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Unlocking a Motorola Razr V3m from Verizon

December 26th, 2007

unlocked razrThat Razr that you got from Verizon can do more than you think! With an unlocked Razr you can actually make your own ringtones for free. You can even connect your phone to your laptop and get internet access that only costs minutes, meaning on nights and weekends that is also free. You can also grab photos and videos taken from the phone and transfer them directly to your computer. More over, you can even make a custom wallpapers that you made on the computer or found on the internet. Don’t like that annoying V-Cast animations that play when you turn your phone on or off? Get rid of them! Or better yet, put something there that you made yourself.

There are so many possibilities, but whatever you do, there is definitely one place to start: actually unlocking the phone. Doing that is usually tedious and confusing, but last August I made an “unlocked” settings file to remove the tediousness and a video tutorial to take away the confusion.

Note that this process only works on Motorola Razr V3m phones from Verizon. Also note that unlocking the phone probably voids the warranty. I haven’t heard of this process breaking any phones, but if it does, I’m not liable.


edit, January 19, 2008:

It seems the server hosting P2K seem edit, hacktherazr.com, is down. P2K Seem Edit is now packaged with the readme file and seem file in the download below.

Verizon Razr V3m Unlocking Kit (Revision 3)

edit, January 29, 2008:

Here’s the list of changes that this process makes, taken directly from the readme.txt file included in the download:

Here’s what changed about your phone:
USB Transfers are enabled.
Dial-Up Networking is enabled.
The orange background on the outside screen is changed to the wallpaper.
The “vibrate then ring” feature is now available.
The “continuous backlight” option is now available.
The “classic”, “continental”, “attention” and “moonlit haze” ringtones are now available.

If you’re curious, you can look up the actual seem edits that were made by cross-referencing this list with this page.

Edit, February 18, 2008:

For those who forgot to make a backup of the default seem, or those who otherwise don’t have access to one, here’s mine: Verizon Razr V3m Default Settings

Note that in principal it is best to use the backup that you made yourself. My backup should work on your phone, though. (Please tell me if you find otherwise.)

Edit, March 10, 2008:

I am declaring comment bankrupsy. It’s too hard to keep up on all the comments, and there are people who are much more knowlegable about this topic than I am. If you have a question, then I recommend that you direct it to the hacking community at http://hacktherazr.com/forum or http://motorola.howardforums.com.

Comments with links to other good sources of information are still appreciated.

Thanks, and happy hacking! :-)

Edit, March 14, 2008:

An awesome reader explained how to put ringtones on the Razr without buying any software. I put his explaination in this other post. Thanks, Sendherastar!

Edit: March 28, 2008:

Izzyd has this to say:

Heya all, it’s been a while do to some personal matter,but after reading threw some of these posts I’d like to shed some light. For all you folks who have just gotten a VZW v3m things have changed from when it was originally released. With VZW’s new .01.19.07 firmware  a lot of stuff from before will not work at all, and other things need to be done in a different manner which is why certain things do not seem to work right. Whatever VZW did in the new firmware has locked us out of things like using MPT to transfer ring tones it just will not happen, another thing is the seem edit for USB transfer on the new firmware is not needed they already have it done for you. I could go one and on but I see there is some confusion and I’ll do what I can to stop by more frequently to point folks in the right direction. One thing plz be specific tho and let us know what carrier you are with and what firmware is on your phone that does make a difference these days, 4 months ago it wouldn’t have mattered, but thx to VZW they threw us for a loop which is why we see so much more confusion now.

Edit: June 27, 2008:

Verizon has closed the back door of using a Razr as a dial-up modem for free internet access. When you try, every webpage you load just gives you a message saying something like “The device is not authorized”.


  1. DavEE posted on January 2, 2008:

    Great job in researching and documenting this process!
    Once unlocked, can the Motorazr v3m be used on any compatible network besides Verizon,; i.e. AT&T/Cingular?

  2. Mary posted on January 8, 2008:

    What happened to the link http://hacktherazr.com/app/hacktherazr.com-P2KSeem.zip??????

  3. Mavtak posted on January 13, 2008:

    Mary, It seems that hacktherazr.com is down at the moment.

  4. SvOak18 posted on January 23, 2008:

    how do you change the picture on the fron screen from when the phone is open from the verizon logo to something less gay (like in your picture its a smiley)

  5. Internet on the road for "free" with a Razr — My Piece of the Inter(.)net posted on January 24, 2008:

    [...] First, you need to enable the dial up networking service on the phone, which is locked off by Verizon when you get the phone.  You can do this by following my tutorial on how to unlock the Razr V3m. [...]

  6. SvOak18 posted on January 26, 2008:

    nvm i found it out

  7. McWaters12 posted on January 27, 2008:

    Is there any other way to get ringtones on the phone other than using MPT? I have a Micro SD card in my phone and was trying to get ringtones onto that but had no luck using MPT. I couldnt find v3.20f.

  8. Mavtak posted on January 28, 2008:

    McWalters12, MTP is the best choice if you want something relatively easy to use. You can get a copy from Amazon.com for $1. I don’t recommend version 4, though. It is weird about handling the V3m. Version 3 works much better for this phone.

    Alternatively you can do some hacking around with P2K Commander. I have been meaning to get around to make a tutorial for this.

  9. n9iui posted on February 4, 2008:

    Hi. I just got my V3m last week and I wonder if perhaps the Borg (aka Verizon) has thrown another wrench into the works. I followed your very good instructions (repeatedly) with no luck.
    Any suggestions? Thanks.

  10. Mavtak posted on February 4, 2008:

    n9iui, which part doesn’t work?

  11. n9iui posted on February 5, 2008:

    Mavtak, nothing changes. I don’t have the Motorola software yet to try and move some ringtones into the phone, and I don’t have anything to edit MP3′s down to a useable length.
    The outside screen doesn’t change but then, mine never had an “Orange” screen anyway; not sure what everyone means when they talk about the orange screen.
    I was hoping that opening up the phone would re-enable saving self-recorded (by the phone’s microphone) bits as ringtones, as the demo phone at my Verizon store does.
    No added ringtones or anything else magically appears.
    Maybe I’m spaceing something, but I don’t think so. Thanks for your help.

  12. Mavtak posted on February 5, 2008:

    Sorry, I don’t know what you can do. I’m pretty sure my phone could always set recordings as ringtones. Are you sure that the model of Razr that you have is V3m?

  13. n9iui posted on February 5, 2008:

    It was sold to me as one. Looks like all the others I’ve seen though it doesn’t say “V3m” anywhere I can find. Googling the FCC # comes back to a V3m so I must assume it is one.
    I need to find the Motorola software so I can try to move ringtones into it. Maybe that at least will work.

  14. popeyito18 posted on February 6, 2008:

    Nice video, however when i got to the step where you put 2742 and 1 i clicked “load from phone: but nothing happens…
    there is one thing, my phone is from T-mobile not verizon, does it have to do anything with it?

  15. popeyito18 posted on February 6, 2008:

    my bad i just read the last sentence of ur intro “only works with verizon”. oops

  16. Dawn posted on February 7, 2008:

    I would first like to say your site is awesome. I do have one question-is real player compatible with this phone? Motorola

  17. Mavtak posted on February 8, 2008:

    Dawn, I’m not sure what you mean. Are you asking if Real media files can be played back on the phone, or if there is a Real Player application that will run on the phone?

    Actually, I would guess no for both, but I’m just making an educated guess.

  18. El luis posted on February 9, 2008:

    I would like to know if is possible to change the HEX# of the phone. and if so how can i do that???

  19. Mavtak posted on February 9, 2008:

    El luis, I don’t know how you would do that, but I recommend checking out the forums at http://hacktherazr.com

  20. Genome posted on February 9, 2008:

    Hey Mavtak, great review. I was anxious to get this phone for free (2 year deal) from verizon, only to find out they had butchered the software(as i expected) so your review helped alot. I wanted to inquire, does the Verizon V3m still have Java enabled for Homebrew/games? And if not, does this SEEM edit re-enable the Java? Thanks.

  21. Lefthanded67 posted on February 12, 2008:

    I couldn’t get the P2K Seem Edit to recognize my phone. I already have Motorola Phone Tools loaded and wonder if this could be the problem. Also, the Motorola Driver download link isn’t working.

  22. Mavtak posted on February 12, 2008:

    Lefthanded67, I’m not 100% sure, but I think MTP has to be closed when you are using P2K Seem Edit. Also, you have to have Motorola Software Update running and interacting with the phone before you try P2K Seem Edit. There’s a link to that in the Read Me file, which I have just tested and works.

  23. Mavtak posted on February 12, 2008:

    Genome, I am pretty sure that Java is disabled in Verizon’s special operating system that it puts on its phones. There is a process called “flashing the phone” where you install Motorola’s original firmware on the phone. There are tutorials for that in the forums at http://hacktherazr.com. (the website is down right now, FYI.)

  24. Genome posted on February 12, 2008:

    Thanks Mavtak. I thought you might like to know, the 1.19.07p Firmware, which is the Firmware that now comes installed on all VZW v3m’s, no longer works with this review. The phone has the wallpaper on the outside enabled by default for instance. I tried using your process to use the other features but it didn’t work. I’ve Successfully flashed my phone to Vivo though, inspired by your review to get all I can out of my phone. You might want to make one of these tutorials for flashing, as the process is often tedious and complicated, and you seem to have a good way of explaining things to people. Good luck.

  25. Mavtak posted on February 12, 2008:

    That’s great news, Genome! That certainly solves a mystery. Would you mind giving me the links to the tutorial(s) you used to flash your phone?

  26. Genome posted on February 12, 2008:

    Sure. First, I had to follow this review here to flash my firmware to an older version of the default VZW firmware. (Do NOT try to flash your phone if you have the new 1.19.07P to anything other than an older VZW firmware, you could brick your phone)


    First I flashed down to 1.19.05P, and from there I flashed down to the very first VZW monster. Then, I followed these two guides to flash the phone with the Vivo software. The first, is a wiki page which very nicely has almost ALL of the programs required complied into one rapidshare link. Though, I wouldn’t reccomend following the guide itself on that page, as it skips many of the Backup steps required before you flash your phone. (It assumes you’ve flashed in the past and know most of the stuff already.)

    This guide, is the complete guide for backing up the phone and then flashing. But at first glance it looks VERY complicated.


    Hope it goes well for you.

  27. Mavtak posted on February 12, 2008:

    Awesome, thanks.

  28. Genome posted on February 12, 2008:

    Opps, just noticed I forgot the put the tutorial which had the links for all the applicats you need.


  29. Genome posted on February 13, 2008:

    Another Discovery. The Telus Firmware is Java2ME enabled. Meaning, if you flash with Telus you’ll have Java instead of BREW. This is confirmed working. (Though personelly, I never had a problem buying some games with get-it-now, since they actaully look MUCH better than Java. What I want is it have Java AND Brew.)

  30. oldman posted on February 13, 2008:

    It’s confirmed… 1.19.07 doesn’t work with this info. Was able to write and attemped several times… no change, so put orig-backup seem back on phone.

  31. mel posted on February 14, 2008:

    I would like to unlock a V3m that I have already been using for a while. Will the unlocking process erase data like pictures and contacts?

  32. Mavtak posted on February 14, 2008:

    Mel, unlocking the phone does not affect the files on the phone as I know of.

  33. staci posted on February 16, 2008:

    hi – I did this and it worked great. Unfortunatly now I need to take the phone back and I can’t get it back to the original settings. I saved my defaults and tried to restore but all the changes still seem to be in place. Do you know of a way to undo this? Thanks in advance for any assistance you can give me.

  34. Mavtak posted on February 16, 2008:

    Staci, are you sure you restarted the phone after you restored the original settings?

  35. staci posted on February 16, 2008:

    Oh – I just did it again and it worked. I think I was so nervous about doing it wrong that I forgot to change the settings in the P2K editor. Thanks so much for your help. This stuff is fantastic. I wish I was keeping the phone so I could try it all out.

  36. andy posted on February 17, 2008:

    ran the seem editor and unlocked the phone like you said. still can’t figure out how to transfer the files. my device manager (XP) says the device is not configured properly, assuming this is the problem. the manager icon shows a V3c, is this the root of the problem. should i be able to see my phone in “My Computer”. great site and great attention paid to all the questions. Thanks!

  37. Mavtak posted on February 17, 2008:

    Andy, if only it was that simple! You can browse the file system of the phone for free using P2K Commander. http://hacktherazr.com/downloads.html For something that’s easier to use you can use Motorola Phone Tools. http://hacktherazr.com/guides/verizon.setup.mpt.php I recommend using version 3 as opposed to 4 because 4 doesn’t like connecting to the v3m.

  38. Jason posted on February 17, 2008:

    Hey I just got the Razr V3m with the 01.19.07 software version and this unlocking procedure doesn’t work. Help please!!

    P.S. I purchased motorola phone tools before I realized that verizon locks these phones up….Sucks

  39. Mavtak posted on February 17, 2008:

    Jason, I haven’t researched how to do that yet. You could check out the forums at hacktherazr.com

  40. stirfry73 posted on February 17, 2008:

    i’ve got a razor v3m with version 01.09.02 will your stuff work with my phone?

  41. stirfry73 posted on February 17, 2008:

    i’m not that good but if i was talked through it i know i would be able to do it

  42. stirfry73 posted on February 18, 2008:

    Disreguard my last two post, i watched your video and followed all your steps and bam it’s done. Thanks alot fella…

  43. Izzyd posted on February 18, 2008:

    To clear up a few question on replies here. On the newer firmware (01.19.07) from VZW for the v3m the seem edit posted here will not work. Also on the same firmware MPT will not work to transfer ring tones either but you can use it for contacts and pictures.

    The hack ( ie seem edit)posted here will only work with the older firmware .01.09.02 or prior which is why some of you folks are not able to get this working correctly with the newer firmware.

    As a side not MPT 4 or higher works fine with the v3m depending on the current firmware on your phone. Now that being said there newest version of MPT 4.51 or higher don’t like the v3m unless you manually select it from the phone list as v3mm or v3cm. I could write a book on all this but these are just a few thing I noticed reading this over. I was forwarded this link/site from someone over at HTR because they were having trouble and now I kinda see why.

    For everyone info just about any question asked here of the site owner has been covered and answered in great detail over at HTR.

  44. Mavtak posted on February 18, 2008:

    Izzyd, thanks for the clearification.

  45. imseanross posted on February 18, 2008:

    Do you know how to reprogram the phone for use with other cdma carriers? My razr v3m is locked to verizon and I want to switch to metro pcs. TIA

  46. Mavtak posted on February 18, 2008:

    Imseanross, I don’t know how to do that. You should contact the other carrier and ask them.

  47. Izzyd posted on February 19, 2008:

    No problem Mavtak. I’ll try to stop by as time permits and clear things up for ya if I see anything major

    imseanross; shouldn’t be an issue really. I’d just take the phone into Metro PCS and ask them. They should be able to flash it with there software and you should then be good to go. If they can’t or won’t I do believe I’ve seen a Monster Metro PCS flash file. That being the case you could just flash it yourself and then walk in and ask them to activate it.

  48. Izzyd posted on February 19, 2008:

    Yep, here’s a link to the MetroPCS monster flash if you need it.


  49. Mavtak posted on February 20, 2008:

    Thanks, Izzyd, and good luck!

  50. rish posted on February 20, 2008:

    just finished unlocking the phone per your steps, it was pretty easy Thank You. But not quite sure how to transfer pics and videos from my phone to pc. Got any ideas?

  51. Mavtak posted on February 20, 2008:

    Rish, I recommend using P2K Commander. It lets you browse the phone’s internal memory. You use it just like P2K Seem Edit, opening Motorola Software Update first. You can download it from here: http://hacktherazr.com/downloads.html

  52. heartman posted on February 21, 2008:

    I’m wondering if anyone has figured out how to make the new Verizon firmware recognize .mp3 files to tag to contacts? I have copied the files into the ringtones folder using P2k commander, and the phone will play the files, but it will not let me tag them to a contact profile!!

    I don’t get it!

    Any ideas???

  53. rish posted on February 21, 2008:

    Hey tried using the p2k software and now my phone has a white screen, I don’t think I did that right but I really didn’t see any info on how to do it correctly could you possibly help me again?

  54. rish posted on February 21, 2008:

    Got the phone back on track again, but still not sure how to use the p2k software

  55. imseanross posted on February 28, 2008:

    What happened to the link for if people didn’t save the default settings? I had mine saved on a desktop that had its hard drive go bad!

  56. Mavtak posted on February 28, 2008:

    imseanross, I re-added it to the bottom of the post. Sorry about that.

  57. Romantic101 posted on March 1, 2008:

    I just bought my V3m last week, and have read all the posts on here so far. The steps here didn’t work for my phone here either, I was mainly wanting to mod my phone and customize everything, such as the smily picture when the phone is opened. There is an easy way to put your own ringtones on the phone. What I did was downloaded a free Wave editor first, it’s called WavePad, you can find it for free on a google search. If you have Motorola Phone tools, great, you need something like that anyway for this seem edit. You should also find a copy of P2K Commander. After you have those, choose a song that you want for your ringtone. I have the Halo theme for my txt tone, for example. Open the song file in WavePad and pick a section that is about 20-30 seconds long and save the file as an .aac file with 30-50% quality (This saves space on the phone and is also really good quality still). There is a tutorial explaining all the next steps completely at “http://aznuwee.googlepages.com”. and wallah! free high quality tones that your phone thinks is purchased!
    I hope this helps those of us who are jipped and escaping the grasps of the borg aka Verizon (Credit for that name goes to n9iui)

    Note: in the tutorial I linked, there is a file you must delete on your phone, it is MyToneDB.db. That file is created when your phone restarts, it is what registers your tones as purchased in the phone. You need to delete it every time you add any tones or you will not be able to assign any ringtones even as the main ringtone [I had that problem for a while]

  58. Inhumanity posted on March 2, 2008:

    Thankyou so much, that was the quickest Ive ever done anything like that. Im going to see how to do more things now.

  59. Mavtak posted on March 2, 2008:

    Inhumanity, I’m glad!

  60. Inhumanity posted on March 2, 2008:

    Is there anywhere else I can find a list of seem edits? I used to go to hacktherazr but everything there is dead. Im currently looking for a way to extend video duration.

  61. aasimniz posted on March 2, 2008:

    I have been trying for the past 6 months to unlock my phone I changed the screen from orange to a new background I tried to unlock bluetooth it didnt work…. How do I add a multimedia player to my phone if you know how? and also Motorolla Software Updater will not find my phone can you tell me how to fix? and I have a memory card San Disk 1GB and my phone wont find the songs on their.

  62. Mavtak posted on March 2, 2008:

    Inhumanity, it is listed on the “Guides” page.

  63. Mavtak posted on March 2, 2008:

    Aasimniz, I recommend that you either check out the forums at http://hacktherazr.com or http://motorola.howardforums.com

  64. Inhumanity posted on March 2, 2008:

    Whenever I clicked it I got a 404 error sorry

  65. Mavtak posted on March 2, 2008:

    Yeah, hacktherazr is like that. :-P

  66. Inhumanity posted on March 2, 2008:

    Do you have a guide on how to set up PST and Pk2, I have bitpim but I cant use it to change the outer image.

  67. xris007 posted on March 4, 2008:

    Mav or anyone – My Sprint v3m looked up last week and now I only get the HelloMoto screen and the Bootloader USB Init screen. Is there a way to flash a Sprint v3m razr to restore the phone? I would deeply appreciate any help in getting this phone back on line! I searched HackthRazr and could not find a clean/clear answer. Thanks all.

  68. xris007 posted on March 4, 2008:

    Sorry that’s “Locked Up” not looked!

  69. Mavtak posted on March 4, 2008:

    Xris007, maybe you’re find better success here: http://motorola.howardforums.com

  70. xris007 posted on March 5, 2008:

    Thanks Mavtak…much appreciated! :)

  71. Mavtak posted on March 5, 2008:

    Xris007, you’re welcome. Good luck!

  72. Tails0600 posted on March 8, 2008:

    Does doing this unlocking process allow you to copy MP3s to the phone and listen to them in the player? BTW, worked great, thanks!

  73. Mavtak posted on March 8, 2008:

    Tails0600, yes it does. After you unlock the phone you could use P2K Commander or Motorola Phone Tools.

  74. loki1028 posted on March 9, 2008:

    Any help would be appreciated: I have the verizon v3m, Im running vista home premium and having touble getting windows to recognize my phone as USB Motorola Modem

  75. Mavtak posted on March 9, 2008:

    Loki1028, I don’t know how much I can help you. I can tell you that it does work with Vista, because I have used my Razr to get internet on my Vista tablet pc. http://mypieceoftheinter.net/archives/130

    Did you unlock the phone successfully?

  76. Mavtak posted on March 9, 2008:

    Inhumanity, Rish, sorry I have neglected your comments.

    Here’s BitPIM: http://hacktherazr.com/guides/verizon.setup.bitpim.php

    Here’s a tutorial that includes using P2K Commander: http://hacktherazr.com/guides/verizon.change.animations.php

  77. sendherastar posted on March 10, 2008:

    hey, i have a question. whenever I hit the “load to phone,” option when I’m at the seem thing… it says, “not connected.”

    I’ve got the phone plugged in and it’s recognized…. what can I do? or what should i do?

  78. sendherastar posted on March 10, 2008:

    well, nevermind on the “not connected,” message I left. I’m just now seeing that I have the 01.19.07 version. I’m wondering now if there is some way that I can use p2k commander to do it.

    I’ve got the phone connected and it’s allowing me into my phone directory (i think that’s what you’d call it.) but I’m still a little uncertain of the affects it’s going to have on my phone if I actually do try to use it and it’s not made for it.

    Also, I’m having trouble finding anything online about how to actually use the program. I’m some what illiterate when it comes to this stuff, so I need step by step directions. haha which i guess also explains my uncertainity about it.

  79. sendherastar posted on March 11, 2008:

    Alright, well I just wanted to let everyone who owns the 01.19.07 version of the v3m phone, that it is possible to put ringtones on your phone using the MSU, P2K Commander and Wave Pad (WP being the program I used to make the ringtones).

    I spent all day yesterday (no BS either) trying to figure something out, even doing a couple of things wrong. I basically had to search for everything myself and a little bit of everything helped me figure it out.

    So far it’s true that you can’t unlock all the features but for me, the only one I was really concerned about was the ringtones. 2.99 a pop is a lot of money to spend/waste on a 30 second cut out part of a song.

    If anyone has any questions or needs a little help, send me an email at sendherastar@yahoo.com

    I’d post it here but I don’t really have the time to get the all the steps in order and the places to find the downloads specifically.

  80. Mavtak posted on March 11, 2008:

    Thanks, sendherastar.

  81. sendherastar posted on March 13, 2008:

    You need to make yourself some ringtones before you actually get to the point of uploading songs to your phone because anything over 30seconds you can’t set as a ring tone. I use Wave Pad but any other program similar to it (cool edit pro, etc) will do just fine. Here’s the link for Wave Pad:
    http://www.nch.com.au/wavepad/masters.html just click “download wave pad,” it should be free. If not, find it on another site where it is.
    You can use any song that you want up to 30 seconds long and you can also choose the part of the song you want. Here are the steps on how to do that if you’re uncertain:
    After you obviously install the program and have it up and running, you want to open a song of your choice. You can scope out the part of the song you want by listening to it. Once you’ve got it figured out, you can highlight the part you’re going to use. Down in the right hand corner, it will tell you the Sel Length by the seconds. Make sure that does not go over 30.
    Once you’ve got the part of the song highlighted, right click on it and click, “copy.” Up in the left hand corner of the Wave Pad, you want to click, “New File.” Once that opens, take your mouse over top of newly opened wave file, right click anywhere inside the box and click, “paste.” This is how I save it — I close it out and it asks me if I want to save as “untitled.” I click yes and a box will pop up where you can name it whatever you want and you can also save it to whatever kind of file you want it to be (wav, mp3, etc.) I save mine as mp3, for some reason when I used a .wav file it wouldn’t work. I only tried once so I could have just did something wrong while uploading it to my phone.
    Alright after you’re finished making the ringtone(s) you want, the first thing you need to do is make sure you have a usb cable that hooks into your phone and your computer. If you do, then follow this link to a download:
    After downloading that, you then need to download p2kcommander which can be found here:
    p2kcommander files HAVE to be extracted! I put the extracted files on my desktop for easy access!
    Both programs you want to install and run. Make sure when you’re ready to connect your phone you have them BOTH running.
    Once the MSU (Motorola Software Update) starts running it’s going to ask “repair motorola software update,’ or “remove motorola software update,” just leave it on repair and hit, “finish.” Make sure when it finishes and comes to the “close,” option that the “Launch Motorola Software,” is clicked. Once it recognizes your phone LEAVE IT UP AND RUNNING then p2k commander should recongnize your phone as well.
    Using p2k commander:
    Either the right or left hand corner (which ever you prefer) click the drop down box and select P2K Mobile Phone — If it connects, you will be able to open your phone up and see everything inside of it.
    Now to the fun part — the first thing you see once your phone connects with P2K is going to be the “a” folder. Open that up. In that folder you’re going to have to delete a file (don’t worry it regenerates itself once you reboot your phone, meaning that everytime you go through the process of putting ringtones on your phone, it will have to be deleted every time). The file you’re going to delete is named “MyToneDB.db.” Make sure to only highlight that file by clicking it once and then click delete on the p2kcommander, a simple hitting of the delete key on your keyboard doesn’t do it for some reason. Once you’ve done that you’re ready to hit the ringtone section of your phone!
    To get to the ringtones you want to go to “motorola, shared,” then to “ringtone.” Once there you should be able to see ringtones that you may have already purchased as well as the stock ringtones that came with the phone. By my prefrence I deleted the more bigger stock ringtones (after listening to them to make sure I didn’t want them or they weren’t used for anything specific such as voicemail, recieved text message etc) but you don’t have to.
    On the side that you didn’t use to get into your phone — you want to find where you saved the ringtones you made to. Once you’ve got both the ringtone section of your phone open on one side and the place where you saved your newly made ringtones on your computer on the other side, you’re ready to start putting them on your phone.
    You can upload more than one ringtone to your phone at a time but I suggest, just for now do it one at a time. Highlight the ringtone you made for your phone simply by clicking once on it and then hit the, “copy,” option located at the bottom of the p2k commander. Once the p2k mobile side refreshes itself and your ringtone is showing in your phones ringtone section — keep your phone hooked into the computer. Go to your ringtones using your phone to see if the one you put on is there and make sure it plays.
    If it does, congratulations! You have just uploaded your very own FREE ringtone!!! =) If you made more than just one, go ahead and upload them now. Make sure you check to see if they work! When you’re finished uploading all the songs you want/can, go ahead and unhook your phone and enjoy!
    You can also do your photos the same way but I’m not 100% sure on that. I had to figure that out for myself and I’m still unsure of how to explain it, although it’s very similar and I don’t believe you have to delete the MyToneDB.db to do it– so hopefully after all that I just explained to you and you upload a couple of ringtones yourself — you will be able to figure out how to work the rest of it on your own!

  82. Mavtak posted on March 13, 2008:

    Wow! Thanks, sendherastar! Would it be OK if I put that in a post on this blog? Of course I’ll give you full credit for it. :-) This is really great!

  83. sendherastar posted on March 13, 2008:

    That’s fine. =)

  84. Putting your own ringtones for your Razr V3m from Verizon — My Piece of the Inter(.)net posted on March 13, 2008:

    [...] a result of my Razr unlocking tutorial, I have gotten tons of questions.  The most common by far is "how do I get custom [...]

  85. sendherastar posted on March 13, 2008:

    i forgot to mention that after you put your ringtones on, reboot your phone manually by just turning it off and back on. occasionally the ringtones will reset themselves (not sure why) and the quick fix is just to reboot your phone and reset whatever ringtone you want as your default. sorry to trash up your website with so many posts!! but if you use it in a blog, please note that on there!


  86. edwin2105z posted on March 20, 2008:

    love what you did with the phone. i have a sprint phone which i flashed to cricket is it possible to do what you did with the razr v3m phone on my razr phone.

  87. SweetAddiction posted on March 20, 2008:

    I’m trying to find out how to put the smiley face on the outside LCD when the phone is flipped open…I’ve noticed some of you have figured this out…help please :)

  88. Jeff posted on March 25, 2008:

    I am not very computer literate, sorry guys. In September 2006, I was easily able to change my Razr V3m from Verizon to vibrate then ring. I just got a new Razr V3m from Verizon yesterday and can not make these changes. I was also able to charge my Razr from my PC and can’t do that now.

    Can someone explain in terms that an idiot would understand how I can make my new Razr V3m vibrate then ring and charge from my PC. Please use 1st grade terms!

    I appreciate the help.

  89. Grayhawk posted on March 26, 2008:

    Just got a V3m from Verision and followed your latest hack to the letter. When it came to saving the 2742 file, no problem… but when I tried to replace it with your file, the file apparently replaced on the screen of the seem editor but did not write to the phone when commanded. Restarted the phone and did not notice any differance in the phone so I checked back with the 2742 file. It was not changed? Any idea what happened?

  90. Izzyd posted on March 28, 2008:

    Heya all, it’s been a while do to some personal matter,but after reading threw some of these posts I’d like to shed some light. For all you folks who have just gotten a VZW v3m things have changed from when it was originally released. With VZW’s new .01.19.07 firmware a lot of stuff from before will not work at all, and other things need to be done in a different manner which is why certain things do not seem to work right. Whatever VZW did in the new firmware has locked us out of things like using MPT to transfer ring tones it just will not happen, another thing is the seem edit for USB transfer on the new firmware is not needed they already have it done for you. I could go one and on but I see there is some confusion and I’ll do what I can to stop by more frequently to point folks in the right direction. One thing plz be specific tho and let us know what carrier you are with and what firmware is on your phone that does make a difference these days, 4 months ago it wouldn’t have mattered, but thx to VZW they threw us for a loop which is why we see so much more confusion now.

  91. Izzyd posted on March 28, 2008:

    Can I make a suggestion on the guide for transferring ring tones. It should be updated to state something to the effect of that process is for use with the VZW .01.19.07 firmware. Reason I say this is on the older firmwares the tones do not go into that folder the write up is specific to that firmware only, however it still works the same way jus ta different folder is all. On the older firmwares they go into the /motorola/shared/audio folder. Oh and as for pics using p2kcomannder on any firmware they can be placed in the /motorola/shared/pictures folder and no file needs to be delete to get them to show up either. On a side note on ringtones as mentioned in the guide the *.wav file does not work because ring tones need to either be mp3, qcp, or mid files.

  92. Mavtak posted on March 28, 2008:

    Thanks for the help, Izzyd. Truth be told I really only enough about this process to do it on my own phone. I put your two quotes in the appropriate posts.

  93. Izzyd posted on March 28, 2008:

    No problem. I’ve just noticed recently at numerous sites on this VZW firmware stuff, things are getting a bit crazy and it all stems from there newest firmware for the v3m VZW released. To may things have been on the float for so long and folks just assume it is the same and it isn’t to say the least which is why there is a lot more confusion now.

  94. Jeff posted on March 29, 2008:

    Izzy or Mavtak,

    I struggle with computer literacy. In September 2006, I was easily able to change my Razr V3m from Verizon to vibrate then ring. I just got a new Razr V3m from Verizon last week and can not make these changes. I was also able to charge my Razr from my PC and can’t do that now either.

    Can someone explain in terms that an idiot would understand how I can make my new Razr V3m vibrate then ring and charge from my PC? Please use 1st grade terms! I am not interested in ringtones, just adding vibrate then ring and if possible allowing my PC to charge my new Verizon V3m.

    Can either of you direct me?

  95. Grayhawk posted on March 29, 2008:

    You talk about the new VZW .01.19.07 firmware. My “Verizon” V3m is the new firmware. Now… is there a new version of your wonderous hack that can guide us to the “promise land” of being able to have what the earlier versions of V3m’s have. I realize it’s a lot to ask… and we all appreciate what you have done already… “May I Have More…?”

  96. Bumble Bee posted on April 1, 2008:

    I have a Verizon Razr V3m that I got as a warranty trade. It is running firmware 01.19.07 and I have had no troubles getting it to do what I wanted…ringtones, changing the carrier banner, adding ringtones etc. It just takes some time and patience. On MPT, you can make ringtones, using the V3 model listed under GSM. It won’t look like your phone but it’ll give the Multimedia center option and let you save the ringtones you create to your PC. From there you would need to use P2K Commander to transfer the ringtones from your PC to your phone. I love being able to have unlimited free ringtones :)

  97. Grayhawk posted on April 2, 2008:

    OK, I’ll admit I’m not the best when it comes to going on my own to modify programs or firmware but… Bumble Bee changed his/her ring tone… I tried to a week or so ago and managed to put new ring tones in. Peoblem, the phone won’t allow me to select them. Do I need to delete the db file? or just what is going on? Confused!!!

  98. Izzyd posted on April 3, 2008:

    Grayhawk, On the ringtone question yes delete the mytone.db file in the root directory of the phone. Once you do unplug it and cycle the power and you should then be good to go. Being you have the newer firmware I’m also assuming you put the tones in the /ringtone folder and not the /audio folder. On the new firmware they do in fact need to be in the ringtone folder now. As for your other question about hacks for the new firmware plz be a bit more specific as to what you wanted to do. A lot of what was done on the old firmware will not work on this new one. So in stead of writing a book it may be easier for you to ask a specific and we can tell you yes or no and what to do if it is possible.

  99. Izzyd posted on April 3, 2008:

    Jeff, what driver set do you have installed on your comp? I’d try updating them to the newest version 3.4.0 and see if that helps or not. There’s no reason your phone should not charge with the comp just because of this firmware. the firmware has nothing to do with charging it has to do with the drivers and getting Windows to see the phone correctly. If you plug you phone in does it show up in device manager as the Moto USB modem as it should. If not then you don’t have the correct drivers.

    As for the vib then ring, from my understanding it does not work on this firmware, and the seem edits have not been found on how to do it either. Most phone hacking gurus I know aren’t spending any time on it either, they all have moved on to the v9m, z6 series, and Maxx Ve, myself included seeing as I own all of them also.I rarely activate my v3c or v3m anymore but then again I’m running Telus firmware on them threw VZW’s network so I have Java in place of Brew. Soon to have a Telus v9m on VZW’s network for free games&apps thanks to Java also.

    Anywhoo I drop a few msgs off and see if anyone does know the skinny on vib then ring. Peace

  100. Izzyd posted on April 3, 2008:

    Well I guess I was incorrect on the vib then ring option. For my reply msg I was just told it is already active in the new firmware ( .01.19.07) so there is no hack needed. Being I don’t have or use the VZW UI I don’t know where you need to go to set it tho, but my guess it is should be in the ring style detail towards the bottom of the list.

  101. CandyRayne posted on April 6, 2008:

    Hey all, I just tried to do the seem editing but it’s saying that my phone isn’t connected I’ve tried turning it on and off and unplugging it and plugging it back in but it just keeps saying that I’m not connected, I did the updates and my software is on the comp but it wont work can anyone help me at all!?!?! send me an E-mail if you have an answer, Cause I’m stuck!

  102. CandyRayne posted on April 6, 2008:

    btw I have the Razr V3m (verizon Wireless)

  103. drinkingmoses posted on April 8, 2008:

    im not sure how to put ringtones on i plug my phone in an motorola update says its pluged in but when i open p2k commander im not sure what to do after that.i need help big time

  104. zootz7 posted on April 9, 2008:

    Hello, I would like to first say how amazing your website is. My problem is that I accidently deleted all of my ringtones using the p2k commander. The file that says “ringtones” is now gone so I cant put any songs in it, I tried creating a file but when I put songs in it, it doesnt transfer into my phone. When I open my ringtones section in my phone, the only thing it says is “get new apps” I tried doing that backup thing in case i screw up but nothing happend. Sorry to be so wordy but it would be great if you could help

  105. hungryfish posted on May 1, 2008:

    Mavtak, I have a Verizon VCast V3m. I am somewhat reluctant to do this but I would like to transfer pictures. MPT works fine for contacts and calendar items. My concern is that I never had an “orange” screen when my phone was closed I always had the ability to have a picture under Menu/Display Settings/Wallpaper/Main Screen or Front Screen. Do you it will still work?

  106. hungryfish posted on May 1, 2008:

    Do you think it will still work?

  107. Mavtak posted on May 1, 2008:

    I’m not sure, hungryfish. I recommend that you look for an answer at http://hacktherazr.com/forum or http://motorola.howardforums.com.

  108. hungryfish posted on May 1, 2008:

    Thanks Mavtak

  109. hackin_J posted on May 3, 2008:

    Mavtak or Lzzyd. I have flashed the V3m with 01.19.07 software several times. First I did a monster flash to the sprint factory setting but the phone would not work properly. Then I flashed the monster flash for Verizon version 1.1 but even though it took the flash I could not get it to pick up a signal. I’ve managed to flash back to version 01.19.05 and everything sorks on the phone but the problem is that i’m back to where I started.
    What I am trying to do is be able to use this phone on cricket service. even if MMS and WAP don’t work for now I just need it to be able to make calls. Is there any settings or any files that I can modify that will allow me to connect this phone to cricket? Thanks for your help in advance!!!

  110. dino posted on May 16, 2008:

    motorola v3m unlocker saftware if y have it

  111. lawoolybear posted on June 3, 2008:

    I have a motorola v3m from Metro pcs. I am willing to pay someone that can show me or do for me , make my phone function where I can download ringers, do the factory motorola standard stuff. Should I even try your process for a metro pcs phone. Here in Calif Metro PCS has a small part of the market where Verizon doees.
    I am willing to donate $$ for a working solution
    Dan Woolsey 916-271-5222

  112. jDs posted on June 23, 2008:

    I just got a razr with 01.19.07 firmware and I can’t get PST or MSU to connect to it. Does this mean I can’t do seem edits? I’ve tried different drivers and software versions.. Are others having the same problems?
    All I want to do is move pictures to my computer.
    Why does Verizon hate me?
    I’m a good person.

  113. jDs posted on June 23, 2008:

    Oh crapers I got it to work!!
    Just follow this guide…
    using the hacktherazr drivers and MPT version 3.2
    and you don’t have to bother with the seem edits!
    cool beans.
    I hope this helps some other folks with the same problem..

  114. jDs posted on June 24, 2008:

    I would still like to be able to do seem edits on this phone.. in particular, the one that allows you to use the internet.
    If anyone figures out how to do this with the new firmware please share!

  115. Geneva posted on June 24, 2008:

    I can not get my menu button to work on my phone after trying to add a new skin , everything works fine except the menu button when i touch that button it freezes the whole keypad. I have done everything I could find on the internet like deleted the file that corrupted my phone from the phone, I did the unlock that you showed on youtube(Thanks By the Way) but the menu button still freezes the phone keypad any suggestions.? I can’t get to my music player or my text messages cause i can’t get past the menu button , any help is appreciated

  116. theshadow62 posted on July 21, 2008:

    Is there a way to unlock the V3m to use with other carriers? I’ve already used the info here to unlock the phone for everything else. great site, thanks!

  117. Paul posted on July 25, 2008:

    I’ve been able to to so much with my phone, custom everything, dun, wap, and other great stuff. I cannot, however, seem (no pun intended) to get the video capture length any longer longer. I’ve changed the value in the “a/brew/mod/arcmedia/arconfig.ini” file from everthing from 120 to 240 and it dosen’t let me record longer than 5, 10, 15.
    Any ides?

  118. Volky66 posted on July 30, 2008:

    I have this V3m flashed to Metro PCS. How can I replace the cover pic , access the internet with metro and replace the welcome movie when turn on. I have the BitPim install but I have no idea where this files are located and how to trnsfer files to the right place in the phone.

    Thanks to all

  119. spikejones posted on August 18, 2008:

    despite verizon “shutting the back door on dun” we of the razr hacking community have indeed found a way to get it back working – windows and linux alike (should work for mac os x as well) some hacks to the nvm_factory file need to be done to alter the dun string. not to mention that you can always sign up to a free dial up service. NOTE: the new nationwide calling plans WILL get billed. for more info, see this FAQ I so kindly put up at HTR, and feel free to join the HTR community!!

    Also of important note is that you should not blindly apply pre made seem edits that are designed for older firmwares to your phone if you have a newer firmware verizon phone (especially if it is a different model phone) – you run a very high risk of making it inoperable. Don’t know your firmware version? see this FAQ by listenman20.

    Just thought it should be said.

    ciao and happy hacking!!

  120. rajeev posted on August 20, 2008:

    Do you know how to reprogram the phone for use with other cdma carriers? My razr v3m is locked to verizon and I want to use it in india with reliance

  121. spikejones posted on August 26, 2008:


    useage of a CDMA phone with another CDMA carrier does not use an “unlocking” process like a GSM phone uses. Firstly you will want to find out if Reliance is a GSM or CDMA carrier. One thing to note is that a CDMA phone like the ones from Verizon are not compatible with a GSM carrier. Next thing to find out is if you will be able to flash the phone to that carriers firmware (or a generic Motorola flash) and have that carrier program your phone on their network for you. Sadly the phones from verizon that have the newest firmware 01.19.07 are not very easily flashed as the only current leaked firmwares available to flash with require that your phone use an ESN where as those phones with the newest verizon firmwares use a different type of identifier.

  122. Tha Hack posted on August 30, 2008:

    Hey I Did All Those Steps But Nothing Happend I Could Already Save Recordings As Ringtones But My Orange Screen Didn’t Go Away I Can’t Still Bluetooth I Need Help Should I Try It Again?

  123. help me posted on September 2, 2008:

    how about the Motorola w370 trackfone

  124. VirtualPirate posted on September 9, 2008:

    Mavtak, I just wanted to say thanks for your time and effort on this documentation. Great job putting it together. But I do have one question, if unlocked, will I be able to use a sim card with my other provider?
    I also have an HTC Universal phone that is “Unlocked” and would like to switch between the 2 if possible. Any Ideas?

    Thanks in advance


  125. Malaw posted on September 29, 2008:

    Hi… this is a good website … n continuation with Rajeev’s query posted on 20Aug2008, i want to add that my Verizon wireless phone worked perfectly fine with Tata Indicomm a CDMA service provider in India. But then, when i approached Reliance to program it for their network the support people have no clue what i am talking and i am pretty sure that i can make my motov3m will work with Reliance, provided that my ESN is added in their list of approved mobile devices of the Reliance network. However this is not possible since Reliance stores them info securely it might be possible to get a reliance phone, get its ESN and then have that ESN in the moto …. i am working on this now…. if somebody had already tried let me know….

  126. kk posted on December 12, 2008:

    I tried to install it, and it wont install, it said something about me using windows vista

  127. cookies! posted on December 12, 2008:

    can you do this to a verizon razr v3c?

  128. jake posted on January 10, 2009:

    what about a t mobile phone version 3 how would i do that with it

  129. jake posted on January 10, 2009:

    i was able to use the motorala program but not sure wat to do with the other program can u help plzs

  130. forerunner777 posted on February 21, 2009:

    i tried the p2k seem editor program but its just tells me that the phone isn’t connected. what now?

  131. firemedic posted on February 27, 2009:

    OK Call me stupid, but I was able to get through the seem re-write, and do not see any noticeable changes in my phone. My phone still works so I suppose I did not screw anything up, however, what i was trying to accomplish was that with my old phone, if i got a text or pix message I could save them as ringtones. With this one (Verizon carrier, Razr V3M manufacture date of 07/09/2007) I cannot do that, heck I cant even figure out how to get any ringtone I dont have to buy from verizon. Anyone with any suggestions or information would be greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.

  132. Jose Gonzalez posted on March 28, 2009:

    i did something wrong. when i was supposed to save the file to the phone saved the wrong one and now my computer won’t show my phone as being connected. says it can’t find the drivers for it

  133. Jose Gonzalez posted on March 28, 2009:

    what should i do?

  134. Crystal posted on May 12, 2009:

    Have you hacked the V3M or flashed it from Verizon to Metro PCS. When you get the phone flashed at Metro you can’t send/rec pic text or use web. Any suggestions?

  135. Jefferson posted on May 21, 2009:

    I unlock my phone, following all the procedures, but I could not connect the phone with another provider, has any way I can do that?

  136. kaka posted on September 11, 2009:

    u fukin pussy liar ITS NOT WORKING!! FUK U! SUK A DIK!

  137. foxboy1618 posted on November 8, 2009:

    Since there is a way to unlock the v3m, will finding the solution to unlock the Razr2 v9m be next on the list?

  138. ghanathey posted on January 8, 2010:

    i have a moto razr v3m ?(verizon)how can i covert to tata indicom to use it in india…plz help

  139. ghanathey posted on January 8, 2010:

    i have a moto razr v3m ?(verizon)how can i covert to tata indicom to use it in india…plz help

  140. kAo posted on March 8, 2010:


    May seem old but seriously for the people with even the slightest of basic knowledge could achieve success with this project.

    Well, it was a piece of cake that just got eat’n up by me. Your instructions couldn’t have been any better applied than they were. Thank you David great work, now my friend can enjoy his Razr and its now freedoms to explore areas never able to before this project was applied.



  141. Erik Meyer posted on April 5, 2010:

    New to this forum but am looking for direction this process. Wife has tmobile service and we want to unlock a verizon v3m razor to use with this carrier. Will the above process work and or would I need to do anything else to make the phone compatible?
    Thanks for any feedback

  142. myles loud posted on July 5, 2010:

    i have a verizon v3m razr and i have switched to at&t. my razr is not activated, but powers up, etc. i just want to get my photos from the old razor. i dsont know how to do it without activation. is there a way? i have the usb cable for the phone/computer connection.
    here’s my musiclynk:
    thnx myles

  143. myles loud posted on July 5, 2010:

    btw…my phone is a few years old. thnx :)

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