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Old December 23rd, 2011, 12:33 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default The Official Huawei Mercury Dumb Questions Thread

The Dumb Questions thread got a lot of love in the Ascend forum so I'm sure we will need one here.

Ill kick off the festivities.

Is the Mercury prepaid like Ascend?

The early articles said it was but when I went to shop one on the cricket site they said a smartphone plan was required.

I don't like plans. So what's the deal?

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The Dumb Questions thread got a lot of love in the Ascend forum so I'm sure we will need one here.

Ill kick off the festivities.

Is the Mercury prepaid like Ascend?

The early articles said it was but when I went to shop one on the cricket site they said a smartphone plan was required.

I don't like plans. So what's the deal?
I think they just want you to activate it when you buy online. It's not really a plan, it's the same as if you bought it in the store, there's no contract or anything. You might be able to go into a store and buy one without activating it. They don't like to do it, but if you tell them it's a present for somebody and you'll bring them back to activate it later, they might let you, it depends on the store. But no, they call it the smartphone plan, but it's still month to month.
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Here's my dumb question: Was it worth the looooonnnggggg wait?




(I wish we had Cricket here. Kinda wanna checkit out )
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Yes and no.
its worth the wait because its a badass phone but for this long for just a phone, hell no.
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I think they just want you to activate it when you buy online. It's not really a plan, it's the same as if you bought it in the store, there's no contract or anything. You might be able to go into a store and buy one without activating it. They don't like to do it, but if you tell them it's a present for somebody and you'll bring them back to activate it later, they might let you, it depends on the store. But no, they call it the smartphone plan, but it's still month to month.
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Here's my dumb question: Was it worth the looooonnnggggg wait?




(I wish we had Cricket here. Kinda wanna checkit out )
Kind of a hard question to answer. There are lots of nice phones out there I would have been happy with, but none of the ones Cricket had seemed worth upgrading to, since I really had no problems with my Ascend on CM7. I actually tried to leave Cricket a few months ago. I bought a Nexus S from Cincinnati Bell after they repeatedly assured me they had 3g everywhere in my area, but I was stuck on EDGE most of the time I had it. The coverage was very spotty, I could have full bars on 3g in one spot, then be on Edge only a couple blocks away. I just decided to return it and wait for the Mercury, but I didn't think it would take this long. The good thing is this phone compares very favorably with the Nexus.
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Here's my Questions:

Where you live, is Cricket good?

Is the Mercury a good phone? Can anyone confirm that it's different drom the Honor other than CDMA/GSM?

Any potential for Android 2.3.6-7, ICS, CM7/9?
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Here's my Questions:

Where you live, is Cricket good?

Is the Mercury a good phone? Can anyone confirm that it's different drom the Honor other than CDMA/GSM?

Any potential for Android 2.3.6-7, ICS, CM7/9?
Cricket has good service where I live, (Ohio) but like any carrier, that will vary wildly depending on your location. Also, with Cricket, if you are not in a regular Cricket area, you won't get the same plan options and it's not worth it IMO.

The Mercury is very good for a pre paid phone, by far the best that Cricket has ever had, and up there with the best pre paid phones out there. Any differences from the Honor are minimal. From your profile it looks like you have Metro. I would say between the Mercury and the LG Esteem it would be a toss up. If you have 4G in your area and are happy with Metro, I would go with the Esteem.

For updates, Huawei says yes for ICS, but it depends on Cricket. I don't know of any devs on board yet, but i'm hopeful for CM7/9. The phone can definitely handle it. However, the phone is so smooth as-is I wouldn't flash any ROMs until they were bug free if that tells you anything.
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Here's a stupid question I am sure. On the Huawei Launcher, why aren't the Apps alphebetized and how do you do it. Running Go Launcher and it's great. Just curious...
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OK here's my dumb question. My girlfriend and I both have the Huawei Mercury, and we send text messages to each other. On my phone, her messages are marked with her contact icon (her facebook profile pic), but my replies are marked with a default "grey head" icon. It's reversed for her phone, where she sees my icon but not her own. Is there a way to set a default icon for myself on my phone? Thanks.
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go to text messages>settings>my picture.
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Thanks! I always forget about the settings button.
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Has anyone used the "All Backup" app that comes on the phone? What exactly does it back up? I see options for apps and system, but it's obviously not like a nandroid, and I doubt the apps part is the same as Titanium Backup, so my dumb question is, what does it do?
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I had used it on my Indulge. My backup is from cricket, it backs up all of your phones important contact information. Never seen the option for apps on it though.
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I had used it on my Indulge. My backup is from cricket, it backs up all of your phones important contact information. Never seen the option for apps on it though.
The one on the Mercury is different. It appears to be a Huawei app.
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Oh that one. Just backs up all your info and apps to Huaweis Cloud system, I think. You have the option to back it up to your sdcard.
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Dang...the back is hard to remove! Any tips?
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press the center of the back as you lift the back plate off
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Especially devs who want to tackle this beast.
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Here is my dumb question... How do I change the city on the weather clock?
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The main one cannot be changed, idk why. Mine says im in some town i havent heard of. What i did is i opened the app, settings>add city. Once you added the city you go to settings>more>set as default city and that should be it.
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You just tap the clock, when the weather screen comes up, press the menu button and you should see the option to change city.
BTW, Beautiful Widgets is free on GetJar. Almost infinite choices for clock and weather skins.
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Here's a question about the phone I can't figure out. At the top of the phone.
Why does the Signal strength bar (as well as where it says 3g next to it) change colors? It's either greenish yellow, or sometimes white. I can't tell why it switches. Doesn't seem to have to do with signal or Battery.

If anyone knows please let me know.
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Here's a question about the phone I can't figure out. At the top of the phone.
Why does the Signal strength bar (as well as where it says 3g next to it) change colors? It's either greenish yellow, or sometimes white. I can't tell why it switches. Doesn't seem to have to do with signal or Battery.

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It only turns green when syncing with Google services. If you turn background data off, it never turns green.
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Really? Because when its in plain white there is no connectivity, same for wifi. I wait till it turns green and then it works flawlessly. If i try to access anything while its in white in 3G/WiFi it will just keep 'loading'.
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Thanks for the the replies guys. I could have sworn I had connectivity when It was white, Ill have to check again next time it happens.
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Mine is white all the time, except when I turn background data on to use the market. Was the same on my Ascend on CM7. Works the same white or green for me. I've seen several threads in the Android lounge about this, and that is always the answer.
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Really? Because when its in plain white there is no connectivity, same for wifi. I wait till it turns green and then it works flawlessly. If i try to access anything while its in white in 3G/WiFi it will just keep 'loading'.
Yeah mine is like yours. When I turn off my background data and it's white, I have no Internet connection. I have to be on green to have internet. This is thru 3g though...haven't tried wifi.
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Yeah mine is like yours. When I turn off my background data and it's white, I have no Internet connection. I have to be on green to have internet. This is thru 3g though...haven't tried wifi.
You shouldn't need background data on to use 3G. That just keeps your apps from using data in the background. I keep it off most of the time because: 1. With only 1GB of data, I don't need my apps using data without me. 2. It saves battery. 3. I don't use twitter or Facebook, and I'm ok just manually checking my e mail a couple times a day, so it doesn't really effect me. I realize most people can't do that. Just to be clear, I'm talking about the background data under settings> accounts & sync, NOT the main data connection. If you guys can't use 3G without the bars being green, I don't know what the heck is going on with that. As long as the 3G symbol is there, you should be able to connect.
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Good to hear. A weather clock doesn't do you much good if it only tells you the weather in another city lol.
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You shouldn't need background data on to use 3G. That just keeps your apps from using data in the background. I keep it off most of the time because: 1. With only 1GB of data, I don't need my apps using data without me. 2. It saves battery. 3. I don't use twitter or Facebook, and I'm ok just manually checking my e mail a couple times a day, so it doesn't really effect me. I realize most people can't do that. Just to be clear, I'm talking about the background data under settings> accounts & sync, NOT the main data connection. If you guys can't use 3G without the bars being green, I don't know what the heck is going on with that. As long as the 3G symbol is there, you should be able to connect.
Oh, ok, I got you now. When I turn off that back ground data that your talking about it does let me use the internet. Guess since you never leave yours on, you haven't seen what we have. Every once in awhile with the BGD on it turns white and there is no internet connection. I think that it's just when we are in a bad signal situation, or something to that affect..
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Oh, ok, I got you now. When I turn off that back ground data that your talking about it does let me use the internet. Guess since you never leave yours on, you haven't seen what we have. Every once in awhile with the BGD on it turns white and there is no internet connection. I think that it's just when we are in a bad signal situation, or something to that affect..
I know what you're talking about, but it still _should_ work as long as you have enough signal to show the 3G icon. Next time it won't let you connect, try this: pull down the notification bar and turn off the data toggle for a second, them turn it back on and see if it works. I've had that happen a couple of times, where it said I had a signal and when I tried to connect I would just get an error message and the arrows didn't do anything. A quick data toggle always fixed it right away.
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I read in a post that we only get 1GB of data a month thru cricket. So I ask what happens after the data is used up for the month?
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I read in a post that we only get 1GB of data a month thru cricket. So I ask what happens after the data is used up for the month?
They slow down your connection, also known as throttling. With Cricket, just using the internet doesn't feel that much slower, where you notice the biggest difference is YouTube will freeze and buffer all the time, and downloading anything takes forever. Speeds return to normal after your next billing cycle begins.
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I noticed that the youtube app on this phone is weird. It looks like it lags, like the video slows for a portion/clips through out the videos.
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I haven't noticed that, I can't test it since I'm being throttled now and don't have wifi. I have noticed that if you go to "My Apps" in the market, there is an option to update YouTube. I haven't tried it, I usually don't update apps unless I see a good reason because sometimes the updates are worse. When I had a rooted phone I used to back the old versions up with Titanium Backup just in case. It's cool they have that option, though, on my old phone you couldn't update any of the pre installed apps.
BTW, there's also the option to update the Adobe Flash to version 11. Has anybody updated, and is it ok?
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I have adobe flash 11.1. It works great! I uploaded it a quite a while ago. Web sights look good and with great moving animation. Hasn't slowed the phone down or anything.
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This one is kind of silly but when I am typing on some input fields like Facebook or others the field itself is under the keyboard so I can't see what i'm typing.
Which is annoying enough but the real problem is when I have to correct something and do a while juggling act to get the curser to the right place.
This doesn't happen with all input fields. For instance, I can see this one fine. And my text messages are good.
Rotating the phone doesn't help. It just makes the fields longer but still under the keyboard.
Anyone know how to change this?
I use GoLauncher Pro, the stock Swype kb and Dolphin browser.
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I can't get skype to display my video to others. Anyone else having this problem?
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Where are all the former ascend users? I expected 2 see more people on this forum! Hopefully a dev'll bless us.
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Where are all the former ascend users? I expected 2 see more people on this forum! Hopefully a dev'll bless us.
The thing is, there were a lot more Ascend users on Metro than Cricket, and most of them went to the Esteem or the Admire. Go look at any of the forums for Cricket only phones, and they are all pretty deserted. The Admire on Metro and the Vitality on Cricket are the same phone, and the Vitality forum has barely even been used, while the Admire forum is thriving. I think this forum probably actually has more activity than any of the other Cricket only phones. Maybe when the Honor comes to AT&T we will have some crossover with those guys. But look on the bright side, at least we haven't been swamped with complaints, so most people must be pretty happy with their Mercury. I just hope this phone sells well or Cricket will probably not bother with trying to get any more high end (for them, anyway) phones.
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The thing is, there were a lot more Ascend users on Metro than Cricket, and most of them went to the Esteem or the Admire. Go look at any of the forums for Cricket only phones, and they are all pretty deserted. The Admire on Metro and the Vitality on Cricket are the same phone, and the Vitality forum has barely even been used, while the Admire forum is thriving. I think this forum probably actually has more activity than any of the other Cricket only phones. Maybe when the Honor comes to AT&T we will have some crossover with those guys. But look on the bright side, at least we haven't been swamped with complaints, so most people must be pretty happy with their Mercury. I just hope this phone sells well or Cricket will probably not bother with trying to get any more high end (for them, anyway) phones.
There's actually a lot of Cricket Ascend owners... Damn near everyone I've met in Phoenix either owns one or has owned one. For the most part, they don't even recognize it as a smartphone. Half of them don't even know what Android is...

But I may be joining you all very soon and blessing you with my sarcasm and bullshit. :-)
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There's actually a lot of Cricket Ascend owners... Damn near everyone I've met in Phoenix either owns one or has owned one. For the most part, they don't even recognize it as a smartphone. Half of them don't even know what Android is...

But I may be joining you all very soon and blessing you with my sarcasm and bullshit. :-)
Come on over, the more the merrier. I think you'll find the Mercury is just *slightly* faster than the Ascend lol.
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Hello guys.
Just got my Mercury and I'm a little bit confused as I can't seem to just use Wi-fi over 3G?

As in I have wi-fi enabled and connected, but somehow the phone still uses the 3G network.

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Ah and one more thing, it seems connecting a pair of earphones/earbuds to the phone without and in-line mic disables the mic itself on the phone when on Skype or any other VoIP app (or call for that matter)?
Is there a way to rectify this?

Thank you very much.
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Hi I'm new to all this and i don't own the mercury yet but I'm thinkin about getting it, can you give me details of this phone (everything from what comes in the box with the phone - your experience with the phone) i can't watch videos so please don't link me to any

Thanx for your time!!((:
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