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  Reply # 750613 25-Jan-2013 10:37
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HardCorePawn:
TG09: You put post a link so I can download the Telecom Firmware so I can flash mine please. 


I think you misunderstood me... I'm not saying that there is a Telecom 4.1.2.  I'm saying you can use the overseas firmwares if you want...  I'd just suggest flashing an i9100T "radio" (aka modem) afterwards... as I've found the T-model to be a bit funny using the standard i9100 radios.

These 2 threads are a good starting place:

Modem/RILs: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1881304
Modem Collection: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1131950

Personally... I am using DOLP4 (and the associated RIL files), which I extracted myself from an official Telecom Firmware from the sammobile site...

FYI, I am a dev on SlimRom, so I'm already on JB4.2.1... 4.1.2 is kinda old news ;)


Cheers for the info, appreciated. Still learning all about modem etc..





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  Reply # 750620 25-Jan-2013 10:47
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Thinking about trying out SlimROM myself. Knowing there is a dev on here might just be the push I need ;) Been using Wanamlite mostly for the last year or so so a change could be good :)

Is KG5 still the best modem for Vodafone? Just noticed mine is LS6 and had a quick search back through this thread.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 750624 25-Jan-2013 10:53
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tonypnz: Thinking about trying out SlimROM myself. Knowing there is a dev on here might just be the push I need ;) Been using Wanamlite mostly for the last year or so so a change could be good :)

Is KG5 still the best modem for Vodafone? Just noticed mine is LS6 and had a quick search back through this thread.


I connected my  phone up to  KIES to see what PDA,LS6 and CSC I am using also it tells you the region in brackets mine says (COA)

According to this - http://samsung-updates.com/device/?id=GT-I9100
COA is Romania (Cosmote) region..lol.

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  Reply # 750715 25-Jan-2013 13:57
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K1000716:
bradstewart: Oooh about time! I ditched my GS2 for a Nexus a few months ago and haven't looked back.


I've been running the leaked JB firmware for a while (was on CM10 when it leaked) and it has really transformed the S2. With custom rom tweaks and a few S3/Note2 apps thrown in it's like a little S3 now.

Great interface and very smooth. I'm just waiting for the devs (not chefs...) to port the good mods to the new rom and then I'll be making the change over. Currently running Alliance Rom (new Darky's Rom) which is AOSP themed and has some great mods.


Oh, and I'm about to be changing my micro-usb port after my phone went swimming. Only fault was phantom charging/connection issues caused by the malfunctioning port.  $10 for parts (oem) and about 15 mins to swap over. Just waiting for it to arrive...


Lee


Sounds similar to my USB charging issue, although my phone hadn't been swimming.

The report I got back on the repair stated Corroted (SP) battery connections and required a full motherboard swap out.




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  Reply # 750958 25-Jan-2013 20:54
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Well the UK SII users are now getting Jelly Bean

- http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2238863/uk-samsung-galaxy-s2-owners-get-android-41-jelly-bean-update

Any chance of an update from our local Telecos?




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  Reply # 750972 25-Jan-2013 21:01
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openmedia: Well the UK SII users are now getting Jelly Bean

- http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2238863/uk-samsung-galaxy-s2-owners-get-android-41-jelly-bean-update

Any chance of an update from our local Telecos?


On past performance I wouldn't expect an update for at least 3-4 months after the first international firmwares are released. Now's the chance to flash a new firmware and make the leap ;)






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  Reply # 752505 29-Jan-2013 11:25
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openmedia: Well the UK SII users are now getting Jelly Bean

- http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2238863/uk-samsung-galaxy-s2-owners-get-android-41-jelly-bean-update

Any chance of an update from our local Telecos?


I'm holding out for Telecom release, no keen enough to void my warranty/ take the risk in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. + don't have the time etc, to read all the required info.

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  Reply # 752511 29-Jan-2013 11:32
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Shoes2468:
openmedia: Well the UK SII users are now getting Jelly Bean

- http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2238863/uk-samsung-galaxy-s2-owners-get-android-41-jelly-bean-update

Any chance of an update from our local Telecos?


I'm holding out for Telecom release, no keen enough to void my warranty/ take the risk in the unlikely event that something goes wrong. + don't have the time etc, to read all the required info.


Original builds here - http://live.samsung-updates.com/index.php?device=none



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  Reply # 754949 3-Feb-2013 09:21
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I have installed the 4.1.2 Spain release and must say it is very nice. On my i9100T which was originally Telecom, but was quickly changed to Vodafone's stock ROM as I hated the Telecom crap like their own branded browser in place of the default Android browser.

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  Reply # 754963 3-Feb-2013 09:45
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What do you use to root these 4.1.2?

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  Reply # 754968 3-Feb-2013 09:56
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If you just want a stock rooted kernel there's always cf-root or Philz kernel. Philz is Odin flashable which makes it very easy. Otherwise there are siyah, dorimanx et al.

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Spelling, deleted triple post (damn that mobile version...).

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  Reply # 755257 3-Feb-2013 22:23
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I am using siyah 6b4

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  Reply # 756305 5-Feb-2013 21:07
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I've been a bit disappointed with the bug in the S2's signal strength recording that won't indicate any strength greater than -81dBm.  That means that location services have often thought I was a long way from my true location when GPS location is not available.

I've recently updated my i9100's modem to BVLP7 and not only is reception better than KG5 on Vodafone, it now provides unrestricted signal strengths (in units of 2dBm for those of you running CM and selecting dBm in settings) and location estimate is now far better.

I got BVLP7 from http://veyka.co.uk/sgs2/radios/
It seems a good place for a whoel range of modems, including ones for i9100T.

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  Reply # 756414 6-Feb-2013 08:09
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Chis: I've been a bit disappointed with the bug in the S2's signal strength recording that won't indicate any strength greater than -81dBm.  That means that location services have often thought I was a long way from my true location when GPS location is not available.

I've recently updated my i9100's modem to BVLP7 and not only is reception better than KG5 on Vodafone, it now provides unrestricted signal strengths (in units of 2dBm for those of you running CM and selecting dBm in settings) and location estimate is now far better.

I got BVLP7 from http://veyka.co.uk/sgs2/radios/
It seems a good place for a whoel range of modems, including ones for i9100T.


So the S2 does have issues with its Signal strength?  I wondered why everywhere I went I'd get next to nothing in funny parts of christchurch but my wifes Telecom phone is sweet as.  Is rooting the phone the only way to fix this?

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  Reply # 756500 6-Feb-2013 11:55
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The S2 doesn't so much have issues with it's signal strength, just what it reports to apps.  So things like Google Maps that can estimate your location from cell sites nearby have more trouble with an S2 because even if you're standing next to a cell site your phone will tell it that you're some distance away.

Modems are responsble for connecting the phone to the cellphone network.  Some modems work better than others for a given network, so companies like Telecom and Vodafone usually select a fairly good modem for their stock phones.  Not that there may not be better modems out there, just that those from the telcos should be pretty good for their networks as a first start.

Changing modems does require rooting your phone, and maybe BVLP7 gives better real signal strength as well as better reporting than the standard that comes with Vodafone S2's.

Those of us using custom roms are always interested in better real performance, but this is the first time I've found a modem that fixes the signal strength reporting bug.  It's nice that location-aware apps can actually work as intended now.

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