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Can I use my device on a different carrier?

Sometimes it's desirable to use a device on a carrier that does not officially sell it. Often this is due to regional differences and travel (for example, using a US phone in Europe) but also because ...
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Does a carrier know I am tethering via Wifi Hotspot?

I am using my phone's built in Wifi Hotspot to share wifi with my laptop and my other devices. I am using android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and the phone I have is the HTC Desire Z. Questions Is it ...
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Do prepaid phones have issues with downloading certain Apps in the Android Market?

My company has written and published some Android Apps on the Android Market. A couple of times now we've had complaints from customers who are not able to download and install the App - I believe the ...
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Aggregating two 4G/3G data links from 2 different sims?

Having two 4G capable sims -from truely two different operators (no virtual carriers at all)- and a Dual Active sim phone (Zenfone 2 Laser), I want to do true load balancing with a 1 sim + 1 sim 4G/3G ...
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How risky is it to return a rooted android device under 'warranty'

A couple days ago I rooted my phone and I hard bricked it. I am debating whether or not to just send it in to get JTagged (for 50$) or to just try to get a new one under warranty. I have heard ...
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How to hide (to my carrier) the use of VoIP?

I plan to use Voice over IP with my android phone (Android 2.3 via Skype, Fring, JaJah, Line2 etc.). As I've read that my carrier is filtering VoIP protocols, I wondered if there are some protocol ...
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Manually switch carriers Project Fi

I have heard that you can manually switch carriers when using Project Fi. How do I go about this? What is the easiest way? Edit: Is there an app that does this too?
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How does carrier/network lock work? How is it implemented?

I feel like I should have been able to find the answer to this, maybe I'm distracted or something, but does anyone know how carrier/network/sim lock actually works and if there are any workarounds? ...
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When Abroad, How To Stop Annoying "Cellular Network Not Found" Popup Prompt?

"Cellular Network Not Found" is that annoying message I get when out of range of my carrier, but what will I do if I am abroad and don't plan on using roaming? I don't want this message popping into ...
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How to hide the carrier name in status bar?

I'm using MIUI rom and in the Philippines, the carrier name is pretty long. "Globe Telecom-P" and it takes up a lot of status bar space. Gah. Is there a way to hide this?
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Can a Sprint-branded Samsung Intercept be flashed to Virgin Mobile?

I am getting a Sprint-branded Samsung Intercept that was rooted and flashed to MetroPCS and runs Froyo. Can I flash it to Virgin Mobile?
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How to check if my Android device supports the carrier's VoLTE?

Straight Talk, my carrier, informed me that my phone Xiaomi Mi 9T pro is not capable of using VoLTE. My phone states it is enabled for VoLTE. Also has an icon (volte) next to my status bar. I was also ...
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Why do phones need an OTA update to support VoLTE for certain carriers but they work out of the box for other VoLTE carriers? [closed]

This is regarding unlocked phones sold from stores. A major carrier in my country depoloyed a VoLTE network and it worked even on custom ROMs with very minor problems. Now 2 other carriers are ...
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Check the original carrier of Galaxy S3

How do I check the original carrier for Galaxy S3 (model no is i9300 in Australia)? I bought it from one buyer. I can't use the network. So, please help me.
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How to disable traffic alert messages which come as flash sms from carrier?

I get this alert message from my carrier after using the internet for sometime. The problem is that I get numerous messages (20+) like this when my phone is idle. I guess some apps are syncing in the ...
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How to move SMS from hangouts to messenger app

My Nexus 6p has 2 messaging services. Google Hangouts and the stock Google messenger app. I usually use the Google messenger app to send SMS, but the problem is that the message they respond with ...
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Android Updates: Why Carrier Involvement? [closed]

Why is it possible that Android users have to wait until their carrier releases an update and iPhone users get their updates directly from Apple?
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How do I hide the network name from the notification bar on Fairphone?

I recently switched my phone carrier and the new one has a network with a pretty long name. It shows in the top left of the screen, in the status bar. Since the name is long, it pushes other ...
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No service on Blackview BV 5500 Pro with Lineage 17.1

The issue I installed Lineage OS on my blackview BV 5500 Pro and am facing the "No Service" issue since. There does not seem to be any hardware issue and I've exhausted all the options I ...
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How can you find which carrier a Samsung Galaxy S3 (GT-I9300) is locked to?

I bought a S3 and it came locked to an unknown carrier. All the unlock services require the information of which carrier the phone is locked to give me an unlock code. So, how can I find that out?
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How to unlock a Motorola Photon 4G for other carriers?

I won a Motorola Photon 4G. They are tied to Sprint, which is CDMA, but it is a world phone, which means it supports GSM and uses a SIM card. I was reading that there may be an unlock code to allow it ...
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Why is my phone carrier-branded and how to remove it?

I have purchased my HTC One mini for a full price from an independent store. I have connected it to MegaFon (Russian cellphone operator) and now there is a carrier's app on a phone and it is ...
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Are VoLTE standards same across the world?

I have a SIM-free Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965F/DS) model. And in my home country (India) VoLTE works fine on it. I'm moving to Japan soon and was thinking of getting a Japanese SIM (The name of the carrier is ...
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Where are the PRL and profile stored on the filesystem?

I'm talking about what can be updated in Settings->More->Cellular networks->Carrier settings. Where are they stored? On what partition and where, if anywhere, on the filesystem?
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Why can't the Sprint HTC One use GSM ROMs?

Everywhere I've looked, I've found that the HTC One physical hardware (USA) is the same regardless of the carrier--all models of the USA phone containing both CDMA and GSM radios. If this is the ...
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How do mobile companies change the boot animation?

I have been searching for an answer of how mobile companies and carriers get their branding like the bootanimation on a device. Do they do the same on every rom like go to /system/media folder and ...
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Are hotspots sold inside phones?

My idea is this: It would be really convenient if i could buy a smartphone with an integrated mobile hotspot so i dont have to carry around a separate device. So is this sold? if so, by whom and ...
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How do I know when updates are available for my phone?

I've got an Optimus T, and being new to the world of Android, I'm confused as to how I'm supposed to update my operating system. The phone is carrier locked to T Mobile. Does this mean that I can ...
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Having Strangers' Names in Caller ID Display

Tired of not being able to tell who's calling me at all, I ended up putting out the additional monthly cost and getting caller ID display in my phone plan. And since I took it, I... still cannot tell ...
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Will phone of global market will have better coverage than others?

I have LG V20 (H990DS), it's global market's phone. Also there are AT&T, Sprint, Verizon. And I noticed that all models have different frequency bands. Is that mean that my phone will work better ...
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4G Connection not working properly

A month or so ago, when I turned Mobile Data on the device did not connect to the Internet. I thought that it is a temporary issue with the carrier but it is still not working. Details of the issue: ...
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Will this "SIM Free" Android phone for sale near Osaka (Japan) work in Europe and North America?

Will this "SIM Free" Android phone for sale near Osaka (Japan) work in Europe and North America? Hello, So my phone recently went temporarily out of order and then I saw this Asus ZenFone 3 for sale ...
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Switching carrier firmware

Can you flash different carrier firmware on the exact same model phone For example can I take a Straight Talk Galaxy S5 and Flash u.s. Cellular Galaxy S5 firmware to it and make it work Reason why ...
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Project Fi - What Magic Hardware Allows Carrier Switching?

Project Fi lists the Pixel, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P as the only compatible phones with their auto network-switching system, and the FAQ and many reviews state that these phones have special radios: ...
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Unlocking SIM card Huawei Ascend Y530

I recently bought Huawei Ascend Y530 which is SIM-locked in a swiss provider, swisscom that is. I checked through the web to find how can a sim-locked phone be used with any sim, but surprisingly I ...
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How can I replace a carrier-customized system with the original version?

Is it possible to remove carrier customizations by just replacing whole system with the original version from phone manufacturer, just like we can reformat a computer and reinstall the operating ...
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LG Nexus 4 compatibility Airtel India [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my device on a different carrier? I plan to purchase the LG Nexus 4 from the US on the release date (13th November). The phone claims to be unlocked. But will it be ...
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What does it mean when it says a Spam report message might be sent to carrier

I accidentally reported a conversation that I did not mean to report spam, and my carrier is someone I don't want to see these messages. What does it mean when it says it might get sent to the ...
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Rooting carrier-locked Pixel 7 Pro

Just under a year ago, I changed carriers due to carrier unlock policies. The provider I switched to I was able to get the Pixel 7 Pro on a payment plan (2 years). With it being a Pixel, I thought at ...
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Why does VoLTE deployment only take a "Carrier Update" on iOS for all iPhones to have it enabled, but only a select few Android handsets get it?

I am guessing carriers need to adjust the software, but why isn't this negotiated by Android by default so that no modifications would be necessary? Why is there no equivalent of "carrier updates"?
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Dual sim unlocked Galaxy S9 - is it able to run Verizon AND T-Mobile simultaneously?

The Galaxy S9+ supports dual sim cards. If buying an unlocked one, can it have both Verizon and T-Mobile running on it at once? Also, if so, how does it know which one to use for data like if ...
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IP address using 3G/4G modem (USB on the go)

If I use a 3G USB (on the go) modem on my Android device, do I get the IP assigned by the Carrier as the SIM card was inside of the device? Does it appear as usb0 in ifconfig? Thank you. PS I would ...
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How can you find which carrier a LG D803 is locked to?

I bought a LG D803 and it came locked to an unknown carrier. All the unlock services require the information of which carrier the phone is locked to give me an unlock code. So, how can I find that out?...
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Will an LG G3 Beat work on Verizon in the US?

I asked on Travel a week ago about getting a temporary phone for a trip to Europe but my requirements have changed. Now I need a phone that works in Europe and the USA. I got to looking at the LG G3 ...
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How do I switch my htc merge from us cellular to t-mobile? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can I use my device on a different carrier? I have unlocked it and I am trying to s-off, I am ignorant to cell hacking/programing ad don't know if I am doing anything that ...
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Side effects of Android CarrierConfig reporting a foreign network as ”not roaming”

Android has a system app, CarrierConfig, which sets certain network parameters based on the carrier which supplied the currently inserted SIM card. Among others, the CarrierConfig app can tell Android ...
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Does the carrier matter when flashing custom roms?

I am getting the lg g6 tomorrow and i saw that there was twrp and lineage and a couple others. But xda also has a thread that is specifically tmobile and thats where im getting my phone. but the ...
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Is there a way to get my Android report to my cell phone company that it's not a smart phone?

I have a phone, but it doesn't need internet (I use it as a regular phone + wifi). However, the cell phone company decided that if I have a smartphone, it needs to come with a data plan. Can I do ...
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Will I receive Android OTA updates after switching carriers?

I currently own a Samsung Galaxy S5, purchased from AT&T. It has what I presume is an AT&T version of the OS with an AT&T boot screen, etc. Software updates are also delivered OTA via AT&...
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Is there any way to unlock my phone from a mobile network carrier so I can use a different sim?

I've got a BQ Aquaris M5. BQ don't have a telephone number I can ring or much of a support base, so I wasn't able to find help there. I bought the phone sim free and put a giffgaff sim in it. ...
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