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Old August 6th, 2011, 04:04 PM   #101 (permalink)
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I just found out that Cricket offers 3g for the Ascend.This means the Ascend is a 3g capable phone. I did not know this. My Ascend is running on Metropcs' network and offers 1x speed. Does anyone know if there is a way to make a Metropcs Ascend 3g capable?
yes there is a way but just wait for a month and you'll have it
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metropcs does not offer 3g service thats the thing. its only 1x and 4g lte(in which u need a 4g lte compatible phone). but if u look at my video i posted, metros 1x is fast enuf.
and ^ that is correct but incorrect as well. Currently around the country people have been getting 3g for metropcs phones

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i live in detroit and have never seen nor ever heard of anyone getting 3g here thats all i have been trying to do since i got this phone. You go into a metro pcs store here and the salesman will tell you 3g? no we got 4g so i ask to look at his phone and see that it has a 4g signal but am explaining to him what all this means while he is grabbing his phone so he then hesitates and realizes he has never had 4g and proceeds to ask me what 1x means. I could not belive someone with such little knowledge could own a metro store
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I'm in the Jacksonville area, haven't noticed 3g on the southside or eastside of town, but noticed I had 3g on my Optimus M while at the Jag stadium tonight. It went away on the drive home, but I do have the 3020 PRL still. Hopefully the 3g coverage area keeps spreading to other areas besides downtown/riverside.
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yo the only reason that you guys are getting 3g is because metro pcs is getting a new samsung android called the samsung admire and its 3G ONLY therefore they had to bring back up the 3g networks to accomodate it.

glad i could help
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MetroPCS Samsung Admire – New MetroPCS Android phones
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yo the only reason that you guys are getting 3g is because metro pcs is getting a new samsung android called the samsung admire and its 3G ONLY therefore they had to bring back up the 3g networks to accomodate it.

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That kinda sucks for that phone, really. In areas with poor signals, I can't get a strong enough signal to run 3G, but I can still run 1X. It's slow, but at least I still have some sort of service.
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That kinda sucks for that phone, really. In areas with poor signals, I can't get a strong enough signal to run 3G, but I can still run 1X. It's slow, but at least I still have some sort of service.
so more than likely i will not be getting 3g for my phone in atlanta, georgia
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Metro reps know nothing, they never do. However you should all know the answer is "yes this is happening."

Its real evdo. It is specifically for Metro's most bogged down markets to alleviate stress on their "growing to fast for them to keep up" android penetration. It is most likely temporary until full LTE growth is achieved (where on the coverage map LTE is available everywhere all shades of purple happen to be, not just the dark spots.

Other than that, depending on where you are your evdo speeds maybe horrifically capped or as fast as sprint's.

So stop questioning it, it is really happening.
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yo the only reason that you guys are getting 3g is because metro pcs is getting a new samsung android called the samsung admire and its 3G ONLY therefore they had to bring back up the 3g networks to accomodate it.

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how do you know its "3G ONLY" and not 1xRTT and 3G like the Optimus and the Ascend???
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how do you know its "3G ONLY" and not 1xRTT and 3G like the Optimus and the Ascend???
it probably is 1x and 3G like every other CDMA android phone. don't see why any company would release a phone that doesn't work on 1x, considering that's most of what metropcs has.
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idk ask metro but its 3g evdo only according to cnet and samsung maybe it was a typo
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idk ask metro but its 3g evdo only according to cnet and samsung maybe it was a typo
Most phones are backward compatible. So like the ascend is 3g capable, but if there is no 3g signal, then it just works at the 1x rates...most phones are like that. I had a Iphone 3gs from AT&T...(Boy i miss that phone...not the service..but the phone). AT&T had really crappy 3g coverage for where i lived at the time, but i had no problems with a slower connection.
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where are these central markets, and you do have 1 g right, can you activate for your phone then see if it works

Well I tried to activate and they told 1x is 3g
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Well I tried to activate and they told 1x is 3g
Thats because Metro is a bunch of LAMO's...sorry but its true their support system is horrible to say the least. Very rarely do you actually get someone who knows anything other than the generic scripting they give their people.
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Hey guess what I just found out, one of my co-workers, with her Huawei Ascend, had freaking 3G on it!

What. The hell?

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Who in Florida have 3g???

It just showed up on my phone today but I have the LG Optimus M and live in Lakeland, Florida
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i have see a few phones at my store... so u didnt do anything to the fone..? as far like install anew software ..?
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I live in lake wales florida. after reading all this last night I dialed *228 and updated my roaming list. Then today I noticed I was 3g all over town. Even at home. wow what a differance. Im loving it. I was told a while back that metro was skipping 3g and only getting g. Im glad they where wrong phone is deffinetly better now with 3g. Im so excited I just cant hide it,. lol
I just checked wifes optimus m and she is 3 g tooo. yahoooo.
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I just got a Cx like 10 min ago! and he ask me hey how can i turn the 3g on on my friends fone he has an optimus..? and i was u cant i dnt think we offer that..! he right there he show me his fone Lg optimus 3g!!! so are we 3g now..?
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It just showed up on my phone today but I have the LG Optimus M and live in Lakeland, Florida

I have it now in lake wales FL> all over town. Didnt have it till I updated roaming list. probably had too since I kept wiping my phone out..
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It just showed up on my phone today but I have the LG Optimus M and live in Lakeland, Florida
no clue were lakeland is heard of it tho, i live in fort lauderdale about 45 mins away from miami depending on how fast u drive 30 mins was my fastest time anyways but still noo 3g maybe the 3g signal spreading further down florida that wat i was thing were is lakeland anyways???
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I went to the Metro PCS site clicked on coverage and it has a 4G tab that shows all the places they offer 4G
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some people are manually putting 3020 or trying to update via *228 for the evdo
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It just showed up on my phone today but I have the LG Optimus M and live in Lakeland, Florida
I'm working in Plant City tomorrow so I'll be able to confirm if north hillsborough/south polk are picking it up now.

But over here in Pasco we're still on 1x.
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I live in Brandon Fl. mine went blank. no 1x nothing... but my Wi-Fi works.
never mind data enabled was uncheck.
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for Metro..is this possible?? i see some people in the optimus forum have updated there PRL to 3020 and have got it to work..my friends is on 3019 and we called the *228 number and nothing...any luck with updating this..?Thanks people!
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I was coming home from work in Tampa to Lakeland yesterday and I had 3G for a few hours. My phone shut off because the battery died and now I'm back to 1X. I'd love to know how to get it back. I have an LG Optimus M.
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So I spent all day in Plant City/Lakeland (Right around County Line Rd) and didn't lose 1x or gain 3G even once. I wonder if they're going to expand this to the Tampa area...
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So I spent all day in Plant City/Lakeland (Right around County Line Rd) and didn't lose 1x or gain 3G even once. I wonder if they're going to expand this to the Tampa area...
Wow real close to me. you would think in the Tampa location & not in Lakeland...
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Well here in Jacksonville Florida (riverside) the 3G has since gone away and hasn't come back for a good while.

In fact, I haven't had ANY data for the past week. I just updated my RL and now I have 1x. Dunno wtf is going on. The no-data thing is pissing me off.

Comcast just pissed me off so I canceled them, was hoping I could tether 3G to my computer. Guess not though with the 1x.
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Hey do u have system select on metropcs only or automatic cause my friend has it on automatic and 2.1 and he gets it sometimes and I have my on metropcs only and 2.2 and it doesnt go.P.S. I live in dallas
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I live in Orlando and all of Orlando has 3g service and mostly everywhere within a 25 miles radius of it. Mine is spotty where I'm at right now (apopka) but in Orlando it never goes off of 3G status. We're capped though at 200k down and 100-130 up.

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Hey do u have system select on metropcs only or automatic cause my friend has it on automatic and 2.1 and he gets it sometimes and I have my on metropcs only and 2.2 and it doesnt go.P.S. I live in dallas
i think you may be onto something in Dallas...

My friend, her Ascend has 3G, and its also set to automatic...but her's is 2.1. She's planning to upgrade to 2.2

I'm wondering though if this is related to what's done with the phone...like rooting, roms, etc.

See, cause yesterday, another friend with a M835, got 3G on his and its been rooted, but no roms and stuff.
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I live in Orlando and all of Orlando has 3g service and mostly everywhere within a 25 miles radius of it. Mine is spotty where I'm at right now (apopka) but in Orlando it never goes off of 3G status. We're capped though at 200k down and 100-130 up.

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I'm near NYC and nothing but 1x
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I'm about to eat my damn phone.

I'm wondering, if I call Metro CS, and ask about 3G, they are going to give the same damn genetic response. "We don't have 3G, we don't have 3G.."

Then why the hell does the commercials and advertisements say differently?

Why the hell does your OWN manual say "3G connected" with the cute little 3G icon?

If these people at the shops don't know, I'm guessing CS knows less...I'm wondering what can I say so they'll I don't know..reset my connection from their side?

With a crappy budget and this message from Cricket..
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We currently do not activate new Cricket accounts in your area. View Cricket's Coverage Maps, or sign up to get notified as soon as Cricket service becomes available in this zip code.
In the meantime, find out why so many people are switching to Cricket Wireless.

Yes sir...I'm staring at my Ascend like its a cookie...
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If you put cm7 on it, at least it'll be a gingerbread cookie lol.
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So does 3G cause the battery to drain faster? The last 2 days I have noticed 3G, and my battery life has gone from good to bad, lasting maybe 6-7 hours after being fully charged. Never did that before, use to be able to go all day with it. I dont use it while at work, just sits on my desk. Any thoughts?
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So does 3G cause the battery to drain faster? The last 2 days I have noticed 3G, and my battery life has gone from good to bad, lasting maybe 6-7 hours after being fully charged. Never did that before, use to be able to go all day with it. I dont use it while at work, just sits on my desk. Any thoughts?

If the signal is constantly fading/switching back & forth between 3G & 1X,this will definitely run the battery down, as your phone may be continuously searching for a signal to lock onto,whether it be 3G or 1X.
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So does 3G cause the battery to drain faster? The last 2 days I have noticed 3G, and my battery life has gone from good to bad, lasting maybe 6-7 hours after being fully charged. Never did that before, use to be able to go all day with it. I dont use it while at work, just sits on my desk. Any thoughts?
I can confirm that, as well with Kolio's post, since 3G requires a tad more resources to work properly, its going to drain more battery. Also may want to check your Data settings, some options like the refresh settings, if tuned to do so more often, will require data to be downloaded over 3G and thus...battery :P

Also, here's another thing that's making me go nuts. Look at my friend's phone.

You see that BS right there? She's running 2.2.2 now, I upgraded the phone personally myself. Now it says just 3G where mine says 1x. AND ITS EVEN FASTER. What. The hell. (No custom ROMs, its been rooted with a few apps and the 3G stuck around.)

I'm starting to believe this is 'plan' related, mine's a family based plan while her's is just her own 50$ thing per month.
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Don't get to excited I live in Winter Haven Florida my wife and I both have the Optimus M the only difference is her phone says 3G. I ran a speed test on both phones and the phone showing 1x was faster than the one showing 3G so "if" it really is 3G it's definitely capped.
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Don't get to excited I live in Winter Haven Florida my wife and I both have the Optimus M the only difference is her phone says 3G. I ran a speed test on both phones and the phone showing 1x was faster than the one showing 3G so "if" it really is 3G it's definitely capped.
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I just realized I forgot to do a stupid Speedtest on her phone. Strange, I think I did notice a difference but I could have sworn her phone was running faster than mine.

Regardless, I still am pretty steamed over Metro feeding me BS and expect me to eat it.
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ive seen some of you talking about refreshing your data settings and changing your prl to anpother number. how does you do this?
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I personally havnt tried it myself but i was temping to do it, originally posted by: twistedriku


Note: In this tutorial I will give links to sections where you can download the necessary files needed for 3g service; for LGNPST I will give you the thread where I got my version and it is up to you to find the link I describe because I do not want to be responsible for hosting the file. Also for those who are unaware, I DO NOT GUARANTEE that you will get 3g. This has been something new being reported on the forums and has not been officially announced by Metro PCS. Also, thank andyo70 for his thread.

Step 1: Downloading the necessary files and getting spc code. (Be sure you keep these folders in a space where you will remember them, or easily accessible such as Desktop)

Prl Link: 3020.prl

LGNPST Lab v1.2: LGNPST Lab 1.2 (Better than my fix)
(In this thread, look through the replies until you see the post by asadullah saying "here's the mirror" along with more detail on the file. you will see that the "here's" is in blue, it is a link. Click it and download the file from Google docs. )
You will download a .zip file, but inside the file are three .rar files. Since it is in a .rar file, you will need a .rar extractor.

Windows: Free RAR Extract Frog - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

SPC Code: To get this code which is needed, you can click this link CheckESNFree.com : The only instant, free, online ESN Checker click on the circle next to MetroPCS and type in your MEID in the bar provided. To find this, you can go to settings -> About Phone -> Phone Status and type in the digits under MEID DEC. Or you can take out the battery and in the slot you will see a white tab and you will see MEID above the bar code and a bunch of numbers to the right of it. type this in the bar and then click "Check ESN". The site will give you your SPC code which should be six digits. for example, my SPC is 076500, but yours will be different. Be sure to write down YOUR SPC code or memorize it because you will need it in the last step.

Step 2: Extract the files
Click the andyolgphonestuff.zip file that you got from the google download and extract the folder. As I said before, you will see the three rar files, but you will also see a 3014.prl file, a MS690ZV3_36.scr.txt file, and a readme.txt file. Ignore the rest and open the readme.txt file as it will guide you through the installation better than I can describe it. Do follow the readme closely and be sure to stop following the readme when it says "Make sure that where it says "Provision" it is set to "Upgrade". Do not ask about any of the other modes because I have no idea what they do or how they work." For the Shortcut option, I decided to skip that part and when I installed, I went to C://LG Electronics/LGNPST/ and selected the application that didnt have General in it's name, however you can access it however you want as long as it comes up and reads your phone.)

Step 3: PRL writing
Now that you have everything installed, make sure when you have the LGNPST lab open, you have your phone plugged in and make sure the aplication has identified your phone and it should show details in the box on the right. It'll have details of your phone including your phone number.
Now in the "Provision" box towards the bottom where you see "Upgrade", you will look there for a PRL/ERI tab. Click it, and it should take you to the tab and you will see checkboxes with labels like "Write", "Read", "PRL", and "ERI" as well as two little icons to the left of PRL that look like a folder and a trashcan. It should look like this.


Click the folder icon and find you 3020.prl file you downloaded, click the open and then check the box with "Write" next to it. Then hit the big button at the bottom that says "Start". A popup will show asking you to input your spc code. Input your SPC code then hit "Ok" and let the program do its things, AND DO NOT UNPLUG YOUR PHONE DURING THIS PROCESS. Leave your phone alone until the process is done. Dont touch it, dont look at it, dont even breathe on it. (lol jk, you can look at it or breathe on it, just dont touch it) During the process, you phone should reboot and come back to its lock screen, however DO NOT TOUCH THE PHONE until the application on the computer says it is complete. Once it is done, you should be updated to PRL 3020, and feel free to check your phone settings to be sure. If you are lucky, you may get the 3G icon on your statusbar, if not, you will still see a good old 1x icon (If you are unlucky, do not feel bad for I have it too)

Step 4: Enjoy (if you are lucky)
Again, I do not guarantee that you will get 3G. You might be unlucky like me and be stuck at 1x. However if you have 3G (you lucky basta**), then enjoy.
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not having any luck getting this LG app to see my phone. anyone else?
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I'll try this later today, work schedule is hectic.
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Note: In this tutorial I will give links to sections where you can download the necessary files needed for 3g service; for LGNPST I will give you the thread where I got my version and it is up to you to find the link I describe because I do not want to be responsible for hosting the file. Also for those who are unaware, I DO NOT GUARANTEE that you will get 3g. This has been something new being reported on the forums and has not been officially announced by Metro PCS. Also, thank andyo70 for his thread.

Step 1: Downloading the necessary files and getting spc code. (Be sure you keep these folders in a space where you will remember them, or easily accessible such as Desktop)

Prl Link: 3020.prl

LGNPST Lab v1.2: LGNPST Lab 1.2 (Better than my fix)
(In this thread, look through the replies until you see the post by asadullah saying "here's the mirror" along with more detail on the file. you will see that the "here's" is in blue, it is a link. Click it and download the file from Google docs. )
You will download a .zip file, but inside the file are three .rar files. Since it is in a .rar file, you will need a .rar extractor.

Windows: Free RAR Extract Frog - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET Download.com

SPC Code: To get this code which is needed, you can click this link CheckESNFree.com : The only instant, free, online ESN Checker click on the circle next to MetroPCS and type in your MEID in the bar provided. To find this, you can go to settings -> About Phone -> Phone Status and type in the digits under MEID DEC. Or you can take out the battery and in the slot you will see a white tab and you will see MEID above the bar code and a bunch of numbers to the right of it. type this in the bar and then click "Check ESN". The site will give you your SPC code which should be six digits. for example, my SPC is 076500, but yours will be different. Be sure to write down YOUR SPC code or memorize it because you will need it in the last step.

Step 2: Extract the files
Click the andyolgphonestuff.zip file that you got from the google download and extract the folder. As I said before, you will see the three rar files, but you will also see a 3014.prl file, a MS690ZV3_36.scr.txt file, and a readme.txt file. Ignore the rest and open the readme.txt file as it will guide you through the installation better than I can describe it. Do follow the readme closely and be sure to stop following the readme when it says "Make sure that where it says "Provision" it is set to "Upgrade". Do not ask about any of the other modes because I have no idea what they do or how they work." For the Shortcut option, I decided to skip that part and when I installed, I went to C://LG Electronics/LGNPST/ and selected the application that didnt have General in it's name, however you can access it however you want as long as it comes up and reads your phone.)

Step 3: PRL writing
Now that you have everything installed, make sure when you have the LGNPST lab open, you have your phone plugged in and make sure the aplication has identified your phone and it should show details in the box on the right. It'll have details of your phone including your phone number.
Now in the "Provision" box towards the bottom where you see "Upgrade", you will look there for a PRL/ERI tab. Click it, and it should take you to the tab and you will see checkboxes with labels like "Write", "Read", "PRL", and "ERI" as well as two little icons to the left of PRL that look like a folder and a trashcan. It should look like this.


Click the folder icon and find you 3020.prl file you downloaded, click the open and then check the box with "Write" next to it. Then hit the big button at the bottom that says "Start". A popup will show asking you to input your spc code. Input your SPC code then hit "Ok" and let the program do its things, AND DO NOT UNPLUG YOUR PHONE DURING THIS PROCESS. Leave your phone alone until the process is done. Dont touch it, dont look at it, dont even breathe on it. (lol jk, you can look at it or breathe on it, just dont touch it) During the process, you phone should reboot and come back to its lock screen, however DO NOT TOUCH THE PHONE until the application on the computer says it is complete. Once it is done, you should be updated to PRL 3020, and feel free to check your phone settings to be sure. If you are lucky, you may get the 3G icon on your statusbar, if not, you will still see a good old 1x icon (If you are unlucky, do not feel bad for I have it too)

Step 4: Enjoy (if you are lucky)
Again, I do not guarantee that you will get 3G. You might be unlucky like me and be stuck at 1x. However if you have 3G (you lucky basta**), then enjoy.
ill try this
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