Nokia 3285/3585/5185/6185 programming
The <SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_2>Nokia 5185i and 6185 are tri-mode CDMA1900/CDMA800/AMPS phones that
will work on Verizon’s SingleRate plans. They are similar in function to
the <SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_3>Motorola StarTac 7868</SPAN> and the <SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_4>Audiovox CDM 9000</SPAN>. Bell Atlantic Mobile
has rejected the 6185 due to poor digital to analog handoffs, however, MCI
uses this phone for their resale accounts on BAM’s <SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_5>NY metro network</SPAN>.
PrimeCo, nTelos, and Alltel also use the 6185.
The main difference in the 6185i is a rectractable antenna. Apparently,
the ‘i’ notation in the model number denotes a retractable antenna.
The Nokia 6188 is a special version of the 6185 made for Clearnet/Telus.
This phone is almost identical to the 6185 except that it cannot force an
analog call. Clearnet/Telus users have been able to force analog calls by
entering *#3872# (*#EVRC#). Since Clearnet/Telus does not use the
<SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_6>Enhanced Variable Rate Codec</SPAN> for customers with <SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_7>Nokia phones</SPAN>, the phone
will force an analog call, however, Clearnet/Telus has disabled the EVRC
code on newer versions of the 6188.
Bill Barsley notes: Clearnet soon to be Telus does use EVRC. They turned
it off on the Nokia customer database as the phones sounded horrible.
Some improvement on my 6188 with the 540 load in EVRC, but still no where
near as good as my Timeport or 7868.
To use a Nokia 5185i/6185 on Verizon/BAM, you need to have the phone’s MSL
to unlock the phone. The MSL (master subsidy lock) is the six digit
number that is used to program the phone. This number is NOT to be
confused with the six digit one-time Service Programming Code (SPC) number
that the provider initally provided you to program the phone. If you need
to find out the MSL for your phone, go here: http://www.munamu.8m.com
The MSL for each and every 6185 is a unique number known only to the
carrier that sold the phone in the first place.
Once you have the six digit MSL, you need to know your cell phone number
and the service ID number (SID) for your home network. The quick way to
program NAM data is to enter *#6391# (*#NEW1#) for NAM1 data and *#6392#
(*#NEW2#) for NAM2 data. In absence of a valid NAM1 is used for
CDMA1900 networks and NAM2 is used for CDMA800 networks. As long as a
valid PRL is installed in the respective NAM, the phone will find the
proper system, no matter what NAM you are using, just as long as the phone
is set to Auto. Also note that the SemiAutoB/SemiAutoA option is only
available on NAM2, as that is the only NAM that is able to manually access
800MHz A-side/B-side in absence of a PRL.
Enter the code that corresponds to the NAM you need you use. For
example, select NAM2 for Verizon/BAM CDMA800. The phone will prompt you
for ‘Service prog. code’. Enter the phone’s six-digit MSL here, press
‘OK’, then enter your 10-digit cell phone number, press ‘OK’, and then
finally, enter the SID number that corresponds to your home network.
The phone will display a message if the activation was succesful, and then
it will reboot. When the phone turns back on, you may now enter
*3001#12345# to begin the advanced programming of your 6185/6188.
Select the appropriate NAM that you wish to program, and scroll down to
‘CDMA settings’ and then go to ‘SID/NID lists’. Enter your home network
SID under ‘Home SID/NID’. The Nokia 6185</SPAN> can have up to 20 CDMA home
network SID numbers for each NAM. This can be useful if your home area is
comprised of more than one network. For example, my phone has service on
the Verizon/BAM Philadelphia market, which includes both the Philadelphia
metro and Atlantic City networks. I have programmed the following numbers
into my phone:
Home SID 1: 8 <- Philadelphia network
Home SID 2: 250 <- Atlantic City network
Users of the Verizon SingleRate and SingleRate East plans can add the SID
numbers of the neighboring systems included on the plan in order to
represent the full home coverage area of your phone.
If you back out of the ‘CDMA settings’ to the ‘AMPS settings’, you will
also need to set the ‘AMPS home SID’ to your home network SID so you can
use analog service on your phone if needed. The 6185 can only have one
AMPS home network SID.
Entering the preferred roaming list (PRL)
While still in the ‘SID/NID lists’, you can also update the phone’s
preferred roaming list (PRL) in the NAM by entering the SID numbers of
other Verizon networks under ‘Preferred SID’. The 6185 can have up to 80
preferred SID numbers for each NAM. This will allow your tri-mode phone
to roam on Verizon’s various CDMA800 networks.
Warning: If your 6185 has a pre-programmed PRL for the NAM you are using,
it will override any settings you have made to the
home/preferred/forbidden PRL list in the NAM. You can check the existence
of a pre-programmed PRL by entering *#837#. If the phone says ‘PRL:None’
(like mine for NAM2) then there is no pre-programmed PRL list for that
For example, this is the PRL that I have manually programmed into NAM2 of
Preferred SID 1: 28 Boston
Preferred SID 2: 18 Washington DC
Preferred SID 3: 119 Connecticut
Preferred SID 4: 22 New York City
Preferred SID 5: 32 Pittsburg
I recently stopped by a Verizon/PrimeCo store, and the tech there was more
than happy to update my 6185 with a Verizon/PrimeCo Singlerate PRL in
NAM1. Consequently, I am now able to use NAM1 for my main Verizon/BAM
number, and it has no problem finding both Verizon’s CDMA800 and CDMA1900
towers. Additionally, I am now able to program a different number in
NAM2, if needed. Please note that knowledge of the MSL for your phone is
needed to update the PRL.
Considering that Verizon is now selling the tri-mode 5185i at all of their
stores, it is now possible to update a 6185 with a 5185i PRL.
that he is successfully using Verizon PRL 50000 from a 5185i in his 6185.
Since Bill has proved this is possible, owners of all 6185 models can now
have a recent tri-mode PRL in their phone, provided they know the
MSL of their phone.
Once you are finished with the advanced programming menu, you will need to
power the phone off and back on again for the new settings to take effect.
Changing the Master Subsidy Lock / Service Programming Code
If your 5185/6185 has a MSL/SPC code other than 000000, then it is
necessary to enter the MSL/SPC every time the phone needs to be
reprogrammed. It is possible to erase this code so that it is not needed
every time reprogramming is necessary. Simply select the ‘Change SPC’
option under the *3001#12345# menu, and change the MSL/SPC to 000000.
Knowledge of the current MSL/SPC code is necessary to set the code to
000000, however, the phone will not prompt the user for ‘Service Prog.
Code’ once the code is set to 000000.
The Sprint PCS Nokia 6185 is slightly different that the regular version.
The main difference in all firmware versions is that Sprint 6185 phone
does NOT allow the voice mailbox access number to be changed.
The new firmware upgrade for the Sprint PCS 6185 includes the following:
Main screen date display
Louder handset/handfree earbud volume
8 new ringtones (Bee, City Bird <loud!>, Rocket, Orient, Alamuhan, 12
months, Running horse, Auld Lang Syne)
Clear Voicemail Icon (menu 1-2-3)
Minibrowser messages (menu 1-4, @sprintpcs.com email?)
Time/Date display options under menu 4-2-1
address book sorting algorithm
custom ring tone deletion when call list is cleared
wrong date on field test screen 07
phone number now shown under “PLEASE CALL” when paged, no need to arrow
The deletion of NAM2 pretty much precludes the use of this phone for use
on another network while using SPCS, so keep this in mind if you would
like to upgrade your existing Sprint PCS Nokia 6185.
The ONLY way a SprintPCS phone with the minibrowser firmware will work on
Verizon, is if such a phone has a Verizon 5185i PRL updated in the
firmware, instead of the SprintPCS PRL. See my notes above on how to
accomplish this task.
Other Nokia 6185 goodies and codes include:
The 6120/6160/6161/6162/6185 and the 5120/5160/5170/5180/5185i models do
not allow the use of user downloadable ringtones, nor is there an actual
IR port under the top cover. sorry.
Upon receipt of new mesages, the phone will ask to dial your voice
mailbox. Holding down the ‘1’ key will also dial your voice mailbox. You
can change the access number used to dial your mailbox by doing the
messages > voice messages > voice mailbox number
*86 accesses the voice mailbox on BAM, so my number is set to:
*86pp#xxxx# where the ‘pp’ tells the phone to pause twice before entering
my access code. the ‘p’ pause is generated by pushing the star key a few
times until is says ‘p’. the #xxxx# enters my access code.
NOTE: the firmware in the Sprint 6185 phone does NOT allow the voice
mailbox access number to be changed. sorry.
The default security code is 00000. This code can be changed in the
Under the NAM1/NAM2 menu after you enter *3001#12345#, if you scroll down
to ‘Alpha tag’ then you can change the display from the provider’s name to
whatever you desire. If your phone is subsidy locked, then this option
requires knowledge of the SPC/MSL code which only your provider has. This
option will not work for Nokia TDMA IS-136 models such as the
Shows ESN, month/date of phone manufacture, date programmed/upgraded, date
repaired, lifetime usage. Also shows option “Transfer user data?”
Shows firmware version, PRL
<SPAN class=yshortcuts id=lw_1220992752_15>Enhanced Variable Rate Codec</SPAN>: can force the phone into analog mode if
EVRC is not available.
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