn it back on again. As soon as the phone booted I was asked to enter the unlock code. I entered the code and it worked the first time! Thank you QuickPhoneUnlock- your company is awesome! (and less expensive than the standard $20 fee!)

The next step was to upload a new modem file into the phone. First I downloaded a modem file that was originally made for the Samsung T-989. The Rogers model is a SGH-I727R, but they both use the same internal hardware. Click this link to download the file.

I then copied the file onto the phone, and used an app called ROM Manager to install, you can download it from the Google Play. Once you have installed Rom Manager, load it and Press the “Install ROM from SD Card” button:

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Then select the modem file you downloaded- and when it asks if you wish to reboot into “Rom Manager” do that and follow the instructions. That’s all you have to do!

My phone works beautifully now, and I don’t have the expense of buying a new one! And, most important, I finally “Washed that Rogers right out of my hair!”. And, at $40 a month for unlimited North American calls & Data, I’m laughing all the way to the bank…

Permanent link to this article: http://www.genuinewitty.com/2012/05/14/ive-finally-dumped-rogers-wireless-and-how-to-convert-your-rogers-samsung-galaxy-s2-for-wind-mobile/

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  1. z

    Hi,

    Riz from Quickunlock gave me this link. I read what you did and that made me excited. I have the exact phone as yours. I just have a couple of questions to ask. The rom file you downloaded is a zip file with a few files. Which one do I copy to the phone? Do you need to root the phone before doing this? Please advise and thank you!

  2. Dan

    Have you had any issues with the phone working so far? I am dumping rogers as well and want to move to WIND or Mobilicity but recently discovered that my Galaxy S2 LTE wont work on their networks. Therefore I will use your method to get it to work on WIND or Mobilicity networks.

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      It works very well for me. I’m happy with it.

  3. ngiel

    do i need to root the phone before trying the above because it gives me errors…….

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      I believe so, yes.

  4. Dan

    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies. I was wondering what Android version this works on. I tried it on ICS and it didnt work.

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      You need to us an ICS modem- I’ll try to find a link for you tomorrow…

  5. amit

    Hi Grenouf I too need the modem file for ICS can you please share the link if you already found one….

  6. droid

    Hi There guys

    Wondering if same instructions will work on GT-9100 unlocked. Trying to switch to Wind from rogers

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Hi,

      I’m guessing you can do the same- only, you would need to use a Rogers modem. Which version of the O/S do you have? Gingerbread, Jellybean?

  7. droid

    thank you for your reply.

    I am in a bit problems now since my phone no longer recognizes sim card nor IMei and unknown band. Nothing I am trying to get modem settings back is working for me.

    I am using 4.0.3 kernel 3.0.15-i9100xxlpq

  8. Captain

    Great little tid bit of info. Easier to read than xda forums for a lot of people.

    Brought my i727r back to stock (ugh bloatware) and with the provided modem it finds WIND mobile but it won’t get a decent signal. Just might get one bar and I’m well within the coverage area. Anyone have any suggestions.

  9. Jenn

    I got my i727r unlocked, downloaded & flashed ICS modem but my phone only detects WIND Away only. Im in the coverage area… do you have any idea?

    1. Tze

      Hi Jenn,
      Which modem did you use?

  10. Jenn

    Ah, i tried different modem and it now connects to WIND Home. The only issue i have is the signal strength very weak… (below -100dBm). I will try to flash different ROM and see if it improves.

    Thanks for your post!

    1. swati

      Hi Jenn. WHich mdel did you download finally??

  11. Dan

    Hey grenouf,

    Were you able to find an ICS modem for it? Also, would a custom ROM work with these modems?

    Cheers for you help,

    Dan

  12. carlos

    doe anyone know if this is possible to do on galaxy note 2 or galaxy s3

  13. carlos

    does anyone know if this will work on bell i9100m

  14. Tze

    It doesn’t seem to work for me. After I installed the above linked file the sim failed to be recognized and it shows as non recognizable baseband version.

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      You probably have an upgraded version of Android. Can I suggest you try this modem- it should work.

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/84573385/Blaze_4G_LB7_ICS_Radio_MOD.zip

  15. ZTian

    Hi. Thanks a lot for the post. Will a similar method like this work for other phones cause I have a Rogers HTC One X and I want to get it working for Wind. All I need is the correct modem file for it.

    Thanks!

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      It all depends on the phone and the modem chip inside of it. Some chips are multi-frequency, some aren’t. From what I read on this thread, your’s isn’t.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1610323&page=17

  16. crystal

    i have the samsung galaxy s2 i727r from rogers i have the modem file for wind that is previously said it also gets a very weak signal…does anyone know a differant modem file i can use..

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Which version of Android are you running? I found that upgrading to Jellybean made an enormous difference…

  17. cris

    I have a bb 9700 rogers (Unlocked )that I want to swich to windmobile.. any info is appreciated. thanks

  18. Bryan

    I have a Motorola XT910 RAZR with rogers. Can I make this phone work with wind? If so how?
    Thanks

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Sorry, I can’t help you with that- I’ve never used a Motorola…

  19. vkukrejavic

    I am on the verge of Dumping them but I have samsung s3 where do I find the ROM file for that.

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      I’m not sure, I don’t have an S3, and have no idea if it is possible with one. Before you go installing a modem, make sure this has worked for someone before. If you are the first person, and it doesn’t work, there’s a possibility you could brick your phone…

  20. mems

    just tried the ics download for my galaxy 2 and voila i’m up and running on wind. thanks so much for providing all the relevant details and in layman terms

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Excellent- glad I could help!

  21. aaran

    Hey i have the samsung galaxy i727 i just unlocked it from rogers. If i want it to work with wind, what file would i have to download? The file you had listed doesn’t work for some reason. Thanks!

    1. haider

      Hi,
      I also have same model which file will work please guide

  22. Stefan

    He’s right I believe the Dropbox link is dead now.

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Thanks for the heads-up. Try this modem, it still downloads, and it’s actually better. But, first, make sure you have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), I don’t know if it will work with other versions.

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/84573385/Blaze_4G_LB7_ICS_Radio_MOD.zip

  23. Peter Sam

    The guys at http://www.quickphoneunlock.com are incredible, thank you for this!

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      You’re welcome, glad it worked for you. (Wishing I’d asked for a commission, lol)

      1. Peter Sam

        If life were like that, you wouldn’t need VISA. Haha!

  24. Gus

    Hi all,

    On scalpers BELL, I have SAMSUNG GALAXY II HD LTE model SGH-I757M which is different from Rogers. Grenouf do you think your solution will work to make it work with WIND?

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      I really don’t know if that would work, and would hate to advise you try as it could go wrong. I recommend you search around for someone who may have been successful…

  25. Tara

    I would like to dump rogers as well. However I have an LG -E971 and would like to kno if anyone can help me.

  26. Emma

    Hi, I’m having the same issue with switching to Wind from Rogers. But my phone is HTC Raider, model is HTC-X710a. Do you know where to find the modem file for this phone? I’ve researched on the internet but I can’t find any. Thanks

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Sorry, I’ve never used that type of phone.

  27. Jeremy

    will this work on an S3?

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      No, sorry, it’s a completely different chipset inside.

  28. lexie

    I have my same phone flashed and rooted but it is old gingerbread version.do you know how I would upgrade to jelly bean or ice cream

  29. marian

    Hi the link doesn’t work anymore, is this that old??? please advise, i have a rogers galaxy s3 and I want to convert it to wind, the phone is already unlocked. please advise

    1. Your Humble Narrator

      Sorry, it’s my understanding that this trick doesn’t work on the S3…

  30. elijahmk

    Hey, Great Article! Screw Rogers!

    Also trying to convert to wind on s2 but trouble finding program download, the link is dead. Any help?

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