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Unlocking Huawei E160 Modem USB Stick And Enabling Voice Functions

Huawei Logo 151x151Unlocking a Huawei E60 HSDPA Modem USB Stick, branded as O2 Surf Stick 2, and enabling its voice functions is illustrated by using the software DC-Unlocker and updating to a firmware comprising voice functions on Windows 8.1.

Finally, this modified Huawei E160 HSDPA modem USB stick is utilizable as a GSM Gateway on FRITZ!Box models which are capable for mobile broadband modem USB sticks, e.g. on a FRITZ!Box 7390.

I conducted the modification with the following set up:

  • DC-Unlocker Client software (dc-unlocker_client-1.00.107)
  • Huawei E160 firmware with voice functions (11.609.10.02.432)

The work around on Windows systems is as follows:

  1. Download and install the Huawei ‘Mobile Partner for Windows‘ software (version dated 12/05/2012).  
    Mobile Partner for Windows
    Mobile Partner for Windows » Post
    Setup.exe
    Version: 12/05/2012
    784.9 KiB
    222 Downloads
    Details
  2. Insert the SIM-card, connect the Huawei E160 to your Windows PC and wait until it is installed completely. Do not install the Mobile Partner software provided with the E160.

    Huawei E160: Do not run 'Autorun.exe to install Huawei E160

    Source: miApple.me

  3. Download and install the latest DC-Unlocker software (version dc-unlocker_client-1.00.107)
  4. Start DC-Unlocker, select manufacturer ‘Huawei‘, select model ‘Auto detect (recommended)‘ and then click on the magnifier icon to run the DC-Unlocker detection: The detection results is that voice feature is ‘not supported in current firmware‘ (11.604.18.01.00) and that the SIM lock status is ‘Unlocked‘.
  5. Close Mobile Partner and DC-Unlocker.
  6. Download firmware update 11.609.10.02.432.B418, extract the ZIP file and install it as administrator.

    Huawei E160: Successful update of firmware

    Source: miApple.me

  7. Restart DC-Unlocker, select manufacturer ‘Huawei‘, select model ‘Auto detect (recommended)‘ and then click on the magnifier icon to run the DC-Unlocker detection: Now the detection results is that voice feature is ‘enabled‘ and that the SIM lock status is ‘Unlocked‘.
  8. If you need to unlock the E160, buy credits (Prices). For unlocking this E160 you need 4 credits (=4 EURO), paid per PayPal (or check the later mentioned cost-free option). Click on ‘Server‘ and login with your ‘user name‘ you created during buying credits and with the password which was sent to your email address after purchasing credits.
  9. Click on ‘Unlocking‘, select ‘Read Unlock Code and auto enter to modem‘ and click on ‘Do job‘.
  10. Click again on the magnifier icon to run the DC-Unlocker detection: Now the detection results is that voice feature is ‘enabled‘ and that the SIM lock status is ‘unlocked‘.

    Huawei E160 - DC-Unlocker: Status after unlocking and firmware updating

    Source: miApple.me

Cost-free alternative option to unlock the Huawei E160:

  • Check and note your modem model and its IMEI number.
  • Install Huawei Software ‘Mobile Partner’ to get your USB modem recognized on your PC. 
    Mobile Partner for Windows
    Mobile Partner for Windows » Post
    Setup.exe
    Version: 12/05/2012
    784.9 KiB
    222 Downloads
    Details
  • Insert the unsupported SIM card in your modem and plug in to your computer.
  • Follow all the installation procedures until to the last prompt to ‘Input the unlock code‘.
  • For Huawei models get the unlock code from Huawei unlock code calculator or from Online Huawei Modem Unlock Code Calculator. You will get two codes – the unlock code and the flash code.
  • Now copy the unlock code, paste it in where you are prompted to input unlock code and press ‘OK‘.
  • Install DC Unlocker Client (Windows only) and check the unlock status.

Now your Huawei E160 is unlocked and voice functions are enabled!

Unlocking  Huawei E160 modem USB stick and enabling voice functions is simply done by using DC-Unlocker for SIM unlocking (costs are 4 EURO), or by the cost-free alternative option, and DC-Files for updating the firmware including voice functions (for free). This updated E160 USB modem can be used as a USM modem GSM Gateway on FRITZ!Box models like a FRITZ!Box 7390.

Stay tuned! ;-)

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