1. jimmyf101's Avatar
    I am looking to buy a used S4 for Verizon to keep my Unlimited plan. I read somewhere and someone mentioned 2 different software's; MDK or ME7. Are one of these root? Should I avoid one of these?

    I don't want a rooted device, just an S4 in great shape and a clean ESN for a fair price.
    10-18-2013 09:31 AM
  2. ladyhaly's Avatar
    I think what you mentioned aren't softwares but actually modems?

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    10-18-2013 09:43 AM
  3. jimmyf101's Avatar
    Someone questioned those and requested a seller find them in: Settings -> about phone. ' What are the last three characters of the build number?'
    10-18-2013 09:48 AM
  4. ScottsoNJ's Avatar
    It's the software version. MDL is easier to root. But if you don't care about rooting you could get either one.
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    10-18-2013 10:25 AM
  5. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I am looking to buy a used S4 for Verizon to keep my Unlimited plan. I read somewhere and someone mentioned 2 different software's; MDK or ME7. Are one of these root? Should I avoid one of these?

    I don't want a rooted device, just an S4 in great shape and a clean ESN for a fair price.
    That's the software version (or the last 3 characters of the "baseband version" on the Phone information screen). The phone was released with MDK, then was upgraded to ME7, and just a few days ago the MI1 update was released.

    By itself, none of these versions indicate that a phone is rooted or not, it's just that if you want to root *AND* install a custom recovery, the phone must be on the first version of software, MDK...that's why it is so often mentioned. I imagine pretty much any non-rooted phone out there has, at this time, been updated to at least ME7, unless it's a device that was purchased a while ago and hasn't been connected to the network.

    To simply answer your question though, no, there is no reason to avoid a phone based on it's current baseband version, especially if you don't care about root. There are other things you may want to look for (like a clean ESN as you mention), but the software version by itself shouldn't be a red flag for anything.

    EDIT: Based on the OP's question, I'm obviously assuming he's referring to the Verizon version of the S4.
    jimmyf101 likes this.
    10-18-2013 10:34 AM
  6. jimmyf101's Avatar
    Thanks all!
    10-18-2013 10:40 AM

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