The Samsung F480 Tocco is one of the popular touchscreen phones offered by Vodafone and a few U.S. companies. The phone comes branded by the company that sells the unit. This branding shows the logos and other proprietary software preloaded onto the phone by the issuing company. The phone must be flashed to remove this branding. Flashing the phone simply involves changing the firmware installed on the Samsung F480 by default. The total process can be completed in under 10 minutes with just a few pieces of free software.
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Things you need
- Samsung PC Studio installed
- Samsung Multiloader software
- Desired firmware
- USB cable (provided with the phone)
- Unzipping software installed
Download and install the Samsung Multiloader software (see Resources).
Download the desired firmware update (see Resources). Double-click on the downloaded file and drag the contents into a new folder on the desktop.
Turn off the phone and remove the SIM card and the memory card. Press and hold the camera button and the volume down button. Simultaneously press the power button to turn the phone on.
Launch the Samsung Multiloader program from the "Start" menu or the desktop icon.
Choose "MSM6275/MSM6280" as the control.
Click the "AMSS" button, browse to the new folder on the desktop, select the "amss_compressed.bin" file and press "Open."
Click the "Rsrc1" button and select the ".rc1" file from the desktop folder and press "Open."
Click the "Rsrc2" button and choose the ".rc2" file that contains "(Low)" in the file name. Press "Open" to load the file.
Click the "Factory FS" button, browse to the desktop folder and select the ".ffs" file. Click "Open" to load the final file.
Plug the Samsung USB cable into the computer and connect the F480. Wait for the program to detect your device. The program will display "Ready-F480" in one of the lower communications port detection fields under the loaded firmware files once the phone is detected.
Press "Download" to flash the Samsung F480. The process will take a few minutes to complete and the phone will automatically reset two times. Reinsert the SIM card and memory card once the success message is displayed. The phone may now be used as normal.
Tips and warnings
- Flashing the phone will erase all data stored on the phone's internal memory. Back up any important data to the computer via the Samsung PC Studio before performing this task.
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