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    Default Firmware update OTA for VZW GSIII?

    There appears to be one firmware upgrade for VZW phones and, possibly, two. Those who have exchanged their phones received devices with the VRLG1 firmware with crippled search. Apparently there is another firmware update performs the same upgrades but keeps the universal search function.

    Has anyone received either of these upgrades OTA?
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    I think I got an OTA update when I first took my "updated"* S3 out of the box at first. I'm not sure what it did though.




    * it came with an "updated" sticker on the screen film and box
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    I have done a check updates a few times since hearing about the first OTA, but havent seen anything yet. I have a preorder phone.
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    Bought my phone on July 13th and still on VRLF2. Friend of mine got theirs within the last week or so and is on VRLG1. Been checking since Sunday, still no OTA.
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    I swapped a 16gb for the 32gb version and received it (shipped from Verizon) on July 23rd. I'm on VRLF2.
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    Still on original OS but did upgrade modem to VRLG1.
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    I tried the modem upgrade to VRLG1. It changed the baseband to the VRLG1, but under build number it still had IMM76d.I535VRLF2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by radar320 View Post
    I tried the modem upgrade to VRLG1. It changed the baseband to the VRLG1, but under build number it still had IMM76d.I535VRLF2.
    That would be correct as what was installed was just a baseband update and not the full update.
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    I thought it was sneaky, wrong, if not illegal to sell a phone with a feature, then take that feature away. If the courts want to stop new phones from using the feature under debate (Univ Search), then so be it. Just don't sneak into my house and rip it outta my hand. Maybe Samsung (in the case of Verizon at least) is letting those with preordered phones slip by, but any new phones, including replacements, get the dreaded "Updated" sticker? My preordered SGS3 has not yet had that "Updated" OTA, but my wife's that she got later has the infamous sticker.

    When the local flea market gets caught selling fake LV purses, those may have to be destroyed (that is another can of worms), but the feds don't rip them off the shoulders of customers walking down the street.
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    How do you update the modem firmware?


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    Quote Originally Posted by duanedude1 View Post
    I thought it was sneaky, wrong, if not illegal to sell a phone with a feature, then take that feature away. If the courts want to stop new phones from using the feature under debate (Univ Search), then so be it. Just don't sneak into my house and rip it outta my hand. Maybe Samsung (in the case of Verizon at least) is letting those with preordered phones slip by, but any new phones, including replacements, get the dreaded "Updated" sticker? My preordered SGS3 has not yet had that "Updated" OTA, but my wife's that she got later has the infamous sticker.

    When the local flea market gets caught selling fake LV purses, those may have to be destroyed (that is another can of worms), but the feds don't rip them off the shoulders of customers walking down the street.
    Are any phones that went out before the injunction actually getting the OTA? I think that VZ is sticking to the "letter" of the ruling, in that they are not selling phones with this feature any more. They are however letting the feature sit out there on phones that already have it (at least that is the case with mine). Is there anyone out there who got a phone in-store before the court ruling who had an OTA to remove the feature?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jneusch View Post
    How do you update the modem firmware?


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    Just flash using the PDA option in Odin.
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    version VRLG1 With build VRALG1 purchased from Verizon Store.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jneusch View Post
    How do you update the modem firmware?


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    Quote Originally Posted by PJnc284 View Post
    Just flash using the PDA option in Odin.
    jneusch, you need to download the tar file for the modem first, then flash it with Odin under PDA mode.

    I have two GS3s, one updated the modem in a flash (pun intended), but the other one took a long time to do the same. Weird...
    a little obsessive...
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    Have you noticed any difference? Have it downloaded but haven't gotten around to flashing it.
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    Default Re: Firmware update OTA for VZW GSIII?

    Noob question alert... do you have to be rooted to flash the modem and have you seen a benefit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anon_Emus View Post
    Noob question alert... do you have to be rooted to flash the modem and have you seen a benefit?
    AFAIK, it's official so it can be flashed through Odin on a stock device. Baseband/Modem updates usually improve signal strength/stability but I've yet to here anything definitive on the updated version. Probably flash it once my phone charges a little more just to see though.
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    3g/4g hand off is supposed to be improved and so far, I am getting better 4g reception at work in a concrete building where 4g was spotty before.
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    Was able test the VRLG1 modem in a relatively poor signal area and needless to say I'm back on the release VRLF2. 3G kept dropping out altogether and would occasionally manage to get 1X. 3G signal, while still poor, seemed to be a lot more stable once I switched back to the VRLF2 radio.
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