A while back, I was on a search for the perfect phone. A search that took me to the Far East where i finally settled for the Chuwi VX3, a premium grade Octa Core, 2GB RAM Chinese 7 Inch tablet.
Some may wonder how possible it is to mention “Premium Grade” and “Chinese” in the same breath. But surprisingly, believe me when i say this Phablet will trounce many of the popular brands you know.
This is not a review of this “Phablet”. However, you may read about its specs here and a good video review can be found at the end of this post.
Now to the gist of this story.
Most phone brands from Asia, China especially, are powered by chips made by a company called Mediatek (MTK). Think of Tecno, Infinix, Innjoo, Gionee, etc brands. You catch my drift? My Chuwi VX3 falls smack in the middle of these brands. They are all powered by Mediatek chips.
What makes this brand of chips unique is that they are a hacker’s delight. Depending on who you ask, this might be a good thing or a not so good one.
Perhaps the most useful hack i have stumbled on is the Blackberry IMEI hack. What this hack does is to change the IMEI of your android phone to that reserved for pre OS10 Blackberry devices. What that means is that your phone is registered on your mobile network as a Blackberry phone allowing you to enjoy cheap Blackberry Internet Services data rates on your android phones.
In Nigeria, the hack works best on the Globacom network where you only have to pay N1,000 for a 3GB data allowance. I read up the post from this dude on Geek.ng, applied the Blackberry IMEI hack on my Chuwi VX3 and guess what?! It works! It works!! It really works!!!
Globacom now recognizes my Phablet as a Blackberry 8300 Curve 🙂