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Old January 1st, 2012, 08:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Just wanted to give a welcome to all of the new Mercury owners.(or prospective owners or those just new to this forum) This is the place to introduce yourself or leave a quick message about whatever. Hope you will all post here in the Mercury forum so we can build a little community. All the other Cricket phone forums are pretty much abandoned, hopefully we can keep this one alive. (the Ascend had a good community, but it was mostly Metro users)

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Thanks Gmash! I'm new to this/any forum but I've been checking out threads for quite some time. I have a Meiying Tablet running 2.3 [having a power issue] that I'd like to see if I can root to 3.0 or better. Also, looking @ getting the Huawei Mercury from Cricket. I'm a happy CW customer wit ha ZIO but looking to upgrade soon! Hopefully, the ICS upgrade will be available or instructions to root to ICS will be available and easily understood for a novice like me. Talk to y'all soon!

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Thanks Gmash! I'm new to this/any forum but I've been checking out threads for quite some time. I have a Meiying Tablet running 2.3 [having a power issue] that I'd like to see if I can root to 3.0 or better. Also, looking @ getting the Huawei Mercury from Cricket. I'm a happy CW customer wit ha ZIO but looking to upgrade soon! Hopefully, the ICS upgrade will be available or instructions to root to ICS will be available and easily understood for a novice like me. Talk to y'all soon!

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Welcome to the forum! Glad to have ya! I'm not the most technical myself. I'm still hoping for an easier rooting method to come along for the Mercury. I'd like to get rid of some bloatware, and I really miss my Adfree Android lol.
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adfree wont stop CarrierIQ. Just checked and the Mercury does have CarrierIQ.
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Although this is my first post and the name gives away my age, there is no Carrier IQ on the Mercury. I tested it the other day. It would only show up should Cricket choose to use it. Sure am waiting for an easier way to Root this baby. Long time lurker, figured I would jump in!! This forum helped me immensly with my Ascend. Great little phone it was, now not so great!
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I tested it the other day as well with the app Lookout: carrieriq checker and it said it did have CIQ.
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Although this is my first post and the name gives away my age, there is no Carrier IQ on the Mercury. I tested it the other day. It would only show up should Cricket choose to use it. Sure am waiting for an easier way to Root this baby. Long time lurker, figured I would jump in!! This forum helped me immensly with my Ascend. Great little phone it was, now not so great!
Welcome to the forum! I haven't checked, but I sure wouldn't put it past Cricket to put CarrierIQ on their phones. I'm not really too concerned about it, but would obviously rather not have it. Another reason to look forward to custom ROMs! Glad you finally decided to join up! (Mercury>Ascend lol)
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Downloaded the app again and it says i have CIQ. Got my Tab and snapped a quick pic in the dark.
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Oh and the app is Carrier IQ Detector by Lookout Labs.
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Yeah, I checked using three different apps and they all say we have it. Can't say i'm surprised, anything evil and Cricket will do it. I don't have much trust in those kinds of apps, either, though, I uninstalled them as soon as I was done using them. (not that I don't believe it, just think a lot of those A/V companies are shady)
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I know what you mean. I uninstalled it as well even though lookouttt is a trusted app, actually heard about the app on phandroid.
Actually surprised that my previous indulge didnt have it but the mercury does.
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I know what you mean. I uninstalled it as well even though lookouttt is a trusted app, actually heard about the app on phandroid.
Actually surprised that my previous indulge didnt have it but the mercury does.
Hmm, never thought about that. I would check my Ascend, but I know CM7 won't have it.
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My apologies to all, but I could have sworn when I ran the Look Out App about a week ago it said that it wasn't there. Ran it again and now it shows up as being there. My Ascend did not have it either, probably like mentioned earlier that it was CM-7. Once again my apologies to all.

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My apologies to all, but I could have sworn when I ran the Look Out App about a week ago it said that it wasn't there. Ran it again and now it shows up as being there. My Ascend did not have it either, probably like mentioned earlier that it was CM-7. Once again my apologies to all.

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Okay, I need your help. I have a Motorola Triumph, coming from Virgin Mobile. I pay $45 a month for 1200 minutes and unlimited text and data. A $10 increase for unlimited everything with Cricket is certainly worth considering.

With the Motorola Triumph, I thought I was getting a good phone. It is actually a nice phone, and there have been many notable developers who have helped make it better. Here's my gist: Motorola has not rolled out an update for this phone for about 6 months. This phone shipped with problems.

My question is, is it worth considering switching to Cricket and getting the Huawei Mercury? Please explain in detail why or why not.
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Okay, I need your help. I have a Motorola Triumph, coming from Virgin Mobile. I pay $45 a month for 1200 minutes and unlimited text and data. A $10 increase for unlimited everything with Cricket is certainly worth considering.

With the Motorola Triumph, I thought I was getting a good phone. It is actually a nice phone, and there have been many notable developers who have helped make it better. Here's my gist: Motorola has not rolled out an update for this phone for about 6 months. This phone shipped with problems.

My question is, is it worth considering switching to Cricket and getting the Huawei Mercury? Please explain in detail why or why not.
This is a hard question to answer. I guess it all depends on what is most important to you. First of all Cricket doesn't really have unlimited data, they only give you 1GB before they start throttling. VM I think doesn't throttle until 2 or 2.5GB, so that's something to consider.
I used to follow the Triumph forum quite a bit, so I am aware of the issues with it. In my opinion, the Mercury is the superior phone. I haven't seen any of the hardware defects that affected the Triumph, and the stock ROM is very stable. On the other hand, as far as I know, there are no devs actively working on the Mercury, so if custom ROMs are important to you, you might want to hold off and see if a dev community develops for this phone.
If you are happy with the Triumph and VM, is the Mercury enough of an upgrade to consider switching? I can't answer that for you, but I will say I really like my Mercury, and have been very happy with it so far. Hope this helps a little, and best of luck with whatever you decide. Maybe some other people will have some thoughts to add?
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This is a hard question to answer. I guess it all depends on what is most important to you. First of all Cricket doesn't really have unlimited data, they only give you 1GB before they start throttling. VM I think doesn't throttle until 2 or 2.5GB, so that's something to consider.
I used to follow the Triumph forum quite a bit, so I am aware of the issues with it. In my opinion, the Mercury is the superior phone. I haven't seen any of the hardware defects that affected the Triumph, and the stock ROM is very stable. On the other hand, as far as I know, there are no devs actively working on the Mercury, so if custom ROMs are important to you, you might want to hold off and see if a dev community develops for this phone.
If you are happy with the Triumph and VM, is the Mercury enough of an upgrade to consider switching? I can't answer that for you, but I will say I really like my Mercury, and have been very happy with it so far. Hope this helps a little, and best of luck with whatever you decide. Maybe some other people will have some thoughts to add?
Thank you so much. I think I will definetly make the switch to the Mercury! Spec wise, it looks like an amazing phone. I just posted my phone, two cases, two batteries, a car charger, and the stock charger and cable up for sale on eBay.
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I don't blame Cricket for CarrierIQ. Huawei has been known to use it in their UK telecom switches and everywhere else too. They've also been accused of spying for China, but that's something else.

I don't think CIQ is too deep in the phone and can be removed easily. Once a custom ROM is made, we should be safe
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I don't think CIQ is too deep in the phone and can be removed easily. Once a custom ROM is made, we should be safe
Well, i'm not really worried about it, but it is the carriers that have CIQ put on the phones. Think about it, it's Cricket receiving the data, not Huawei.
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Well, i'm not really worried about it, but it is the carriers that have CIQ put on the phones. Think about it, it's Cricket receiving the data, not Huawei.
Well, I'm not so much worried about Cricket/Leap Wireless, I'm worried about who else gets it. I believe its all sent to CarrierIQ first. The main problem, besides privacy, is data usage. That 1GB doesn't go far. Even though the guy at the store assured me its unlimited even after I mentioned its 1GB then throttles. Lol
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Congrats to me! I'm in the club now! Whoo Hoo!

Loving this little sucker!

I down loaded a PSX emulate r and a 180MB game and it hasn't even made this beast take a breath.

So where are we standing with rooting and ROMs?
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Loving this little sucker!

I down loaded a PSX emulate r and a 180MB game and it hasn't even made this beast take a breath.

So where are we standing with rooting and ROMs?
Welcome aboard! It's been pretty quiet in here lately, we could use some new members! There is a method to root, but you need to have Linux to do it. I haven't rooted mine yet. We don't have any devs on board yet, but I'm not really missing it so far. The stock ROM is very stable and this phone is plenty fast. I'm not sure what a custom ROM would really add unless it was Ice Cream Sandwich based. Congrats on the new phone, I know you'll enjoy it, especially compared to the Ascend lol.
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Hey all, just got my Mercury today, upgraded from an Ascend, can't wait to see the extreme difference, because my Ascend is so damn slow and just falling apart, even after I modded the hell out of it.

Charging it now, but any good tips or suggestions on what I should do with this phone when I start using it? Apps, games, programs, what to delete, what to keep, those kinds of things.

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..and should I really wait a full night to charge or just to 100%? It's killing me letting it sit over there looking lonely.
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I just charged to full the first time. Great battery life.
My tip is to just run around and take a ton of pics. The camera on this phone is bau5!
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My tip is to just run around and take a ton of pics. The camera on this phone is bau5!
Well, I've been charging for three hours now, and it's still on 90%, which it's been at for an hour now it seems. I think I'm going to go ahead and just boot it up.
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My tip is to ditch the Huawei launcher and put Go Launcher on asap. Try out the "cylinder" screen transition effect and marvel at how smoothly it runs. The Ascend would cry and run home to Mommy when you tried it on that phone lol. Welcome, guys. I made the same upgrade from the Ascend, and now I don't know how I lived with that thing so long!
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this mercury is a badazz phone . especially compared to my ascend (my first smartphone). i have no complaints so far. just wish for an easier root method for us cpu savyless folks!
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Can this phone be used as a wifi hotspot. I read somewhere in one if these forums that this phone is can do it. Is that true and how?
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Can this phone be used as a wifi hotspot. I read somewhere in one if these forums that this phone is can do it. Is that true and how?
It's under the settings for wireless & networks. I've read that Cricket has been blocking it for some people, though, so ymmv.
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It's under the settings for wireless & networks. I've read that Cricket has been blocking it for some people, though, so ymmv.
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Well, I've been charging for three hours now, and it's still on 90%, which it's been at for an hour now it seems. I think I'm going to go ahead and just boot it up.
If you use the AC adapter that comes with the phone it should charge much faster than using USB via computer. At least thats how it is for me. (charges about 3x faster using the AC adapter).
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I was just now trying to get on the internet and I got a notice from Cricket saying I was trying to tether and it wouldn't let me get on the internet until I restarted my phone. I wasn't even trying to tether, I'm at work. I've only ever used the tethering for a few minutes to try it out on my PS3. I guess they are trying to charge $10a month according to the page I got stuck on. Does anybody know if that includes any extra data, or does that just come out of the 1GB that doesn't ever last the whole month already? It might be worth $10 if there was some extra data involved. If they just want to charge $10 to let me use the data I already paid for, Cricket can suck it!!!
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I was just now trying to get on the internet and I got a notice from Cricket saying I was trying to tether and it wouldn't let me get on the internet until I restarted my phone. I wasn't even trying to tether, I'm at work. I've only ever used the tethering for a few minutes to try it out on my PS3. I guess they are trying to charge $10a month according to the page I got stuck on. Does anybody know if that includes any extra data, or does that just come out of the 1GB that doesn't ever last the whole month already? It might be worth $10 if there was some extra data involved. If they just want to charge $10 to let me use the data I already paid for, Cricket can suck it!!!
Cosidering I use my hotspot alot (my girlfriends laptop) I'm surprised I have not recieved any sort of message or charges. I can only hope it's an area location thing. Right now my free hotspot is one of the best things about the phone and if I ever recieve a message about wanting to charge me,they can screw them selves.
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I don't know if this is the way the phone works but the back of my phone gets pretty hot after minimal use. Has anybody else experienced this?
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I don't know if this is the way the phone works but the back of my phone gets pretty hot after minimal use. Has anybody else experienced this?
Mine gets pretty hot, I wouldn't say with minimal use. It depends what you're doing, but a single core clocked this fast will put off some heat when it's working hard. That's another reason I don't like using a case. A case holds in more heat, and heat is bad for batteries. Another thing I've noticed is it seems to get hotter when I use it while it's plugged in.
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having some issues with my clocks. the one at the lock screen, and the one at the top in the toolbar, don't want to change time. the lock screen clock will say 12:45, while the clock in the toolbar at the top will say 12:22. and when i unlock the phone, i find that neither of these are right, and that the weather clock on my home screen is right. what is going on??
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also does anyone know how to turn off the sound at start up? i really don't like it and i know i was able to do it on my samsung indulge but i can't find how to do it on the mercury.
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There is a root method thats easy as hell. Its through the cricket users site. As far as the hotspot, i never tried it when my phone wasnt rooted but since rooting, i downloaded an app for it. Pretty quick. After two months with this thing Im definitely still pleased. Especially coming from the crappy Zio.
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Just bought the Huawei Mercury bout a week ago n LOVE IT! Well worth $250, very pleased. My only complaint is not about tht Mercury but rather with Cricket and their 1 gb data cap, very annoying especially since there is no wifi options where i am n im not about to sit at a mcdonalds to watch some youtube videos. Blah blah blah.... anyways the Huawei Mercury is top of the line, very responsive, great camera and damn decent processor. Huawei M886 Mercury - Full phone specifications
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Just bought the Huawei Mercury bout a week ago n LOVE IT! Well worth $250, very pleased. My only complaint is not about tht Mercury but rather with Cricket and their 1 gb data cap, very annoying especially since there is no wifi options where i am n im not about to sit at a mcdonalds to watch some youtube videos. Blah blah blah.... anyways the Huawei Mercury is top of the line, very responsive, great camera and damn decent processor. Huawei M886 Mercury - Full phone specifications
Welcome to the forum! Agreed about the Cricket data cap, but at least its still usable after throttling except for streaming video mainly. I've had my Mercury since December, and still liking it. Best of luck with yours!
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People complaining about data throttling, Imagine how slow your phone would get how many dropped or not negotiable calls would happen. If there WERE NO CAPS . its all about protecting the integrity of there NETWORK For all.I wish we all had unlimited data but its not a reality in the real world.. resource management is part of the IT WORLD WELCOME TO IT ..
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People complaining about data throttling, Imagine how slow your phone would get how many dropped or not negotiable calls would happen. If there WERE NO CAPS . its all about protecting the integrity of there NETWORK For all.I wish we all had unlimited data but its not a reality in the real world.. resource management is part of the IT WORLD WELCOME TO IT ..
True, but 1 GB is not very much. I would be happy with 2 GB, or at least have the option to pay a little more for more data.
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having some issues with my clocks. the one at the lock screen, and the one at the top in the toolbar, don't want to change time. the lock screen clock will say 12:45, while the clock in the toolbar at the top will say 12:22. and when i unlock the phone, i find that neither of these are right, and that the weather clock on my home screen is right. what is going on??
I had this issue a few months ago. A restart seemed to clear it up, but I think it happend 2 or 3 times. Anyhow, the problem went away, and hasn't happened in months. I think Cricket may have fixed the glitch with an update.
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bought this phone 1.5 months ago... it was a bit pricey & would recommend any prospects to wait until price goes down.. i luv the phone by the way.. aside from the price, have no other complaints...
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