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How To Unlock A Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Or S3 For Free


Anyone who has a locked version of a Samsung handsets, for instance the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or S3 can now unlock their device and then use it with any carrier.

Say for instance you bought the Samsung Galaxy S3 with Verizon. If the handset is locked then it can only be used with that carrier. But if you were to unlock it and you are not in contract then you could take it to any carrier.

You would even be able to send the handset overseas.

So take out your Verizon SIM card, or the SIM card of your carrier, and put in any other. Switch your handset off and then turn it back on again.

Go to the dial pad on your phone and type in *#197328640#. Head to your main menu > [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3] Perso SHA256 OFF. You then need to wait for around 30 seconds before going back into your main menu and selecting back. You should see “Network Lock” now. Choose [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.

The sequence that you should have typed in is “Asterisk Pound One Nine Seven Three Two Eight Six Four Zero Pound”. Don’t forget that some people call the asterisk the star button, and call the pound button hash.

You should now be holding a Galaxy handset that you can use with any SIM card anywhere in the world. Bear in mind that as this code has been used for some time you may be able to use it with just about any Samsung device.

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Posted by on October 28, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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HOW TO UNLOCK A SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 2 / S3 IN SECONDS


If you’ve got a locked Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or Galaxy S3, you can easily unlock it, and for no extra charge, so that you can take your device onto any carrier you like, anywhere in the world.

Say you have a locked Galaxy S3 on Verizon – you’re tied to that carrier, but if you unlock it you can migrate it to anywhere or to anyone you like. You could emigrate with your phone, or send it overseas to a friend of relative. If this is your sort of thing, read on.

To get started, remove your Verizon SIM and replace it with a “foreign” (not Verizon) SIM. Then turn your phone off and on again.

Then you should go into the dialpad and enter this sequence: *#197328640#. Head to your main menu > [1] UMTS > [1] Debug Screen > [8] Phone Control > [6] Network Lock > Options [3] Perso SHA256 OFF. You then need to wait for around 30 seconds before going back into your main menu and selecting back. You should see “Network Lock” now. Choose [4] NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.

The sequence that you should have typed in is “Asterisk Pound One Nine Seven Three Two Eight Six Four Zero Pound”. Don’t forget that some people call the asterisk the star button, and call the pound button hash.

If all’s gone right you should have an unlocked Galaxy device that can be used on any network anywhere. This code’s been around for a while and might work on other Samsung devices.

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Posted by on October 17, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Android 4.3 Jelly Bean Update: Clue Of Samsung Galaxy Note 2 System Roll-Out Retracted; Has The Update Been Canceled?


The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for older Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may be in jeopardy as one clue of the prospective update has been retracted by its source.

Those anxious to see the Galaxy Note 2 get what would be its first update since its September 2012 release were pleased when the Australian carrier Telstra announced on its support page that the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 2 had been “withdrawn” in favor of a new Android version. Though no other details were given, many believed this was an indication that the Galaxy Note 2 would update to Android 4.3.

But now Telstra has updated its support page and information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and its update schedule has notably been removed.  It is unclear why the carrier removed this information about the Galaxy Note 2 update, and many fear it could mean the Android 4.3 update for the device might be canceled.

Mid-July reports suggested that older yet still popular Samsung devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be skipping the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor for Android 4.3. Both devices have been stuck at various iterations of Android 4.1 for some time, and users have been anxious to see what treatment these devices would get in the wake of newer flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S4, which released with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to ship with Android 4.3.

In addition to Telstra’s vague announcement, the German carrier Deutsche Telekom also announced on its official forum that the Samsung Galaxy S3 would be receiving an Android 4.3 update at some point. Many took this news as confirmation that plans for the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2 where similar, but with the release schedule for Android 4.3 on Telstra now uncertain, we wonder what will happen to the update on Deutsche Telekom.

Meanwhile, a rival flagship, the HTC One, is now confirmed for an Android 4.3 update. HTC president Jason Mackenzie divulged that the handset will similarly skip Android 4.2.2 in favor for Android 4.3 because it is a particularly minimal update between the two versions.

It is likely that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung Galaxy S3 will be updated to a new Android Jelly Bean version at some point, but the matter of which Jelly Bean version it will get and when it will roll out may continue to be a mystery for some time.

However, with U.S. models of the HTC One expected to be running Android 4.3 by the end of September, we can assume that Samsung will ensure an update for its older flagships to keep up with the competition.

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Posted by on August 30, 2013 in Android, Galaxy, Phones, Samsung

 

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Samsung Releases Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean Stability Update for Galaxy Note 2


Samsung has begun rolling out a software update, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with build version XXDME6, for the international version of Galaxy Note 2 with model number GT-N7100. The new official build, as Samsung notes, is a stability update and addresses several bug issues including the battery drain and other minor issues.

The firmware is available to install via Over-The-Air (OTA) and through Samsung KIES server. The XXDME6 is an unbranded version of firmware and can be installed on any GT-N7100 unit except those which are from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Samsung is expected to release Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 sometime in the Q3. The update is expected to bring new interface of Galaxy S4, notes Sammobile. However, until the Android 4.2.2 update arrives, users can enjoy the current official build.

Those Galaxy Note 2 users who failed to install Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean using both the official method, may follow out step-by-step guide to install the update manually via Odin flashing tool.

IBTimes UK reminds its readers that it will not be held liable for any damage to the device. Users are also advised to verify that their devices meet following requirements.

* Pre-requites

1) Install USB Driver for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to transfer files between the Android device and computer.

2) Enable USB Debugging Mode on the phone to connect the Android device with the computer and use the Android SDK with it. [Press Menu>> Settings>> Applications. From there navigate and click on Development option and check the USB Debugging Mode.]

3) As the tutorial is likely to wipe all data of the phone, create a back-up. If the device is having any custom recoveries such as CWM/TWRP already installed then backup data using the recovery.

4) The Galaxy Note should have above 80 per cent of battery charge.

5) The phone should be factory unlocked and not locked to a particular carrier.

6) The device will lose custom build with the installation of official firmware. Additionally, it will lose custom recovery which will be replaced by stock recovery.

7) The Note 2 will no longer belong to a rooted version of the device once official update is installed.

8) The Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean is compatible only on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100. Flashing this on any incorrect variant might brick the device. Therefore, verify the model number of the Galaxy device by selecting Settings>> About Phone>> Model number.

Steps to install Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean on Samsung Galaxy Note 2 GT-N7100

Steps-1: Download Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean official update for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 to the computer

Steps-2: Extract the downloaded firmware zip to get a file with .tar.md5 extension along with few other files

Steps-3: Download Odin 3.07 which will help to install the Jelly Bean firmware on the device. Extract the Odin zip to get Odin3 v3.07.exe and some other files

Steps-4: Turn off the Note 2 and wait for about five to six seconds for vibration to confirm complete power off

Steps-5: Now boot the phone into Download Mode by pressing and holding Volume Down, Home and Power buttons together until a construction Android robot appears on the phone’s screen. Now press the Volume up button to continue to enter into Download Mode

Steps-6: Run Odin3 v3.07.exe as an administrator (Right click on the Odin.exe file then click on Run as administrator from the menu.)

Steps-7: Connect the Galaxy Note to the computer using USB cable while it is in the Download Mode. Wait for some time until Odin detects the device. When the device is connected a massage saying Added will appear under Odin’s message box in the bottom left. Also, the ID: COM box in Odin will turn yellow with the COM port number, indicating the successful connection

Note: If the Added message does not come then try another USB port, try the one located at the back side of the computer. In case Odin still fails to recognise the device then re-install USB driver.

Steps-8: Now select these files extracted from N7100XXDME6 folder to install on the phone

a) Click the PDA button and select the file with .tar.md5 extension

b) Click the Phone button and select file with Modem in its name

c) Click the CSC button and select file with CSC in its name

d) Click the PIT button and select the .pit file

Note: Ignore the last three steps (step-b, c and d) if such files are not found.

Steps-9: Ensure the Auto Reboot and F.Reset Time checkboxes are selected in Odin window. But uncheck the Re-Partition option, select it only when a .pit file is being used

Steps-10: Double check everything and finally click the Start button in Odin. The installation process should begin now and would take few minutes to complete

Steps-11: When the installation process is completed, the phone will restart automatically. And a PASS message with green background will appear in the extreme left box at the very top of Odin indicating successful installation. Unplug the USB cable from the phone to disconnect it from the computer

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 should be now updated with official Android 4.1.2 XXDME6 Jelly Bean update. Verify the new software version running on the device by navigating to Settings>> About phone.

How to fix bootloop issue

If the Galaxy Note 2 gets at booting animation (after step-11) then go to the recovery mode by pressing and  holding Volume Up, Home and Power buttons together. In recovery mode, perform data wiping task by selecting Wipe data/factory reset. Now select wipe cache partition and once the action is completed, reboot the phone by selecting reboot system now. In recovery mode, use Volume keys to scroll between options and Power button to select the desired option. It should be noted that performing wiping task will erase the internal memory data of the phone.

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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in Samsung

 

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100


The highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has finally made its way to the market. The phone comes in a bar form and is run on the impressively quick Android v4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. The operating system is backed up by a powerful 1.6 GHz Quad Core Cortex A-9 processor which ensures that applications on the phone are run in a smooth manner.

The screen of the phone is an enlarged 5.55-inch Super AMOLED capacitive screen which makes it a lot of fun to interact with. This display provides a high quality 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution which is great to watch movies and video on. The phone comes with the TouchWiz user interface which serves to enhance the usability of the device. The phone possesses a Mali-400MP graphics processing unit, thus enhancing the visual experience for the user.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 features an 8.0 mega-pixel primary camera which is backed up by an LED flash to click pictures in low light. The camera doubles up to record Full HD video and play HD video as well. The camera features other useful features such as Auto-focus, Geo-tagging, Touch focus and image stabilization that serve to enhance the usability of the camera. The phone sports a 1.9 megapixel secondary camera so that the user can conduct video calling easily.

* Design

The frame of this Samsung Galaxy device is a sleek and stylish one, with straight edges meeting at nominally curved corners. The dimensions of the phone are 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm which gives it quite a slender frame and it weighs in at a hefty 180 g. The AMOLED technology present in the device makes for a highly attractive display. The phone comes with multiple useful sensors such as the accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyro sensor, barometer and geo-magnetic sensor that make the phone a highly efficient device.

* Storage and Battery

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 comes with 16 GB of internal memory which can be expanded up to 64 GB using a Micro SD card. The device is run on a mammoth 3100 mAh Li-Ion battery for optimum battery life.

* Connectivity and Features

The phone comes with a number of useful features to keep you connected to the internet from anywhere. The device comes with GPRS and EDGE technology which allow the user to connect to the internet via the 2G network. For a faster browsing experience, the phone possesses HSDPA and HSUPA technology which makes the 3G capability much quicker. This Samsung device is capable of connecting to a wireless network in the user’s immediate vicinity as the phone is Wi-Fi capable. The phone can be tethered to another device using the Wi-Fi hotspot functionality. Files and documents can be exchanged using the micro USB port or the Bluetooth functionality on the device.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 N7100 also acts as an excellent navigation aid in the form of Google maps which uses the A-GPS and GLONASS technology inbuilt into the phone. The phone is an active entertainment aid as it comes with a music player, video player and an FM radio.

Social networking Apps include Twitter which will let the user stay connected to friends and family at home, work or on the move. Additionally, the phone comes with features such as Air View, Popup note, Quick command and voice input which combine with all the other features to make this Samsung galaxy device a worthy buy.

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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Samsung

 

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