Samsung Omnia i910 GPS unlocked by new ROM!

If you’ve been scouring the interwebs for an easy way to unlock your Samsung i910 Omnia’s GPS hardware to work outside Verizon’s premium VZ Navigator service, you’ve probably found yourself up a certain creek without a certain paddle.Until now.

Rejoice, ye Verizon customer! A new “unofficial” Windows Mobile ROM for the Verizon Samsung Omnia promises to unlock your Omnia’s GPS receiver from carrier-lockdown.

The new Samsung Omnia ROM has surfaced at MoDaCo forums, and brings with it the power to free your Omnia to use the integrated GPS hardware with third-party mapping applications like Live Search and Google Maps. This “unofficial” ROM beats Verizon to its own punch. As you might recall, Verizon had promised to unlock GPS receivers in the Omnia, Saga and Touch Pro in the first half of 2009. But waiting for Verizon to launch anything these days is like watching mold grow.

In addition to the GPS unlock, this unofficial Omnia ROM offers:

  • 5% battery increments!
  • Smart Memo
  • Opera Mobile 9.5 build 15679
  • Favorite Settings, now known as Easy Settings
  • Windows Live
  • Dialer Touch Lock Settings-Off, 2s, 5s, 10s.
  • Disable Threaded Text Messaging via System Settings
  • iPhone-esque popup keyboard keys
  • Better kinetic scrolling in Samsung apps
  • Samsung Volume Control

If you’re brave enough to flash your Samsung Omnia with unofficial firmware, head on over to MoDaCo for the ROM download and flashing instructions. Make sure you back up all your data before hand, because it’s not going to be there after your ROM flash. Remember, this ROM is only intended to be used with the Samsung i910 Omnia – the one with the Verizon logo.

Enjoy all that unlocked GPS goodness!

[MoDaCo via: WMExperts]

  • Roberto

    Has anybody tried this fix on the Omnia ofered by Bell and Telus in Canada?

    • Sunny

      Works Great! I was scared at first but I just said screw it and did it. I thought if it doesn’t work I’ll just dunk it in the toilet and get a new one through insurance.

      But all is good. Completely erases all of your personal stuff; emails, sms, mms, ringtones, well worth the new rom and extras. I have noticed a slight increase in battery life with everything running. GPS works great in google maps.

      Do yourelf a favor and download SPB Shell with SPB weather. Also search for ways to erase all the unnecessary stuff, and tweak the registry. All easy if you follow the directions.

      Enjoy it.

      • Sunny

        I’m totally sorry for replying to you Roberto. Mine was done with the VeriZon model. (SCH-i910)

      • mandeep

        OOPS I AM ALSO LOOKING for solution to bell i910 to work oon tata indicom

  • Rishi

    I kept telling myself to wait for the official release before actually flashing my Omnia, but I couldn’t resist. I followed the guide on Modaco to a tee and it works great! No problems so far, and I installed the new ROM last night.

  • Mobile Genius

    GPS unlock ROM is working flawlessly!!!! Love the new battery increment levels too! BTW…..Running for almost 2 days on i910.

  • Mobile Genius

    FYI….Using GPS with an older version of Pocket Navigator. Any one else upgrade yet? Chime in….I’m curious how it works for you.

  • Mike

    The website says the GPS isn’t unlocked with this rom. Has anyone had success?

  • dreadylock

    i flashed my phone with new rom
    but i can’t figure how to get to turn on gps
    can someone please tell me?

  • niles

    everyone, it works fine, just let it catch satalite once u turn on ur location setting inthe phone setting, under gps. nothing else needs to be done once u update the rom.

  • DJyoSnow

    I’m a little tripped up I got version UMDL_OMNIA_v2.3 though the pdf file I look at for the so called instructions ask for version UMDL_OMNIA_v1.7.exe. I’m a little lost as the box to load the .img file is named differently. Also when I click DETECT some how my phone does not get DETECTED :( which should run the program and away I shoul go? I can only assume I’m running my self in circles…maybe some day even though FU verizon I came across a cheap gps car navigation system any ways BOOO verizon. Would be nice though to have benifits of the firmware :( F Verizon…

  • Saba

    Has anyone tried or now if this works on the Bell Omnia….?????

  • GOD___

    Yeah. It would be great to have just one person give a solid confirmation that it is safe to flash to the verizon i910 ROMS on a Bell samsung omnia.

  • Erick

    Has anyone now if this works on the Telus Omnia? need help! please/thks

  • i190

    who did you unlock your omnia i910 for verizon

  • Benny

    what am i doing wrong? I did everything idoctor has on his website, and i got all the cool new widgets and a new game called dice, but when i try to use google maps it tells me it cannot find gps signal, I have the Verizon Omnia

  • John

    Confirmed working on Verizon Omnia i910. Benny if you are seeing the Dice game you flashed it right….for those stumped with the GPS function, you MUST first open the phone dialer, go to MENU-OPTIONS-SERVICES tab, choose GPS, and then switch to ‘Location On’. You should be OUTSIDE when you start any GPS software and NOT DRIVING (I notice it’s hard for the device to find a satellite lock when you are moving). Once it locks in on 4 or more satellites you shouldn’t lose connection again. Works great with Garmin Mobile XT, Google Maps, and Windows Live Search.

    You’ll also enjoy the many little tweaks in this ROM as mentioned above, such as the popup letters on the Samsung Keyboard.

  • Tim

    John,

    I flashed my phone this morning and everything is working great but I can’t get google maps or the live search maps to work. I get a gps error. I have gone in and turned on Location. Can you give any advice or help?

  • John

    Without knowing the exact error you are getting it is hard to help. I did a registry hack to unlock “External GPS” settings on the phone hardware:

    How to get “External GPS” to show up in settings in new rom:
    Perform this registry change
    HKLM-> Control Panel-> GPS Settings-> delete “Redirect”-> soft reset

    Then when you go to ‘system’ settings through the Today screen you will have additional GPS settings available. Mine are set to COM8; GPS hardware port: none; Baud rate: 4800, and “Manage GPS automatically” set to yes.

    To edit your registry install the free registry editor PHM Registry Editor (just Google it).

    Be sure that you are outside and you allow ample time (up to 10 minutes) for a satellite lock once you open any GPS software on the phone. I still can’t get a satellite lock sitting outside in my driveway, but once I hit the streets it catches a signal and once it lock in, it will stay locked on the signal. Post more info if this doesn’t help you.

  • lbm28

    where do you go to get the download? (website). also can you do it from a computer? email me the answer.

  • Shane

    I have it installed and the GPS is unlocked. However, the applications are very slow to open??

  • Michael

    Your instructions for unlocking the GPS on the Verizon Omnia makes sense to me until I get to step 9:

    Step 9: It should be rebooting and you will need to setup windows again.

    How do you setup windows again?

  • Mick

    Tried the update on a Bell Onmia.. It DOA’d the phone.. The cell thought it was a Verizon phone.. No connection, battery was not recognized anymore, etc.. Bell could not correct or send their own Firmware version. Had to get it replaced.. Advised Bell about the fact that the GPS is locked to GPSNAV and that Verizon corrected the situation with an updated firmware.. Didn’t seem to bother them very much. At that price, you would expect to have full functionality of the phone you purchase.
    Mick

  • clys

    HELP PLEASE!

    Is there any way to reverse this install? I installed it (VERY STUPIDLY) on my TELUS omnia, and it doesn’t work. I can’t use the phone at all, will a hard reset fix this?

    Any help is appreciated thank you very much!

    • Alex

      i have the same problem to you
      i have a verizon rom on my telus do u have fix the problem
      thx for reply
      my phone is off :(

      • azuraca

        Have you been able to fix your Omnia?

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

    • Tyler_robbestad

      Hold Power and both handset buttons for 5 secs before turn on and it will give you an option to reformat

  • Eddie

    will the new rom still have my contacts in the phone when i install it?

  • Scott

    I just put a replacement Omnia into service due to a “hardware” malfunction on my older device. Apparently, the newer software has been updated. I now have the Google Maps GPS turned on and the new “Dice” game, along with several other updates.

    The “hardware” issue was the explanation given to me for the always full memory problem so many of us fight with.

  • manmeet

    caN anyone confirm if it works on bell canada. Or rather solve my problem i have got this phone from canada and i want to use it here in india is there any way it can work on a different network or is it a brick , expensive one.

    • kindeer

      No perhaps there are no canadian hacker who got brains to it hahaha u should have bought it from verizon us of a

  • Kyle Daniels

    This isn't unofficial, this is an official Verizon update, it can be found on the Samsung site.

  • peterg2000

    Is there a way to get the GPS of a Samsung Omnia II working outside of a phone service area! I got my Bell Omnia II to replace an old HP6300 Garmin 10 combo for when I go hunting and fishing . The Omnia works fine as long as I stay within the phone service area , but who wants to hunt or fish near a cell tower? I use Franson GPS gate with my garmin topo maps and it works great!

    I’m hoping its a registry entry !

    Thanks

    Pete

  • http://www.best-registrycleaner.net Best Registry Cleaner

    The cell thought it was a Verizon phone.

  • belly007

    Any luck with sucessfully flashing a Bell omnia i910?
    Im still waiting after almost a year to turn this brick into something of use :(

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