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Topic # 204498 4-Oct-2016 17:12
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This is my most recent android (made the shift from iphone6) and I was wondering if theres any legitimate way of getting the VFNZ firmware so I can start the phone with a clean slate?

 

Phone is parallel imported, same model number as the NZ phones. Can't see why there would be an issue, but hoping for some advice nonetheless!

 

 

 

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  Reply # 1645334 4-Oct-2016 17:19
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Go to either SamMobile, or updato.com to download the latest firmware for your model, you can specify what countries firmware you want, then flash via Odin. (There is a guide on the SamMobile site on how to. Be careful when following the instructions as it is easy to brick your device.

 

 

 

**I'm not responsible for broken or bricked phones from doing the steps above, they just happened to work for me.


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  Reply # 1645562 5-Oct-2016 07:06
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Better to flash the non branded AU firmware (XSA). This way your updates are from samsung, no bloat from telco's and no waiting for the local telco's to approve updates.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1645564 5-Oct-2016 07:17
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Better to flash the non branded AU firmware (XSA). This way your updates are from samsung, no bloat from telco's and no waiting for the local telco's to approve updates.



No they are not better off doing that, The VodafoneNZ firmware is setup for the VodafoneNZ network and it's not branded as it is

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  Reply # 1645598 5-Oct-2016 08:19
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tripp:

 

Better to flash the non branded AU firmware (XSA). This way your updates are from samsung, no bloat from telco's and no waiting for the local telco's to approve updates.

 



No they are not better off doing that, The VodafoneNZ firmware is setup for the VodafoneNZ network and it's not branded as it is

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Sure if you want to wait months for updates/bug fixes and security updates.  I have been running the XSA firmware for months without any issue. Also bloat is included on the telco's firmware with the telco's apps/splash screens pre-installed on the devices.

 

 


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  Reply # 1645604 5-Oct-2016 08:28
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tripp:

 

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tripp:

 

Better to flash the non branded AU firmware (XSA). This way your updates are from samsung, no bloat from telco's and no waiting for the local telco's to approve updates.

 



No they are not better off doing that, The VodafoneNZ firmware is setup for the VodafoneNZ network and it's not branded as it is

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Sure if you want to wait months for updates/bug fixes and security updates.  I have been running the XSA firmware for months without any issue. Also bloat is included on the telco's firmware with the telco's apps/splash screens pre-installed on the devices.

 

 

 

 

I have a VF-supplied Note 7 and it doesn't have a VF splash screen?


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  Reply # 1645607 5-Oct-2016 08:31
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eracode:

 

tripp:

 

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tripp:

 

Better to flash the non branded AU firmware (XSA). This way your updates are from samsung, no bloat from telco's and no waiting for the local telco's to approve updates.

 



No they are not better off doing that, The VodafoneNZ firmware is setup for the VodafoneNZ network and it's not branded as it is

Linux

 

 

 

Sure if you want to wait months for updates/bug fixes and security updates.  I have been running the XSA firmware for months without any issue. Also bloat is included on the telco's firmware with the telco's apps/splash screens pre-installed on the devices.

 

 

 

 

I have a VF-supplied Note 7 and it doesn't have a VF splash screen?

 

 

Ah i might be incorrect about the splash, i do know they are on the spark released s7 edge etc.

 

However my point was you will get faster updates from the XSA firmware, the NZ telco's devices can go months without any updates, the xsa firmware however was getting monthly updates from samsung.

 

In the end it's up to OP what he wants to use, if he wants to use the vodafone nz firmware then he is free to do so. 


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  Reply # 1645680 5-Oct-2016 09:44
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Correct my Samsung S7 edge from VodafoneNZ does not have anything from Vodafone on start up and zero Vodafone bloat ware

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  Reply # 1645683 5-Oct-2016 09:46
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So you're saying that the XSA firmware is getting monthly security updates? I haven't really had much success with the VF N5 apart from OS level updates. 


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  Reply # 1645708 5-Oct-2016 10:12
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NzBeagle:

 

So you're saying that the XSA firmware is getting monthly security updates? I haven't really had much success with the VF N5 apart from OS level updates. 

 

 

 

 

Yes they are for the edge 7.  Normally later in the month however.

 

Back at the start of August the XSA was up to date however the telco released s7 edges were still running firmware/security from back in march/april.

 

 


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  Reply # 1645710 5-Oct-2016 10:15
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XSA was just updated again yesterday for the s7 edge (october update).

 

NZ telco's are on September security update.  


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  Reply # 1645711 5-Oct-2016 10:17
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Note 5 (VFNZ) is on 1 May, and S5 (Spark) is on 1 June.....


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  Reply # 1645724 5-Oct-2016 10:29
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NzBeagle:

 

Note 5 (VFNZ) is on 1 May, and S5 (Spark) is on 1 June.....

 

 

 

 

What kind of note5 there are a few.


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  Reply # 1645725 5-Oct-2016 10:31
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tripp:

 

NzBeagle:

 

Note 5 (VFNZ) is on 1 May, and S5 (Spark) is on 1 June.....

 

 

 

 

What kind of note5 there are a few.

 

 

The SM-N920I VF NZ SKU


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  Reply # 1645727 5-Oct-2016 10:32
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Found it

 

Note 5 in NZ is 920I

 

XSA = Aug

 

Spark = July

 

2degrees = July

 

Vodafone = July 


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