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Not Fully Flashed

HI. MY name is Ashley Matthews. I payed a cricket employee to fully flash my phone but he half flashed it. i have a Samsung SCH-A870. now i cant buy rigtones or send pictures. Also my bluetooth is not working. My Number is (901) 643-2039

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It must be flashed again,try someone who knows to flash it or it won't work again

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Jay
Denver, CO
aka beezlewaxin

PS - I cannot wait for the day when my answer is proven wrong, which can only happen when somebody figures out how to flash the Voyager so that *228 is safe, and no longer erases the wap gateway. Tougher problems have been solved, maybe someday this one will be solved too. Until that happens, DO NOT DIAL *228 IF YOUR VOYAGER IS WORKING!!! can't say that enough....

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