Got one of these phones new boxed for €50 unlocked. It’s an Italian Vodafone.it mobile. Has MT6572 dual core 1.3GHz and 512MB + 4GB (2GB /sdcard). Found the phone a little slower than expected, seems to have squashfs installed from errors I was getting (a type of zipped filesystem) :-/ Couldn’t find any updates or custom roms anywhere online. Just lots of people complaining that they’d bricked their phones and couldn’t fix them. Ended up rooting with KingRoot, Super-sume etc. couldn’t replace kingroot with SuperSU :-( :-( :-( Stuck with garbage all over phone.
Four days later I soft bricked the damned thing by changing the build.prop file and trying to reboot. Stuck with spinning circle :-0 …I am an idiot.
Did more searching on google, found nothing but dead link to mega.co.nz rom file. Brainflash! This is an italian phone, switch google search to Italian, eureka! Weirdly enough it brings me to Portuguese forum dedicated to vodafone 785. (https://www.androidpt.com/topic/57034-unbrick-smart-4-mini/)
Unbricking Vodafone 785
Caveat: Do you have a micro SD card with about 500MB space free? If not get one, you’ll need one for the tiny amount of space this phone comes with anyhow. You will also need a USB adapter unless your PC has a card reader built-in.
Disclaimer: it’s not my fault if this does not work for you or you mess up your phone further.
The hardest part of doing this was knowing what to do with the phone physically. The phone will only boot into recovery mode etc in specific configurations. Make sure you’ve got plenty of charge in the phone too. I will be referring to these “configurations” in the unbricking steps.
Phone recovery mode configuration
Open the phone, take out battery, sim + sdcard. Put back in battery. Do not connect the usb cable. Hold in the power button and Volume+ buttons until you go into recovery then release.
Phone flashing configuration
Take everything out of the phone including battery. Plug in the usb cable and tap the power button once only.
Installing CWM Recovery
- Go to this link and download everything http://abelhas.pt/euricoalex/Smart4Mini
- Install the windows drivers:
Put the phone into recovery mode
Unrar PdaNetA4150.rar, and run PdaNetA4150.exe, install drivers
When PdaNet installer asks for USB connection, plug in phone.
Program will be asking to install apk on phone, we can not, we’re bricked, just ignore it it will go away eventually but do not cancel installation.
PdaNet installed, good! Have drivers.
- NOW PAY THE HELL ATTENTION HERE!
Put phone into flashing configuration, do NOT connect cable yet.
Unzip “SP_Flash_Tool_v3.1344.0.212 (1).rar”
Click ‘Scatter-loading’ and pick ‘MT6572_Android_scatter.txt’
Open menu ‘window’ and click ‘write memory’, a new tab appears
Click to new ‘Write Memory’ tab.
Click ‘Open Raw Data’ and load up ‘recovery.img’
Begin Address (Hex) -> 0x0000000004180000
Container Length (Hex) -> 0x01400000
Click ‘Write Memory’
DID YOU DO ALL THAT CORRECTLY??
If you are sure, connect the usb cable
That bar will go across the bottom as you are writing your CWM recovery
You will get an OK popup window when it is finished
Well done, we have CWM installed. Go into recovery mode configuration and check out your good work :-) Nice eh? Check out update from sdcard, I will describe how to flash your rom that way as it’s easiest.
Installing the New ROM :-)
It’s plain sailing from here on in, you’ve done all the hard work already ;-) Make sure your battery is over 60% to be safe.
- Rename the file ‘Smart 4 Mini.zip’ to update.zip
- Plug your sdcard into your pc
- Copy the zip file into the root of the drive.
- Put the card into the phone, and replace the battery.
- Hold power and Volume+ buttons until CWM recovery boots
- Touch ‘Install Zip’
- Touch ‘Apply /sdcard/ update.zip’
- Wait ages……………………
- Touch ‘Reboot Phone’
You did it!! This is a Portuguese rom so you have to choose your language when you boot. Notice how much faster it is. And you are fully rooted with SuperSU as well!