Milestones are not all the same (A853 / A854)
Something I have not seen mentioned much in this Milestone forum is that there are drastic differences in different models of Milestones. Motorola made things very confusing when they decided to make two phones which are very different have the same name. I started this thread to try and help clear it up a little. I wasted alot of time reading information that was totally irrelevant to my phone.
Milestone Model A853 is GSM and is the Milestone that is mentioned in most forums. Unlike the DROID, the A853 Milestone has a bootloader that only allows signed Firmware to load. There are other differences that I have not researched since this is not the model I have. Motorola is suppose to offer a 2.2 update for this phone at some point in the future.
Milestone Model A854 is CDMA and does not have a locked bootloader. The A854 is the same phone as the A855 Droid but branded with the Milestone name for licensing to small carriers. This model will not receive a official 2.2 update but most if not all the custom roms for the A855 Droid will work on the A854. I am currently running CyanogenMod-6.1.2-Droid which is Android Version 2.2.1 on a A854.
I am sure this is old news for some but like I mentioned before I wasted alot of time reading Milestone forums when I should have been reading Droid forums for information about the A854. I hope someone finds this information useful. If any of this information is incorrect please feel free to correct me.
Now for a question. This forum section is labeled "Verizon Android Phones > Motorola Milestone". Has Verizon ever carried a Milestone? I thought they were CDMA and have always sold the CDMA Motorola A855 Droid.
milestone is on alltel a division of verizon
Originally Posted by Crummy
this may be old news for some but I am wanting to run 2.2 on mine would you please send me info on how to do it? I have an a854 from alltel. my email is email@example.com Thank you