How to Flash a BlackBerry Curve 8350i to a Boost Mobile

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How to Flash a BlackBerry Curve 8350i to a Boost Mobile
In less than 10 minutes you can flash your BlackBerry Curve 8350i to Boost Mobile. (computers image by Oleg Guryanov from

Prepaid cellphone companies like Boost Mobile are becoming more popular as an option for thrifty consumers. A popular phone among Boost Mobile users is the BlackBerry Curve 8350i, although it is not native to Boost. Once purchased through a company like Nextel or Alltel, there is a way to flash the Curve from network to network with a computer and free software.

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Things you need

  • BlackBerry Desktop Software
  • Boost Mobile service books (see Resources below)

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  1. 1

    Open BlackBerry Desktop Manager and download the Boost Mobile service books. The Desktop Manager is available on the CD shipped with the BlackBerry, or free to download from the link in Resources if this CD has been lost or broken. The service books are a data protocol that the BlackBerry will use to enable it to use the Boost network. Be sure to extract the service books to an easily accessible location or folder.

  2. 2

    Scroll to "Options" in your BlackBerry's menu, then select "Advanced Options." Select "Service Book" and while holding down the "Alt" button, press "S"-"B"-"E"-"B." Release Alt, and you will see a pop-up box that says "Legacy SB Restore Enabled." Press "OK."

  3. 3

    Connect the BlackBerry to the computer via the USB cord and press "Cancel" when you receive a sync prompt. On the right side of the BlackBerry Desktop Manager interface, select "Backup/Restore," then select "Advanced." Under "Device Databases," scroll to and select "Service Book," then click the left arrow in the centre of the two lists to transfer it under the "File" heading. Here highlight "Service Book," then under "File" scroll and save the books.

  4. 4

    Delete the service books from the "File" list, then select "Service Book" under "Device Databases" once more and click "Clear" to erase them from this heading as well. Return to the "File" heading, go to "Open" and locate the Boost Mobile service books .ipd file you saved to the computer earlier. Click the right arrow to transfer them to "Device Databases." Disconnect the newly updated BlackBerry from the computer, take out the battery, then reinsert it to reset it.

  5. 5

    Return to the BlackBerry menu and select "Options," click on "Advanced Options," and select "Host Routing Table." Click the BB Menu button, then scroll to and select "Register Now." Return to "Advanced Options," select "Browser," and change the option in this drop-down menu to "Hotspot Browser." The device now has text messaging and web browsing capabilities.

  6. 6

    Press the green "Call" button, then click the BB menu button. Scroll down to "Smart Dialing," then change the country code from +1 to "Unknown." The phone is now configured to make and receive phone calls on the Boost Mobile network.

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