💬 Hack for unlimited SMS Messaging for T-Mobile

By default, SMS messages are sent via GSM. At present T-Mobile charges $2.99 for 300 messages and $6.99 for 1000 messages. Obviously the price of a few drinks at Starbucks which isnt a big hit on the wallet.

However, overage charges for going over your limit do add up. The secret loophole can be accessed with a simple settings tweak on your handset. Settings vary from handset to handset so please review your manual or the manufacturers website for reference.

The key is changing your SMS sending options from the default GSM to GPRS and making sure that GPRS is always ONLINE. Laymen terms: GSM is the technology for making phone calls from your handset. GPRS is the technology that GSM uses for packet-switching protocols allowing internet access.

By sending SMS messages via GPRS, T-Mobile is not able to keep track of the messages sent and received on your handset meaning that messages will not be deducted from your alloted SMS bucket in essence allowing unlimited SMS sending and recieving. There is no guarantee that this will work.

However, I have successfully tested this on both T-Mobile pre-paid and post paid accounts. Results will vary. Not guaranteed to work for all users. Tested with T-Mobile US post/prepaid accts. Please note that the following loophole is not guaranteed to work for all subscribers. Results will vary from subscriber to subscriber.

If by chance you are one of the lucky users that successfully enables this on their phones, congratulations. For everyone else, sorry and please do not call T-Mobile US customer care whining that you cant get this working. Please understand that this loophole is only known to exist for T-Mobile US GSM subscribers. ATT/Cingular customers are also GSM subscribers.

Unfortunately I have not had the opportunity to test this on those networks.

🖥️ Building a system for a friend.

A friend of mine is looking to get a new machine. He was going to get an all-in-one Sony Vaio, but for $1600, I could build him a way better machine…

Here is what I came up with so far, none of which I have checked for the best prices online yet.

  • ATI All-In-Wonder® 9800 Pro 128MB AGP Video Card (link) – $250-400
  • Not sure of which case I like the Antec, he likes the Lanboy.
  • Antec PlusView 1080AMG PC Tower Case (link) – $159
  • Super Lanboy Aluminum Super Mini Tower Case (link) – $89
  • Athlon XP 3200 (400mhz FSB) – $111
  • Asus A7V600 Motherboard (link) – $55
  • 1GB PC3200 DDR – (link) – $113 or maybe 2 gig for about $348
  • Western Digital 160GB Caviar® 7200 Hard Drive – (link) – $99

💿 Backing up DVD’s on OS X

Here is all the info you need to get a good backup copy of your DVDs.

  • First, get the program called MacTheRipper; once you have that, it will allow you to do a disk copy of your DVD.
  • After the disk copy is completed, you will be left with a folder you created, and there will be all the DVDs. Next, you need to get a program such as DVD2oneX, and from that program, you can select the folder you just created, and it will reencode it all to fit on a DVD-R.
  • Last but not least, once DVD2oneX has done its thing, you will have two folders, an AUDIO_TS and a VIDEO_TS; fire up a copy of Toast and create a DVD Video…

Just drag those directories to Toast and wait for it to burn.