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Patch your Pre's carrier string to say whatever you want 13

by Derek Kessler Mon, 27 Aug 2012 9:03 pm EDT

Patch your Pre's carrier string to say whatever you want

Tiring of seeing "Verizon" or "AT&T" or whatever carrier you're on's name staring back at you every day from your phone. You know what network you're on, you don't need a reminder every day, do you? Didn't think so. If you're the type that wanted to change things up in the top bar of your webOS smartphone, the only thing to stop you was a quick trip to homebrew land. A number of patches have been available for some time in the WebOS Internals patches feed, including options to change the 'carrier string' to read Palm or HP webOS, or even display the current date.

Thanks to the homebrew magicianery of Garrett92c, the patches feed recently received a new entrant in the 'top bar' category that lets you put whatever you damn well please in for the carrier string. The patch - Custom Carrier String - is a Tweaks-enabled patch, so you'll need that awesome little customizing app installed to take full advantage of the patch's potential. It's a simple process once both the patch and Tweaks are installed, just open Tweaks, slip down to the 'topbar' section, enter your new carrier string in the allotted space, swipe back, and perform a Luna Restart as prompted. Tada, instant new carrier string that says whatever you told it to say.

As you can see in the shot above, you can put whatever text  you want up there. You could put your name so people know whose phone they've just picked up, or your company name for a little bit of persistent advertising cachet. Personally, I'm setting mine to read Palm webOS, for a bit of nostalgia. What can I say, I like the good 'ole days and the Palm name. So what are you going to put in place of your carrier name, hmm?


I wish webOS got "tweaks" :/

Garrett's a talented dude. We need some webOS on some new (other) devices to guys like this start digging in and creating cool stuff more often! Nice Job, Garrett!

The download fails on my Pre 2, I have Tweaks installed but the Custom Carrier String will not install

You may have to remove some of your other statusbar patches to avoid getting hunk errors... It's just the nature of patching, unfortunately.

Just applied this patch on my new Franken Pre 2. Love it.

I have tweaks installed but do not see "custom carrier string" in the feed.

What phone and webOS version are you running?

did you update your feeds?

thanks Garrett

edit....i already changed it 4 times....decisions

I have a Pre3.

I decided to pass on Custom Carrier String, but had somehow never heard of the Date patches--I'm now happy with having the date next to the time, and not having to open the calendar to remind myself what the date is (old age effect--meh). Thanks for pointing all this stuff out, Derek.

Aw, it won't let me enter Japanese text, oh well. Thanks Garrett! I'll think of something else to put in there...

Have this running on my pre3 but would love to see it on my touchpad 4G.. Any chance?