US Cell Phone Carrier Unlocking Policies

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US Cell Phone Carrier Unlocking Policies

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Policies: Verizon | AT&T | Sprint | T-Mobile | US Cellular

First what is carrier unlocking and why might I want this for my device? If your device is carrier unlocked then you can put any carriers sim card in your phone and it will work as long as the device you are using supports that carriers network frequencies. On the other hand if your cell phone is carrier locked then it is stuck on whatever carrier you have and will not work on any other network.

Note: Most people confuse bootloader unlocking with carrier unlocking. These are to very different things carrier unlocking has to do with the Network and bootloader unlocking has to do with freedom to flash custom firmware / OS to your device.

Above you will find linked all the policies for these major carriers. Check to see if you meet the requirements and can get your device carrier unlocked for free through there programs. If you aren’t eligible then start Googling carrier unlock and you will find that there are many free and paid for services out there that can accomplish this task of unlocking your phones networks for you. Most cost 25 dollars or less some are even free.

As of today Feb 11th 2015 the FCC and CTIA is forcing all carriers to allow customers to unlock there phones if they meet the requirements listed. So go check out your carriers policy and see if you are eligible.  Now you will be able to bring your device to any carrier and not have to buy a new one if you don’t want to. As a customer you bought the device and you should fully own it and have full control not the OEM or the carrier.

Other Important Links:  FCC device unlocking FAQ | CTIA Consumer Code for Wireless Service

 

Sony Firmware Restore

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Sony Firmware Restore

Today we will be talking about using FlashTool-0.9.18.4 to restore your Sony android device to stock firmware also to unbrick your device if needed.

Flashing Firmware with Flash Tool Requirements

1. Sony phone or tablet

2. USB cable to connect device to your computer

3. Sony Drivers downloaded and installed

4. Download FlashTool-0.9.18.4 and install

5. Some time. I would plan on 1 hour depending on your internet speeds of course.

Instructions

1. Open FlashTool-0.9.18.4

Flashtool start

2. click on devices then check updates scoll through the options and pick your device family

pick device

3. look thought this next list for your model. If you right click on branding you can check release and it will show you the version

model 2

4. once you have the version you want then click that file and it will download

downloading firmware

5. After downloading and extract the firmware along with some decryption you will see this page

extracted firmware

6. select all files and click arrow moving them all to the other side like the picture below then click create. once the FTF restore file is created you can flash it.

create firmware button

7. click flash button on the tool that looks like a Lightning bolt. then choose Flashmode. pick your newly pulled firmware from the list and click the flash button.

flash firmware

8. the flash tool will tell you to unplug your device and plug it back in while you are holding the volume down button. keep holding volume down until the flash starts. once 100% the device will reboot it self or you can unplug and manually boot it back up and you will be restored and unbricked. NOTE: if you dont want to wipe out your apps and data uncheck the wipe section boxs.

 

Will add to this post as i learn more.

Motorola Firmware Restore

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Motorola Firmware Restore Plus Unbrick

In this tutorial i will be covering restoring and unbricking your motorola device by flashing the stock fimware. We will be using RSD lite (Motorola Program) along with using fastboot and a batch file. This tutorial will be for windows user only since i dont have a mac. First lets cover the older Motorola droid devices that use RSD lite

WARNING Restoring your Motorola firmware will factory reset your device and you will loose all data on the device and have to set it back up like a new phone.

RSD Lite Firmware flash Requirements

1.  Motorola device

2.  USB cable for device

3.  Download the Motorola Drivers and install them your PC

4.  Download RSD lite Program and install it on your PC

5. Download your devices latest firmware. (NOTE) The best way to find out what device and firmware you need is to go into phone settings then about phone. Look at System Version plus build number. Between these you should be able to figure out the firmware you will need. Another good thing to find out is the device code name. Normally a quick Google search can accomplish this task. If you dont know this info and your device is bricked then start Googling it. You can get your motorola firmware from my server or Motofirmware.com

Flashing firmware

(NOTE) It is highly recommended that your device is fully charged before starting this firmware flash. Older devices have small batteries and can die during the restore which would be bad. The only way to fix a dead bricked motorola android device is with this factory cable that can send power to the device even with a dead battery. This cable comes in really handy at times and can be picked up from amazon if needed.

1. Place your phone into AP Fastboot Mode. Turn off the device then press and hold both volume up and down then hold power, now wait 5 seconds and release then buttons. You should now see a screen like this one.

ap fastboot

2. Now connect the USB cable to the device and let the motorola drivers you downloaded and installed on the PC, install for the device. This may take up to 5 minutes.

3. Open the RSD lite program and make sure it sees your device like in the picture below

RSD lite

4. click on the 3 dots where it says file name and select your firmware you downloaded. (NOTE) if the firmware is in a zip then just select it. If you extracted the firmware already, then select the XML file

XML

5. Click start button on RSD lite and sit back and wait for the device to finish the restore. Once the device has finished it will reboot and you will see the setup screen. Now you have unbricked and restored your stock firmware to your Motorola device.

(NOTE) Do not bump or unplug the device while flashing the firmware. This could cause a hard brick and your device will be dead. Also, if  the device gets stuck in a bootloop on reboot, just boot the device into stock android recovery, then wipe data factory reset the device. This will fix the bootloop. Below is a video on this process.

HERE IS A GREAT POST ON XDA THAT COVERS THIS EVEN MORE

 

 

 Fastboot Firmware Flash Requirements

1.  Motorola device

2.  USB cable for device

3.  Download the Motorola Drivers and install them your PC

4.  Download Fastboot and ADB files 

5.   Download your devices latest firmware (Note) best way to find out what device and firmware you need is to go into phone settings then about phone. Look at System Version plus build number between these you should be able to figure out the firmware you will need. Another good thing to find out is the device code name. Normally a quick Google search can accomplish this task. If you dont know this info and your device is bricked then start Googling it. You can get your motorola firmware from my server or Motofirmware.com

Flashing firmware

(NOTE) It is highly recommended that your device is fully charged before starting this firmware flash. Older devices have small batteries and can die during the restore which would be bad. The only way to fix a dead bricked motorola android device is with this factory cable that can send power to the device even with a dead battery. This cable comes in really handy at times and can be picked up from amazon if needed.

1. Place your phone into AP Fastboot Mode. Turn off the device then press and hold both volume up and down then hold power, now wait 5 seconds and release then buttons. You should now see a screen like this one.

bootloader mode

 

2. Now connect the USB cable to the device and let the motorola drivers you downloaded and installed on the PC, install for the device. This may take up to 5 minutes.

3. Extract the firmware and fastboot / adb files you downloaded to the same folder on your desktop like the picture below.

fastboot plus firmware

 

4. Click on the file in the folder ending in .bat This is a batch file that will open and flash all the firmware in this folder. Once the firmware is flashed and if you dont have any errors, then in fastboot mode on the device, select normal power up and the device will power up and be fully restored.

(NOTE) Using a batch file and fastboot to restore your device is the preferred method over RSD lite. RSD lite sometimes hangs on some steps in the XML and can be a real pain. Here is a video of me using a batch file to restore one of my Motorola Android devices.

 

CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop

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Official CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop

CM12 roms are starting to show up on CyanogenMod.org which means many Android enthusiast with be getting there hands on one of the best Lollipop custom rom experiences. I recently installed CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop on my Motorola Nexus 6 and it is running nicely. Something new that i noticed in this version of CM is that Root access is turned of by default. Come to find out you can turn it back on by entering developer Options in the devices settings and then selecting Root access mode. here you will find a couple options: enable for apps only, enable for adb only, or enable root for both apps and adb which is the option i selected. Having root mode off by default i think is a really bad idea since most Android fans that install CM12 really want root. But i guess that is up to CyanogenMod.

Here is a little Video i made talking about how to turn on said Root access mode

So if you are looking to install Official CyanogenMod 12 Lollipop on your android device then check out there download page HERE If you cant fine your device listed you may want to check XDA developers site because there are many unofficail CM12 roms in the forums that work just fine. Good luck and lets start rocking some Lollipop Android 5.0

Moto E Super Tool

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Moto E Super Tool

This is a little script tool I made up for the Moto E XT1023 The Firmware restore will only work on the XT1023 but all other options should work on all the variants of the Moto E
It is really simple. But requires a unlocked bootloader video HERE If you need help with bootloader unlock
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Download the Moto E Super Tool
extract the tool to your desktop
Turn on usb debugging mode on the device
install the Motorola drivers
Run the Moto E 1 Moto-E-Restore-XT1023.bat file
then just select what you want to do
1. Root your Moto E
2. Flash TWRP Recovery
3. Flash Stock Android Recovery
4. Flash CWM recovery
5. Remove the unlocked bootloader warning
6. Fully restore the Moto E to stock
7. Fully restore plus Relock the bootloader

Newest release V2
Change Log

Vision 1 first release
Version 2
updated TWRP
Updated Supersu.zip

DOWNLOAD SUPER TOOL

Hope this will help out some noobs

Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard

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Inateck Bluetooth Keyboard

HOME OR ON THE GO AND COMPACT SIZE

I was looking for a light weight/compact and if possible a inexpensive bluetooth keyboard for my tablet (nexus 10) and at times my Galaxy S5 and this inateck mini wireless bluetooth 3.0 keyboard fit my needs perfectly. Inside the box was ●A Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard ● A Charge Cable ●A owners Mannual so just what you need to get up and running. The size of the keyboard was perfect for home or on the go and comes in black or white and i am reviewing the black unit as you can see in pictures. The keyboard uses Bluetooth 3.0 module chip and has speeds up to 24 MB/s so speed wont be a factor no will battery life as the unit has Super-efficient built-in 200mA lithium battery, replaceable, works for up to 4 months in standby without charging with 8 hours of continuous use every day. The unit is also compatible with 3 operating systems of Apple, Android and Windows so no worries what operating system your on and my Galaxy S5 and nexus tablet has android 5.0 operating system which is new and i had no issues there. I used the unit on a 15in macbook/W7 and android tablet as well as a android phone and never a issue with any of them and the overall ability to prop up my tablet and type out my emails or post on facebook a much better experience. .Another factor i liked is there is no noise on “key strokes” and that may seem like a non factor but i do alot of catching up on emails ect late at night so that was a added feature im sure others will like. i was able to be over 30ft from tablet and still keyboard functioned perfect.The curve-shaped design of the individual keys shortens the distance between finger movements while typing for fast results and just seemed to flow really great in my first week of testing.As i get older its getting very hard to use built in keyboards on devices so if your like me and need a better way to type on your device without straining your eyes this is a perfect unit for you. I was very impressed with the overall ease of pairing devices to the keyboard and the compact size and really impressed with the price at under $27.00. HERE AT AMAZON

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LG G Watch Super Tool

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LG G Watch Super Tool

Hi Guy this is RootJunky again with a nice little tool i made up to help you out with your LG G watches
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Things this tool can do
List
Install the drivers needed and test them.
Unlock bootloader
Relock bootloader
Flash stock recovery
Flash stock boot image (note if you flashed rootboot.img instead of booting it. this will fix your device)
Restore the device if bricked. (or if you just want stock back)
Root the G watch
Flash TWRP Recovery to the G Watch
Install a Reboot to Recovery App

Lastest Version V9.3
That is it and here is a Link
DOWNLOAD HERE

VIDEO
How to use this tool video

Change Log

VERSION 4
based on wear version KMV78V
Added linux and mac support
VERSION 5
Updated TWRP recovery which fixed the offset screen in twrp
VERSION 5.1
Hopefully fixed the ota update problem please let me know thanks
VERSION 6
All restore files based on new OTA update KMV78Y
removed linux and mac tool until i can fix it
ota update failure fix with version 5.1 and should be good from now on. sorry about that
VERSION 6.1
Added Linux and Mac back into the tool
VERSION 7
Updated to KGW42Q
updated newest TWRP recovery 2.8.0.0
VERSION 8
Updated to KNX01Q 4.4W.2
VERSION 9
Updated to LWX48P Android 5.0.1
Updated to New TWRP Recovery
Root option doesnt work at this time but if using the restore feature it is pre rooted. you can even use it to root then just dont wipe data at the end.
VERSION 9.1
Added Linux and mac script back into the mix
VERSION 9.3
Added Root for Lollipop.

Thanks and Enjoy
LINK TO MY VIDEO THREAD ON THE LG G WATCH
Hopefully More To Come
Please Let me Know if there are any errors. Note (Now Works with Mac, Windows, and Linux Thanks to John Hale)
NOTE dont forget to chmod +x the .sh file for mac and linux. I dont run mac and linux myself so testing the tool is difficult for me.
RootJunky Out

Thanks to
Chain fire for Root
Dees Troy for TWRP
Matt groff for Teaching me Batch Scripts

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Android 5.1 Rumors

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Android 5.1 Rumors

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Android 5.0 (Lollipop) isn’t even available for most Android phones yet, but Google may already be working on an update for the software.

A new version of Android called 5.1 is reportedly coming in February, according to the blog “Android Pit

The blog claims to have spoken with two “trusted sources” familiar with the situation.

Based on the reported list of new features coming in the update, it sounds like some minor improvements and bug fixes are coming.

One notable fix, for example, seems to be the addition of a silent mode to Lollipop.

When Android 5.0 was initially released in November, users complained about the lack of a “silent mode” for notifications. Rather, users can choose from three options when it comes to notifications: None, Priority, or All.

“None” keeps your phone entirely silent, which also means your screen doesn’t light up when you get a text or notification. “Priority” mode silences almost everything except for alarms, and only allows notifications from certain designated contacts to come through. And “All”, as you can imagine, just allows all notifications to come through normally with sound.

Here’s a list of features and bug fixes that will supposedly come with Android 5.1.

  • Silent mode added after missing on Android 5.0
  • General improvements in system stability
  • Improved RAM management
  • Fixes for sudden app closures
  • Improved battery management
  • Excessive consumption of network devices when used Wi-Fi fixed
  • Issues with wireless connections fixed
  • Problems with Okay Google function solved
  • Notifications problems solved
  • Some sound problems experience by certain devices fixed
  • Other improvements and changes
  • Changes in the Material Design color palette (after users complaints, possibly for a higher version though)

Keep Following closely as we will update you on any Android 5.1 rumors and News

By: Gary H.

Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

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Android wear gets updated to Lollipop

Android Wear has been updated to Android version 5.0.1 today with some nice to features to boot. Some of the most notable are the recent apps menu and the Silence pull down now also has theater mode, sunlight mode, and settings. This is a nice set of new features. Lastly you also get a chance to cancel the swipe away notification if you swiped it away and didnt mean to. Below you will see and video on these new features on my Moto 360 check it out

Moto 360 Android wear updated to Lollipop 5.0.1 new features

Streaming and Sharing

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Streaming and Sharing

A Mobile Entertainment Experience

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When I say mobile entertainment you might not think of home tv, but those lines have blurred into one seamless line. Now that smart tvs and streaming devices are cheaply available, apps that we used to use on our phones, tablets and even pcs to kill time or even entertain ourselves during a long commutes are now invading our livingrooms, making cable and satellite television obsolete. Especially now that public television’s broadcasted in Digital HD with a standard tv antenna. Most television broadcasting companies are available for mobile streaming via apps or web browser. Making it possible to watch your local news or public channels on the go or on your home tv with a streaming device or a smart tv.

 

Apps like HBO GO and Hulu easily replace cable and television provided services. Without a required cable subscription for HBO GO you can just pay and play. Amazon Prime has movies, tv, and even now HBO content for a reasonable once a year fee that included free 2-day shipping and their newest feature unlimited photo storage. Netflix is nice for binge watching seasons of your favorite tv shows provided by cable networks like Cartoon NetWork, Discovery and SyFy channel. Plex is another great app for streaming media that you yourself provide via download. To download movies and tv shows I use a torrent based website called Kat.ph. When using a torrent based download client you need a bittorrent program to piece the bits of the torrents together. Plex also has plugins for other apps such as, TBS, Team Coco, and so much more, that can be used with in plex for streaming.

 

If you have a cable provider using mobile streaming apps like fios mobile and xfinity to go as well as their affiliate channel’s apps like cartoon network, Discovery and SyFy is as simple as downloading the particular app and logging in using your cable sign in information, same credentials you would use to log in and view or pay your bill. Since you’re paying for a cable service and that service comes with those channels you might as well use them by adding as many that are offered to the list of mobile streaming apps you use. Channel surfing is a dying sport played from the couch, it has evolved into something so much more than that. With the option to watch nearly anything you want easily provided and supplied to your device of choice, looking for something to watch is unnecessary, just search for what you want and watch or a genre to suit the mood and watch what you want not what’s provided at that moment in time unlike live television. Not having a cable provider makes this a little harder and more complicated but not impossible, just have to find someone who does and offer them a trade worth while, for example, I pay for Amazon Prime and I trade that for someones comcast information that I use for its mobile hotspot as well as its streaming. I also barder my Amazon Prime to friends and family for their Netflix, Hulu and HBO GO, making a streaming community or network out of sharing and if someone misses one bill the community can all pitch in and keep out network going strong.

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Using only a cell phone as a means for TV entertainment is possible with micro hdmi or mhl, but thats no longer necessary thanks to streaming devices and smart tvs. Before having a Chromecast I would just use my phone or tablet and an MHL to HDMI cable. The convenience of using a streaming device rather than hard wiring your phone or tablet is worth the $34.99 for the Chromecast. You can spend upward of $99.99 for a streaming device such as the Amazon Fire TV which has a separately sold gamepad for Android gaming. Fire TV does come with a remote and does not require an Android device to function, unlike the Chromecast which does require an Android device to function. There are two ways to use Chromecast one is as a casting device, using your phone tablet or web browser to cast content from Netflix or ect, and you can use your device for other thing while the casting takes place. The other way you can use a Chromecast is for mirroring, meaning everything thats displayed on your phone happens live on the tv, so if you’re mirroring a video from your gallery or mirroring a game, from phone or even web browser, you can not use the device for anything other than what you are trying to mirror. The Fire TV can not mirror but it also doesn’t require anything but its supplied remote or gamepad depending on what your trying to do. Others like the Ruku and Nexus player are also awesome choices for streaming devices, but before you go and invest in one make sure it offers what you are looking for. To each their own.

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