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Topic # 105840 12-Jul-2012 09:57 Send private message

As stated in the owners forum im having issues with my 1day old S3, im writing it here as i don't know how many people would be checking a 200+ page thread and i need a quick result or ill be taking it back to the store over my lunch break.
Has anyone out there got a telecom sourced s3 (i9300t) but using it on Vodafone, im interested in rural coverage in the 900mhz band. Mine just dosn't work, i get GPRS speeds out of it, have checked settings etc, its not misconfigured as the 2100mhz works fine.
I have a feeling telecom have borked the 900mhz (or i have a dud). It says on the back of the box it supports 900mhz but im not having much luck with it. I have confirmed by pressing *#0011# that it is infact on the 900mhz band.

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  Reply # 654359 12-Jul-2012 10:09 Send private message

it should work.

How come you bought it from Telecom if you were going ot use it on Vodafone?



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  Reply # 654360 12-Jul-2012 10:11 Send private message

I got it from a noel leemings, i live in fairly small place, they had one or 2 xt handsets and no vodafone ones, they arnt expecting vodafone stock for another 7-10 working days.. I sort of wanted it then and there, and thought i had read that all the phones were the same it was just the branding that was different.

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  Reply # 661470 25-Jul-2012 09:09 Send private message

I suspect the XT and Vodafone handsets may just be running different firmwares? Can anyone confirm?

If so, just root and install the Vodafone firmware on it...me thinks



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  Reply # 661529 25-Jul-2012 10:33 Send private message

They were running different firmware and different modem software. Also one is a i9300 and the other a i9300t. I suspect some faffing has happened with the telecom i9300t hardware. I flashed the vodafone NZ firmware and modem over the top of the telecom model, it had no effect, it still wouldn't work on 900mhz.
I got it replaced with a vodafone i9300 and all is well :)

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  Reply # 661682 25-Jul-2012 12:29 Send private message

Just be aware that there are differences between device firmware settings for different networks. For example running a XT device on VF will result in reduced battery life, and running a VF device on XT will also result in battery life due to XT not supporting fast dormancy.


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  Reply # 661989 25-Jul-2012 19:37 Send private message

garvani: They were running different firmware and different modem software. Also one is a i9300 and the other a i9300t. I suspect some faffing has happened with the telecom i9300t hardware. I flashed the vodafone NZ firmware and modem over the top of the telecom model, it had no effect, it still wouldn't work on 900mhz.
I got it replaced with a vodafone i9300 and all is well :)


Wow this is the weirdest thing ever!

1) telecom stuffed up by accident
2) telecom did this on purpose
3) this should be a sticky to warn NZ buyers!

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  Reply # 663804 30-Jul-2012 08:27 Send private message

Also the stores that sell these phones and advertises them as working on all 3 networks (2degrees, Vodafone & XT) should be notified of this problem and they should specify that xt phones not fully compatible with Vodafone Network.

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  Reply # 663807 30-Jul-2012 08:32 Send private message

ibuksh: Also the stores that sell these phones and advertises them as working on all 3 networks (2degrees, Vodafone & XT) should be notified of this problem and they should specify that xt phones not fully compatible with Vodafone Network.


It's a bit sad when the manufacturer actually make a quad-band 3G data phone....and it STILL gets stuff up. 

My daughter's new HTC One X works on anything (so far).....but we bought it from a Vodafone vendor and she's using it on Telecom. She also uses it mainly for txt and data via wifi....so I guess if the 3G data wasn't working right, she probably wouldn't know anyway.  




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  Reply # 663808 30-Jul-2012 08:35 Send private message

Linuxluver:
It's a bit sad when the manufacturer actually make a quad-band 3G data phone....and it STILL gets stuff up. 

My daughter's new HTC One X works on anything (so far).....but we bought it from a Vodafone vendor and she's using it on Telecom. She also uses it mainly for txt and data via wifi....so I guess if the 3G data wasn't working right, she probably wouldn't know anyway.  


I bought my GS2 from parallel import.. I am guessing it was the right choice coz none of the telcos got to meddle with it and so far I have tried it on all 3 networks (2degrees, Telecom & Vodafone) and all work fine with calls, txt and data..

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