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

 

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.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

The Future of SmartPhone Batteries

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Instant, QI, RF, & Turbo Charge

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The Future of the SmartPhone Batteries and charging them is really starting to look interesting.  The progression I have seen in that last couple of years is really amazing, lets take a look.

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Lets make a quick list

1.  Nickel–cadmium battery

2.  Lithium-ion battery

3.  MicroBatteries

We all know that the Lithium-ion batteries are really nice and last a lot longer then the NI CD, but with these batteries you still need to charge them all the time based on there MA Hours example: most phones are around 2800MA hours and tablets are around 4000mah to 6000mah.  There are many different ways to accomplish this task of recharging your device so lets take a closer look at them and some of the new ones as well.

Now on to the good info the charging Tech.

1.  Quick Charging

2.  QI wireless induced Charging

3.  RF wireless Charging

4.  Instant Charging

5.  Power Banks

I am pretty sure most of you have heard and seen the Quick Charger in devices like the Nexus 6, Note 4, Xperia Z3, and the Droid Turbo.  It allows you to charge your android device much faster and with more amperage if your battery is really low. Example: In laboratory tests using a 3300mAh battery, a Quick Charge 2.0 enabled device went from 0% to 60% charge in 30 minutes, while a device without Quick Charge 2.0 using a conventional (5 volt, 1 amp) charger achieved just a 12% gain in the same 30 minutes. A device with Quick Charge 1.0 managed a 30% charge in that time period.  This is a huge step in the right direction but i recommend you read on.

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QI wireless induced Charging is also a great charging option on many devices like the Moto 360 smart watch and the Nexus 6.  QI charging is done with pad that creates a magnetic field that you place the device on and as long as the phone is inside the magnetic field the device is charging.

Power Banks are another great accessory for those on the move and need a little extra juice.

The two up coming charging / batteries i really want to talk about are the RF wireless Charging and Instant Charging with MicroBatteries.  RF wireless charging is brought to you by Powercast’s technology.  They provided true wireless power for continuous charging and power-over-distance for one or more devices. Wireless power transmission is based on commonly used radio waves (around 5.8GHz) and Powercast’s patented RF-to-DC conversion technology.  The combination enables low-power electronic devices to become untethered with trickle-charge embedded wireless power.  As I search the web some more I have found a company with this same RF technology called Energous there product is wattup and looks to to use the same technology as Powercast.  Energous transmitter looks like it has a range of up to 30 feet which isnt bad if you have one or two transmitters in your house you could go totally charger free.  I am really looking forward to see this technology in your portable device really soon.

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MicroBatteries with Instant Charging are in my mind even better then RF and here is why.  Micro Batteries give you capacitor-like power with battery-like energy storage.  This allows the battery to charge instantly like a capacitor on a motor and then drain fast if needed or slowly like a normal battery. Material in todays battery is a thin film that allows for very fast charging and discharging, but reduces the capacity because the active material lacks volume to store energy.  Micro batteries wrap a thin film into a three-dimensional structure, achieving both high active volume (high capacity) and large current.  These battery electrodes can charge or discharge in a few seconds, 10 to 100 times faster than equivalent bulk electrodes, yet can perform normally in existing devices. I cant wait for the day that my portable device fully charges in 5 seconds or maybe along side all the free wifi hotspots will be free RF charging.

Please check out all the red links if you would like to read more about this amazing developments.

 The future of smartphone batteries is looking good and should finally start to catch up with the tech that they are powering.

 

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.

CyanogenMod App Installer

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CyanogenMod App Installer

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 CyanogenMod App Installer

CMAI is a App that you can download on to any phone / device and be able to install your favorite CyanogenMod apps right to the devices. This is a really nice option if you are stuck on a non rootable device and are really missing you CM apps like DSP manager and Torch plus many others. if you are interested in this cool app check out the XDA Thread HERE on it. Download link can be found on the XDA page. Warning some apps may not work on your device but can hurt to try it out and see for yourself.

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Anker matte screen protector

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Anker matte screen protector

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Im very protective of my devices so the day Anker asked me to review there product i was very happy as i was soon going to be buying a few protective products and i always start with my screen so this is my review of the Anker matte screen protector given to me by Anker for a fair and honest review. First off Anker gives a lifetime warranty on all screen protectors so no matter how long you had it on they will replace it so huge plus 1 to Anker.   I received the package on time and packaging was done very well and and inside the box (eco. friendly)  was a white sleeve that was rather thick to prevent bending of any kind to the screen protectors which was very good idea as other screen protectors i have purchased were not packaged quite so well as these so that was my first good impression and along with the 3)screen protectors was – Microfiber cloth – Bubble Removal Card – Dust removal sticker – Manual. The provided users manual was simple to read and follow unlike other manuals the have such fine print i usually toss them aside and go for it. The note 4 is a rather unique and tough device to apply a screen protector to as the edges are curved so i was leery of getting the screen protector on just right for me but i had no issues applying the protector following owners manual and i even had a small dust speck almost in the center but i used the provided dust removal sticker after lifting the screen protector from the corner and the sticker worked perfect and i have never used one before so that was a great item to have included in your kit. after the installation it was time to put it to a few everyday tests, first i checked what i use also which is the S-pen and i had zero issues using S-pen so i moved on to color saturation compared to another note 4 and was very pleased to see no noticeable differences as well as just using hand and fingers to swipe screens or everyday actions using fingers such as gameplay which i do alot of. I next moved outdoors where i work in construction around dust/snow and rain and i was able to test in all 3 elements and even in 22 degree weather or bright sunlight i had not one issue with seeing screen or any corners lifting ect.  Im very rough on my phones and i am in a job where i need my screens protected and this anker screen protector is exactly what i needed to keep my note 4 safe and scratch free. For a price of $5.99 for 3 as listed http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00NG6H4EA  I think its too good a deal to pass up for 100% screen protection. I also used a Zagg Invisible shield protector and paid $10.45 for just 1 but i noticed “halo” affect around the edges and like i said im very picky so it has since been replaced with the Anker matte protector. As you will see from the pictures the form and fit is just outstanding using the Anker protector and i also noticed some other companies cover the sensors now to some its no big deal and i understand but in my case i love the look of a form fitting/clean screen protector. Hope this helps answer some questions and really hope you give Anker a try because im very happy to be using there protector on my note 4. saved this for last for a reason but inside the Anker packaging is a small square paper asking “happy” or “unhappy” with instructions on what to do depending on answer and i can now answer “happy” added a few pictures also on white note 4 for added viewing options

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Wifi Phone

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How to turn your old or new android device into a WiFi phone

Requirements

1.  Phone with Android version 4.3 or higher

2.  Gmail account

3.  Google hangouts app installed

4.  Google Voice app installed

5.  Hangouts dialer app installed

6.  A phone number you can use to setup your Google voice account with but not use. It can be a land line or a cell

7. a WiFi network to have your device connected to. maybe at your home or at McDonalds 🙂

Steps for setup

1. Go to Google.com/voice and login

2. get a new number for your google voice account

3. activate new number be verifying with another number cell phone or lane line.

4. setup voice mail and any other settings you like on the site

5. check forward calls to Google chat this is really import also make sure you verification number isnt checked

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6. Now that you have your google voice number setup you can setup the apps on your phone

7. setup google voice app first then open and setup hangouts next hangouts dialer

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8. go to settings on hangouts app and select sms and enable it

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8. again in settings click on your email address. Then under google voice check both incoming phone calls and messages

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thats it your done

if you did everything right you now have a android phone that when it is on wifi can make and receive phone calls with the google voice number you setup. It can send and receive text also from that google voice number and even get voice mail that can be played in the hangouts app, in fact all the features listed here are done from the hangouts app.

This is a great way to use a old phone or even a phone with a bad esn

No sim card required device can be unactivated

Enjoy my little trick and also what i use for a home phone

RootJunky Out

Sync this phone with a android wear device and you will be really running smooth 🙂

 if you are still having a hard time with this check out this video it the same process just with different apps