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Re: Receiving updates with international based location
Well I do know that once you are rooted you can flash pretty much any zip to the phone, stock ROM in zip form, or custom ROM in zip. There are other options though
Right now, there are factory images available from Google for Yakju and Takju builds of 4.0.4. You can use something like Wugg's toolkit to flash these to your phone, essentially giving you the latest software. Soon after I got my phone (which was on Yakuux 4.0.2) I flashed a factory image (no root needed) to Yakju 4.0.4. Within a week there was an update pushed to my phone. Now, granted I'm still in North America (Canada actually) and the phone was purchased through a Canadian carrier. So that might have something to do with it, or it might not. What I do know is that the Yakju and Takju builds are updated directly from Google, and not through Samsung (which probably also has to clear carrier testing as well -- not entirely sure how that all works).
So my advice would be to flash your phone to a Yakju/Takju build if you haven't done so already, and hope for the best. Of course if you (or a friend who's stateside) could keep an eye out for updates, so much the better