Hey kids, let's play void your warranty and break the terms of your contract!

On most Nokia phones, the programmer's menu can be accessed by typing in *3001#_____# where the _____'s are the security code (default to 12345). Once inside, you can play around with a bunch of features that'll probably make little sense, or, as you're wondering how to do by now, change the Alpha Tag on your cell phone's display. Unfortunately, information on how to do this is limited in that few of the codes required to do so are known.

Once in the programmer's menu, do the following:

  • Select NAM1. Take note of your Home System ID.
  • Scroll down to the PSID/RSID's.
  • Select a PSID/RSID from the list (it should work with any).
  • Select Private under System Type
  • Scroll down to PSID/RSID. Find your P/RSID on this list -- http://www.cellphoneuser.com/tricks/ids.asp, and enter that in P/RSID (this might work if left as '0' or '1'. Conflicting reports say differently, if you're brave, test them all, if not, go with '1' ;) )
  • Scroll down to Connected System ID, and enter the System ID you saw under the NAM1 menu.
  • Select Alpha Tag, and type in the text you'd like to be displayed.
  • Select Operator Code, and input your operator code (incomplete list, little information is available :-( )
  • Select to Country Code, and enter 310 for the US, or 302 for Canada
  • Power down the phone and cross your fingers.

If everything goes well, instead of the yucky "AT&T" or whatever you had before, you'll have your own custom text. Great for impressing your friends, as you can tell them what a l33t ph43k3r you are.