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Initial programming needed

I was messing with my phone. Now, the front screen says initial programming needed. How do I fix what I did?

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  • Anonymous Jun 18, 2008

    my phone will not allow me to call or text anyone and nobody can call me or text me either. i tried reprogramming ot by calling *228 but it didn't help. that is the only thing i've done though

  • Anonymous Sep 07, 2008

    I WAS TEXING A MESSAGE WHEN MY PHONE SAID need initial programming.

  • Anonymous Dec 26, 2008

    Just got my LG Keybo and activated it online at

    and my cell still says Initial Programming Needed! on the inside :(

    Need to know how ta get rid of it and make it work..

  • trevorgoddin
    trevorgoddin Jul 19, 2012

    I fell asleep and when I woke up I tried typing "Hey" in a text and it kept putting a Excalamation mark. So i turned it off and when i turned it back on it says "Rebuilding now. ." at the top in red. And on the front screen it says "INITIAL PROGRAMMING NEEDED" with a radio tower and a "X" on it. Did I break it in my sleep or somthing?

  • Robert Meutsch Dec 24, 2013

    mine i just had to put in the security passcode to unlock it! haha...



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You should just have to dial *228 if it is a vzw phone...should regrogram it

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Call the samsung number in back of the phone and they'll ask for the long digit serial nmbr then they'll give u the code. then u'll need to go back (where wee all ****.d our phones from) lol settings.. phone settings..(stupid)NAM selection and put it back to nam 1 and thats it!! my code waas 4612 hope it works for u .....ciao

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I was messing with my phone. Now, the front screen says initial programming needed. How do I fix what I did?

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Hi have a nice day!
You can do a factory setting reset and try again.

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I can not guarantee this Punksk8er but, i did the same thing with my phone by switching the battery with my mother's and I ended up with the initial programming needed sign. This is how i fixed it...

Go to...
Select the option...
Scroll down to...
>Phone Settings
Then Select the option...
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There you will see the options

Mine was on NAM2 and i switched it to NAM1.
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