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  1. dorabora's Avatar
    Wow, very helpful. Thanks. May I ask a question? Have a S3 via Sprint and when email for Samsung was set up at purchase it was misspelled. Verison vs Verizon. Therefore the phone will not recognize the address for updates etc. And I have not been able to fix. Thanks.
    ppl
    05-26-2013 12:35 PM
  2. mamabrumble59's Avatar
    please help me understand something. I bought the galaxy 3 for 500 w3ell a bit more because the codes came with it so I believed I could go to any carrier with it. Now I read on your site all places are not the same and I bought my phone from metro pcs. I don't know what rooting and flashing means so tell me. Did I make a huge mistake?
    05-28-2013 09:02 PM
  3. jarusrawnuk's Avatar
    My s3 Died last nite and wouldn't Turn on , So charged it over nite still wouldn't Turn turn on . Asked friend with same phone could i try their battery but phone still wouldn't Turn work. It's dead... what would be the best way to turn on it?
    05-31-2013 12:15 AM
  4. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    please help me understand something. I bought the galaxy 3 for 500 w3ell a bit more because the codes came with it so I believed I could go to any carrier with it. Now I read on your site all places are not the same and I bought my phone from metro pcs. I don't know what rooting and flashing means so tell me. Did I make a huge mistake?
    Ii don't know what 3ell is, but regardless of brand not every phone can be used on every carrier. In general phones that use the GSM standard (pretty much those with removable SIM cards, can be used across different carriers by buying a SIM card for that carrier. But you may only get voice, text and low speed data. Even within GSM providers, different carriers use different frequencies, especially for data. Some carriers use the CDMA standard, and their phones can generally only be used on their own networks, even for voice.

    This is a completely separate issue from rooting. If you don't know what rooting is, don't worry about it. The warning above doesn't impact you.
    06-01-2013 04:14 PM
  5. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    My s3 Died last nite and wouldn't Turn on , So charged it over nite still wouldn't Turn turn on . Asked friend with same phone could i try their battery but phone still wouldn't Turn work. It's dead... what would be the best way to turn on it?
    You should probably start a new thread for this, with a subject title that is meaningful. There are a number of similar threads already. It sounds like a hardware issue, though. You'll probably need to return the phone for warranty repair.
    06-01-2013 04:16 PM
  6. sakshiv's Avatar
    my s3 was working perfectly fy9 from last 8-9 months....today i suddenly found that it got completely crashed after saying "system ui has stopped".....i was not even using it dat tym....i never faced any such issue....so dere was no need to reboot or recovery mode....n now i cannot even start it from the power button......it does not allows...as i can c in your earlier posts use "volume up + power +home" it z not doing any favours.....only samsung screen blinks den it shows android update logo for a sec n den gone....samsung screen again appears n den gone forever.....so hows it working actually....?? n wen i go to download mode the screen stucks dere for hours with saying "downloadin.....please dont target off".....wat next....???
    both ways it z not working for me....and moreover i cannot use triangle away or factory reset as it does not even switches on....wat has happened....please give full details n kindly dun say visit "samsung service center"....it really sucks.....!!
    06-23-2013 05:52 PM
  7. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Download mode is doing exactly what it's supposed to. To use download mode you have to connect the phone to a PC and use Samsung's Odin app to download new software (e.g., a full ROM image in the form of a .tar file) to the phone.

    The first thing I would try is a battery pull. Don't worry if you're still in download mode: unless you're connected to a PC and running Odin nothing is happening. Leave the battery out for several minutes, then put it back in and try to turn the phone on.

    You say the phone won't turn on, but you can get into download mode, which means the phone is turning on. Please describe exactly what is happening, without contradicting yourself.

    If that doesn't work, try recovery mode. To use Vol UP + power + home the phone first has to be turned OFF. So shut the phone down (or pull the battery and reinsert it). With the phone off, press and hold all three buttons until you see the Samsung logo, then immediately release all three buttons. If you're a little too early or too late releasing the buttons, the phone will try to boot normally. Power down and try again. If you can get into recovery mode, try selecting factory reset from the menu, and then push the power button.

    Is your phone rooted? If so, what recovery are you running? Try reflashing your ROM.

    If it's not rooted, and nothing above helps, you can use download mode and Odin to reinstall the original ROM. You'll need to know exactly what version of the phone and carrier you have to figure out what ROM to install though.
    06-25-2013 02:16 PM
  8. Joseph Lee4's Avatar
    i have a s3 i tried volumeup, home and power, i wiped the cache, did a factory reset, reboot and then...... it still stayed on the samsung logo !!!!

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    i have a s3 i tried volumeup, home and power, i wiped the cache, did a factory reset, reboot and then...... it still stayed on the samsung logo !!!!
    07-01-2013 09:48 PM
  9. jennajohn's Avatar
    Hi! I just bought a verizon galaxy s 3 from a friend three days ago and fell in love with it. The phone was pretty badly cracked when I recieved it but it still worked great I had no problems. I was on the stairmaster when I recieved a text... I went to reply and the phone slipped out of my hands and fell a good six or seven feet to the ground. The back popped off and the battery came out so I quickly put it back together and hoped for the best. The phones apperance is the same... not any worse than it already was but unfortunately the phone turns on, rings, alarms text messages and emails but the screen is just black. Help Please I need my phone.
    07-02-2013 06:12 AM
  10. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Joseph, Jennajohn, please start new threads in the s3 forum rather than appending to an existing thread on a different topic.

    Joseph, when you start a new post please provide details on what you did before this problem occurred, and what version of the phone you have (international or carrier version, what country and carrier?).
    07-02-2013 03:37 PM
  11. Lynda M's Avatar
    why is it when my phone is in driving mode, and the phone is on vibrate or silent it still speaks? If Driving mode is going to trump the volume settings is there a way to change this?
    07-02-2013 07:17 PM
  12. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Turn off driving mode? The whole point of driving mode is to speak to you so you don't have to take your eyes off the road. In fact, the only thing driving mode does is speak, so it wouldn't make much sense to turn on driving mode and have it NOT talk to you.
    07-02-2013 11:55 PM
  13. bossmama613's Avatar
    hey i have a fast question...
    my galaxy s3's cam wont take pics and it is not locked a pop up will say "cam failed"
    where would i go to get it fixed as i have it pay as u go
    and will it cost me alot???
    plz HELP!!!! lol
    07-22-2013 12:28 AM
  14. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I'm afraid I have no idea what repair costs might be, but before sending it in for repair I'd try software fixes. Start a new thread with a subject line that matches your problem and you may find that other's have had similar experiences and can offer help.
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    07-22-2013 09:25 AM
  15. karenj49's Avatar
    i have an s3 which is 2 months old and for the last few days the screen has been just swapping from app to app on its own then sometimes i am typing a txt and it will focus on a past txt and resend it and now tolday i cant get into the screen at all any ideas
    07-28-2013 04:34 AM
  16. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I'd suggest starting a new thread with an appropriate subject line. Many more people will see it that way than will see it buried in this old thread.

    But first, try shutting it down and pulling the battery for a few minutes. That probably won't help, but it's easy to try. If that doesn't work, I think you're probably going to have to do a factory reset.
    07-28-2013 09:34 AM
  17. Turo_A's Avatar
    I was typing a text message with about 30% batterly life remainin when my phone shut off and went black? When I tried to restart it, the SAmsung III logo appears but it wont boot up?

    I tried removing the battery for a moment that didnt work, when I plug in the recharger the light wont come on indicating it is recharging?
    07-28-2013 07:37 PM
  18. Sincs's Avatar
    LOOOOOOOLLLLXCGGDHJGFJ!!! This thread should be called the "please start a new thread" thread.
    07-29-2013 02:59 AM
  19. Yvonne little's Avatar
    hi, help me please. so many issues...first, unable to send messages and only receiving some messages. samsung galaxy s model sch-1500 on verizon wireless. thanks, y-
    08-19-2013 11:02 PM
  20. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but you're in the Galaxy S3 forum. I really don't know anything about the Galaxy S.

    Try posting in this forum: http://forums.androidcentral.com/samsung-galaxy-s/ and describing in as much detail as possible your issues and what you've done to try to solve them.
    08-19-2013 11:12 PM
  21. Jayson Kinsey's Avatar
    I am having issues with my messaging app. I am a very heavy texter, but specifically to one person under one thread (My Girlfriend). When I text other people everything runs normal and smooth, but when I open the thread with my girlfriends messages it will take at least 10 seconds to load than another 5 to bring up the keyboard and after all that then I will type but the keyboard and screen will lag very very badly. I've tried deleting the thread as I do with most other threads but it just ends up crashing my messaging then my phone forcing me to restart and in some case shut down my phone. I was told by some people to delete message by message but there are about 30-40,000 texts between the two of us and I doubt I can make any dent to help the complete deleting process I really have grown sick of this and need serious help. Also I will add I have no idea how this website is run, therefore I don't know how or when I will be notified if at all, if you respond.

    Thanks for your time
    08-28-2013 04:41 PM
  22. rhester's Avatar
    i ordered my galaxy s3 mini off of amazon and it's the international version, i also live in the U.S but i was wondering if it would work if my carrier was with verizon?
    08-29-2013 02:26 AM
  23. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    i ordered my galaxy s3 mini off of amazon and it's the international version, i also live in the U.S but i was wondering if it would work if my carrier was with verizon?
    For S3 Mini questions, you're probably better of asking in that specific sub-forum: Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com

    But no, international phones operate on the GSM standard. Verizon is CDMA, not GSM. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, though.
    08-29-2013 10:40 PM
  24. Jardxtreme's Avatar
    Good day good sir, I need help with my S3 international version, not rooted, I just need to know how to calibrate my touchscreen because when iI tap somewhere it will actually tap a bit underneath. Sorry about my grammar. Thanks in advance.

    PS. I read everything, all links and most replies here and I didn't find anything about it.
    09-16-2013 06:24 PM
  25. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Unfortunately, I'm not aware of any way to calibrate the screen on these phones.
    09-18-2013 09:18 PM
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