ROM images for flashing HTC Desire phones to be used with Softbank network in Japan. They contain some subtle modifications by SB, which make them work much better with the SB network than ROM images which do not contain those mods and tweaks — reception quality is better and battery drain is almost non-existent.

To use these images you will need a rooted phone with ability to flash ROM images from SD card.
Download the file, copy it to the SD card and use Recovery menu to flash.
It’s very recommended to perform nandroid backup beforehand.

HTC Desire – Android 2.2 – Froyo

Images based on stock HTC WWE RUU version 2.29.405.5, with only the necessary changes (I’ve tried to change as little as possible to keep the system stable). These images contain WWE (World Wide English) languages and input methods, which is every European language and many more. Japanese is not included, so for Japanese input I use Simeji (can be installed from the Android Market). Radio update is included within the image.
(MD5: DD2F8513D7203B8B17E64241FB229AA8)

HTC Desire – Android 2.1 – Éclair

Images are based on original Softbank RUU — they contain native IME for kanji input and “keitai-style” keyboard not seen anywhere else. Unfortunately, they also have some missing functionality compared to the WWE versions, and only two language are available — English or Japanese.

Radio update is not included. There are separate radio ROM images available from another topic on this site, however I did not notice any significant difference between them.

Original stock (unrooted) ROM, not modified in any way.
(MD5: 103BF81AC22F23EBD04B8228C0BC1D2F)

Original stock (unrooted) ROM with fixed Mms.apk (thanks to jake), which now allows sending and receiving of MMS messages, still unavailable in “official” software releases.
(MD5: 356FD88E1EFC53779321A0885F101F0A)

Rooted ROM with busybox.
(MD5: 82D0B9180E3CA232ECE5E9F85C76BD6F)

Rooted ROM with busybox and fixed Mms.apk (thanks to jake), which now allows sending and receiving of MMS messages, still unavailable in “official” software releases.
(MD5: 6CCE4BC9BB59FED82859AB2FE70127F6)

Rooted ROM with busybox and latest Mms.apk (thanks to jake) + emoji support.
(MD5: DBBFB95A6404FB3F59712FA138670A54)

  1. #1 by Richie on October 28, 2010 - 16:22

    Hi, just wanted to say I appreciate you going through trouble to make these posts for the rest of us,and thanks to whoever put in the time to make these.

    I have tried to install the most recent ROMs and so far I haven’t had any luck. I just bought my desire the other day (from softbank) and I rooted it last night using Unrevoked’s 1 click process. Following their steps for loading a custom ROM, the most recent to ROMs listed here have kept my screen black through bootup, and I can’t tell if my phone has booted up completely or what but anyway I did a recovery so i’m back to just rooted now.

    Any ideas? is there anything that would make this not work on my phone?

    • #2 by lenik on October 28, 2010 - 20:59

      there are two versions of HTC Desire sold in Japan, with OLED screen and with LCD screen. original software was developed for OLED version and might not work with an LCD version properly, please, get a newer custom ROM, which has LCD screen support.

  2. #3 by Robert Johnston on December 3, 2010 - 17:51

    Hey, does anyone have a rooted version of the new 2.2 roms?

  3. #4 by Mabawsa on January 20, 2011 - 17:10

    I wondered if anybody has the stock Softbank ROM for HTC Desire HD?

    • #5 by lenik on January 21, 2011 - 20:20

      you may try to check, but you need to know the model name. for example, HTC Desire model name was “Bravo”.

  4. #6 by Allan on April 21, 2011 - 09:40

    I just bought a HTC Desire s from the UK and am using it here. Seems like there are 3 APN’s for 3 smartphone SIM cards on Softbank. Mine’s working fine without MMS.
    But Locations doesn’t work, do you have a Japanese map to use with this?

    • #7 by lenik on April 27, 2011 - 14:23

      if you need offline maps, you may check this:

      and please, try not to use too much internet unless you’re absolutely sure you have proper APN in place, otherwise it might cost you an arm and leg.

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