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  1. cooler_p's Avatar
    A nice job!! additional thnx for Tips and Tricks@!
    09-23-2013 05:58 AM
  2. bhumika chandani's Avatar
    please help!! I have a galaxy S3 and the screen is not showing up.it is turned on,it shows a red light when charging,it vibrates when pressing the keys,it works like a normal phone but the only problem is that the screen is not showing up. this happened after my phone fell down. pls reply as soon as possible.
    09-23-2013 07:45 AM
  3. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    You probably should have started a new thread for this, as it's not really related to "tips and tricks."

    But you probably need to take your phone for repair. Either the OLED screen was damaged, or the connector knocked loose so it's not making good contact. The second should be cheap to fix. If it needs a new screen, that's not going to be cheap.
    09-24-2013 10:17 AM
  4. lostinspace005's Avatar
    Hello,
    I need some help. I rooted my Verizon S3, JellyBean 4.1.2 using these steps from XDA . I tried to install MOAR...i'm a noob, so i bricked my phone ...twice. I was able to flash a back a stock firmware using these steps from androidrooting . I really want to install MOAR.. The two times I tried to install; I run recovery mod, unzipped the MOAR zip, it ran the AROMA installer and I was able to chose the options I wanted. After the AROMA was done and the phone rebooted it gave me the Orange triangle, saying that there was unauthorized software installed and to turn my phone off and bring it to a Verizon store. What do you think I'm doing wrong, and how could i fix it? I really want MOAR on my phone. THANKS!!!
    09-27-2013 03:00 AM
  5. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I strongly urge you to post your question in the Verizon S3 rooting forum. You'll find people with that expertise will be more likely to see it there:

    http://forums.androidcentral.com/ver...ng-roms-hacks/
    09-27-2013 07:57 AM
  6. SnowmanPachino187's Avatar
    Do you or anyone else know how to root a S3 for boost mobile. I've heard you can do it using Sprint info but I'm a lil leery on trying it. I rooted my S2 but it was a sprint phone that I flashed to boost. Any info or ideas would be awesome thanks.
    10-07-2013 07:10 PM
  7. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    I'm sorry, I have no experience with boost. I'd suggest asking here: Sprint Galaxy S3 - Android Forums at AndroidCentral.com
    10-09-2013 06:33 PM
  8. GSDer's Avatar
    I just read a blurb that these guys handle flashing to Boost.

    Edit: looks like the swear filter got ahold of the URL. Remoteflash_it.com (without the underscore).

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    10-10-2013 04:00 PM
  9. ashith's Avatar
    Hey ya,

    Greetings from A****h.Karkera. I have a new S3 and I have a problem connecting to the open Wi-Fi source at my office.But my phone connects just fine with the secured networks back at my friends place and my place.



    When in office I try to connect it shows connecting initially and then it tries for obtaining I P address, and it keeps on with a final attention message being displayed as Network disabled, in the same open network all other phones of my colleagues, along with my blackberry connects just fine. What has Mac address 5c:F8:A1:B1:72:3c got to do with this???

    Thanking you in advance or your valued response.
    10-28-2013 01:51 AM
  10. GSDer's Avatar
    Why did you mention your MAC address? Are you receiving an error that references it? (The MAC address is a unique identifier for your device on a network.)

    You're not seeing an icon in the upper left that looks like the Wi-Fi icon with a question mark in the middle? This would typically be the prompt that you need to accept a 'Terms of Service' agreement before your network connection is complete.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    10-28-2013 10:57 AM
  11. Saundra Sheets's Avatar
    I purchased a used Galaxy S III and a new SIM card. When trying to activate it sits on the activation screen and goes no further. Verizon and the guy at radio shack told me its the phone. Any thoughts or ideas on how to get this working? Any help is appreciated.
    11-04-2013 11:56 AM
  12. GSDer's Avatar
    Without knowing more about the phone than you've provided (Verizon - is the model number SCH-i535? Is the firmware version 4.1.2, MF1 build? Is the phone rooted?) it's rather difficult to help you.

    The first thing I'd suggest is performing a Factory Reset if you haven't already done so - Settings -> Back up and reset -> Factory data reset.

    Then get the rest of the information requested:
    - turn the phone off and take the battery out to find the model number and IMEI/Serial Number
    - confirm with Verizon that the IMEI hasn't been blacklisted
    - Settings -> About phone to find the 'Android version' and 'Build number'. Here's what it should look like:Finally, it is possible that the SIM card is bad.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM 10.2 using Tapatalk 4
    11-04-2013 02:17 PM
  13. Khairul Roslam's Avatar
    can find for S2?
    01-15-2014 04:58 AM
  14. George E Smith's Avatar
    You seem to know alot about the Galaxy S3 so tell me what Samsung is doing about the poor design on the charging port.
    The weld lets go and then the customer is told it is abuse? When actually it is a design flaw!
    01-15-2014 10:22 AM
  15. Ryan Jack's Avatar
    Hello, I'm new here so please bear with me. I know this is a S3 thread. But, I wanted to know...in 2014, is it worth it to purchase a Galaxy S2 or S3?? I have a Nokia Lumia 822, now. It's just not cutting it...No wi-fi calling, limited functionality aside from productivity apps like office, or Xbox stuff...I honestly chose it because, I didn't want to get into the iOs vs. Android debate. But, it's just...*shrug* Anyway, I was looking at a Galaxy device, and I was wondering if getting an older model than the Galaxy 4 would be worth my money. I don't have a large budget, which is why I'm looking at the older models. But, would I be better off just waiting until like X-mas for money and hope I can afford something better, then? Thank you for the help in advance.
    01-15-2014 10:53 AM
  16. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    can find for S2?
    Can find what for S2? Most of what's written here should apply to the S2 as well.

    You seem to know alot about the Galaxy S3 so tell me what Samsung is doing about the poor design on the charging port.
    The weld lets go and then the customer is told it is abuse? When actually it is a design flaw!
    I have no relationship with Samsung, so really can't address anything they might or might not be doing. But given that they've sold some 40 million S3's, and there are very, very few reports of broken ports, I'm not convinced there is an endemic problem here.

    Hello, I'm new here so please bear with me. I know this is a S3 thread. But, I wanted to know...in 2014, is it worth it to purchase a Galaxy S2 or S3?? I have a Nokia Lumia 822, now. It's just not cutting it...No wi-fi calling, limited functionality aside from productivity apps like office, or Xbox stuff...I honestly chose it because, I didn't want to get into the iOs vs. Android debate. But, it's just...*shrug* Anyway, I was looking at a Galaxy device, and I was wondering if getting an older model than the Galaxy 4 would be worth my money. I don't have a large budget, which is why I'm looking at the older models. But, would I be better off just waiting until like X-mas for money and hope I can afford something better, then? Thank you for the help in advance.
    This question has nothing to do with battery life, so you probably should have started a new thread. But whether a particular phone is "worth it" really depends on what you'll do with it, and how much each model costs. If you're like my wife, who has only a couple of apps, and uses her phone for calls, a little bit of texting, and an occasional email, the S2 would work fine. And some people will prefer a smaller phone. But the S3 probably doesn't cost much more than an S2 these days, and has a better screen, a faster processer, more memory, etc.

    For me, all the extra features of the S4 don't really matter to me, so I don't think the S4 is worth the extra money for my needs. But if some of the features sound really important to you, you might feel differently.

    As I said, it depends a lot of the relative cost of each phone, but for my needs (which may be different than yours) the S3 is in the price/performance sweet spot in Samsung's lineup. But look at other phones, too. The Nexus 5 and Moto X are also good phones with some nice features.
    01-15-2014 11:22 PM
  17. Ryan Jack's Avatar
    Thank you. I thought my question might have been ok, since it was more of a 'tips' question. But, I digress. As far as features go, I guess any of the Galaxy line should offer what I am looking for. What I really was curious about is 'upgradeability'. I know that certain hardware can only handle firmware up to a certain point. I just didn't want to go looking for something like an S2 or S3 and learn that they are so far out of date...like getting an Apple iPhone 3GS...not exactly a worthwhile idea, right now. But, thank you again, for the information. It was most helpful, and I can now look forward to my purchase without being worried that I'm handling a dinosaur.
    01-16-2014 08:39 PM
  18. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    OK, given that question, here are my thoughts:

    The S2 is not likely to get any upgrades beyond where it is now. There are rumors that the S3 will get 4.4, and I think there's a high likelihood that the international S3 will get it. Whether the NA versions do will depend more on the carriers than Samsung. If the S5 is available, they may be more interested in getting S3 owners to upgrade to a new device. The S4, of course, will get more updates than the S3 will.
    01-21-2014 01:06 PM
  19. Tannus's Avatar
    Meyerweb, this is a good write up. Not 2 criticize, but this doesn't quite cover "Everything I want to know about an S3". This is my 1st post on this forum, probably my 1st post on any forum in years. However I used 2 B an avid contributor back in the day. I'm now a retired moderator, But I still do a lot of research though. I came across this thread lookin 4 a root 4 a Sprint S3 L710 with 4.3. I copied this some where & thought it would B a good addition 2 UR thread. This is advanced stuff though. I don't remember exactly where I got it from though. If NE1 knows where it came from please post a link so credit can go where it's due. Again I didn't write this, I copied it.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Page Plus Sid List

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/o4yatnkv7g...lusSIDList.xls

    16 Digit Passwords:

    USCC S3 / S4 / Note 2 / Note 3 2010031619780721

    Verizon S3 / S4 / Note 2 / Note 3 2009031920090615

    Sprint S3 01F2030F5F678FF9 or 2012112120131219

    Sprint S4 2012112120131219

    Sprint Note 2 / Note 3 2012112120131219

    Metro PCS S3 2FF811282FF9F323

    Cricket S3: 2010031619780721

    Gusto (Friend) U365 2011101116083112

    Working PRL's by Original Carrier phone:

    Sprint

    60007 PRL Latest Modded Verizon PRL All Carrier Phones https://www.dropbox.com/s/7upnkzpi41u2kf1/60007.prl

    65002 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/hfw92t2r3i8icfn/65002.prl

    52874 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrpkxqwhk5...int-phones.prl

    52896 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/r47fa53i32...int-phones.prl

    59317 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/6svp8p8qcq...20modified.prl

    65005 PRL Newest Modded PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mkxmv4mox6hzw0/65005.prl

    53263 PRL Selectel Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/734mz0pj0w...63Selectel.prl

    53269 PRL Page Plus Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/fphctk79gf...53269PPlus.prl

    Verizon

    60007 PRL Latest Modded Verizon PRL All Carrier Phones https://www.dropbox.com/s/7upnkzpi41u2kf1/60007.prl

    65002 PRL Modded PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/hfw92t2r3i8icfn/65002.prl

    53078 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/1nd3erjcpkym55v/53078.prl

    53126 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/u1i4w9kqfj...126verizon.prl

    53188 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/l9rqhbvrgq...188verizon.prl

    53160 Selectel PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/vc0i0pea8igr78d/53160.prl

    65005 PRL Newest Modded PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mkxmv4mox6hzw0/65005.prl

    53263 PRL Selectel Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/734mz0pj0w...63Selectel.prl

    53269 PRL Page Plus Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/b41fbuimja...int-phones.prl

    US Cellular

    60007 PRL Latest Modded Verizon PRL All Carrier Phones https://www.dropbox.com/s/7upnkzpi41u2kf1/60007.prl

    65002 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/hfw92t2r3i8icfn/65002.prl

    52874 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/rrpkxqwhk5...int-phones.prl

    59317 PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/6svp8p8qcq...20modified.prl

    65005 PRL Newest Modded PRL https://www.dropbox.com/s/1mkxmv4mox6hzw0/65005.prl

    53263 PRL Selectel Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/734mz0pj0w...63Selectel.prl

    53269 PRL Page Plus Latest (Not Modded) https://www.dropbox.com/s/b41fbuimja...int-phones.prl

    What is a PRL and what it does:

    PRL=(Preferred Roaming List)

    The PRL is a list of information that resides in the memory of some kinds of digital phones. It lists the radio frequencies the phone can use in various geographic areas.

    The part of the list for each area is ordered by the bands the phone should try to use first. Therefore it's a kind of priority list for which towers the phone should use.

    The PRL helps determine which home-network towers to use, and also which towers belonging to other networks to use in roaming situations (areas where the home network
    has no coverage.) When roaming, the PRL may instruct the phone to use the network with the best roaming rate for the carrier, rather than the one with the strongest signal at the moment.

    Since a PRL tells the phone "where" to search for a signal, as carrier networks change over time, an updated PRL may be required for a phone to "see" all of the coverage that it should,
    both with the home network and for roaming.

    10.key if needed:

    10.key https://www.dropbox.com/s/ybyi51lodiislt5/10.key

    PagePlus APN:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/h81z8am5pk...pnpageplus.zip

    The Best MMS Apk by far fully Flash Compatible

    Version 1.12 https://www.dropbox.com/s/73jx66y6d4lvfte/8sms-1.12.apk

    Read all about it: (I have tested works on all carrier phones)

    http://8s.ms/

    (Settings

    MMS URL: http://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms
    MMSC Proxy: 68.28.31.7
    Port: 8080 (or 80)

    If the above does not work then do the below:

    http://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms?X-VZW-MDN=(Your Phone number including area code)

    ex. http://mms.vtext.com/servlets/mms?X-VZW-MDN=7735559825

    MMSC Proxy: Leave Blank
    Port: Leave Blank

    Working MMS Program:

    USSC/Verizon MMS Messages (Must be on JB and up to use)

    This MMS apk. will keep you from having the issue of when sending a MMS it showing up as the Phone Number on the Sim Card

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/eclk63eyss...orkingmms2.apk

    When you install the apk and open, it will ask you the carrier you flashed the phone to, along with the phone number. It is very important that you fill this information in. If you fail to do so, the apk will not function.

    Verizon Messages (Messaging Apk. for use with Flashed phones)

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/ngkkz16l3rumzcw/vermms.apk

    Slightly Themed Version of Verizon Messages:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/w9kmkyhpkj6ljnr/vzmThemed.apk

    Voicemail Notification Apk for Flashed Phones (Does not suppose to have ads):

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/32lvu0n7dl...ilnotifier.apk

    DFS 4.9.4.0

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/8avzgm538x...013.9.29.0.zip

    QPST 2.7.422

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/km17fw60sv...ST_2.7.422.rar

    Hidden menu Apk:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/hefr96pykk...nu_No_Root.apk

    Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Toolkit (Drivers/Odins/Recoveries/etc.)

    http://goo.im/devs/mskip/toolkit/gal...kit_v4.1.0.exe

    Note 2 Forum Page to read all about Toolkit
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2052788

    Samsung Galaxy S3 Toolkit (Drivers/Odins/Recoveries/etc.)

    http://goo.im/devs/mskip/toolkit/sam...olKit_v7.0.exe

    S3 Forum Page to read all about Toolkit
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2092244

    Verizon S3 Modems Link (Install in Recovery)

    http://goo.im/devs/invisiblek/i535/rpm

    Sprint MSL Script for CDMAWS

    This will zero out your MSL/SPC to 000000 on Sprint S2 and S3 Phones up to 4.1.2 Android Version

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/q7c1w91e2j...SL%20Fixed.txt

    Samsung Drivers

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/lp3psygsc8...%20%282%29.rar

    Helpful Tips:

    How to Enter Diag Mode by Carrier Phone:

    Sprint SPH-L710 (Galaxy S III) and SPH-L900 (Note 2)

    Open Dialer enter ##3424#
    When PhoneUtil Opens Select PDA
    Tap Qualacomm USB Setting
    Select DM+Modem+ADB
    Tap OK
    (Remember after flashing to return and put phone back to MTP+ADB)

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    Sprint SPH-L720 (Galaxy S4)

    There are two options to dial for diag menu on this phone
    ##3424# and *#7284#
    One will ask for an SPC Code and One will Not
    Use the one that does not ask for SPC Code
    When PhoneUtil Opens Select PDA
    Tap Qualacomm USB Setting
    Select DM+Modem+ADB
    Tap OK
    (Remember after flashing to return and put phone back to MTP+ADB)

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    Verizon ]SPH-I535 (Galaxy S III) and SCH-I605 (Note 2)

    Open Dialer enter *#22745927
    When Enable/Disable Menu comes up tap "Hidden Menu Disabled"
    Select "Enable" on Popup
    Press Home button
    Open Dialer
    Dial **87284
    When PhoneUtil Opens Select PDA
    Tap Qualacomm USB Setting
    Select DM+Modem+ADB
    Tap OK
    (Remember after flashing to return and put phone back to MTP+ADB)

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    Verizon SPH-I545 (Galaxy S4) / Galaxy Stellar I200 4.1.2

    Dial ##DMMODE#
    Tap On
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    USCellular SCH-R530 U (Galaxy S III) and SCH-R950 (Note 2) up to 4.1.2 Android Only

    Open Dialer enter *#22745927
    When Enable/Disable Menu comes up tap "Hidden Menu Disabled"
    Select "Enable" on Popup
    Press Home button
    Open Dialer
    Dial *#7284#
    When PhoneUtil Opens Select PDA
    Tap Qualacomm USB Setting
    Select DM+Modem+ADB
    Tap OK
    (Remember after flashing to return and put phone back to MTP+ADB)

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    USCellular SCH-R530 U (Galaxy S III) and SCH-R950 (Note 2) 4.3 Android Only

    Dial ##DMMODE#
    Tap On

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    USCellular SCH-R970 MF5 (Galaxy S IV)

    Open Dialer enter *#22745927
    When Enable/Disable Menu comes up tap "Hidden Menu Disabled"
    Select "Enable" on Popup
    Press Home button
    Open Dialer
    Dial *#0808#
    When PhoneUtil Opens Select PDA
    Tap Qualacomm USB Setting
    Select DM+Modem+ADB
    Tap OK
    (Remember after flashing to return and put phone back to MTP+ADB)

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    APK to Get SPC/MSL on Sprint Phones running 4.3 Android

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/gy1729al1z...Utility%20.apk

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    If you are on the latest version of Android and cannot get your MSL, follow the below instructions....

    Download and Install the getmymsl.apk but do not open it yet....
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/kicjufpizpq99ws/getmymsl.apk

    On the phone, Go to the Dialer and Dial ##3282#
    Click Edit
    Enter 000000 for the SPC/MSL code.
    You will get a (failed error message.)
    This is ok.
    Now go to the "get my msl" app you installed and open the app.
    Click get my msl.
    Write it down, you will need it for the flashing.

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    Utility to Get in Diag Mode.......

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/555mcjdpcp...honeUtilss.apk

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    How to Bypass Verizon S3 Activation Screen without Sim Card


    While in Portrait Mode of the Languge Screen

    - Tap below the last language, Left side - Right Side

    - Left Side - Right Side

    - Volume up Button.
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    YouTube Fix for Sprint Flashed Phones:

    Dial ##3282#
    Enter SPC (000000)
    Look through Menus and find the options to change the below, and modify them to below settings

    RSTP Proxy Port
    0

    RSTP Proxy Address
    0.0.0.0

    HTTP PD Proxy Port
    0

    HTTP PD Proxy Address
    0.0.0.0

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    How to Reset a Sprint Samsung Phone back to Sprint

    Open Dialer and dial ##RTN# then enter your MSL/SPC Code (Most likely is 000000 if it has been flashed before

    You most likely will need to also put a Sprint PRL on the phone also if you are not using the Sprint Corporate PRL

    If so you can use this one and it should work fine:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/frdvl985bsdfdt9/24006.prl
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    Remove No Sim Card Icon from Taskbar

    /system/build.prop

    ro.config.donot_nosim=true

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    Verizon S3 i535 Casual Root/Unlock/Recovery

    Easy way to Root/Unlock/Install Recovery Verizon S3 Only

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2332825

    **As always use at your own Risk... This is not my work.... Give credit and thanks to the developers of the methods please**

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    Verizon S4 i545 [TOOL](ROOT)(RECOVERY) all-in-one root + recovery installer

    DO NOT RUN IF YOU ARE ON NEW ME7 OTA UPDATE!

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/show....php?t=2301720

    **As always use at your own Risk... This is not my work.... Give credit and thanks to the developers of the methods please**

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    Other Samsung Models One-Click Root

    http://www.oneclickroot.com/download-now/

    **As always use at your own Risk... This is not my work.... Give credit and thanks to the developers of the methods please**

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    How to Reset a Sprint Samsung Phone back to Sprint

    Open Dialer and dial ##RTN# then enter your MSL/SPC Code (Most likely is 000000 if it has been flashed before

    You most likely will need to also put a Sprint PRL on the phone also if you are not using the Sprint Corporate PRL

    If so you can use this one and it should work fine:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/frdvl985bsdfdt9/24006.prl
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    Things Not To Do With A Flashed Phone


    1. NO OTA Android Updates Period (You will break your flash)

    2. No OTA Programming *228, *22890, *22800, *22801 or any other Variants

    3. Some Rom's do not play well with Flashed Phones do your research before flashing.

    4. Never do a RTN (Return to Network) Reset ##786# (Most definitely will break your flash)

    5. Some Radios cause issues if you flash (If the phone is working leave it be)

    6. Factory Reset ( I recommend not to do this also, some phones it will break things period)

    6. PRLS ..... aww my favorite, everyone thinks these are the answer to all their prayers

    a. If the phone is working leave it be (my personal stance)
    b. Some PRL's are not EVDO and will break your 3G
    c. I have posted many PRL's above that will work with 3G (Latest one I modded is 65005, my recommendation for all carrier phones)

    7. No Phone Number Change (You change your carrier assigned number, you must reflash)

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    Why Is My 3G Data Slow?

    It's a complaint I hear everyday from people using flashed smartphones performed by them or another flashing provider...

    Why are my speeds so slow and is it possible to improve the situation?
    There are a variety of reasons why 3G data speeds may be less than stellar, and each one requires a different solution.

    Before assuming there's a problem, though, make sure you understand the realistic capabilities of your service.

    VERIZON/Page Plus/Selectel:

    2G 1xRTT: 50-100kbps download and upload with bursts to 144 kbps
    3G EVDO Rev-A: (shows up as "3G" on your phone): 600-1400kbps download with bursts to 3Mbps, 200-800kbps upload with bursts to 1.8Mbps

    (Don't get to caught up in running speedtest as these can be very confusing and fool you at times into thinking you have a problem when actually
    the way they test and the servers they use get congested also)

    POTENTIAL PROBLEM #1: Weak signal

    If you're too far away from the tower (or if there are a lot of obstructions/interference between you and the tower), your device won't be able
    to pick up a strong signal and your performance will suffer.

    Solution: Try other locations in your home or area you are in, some areas do not get great signal strength and this could be your issue.

    POTENTIAL PROBLEM #2: Tower overcrowding (Network Congestion)

    The bandwidth available from a cell tower is shared amongst all the users connecting to the tower. A cell tower can only provide so much bandwidth,
    and the more users there are connecting to the tower, the slower everyone's speeds will be.

    Is this YOUR problem? If you notice that your speeds tend to follow a pattern most days (for example, nice and fast late at night or early in the day but slower in the evening when everyone is home from work and school) and you've confirmed that the problem isn't signal-related (by testing your speeds at home and then again somewhere closer to the tower), you'll know your tower is simply being used by lots of other subscribers at the same time.

    Solution: Unfortunately, there's nothing you can do about this (other than consider switching to a different provider who might have more capacity at their towers or isn't as oversold in your area).

    POTENTIAL PROBLEM #3: Incorrectly Performed Flash

    It's very common for flashed phones to have been done incorrectly.

    Is this YOUR problem? This is very possibly the source of the problem if your flash was done incorrectly or you made changes to your setup recently.

    Solution: You'll need to either troubleshoot the phone and or reflash the problem phone.

    POTENTIAL PROBLEM #4: Tower issues

    Providers periodically do maintenance or upgrade work on cell towers, which can disrupt service; other factors like severe weather occasionally damage cell towers and cause problems.

    Is this YOUR problem? If your service suddenly degrades significantly and doesn't improve much during non-peak hours (which it would if the problem was overcrowding), and you've confirmed it's not a problem with your flash, the problem likely lies with the tower. The best way to confirm is to take your device several miles away where you'll be connecting to a different tower and test there if everything works fine when connected to a different tower, you'll know something is amiss with your home tower.

    Solution: Out of your control, bear with it until the provider finishes work and repairs.....

    Potential Problem #5: Sprint and USSC Devices

    I hate to say it but I have seen some Sprint/USSC phones have this issue, likely due to weaker radios and or hardware implemented in the device.

    Is this YOUR problem? This is very possibly the source of the problem if your flash was done correctly and you verify that other devices on the network in the same location as yours get consistently better data speeds.

    Solution: Verify flash is correct and that your connected at EVDO in settings and passwords have passed authentication. If so this most likely a Sprint/USSC device issue out of control by the user. Replace device with another Cellphone Carrier brand and most of the time problem will be solved. (I see this allot with some of the Samsung S3 Devices from Sprint/USSC, almost like certain lots had a weak radio for whatever reason)

    In the end your speeds can be related to any or all of these issues, and a proper flash is key to performing at optimal speeds.
    Sometimes as much as we hate to admit a professional flasher is needed to correct speed issues, you would not believe some of the poor flashes I see when I read preflashed phones everyday that so called professionals performed
    02-27-2014 04:42 AM
  20. meyerweb#CB's Avatar
    Thanks for your contributions, but you need to look at when this thread was created. And the title is a bit tongue in cheek. I even point out in the first post that it's not everything you might want to know. It was intended as, and still serves well as, an introduction to the S3. It was never intended to cover all the advanced items you listed. Those might be better discussed in a new thread dedicated to advanced topics.

    It's also wasn't, and isn't, intended to be a guide to rooting--there's are multiple forums dedicated to that topic.
    03-02-2014 08:34 PM
  21. itzarde's Avatar
    How would I know my s3's firmware?
    Please help!

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-04-2014 12:20 AM
  22. itzarde's Avatar
    Is there a kitkat update for s3?

    Posted via Android Central App
    03-04-2014 12:27 AM
  23. GSDer's Avatar
    How would I know my s3's firmware?
    Go to Settings -> More (if using the Tab view) -> About phone and look at 'Android version'
    Is there a kitkat update for s3?
    Not yet, but it has been announced (although I don't remember if it's coming to the International model) and should be coming in the next few months.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk Pro
    03-04-2014 10:57 AM
  24. accactg's Avatar
    Thanks for the tips but I hope you can start Q&A thread!!!
    03-07-2014 07:11 AM
  25. _YoKolorMeBadd's Avatar
    Is there a kitkat update for s3?

    Posted via Android Central App
    There's rumors going around that there will be a 4.4 update for the S3 this month.. But those are just rumors. We won't know for sure if they'll come out this month or later in the year.

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk
    03-07-2014 08:59 AM
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