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Old August 19th, 2012, 12:12 AM   #1 (permalink)
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hello everyone I just got my first ever droid today and much to my delight its the international version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII.

now heres the issue. its the GT-9308 version...so my question is : if I root my phone is there anyway to change the fw/rom/?? [whatever you call the programming on this bad boy] from this chinese mobile one that is lacking google play and is still partially in mandarin [which ya boy cant even slightly comprehend] to the GT-i9300 one?

I know this is probably impossible but if not then I'm not screwed and there is still hope :P

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Old August 19th, 2012, 12:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old August 19th, 2012, 12:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have moved this into the 'all things root' area of the forum, so the rooting wizards here can post their helpful tips in this thread.

awesome thanx man i didnt see a root forum, albeit i was too anxious to look around for more than a few seconds.

hopefully someone can shed some light on my conundrum
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Can't seem to find anything concrete about why the 9308 has a different model number...
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its the.chinese mobile gsm version aparrently and itz missing the google framework everything seems to be normal minus that and the fact most things are still chinese. but as of now im kinda screwed cuz all i can really do on it is surf the web and even that is more challenging than needbe.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 10:49 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Is the hardware identical?
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seems to be. everything look almost identical to the one in this youtube video i watched. here is what is in the about device section


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I'm assuming this isn't a knockoff because if it is, it is the most completely legit knockoff ever.
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I found this specification here: Samsung GT-i9308 Galaxy S3 Specs | Technical Datasheet | PDAdb.net

It looks like it's identical for most parts. Can't say whether it may harm the device flashing I9300's ROMs.
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Thats just it. In theory, if the hardware is identical then the kernel, ROM and drivers should be too... But we only know for sure if we know for sure, if that makes sense (and we dont).
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You might try to go on XDA Developer and see if anyone else has this device, and knows a bit more than us. We can only make assumptions, as of now.
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thank you for the help so far...I traded my iphone 4s for this and im kinda regretting it already cuz i figured it would be easier or more common knowledge. should have known better lol I can't risk bricking it either as ill be completely phoneless lol good look on the xda ill head over there now
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so if I flash it to the gt-i9300 rom it will be perfect minus the fact the phone portion will no longer work so its a no-go. I'm going to have to sell it and buy a 9300 instead...unfortunately I don't have a job since the US economy is shite right now so I'm not sure how much of a loss I'm going to have to make up for[I doubt I'll lose any money though considering I just traded a 4s for it so no biggie on that] thanx for the help y'all
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Why / how do you know the phone part wont work?

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Why / how do you know the phone part wont work?

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[Q] Asian Galaxy S3 i9308 modem driver? - xda-developers
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Not worth the risk
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definitely not. if there was a custom fw designed for this purpose then it'd be worth the try but as of now maybe 5 people have this issue so thats not gonna happen lol. now i have to find some way to sell this asap lol. should've kept my iphone :P
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btw there are hardware differences in the radio stack
this supports chinese cdma celular networks as well as standard gsm 3g frequencies
you flash a different modem and youll brick the radio
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