1. left4dead's Avatar
    I've had it with Verizon and today I switched to T-Mobile. My S7 is a Verizon variant model and I have 2 questions:

    1) When checking for software updates, I keep receiving a "software update is temporarily unavailable. Try again later" message. Is this normal and if not, how can I update my S7 to the latest software with a Verizon S7 model?

    2) When i restart my device, I get a "Verizon SIM card is not installed" notification. Phone works and operates fine buy how do I get rid of this notification? I have Package Disabler Pro installed - is there a service that I can DISABLE to get rid of it?
    02-21-2017 05:02 PM
  2. anon(9708869)'s Avatar
    I've had it with Verizon and today I switched to T-Mobile. My S7 is a Verizon variant model and I have 2 questions:

    1) When checking for software updates, I keep receiving a "software update is temporarily unavailable. Try again later" message. Is this normal and if not, how can I update my S7 to the latest software with a Verizon S7 model?

    2) When i restart my device, I get a "Verizon SIM card is not installed" notification. Phone works and operates fine buy how do I get rid of this notification? I have Package Disabler Pro installed - is there a service that I can DISABLE to get rid of it?
    Did you leave because of Nougat? How are you getting a VZW phone to work on a GSM network? I thought VZW was CDMA?
    02-21-2017 06:01 PM
  3. mitsgsx's Avatar
    Did you leave because of Nougat? How are you getting a VZW phone to work on a GSM network? I thought VZW was CDMA?
    You won't get updates that way, all future updates can be done with a computer. Just pull down the top of the screen and swipe closed the sim message. It only pops up when you power up your phone.
    02-21-2017 07:02 PM
  4. left4dead's Avatar
    Did you leave because of Nougat? How are you getting a VZW phone to work on a GSM network? I thought VZW was CDMA?
    VZW phones are unlocked and will work on ATT and TMo. No I didn't leave because of a software update, I left because:

    w/ VZW (2 lines; 12 GB data) for $120 per month inc taxes/fees

    w/ TMo (2 lines; Unlimited Data) for $80 per month inc taxes/fees + $325 rebate

    Kind of a no-brainer. Yes I know that Verizon has slightly better service but for that price I can live w/ T-Mobile.
    02-21-2017 07:03 PM
  5. mitsgsx's Avatar
    All lte Verizon phones are unlocked. They have the gsm bands for T-Mobile and at&t.
    02-21-2017 07:06 PM
  6. aokusman's Avatar
    To get the update ota you will need a verizon sim. The update is however not live yet.
    02-21-2017 09:57 PM
  7. Almeuit's Avatar
    Did you leave because of Nougat? How are you getting a VZW phone to work on a GSM network? I thought VZW was CDMA?
    Most Verizon phones have GSM chips in them as well.
    02-21-2017 10:22 PM
  8. left4dead's Avatar
    All lte Verizon phones are unlocked. They have the gsm bands for T-Mobile and at&t.
    Yeah but I noticed that my data drops from LTE to 3G while I'm on a phone call. T-Mobile tech said that it's because the phone is not fully compatible for TMo's network even though it's unlocked. This issue is not apparent with the iPhone though which is on my second line and it works flawlessly.

    Not a deal breaker but it sucks that I can't get 4G LTE speeds on my S7 while the phone is being used.
    02-21-2017 10:33 PM
  9. left4dead's Avatar
    To get the update ota you will need a verizon sim. The update is however not live yet.
    Yeah that's what a Samsung rep at a Best Buy store told me. I'll just take my phone to their station when the update releases and they'll do a force update on my S7.

    Anyone know what service to disable (Package Disabler Pro app) that prevents the stupid Verizon SIM card notification from showing everytime the phone is restarted.
    02-21-2017 10:35 PM
  10. mitsgsx's Avatar
    Yeah I had a verizon s6 edge on metropcs(Tmobile) and it dropped off lte during a call but otherwise it worked great. Also I believe Tmobile could but wont enable volte because they mostly only enable it on their phones, same as their band 12 is blocked on almost all non Tmobile phones.
    02-21-2017 11:26 PM
  11. mitsgsx's Avatar
    I didnt need a verizon sim when I recieved the security updates from verizon, I just connected it to my laptop and used,(cant remember which one) either verizon update assistant or smart switch.
    02-21-2017 11:34 PM
  12. LineKill's Avatar
    I didnt need a verizon sim when I recieved the security updates from verizon, I just connected it to my laptop and used,(cant remember which one) either verizon update assistant or smart switch.
    You only need the SIM to receive OTA updates.
    02-22-2017 12:35 AM
  13. anon(9708869)'s Avatar
    All lte Verizon phones are unlocked. They have the gsm bands for T-Mobile and at&t.
    OK. Thanks.
    02-22-2017 03:18 AM
  14. anon(9708869)'s Avatar
    VZW phones are unlocked and will work on ATT and TMo. No I didn't leave because of a software update, I left because:

    w/ VZW (2 lines; 12 GB data) for $120 per month inc taxes/fees

    w/ TMo (2 lines; Unlimited Data) for $80 per month inc taxes/fees + $325 rebate

    Kind of a no-brainer. Yes I know that Verizon has slightly better service but for that price I can live w/ T-Mobile.
    Got it. Great deal. I might be leaving VZ soon. Good to know.
    02-22-2017 03:19 AM
  15. anon(9708869)'s Avatar
    Yeah but I noticed that my data drops from LTE to 3G while I'm on a phone call. T-Mobile tech said that it's because the phone is not fully compatible for TMo's network even though it's unlocked. This issue is not apparent with the iPhone though which is on my second line and it works flawlessly.

    Not a deal breaker but it sucks that I can't get 4G LTE speeds on my S7 while the phone is being used.
    Do they have any deals for new phones when you switch?
    02-22-2017 03:21 AM
  16. raino's Avatar
    All lte Verizon phones are unlocked.
    No, not all. Verizon locks some prepaid phones for up to a year.

    Yeah but I noticed that my data drops from LTE to 3G while I'm on a phone call. T-Mobile tech said that it's because the phone is not fully compatible for TMo's network even though it's unlocked. This issue is not apparent with the iPhone though which is on my second line and it works flawlessly.
    This happens when your phone isn't configured for or capable of voLTE on TMO, which is the case with your Verizon S7. Your phone has to fall back to a circuit switched (sub-LTE) network for the call to go through.

    iPhones are much more carrier agnostic in that sense. I've seen that as long as the iPhone is fully network compatible, you don't have to worry about things like voLTE or WiFi calling working on TMO.
    02-23-2017 12:19 PM
  17. Kazakaz's Avatar
    Just flash the T-Mobile firmware to it, then you will get OTA updates from T-Mobile whenever they come out. I'm currently using an AT&T S7 on Verizon flashed with Verizon's firmware.
    02-23-2017 01:33 PM

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