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Old July 14th, 2013, 07:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So i bought this phone from some guy on craigslist and then I found out that it is an international version and I live in the United States so unfortunately I cannot get 4g connection with my tmobile network.

It is missing the action features (when I enable actions in the settings it does not let me click on it and actually go into it and see the settings) There are no gesture settings or anything like that. it is pure android without extra features.


I am guessing I need to root this phone and install a rom into it... This is something I have never done before but before i go and do research on this topic, what do you guys think? is this the right thing to do in order for me to get the features and to get 4g speeds again?

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Old July 14th, 2013, 09:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I9500 stock rom has air gesture support, just needs to be enabled. I9500 has no 4G, regardless of carrier. I heard of a report of someone getting a knockoff fake I9500 already. Not sure if that is the case, but it should have all the features of the S4 you see anyone with, minus 4G.
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I9500 stock rom has air gesture support, just needs to be enabled. I9500 has no 4G, regardless of carrier. I heard of a report of someone getting a knockoff fake I9500 already. Not sure if that is the case, but it should have all the features of the S4 you see anyone with, minus 4G.

Thats the thing though, it does not have any features like the s4 should...

air gesture and all that other features do not work. not even multi-window.

I go to settings --> device --> enable the action toggle and when I try to click on action to go into settings, nothing happens....
same thing when i try to click on NFC/ S Beam and near equipment DNLA sharing.

Screen mirroring doesnt work either.
I tap on it and nothing happens....



I'm afraid I got a fake one shit.
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Unfortunately, with the popularity of the s4 we are seeing more and more knockoffs.

It it still running touchwiz? You mentioned stock android, I'm just wondering if you got the Google edition by chance.
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Unfortunately, with the popularity of the s4 we are seeing more and more knockoffs.

It it still running touchwiz? You mentioned stock android, I'm just wondering if you got the Google edition by chance.

Yea its running touchwiz.

Is there a way that I can try and figure out if its real or fake?
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Go to the dial pad and enter... *#1234#

You are taken to a screen entitled, "Version", with 3 lines of information. What do these read?

You can also go to...

Settings > More > About device

This should display your Model number, Android version and Build number

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Go to the dial pad and enter... *#1234#

You are taken to a screen entitled, "Version", with 3 lines of information. What do these read?

You can also go to...

Settings > More > About device

This should display your Model number, Android version and Build number



When I do *#1234# it says ussd code running then it says connection problem or invalid mmi code


model number is gt-i9500
android version 4.2.2
baseband version: MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V17,2013/05/08 11:12

kernal version 3.0.13 1313v12 Wed may 29 11:35:56 cst 2013

build number JDQ39.I9500ZHUAMDE

custom build version 1269278134


I think this phone is fake.
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When I do *#1234# it says ussd code running then it says connection problem or invalid mmi code


model number is gt-i9500
android version 4.2.2
baseband version: MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V17,2013/05/08 11:12

kernal version 3.0.13 1313v12 Wed may 29 11:35:56 cst 2013

build number JDQ39.I9500ZHUAMDE

custom build version 1269278134


I think this phone is fake.
I am inclined to agree with you since the *#1234# is not bringing up the Version and all the other details do not correspond to Samsung firmware.

The, "Z", would normally indicate a Chinese or Taiwanese build but the only references I can find are...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=43123179&postcount=1448

How to Root Galaxy S4! [CWM Method][GT-i9500][GT-i9505][T-Mobile][Sprint] | GalaxyS4Root.com (30th June post in comments)

and, perhaps most telling, is a Vietnamese website that lists it as a Chinese fake...

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This Italian website also indicates that it is a fake...

http://www.androidiani.com/forum/modding-samsung-galaxy-s4-gt-9500-exynos/319118-aiuto-gt-i9500-dalla-cina.html
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I am inclined to agree with you since the *#1234# is not bringing up the Version and all the other details do not correspond to Samsung firmware.

The, "Z", would normally indicate a Chinese or Taiwanese build but the only references I can find are...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=43123179&postcount=1448

How to Root Galaxy S4! [CWM Method][GT-i9500][GT-i9505][T-Mobile][Sprint] | GalaxyS4Root.com (30th June post in comments)

and, perhaps most telling, is a Vietnamese website that lists it as a Chinese fake...

Firmware cho các

This Italian website also indicates that it is a fake...

Aiuto GT I9500 dalla Cina - Forum Android Italiano

Wow. I got screwed over and bought it for $400

how much could i sell this for, If i could sell it?
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That would depend on what the other person is offering to pay for it! You could off course try to contact the person you bought it from, or even report them, otherwise I doubt you'll get anywhere near that amount of money back...providing YOU do the honest thing and tell and prospecting buyer that it's a knock off!
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That is some crap. Defiantly go after that seller with all legal means. Also look on craigslist if they are stilling another one. If so maybe the person knows they are not real and turning them for a quick buck, could lead to an easy "sting" operation if police are into arresting those breaking the law, it is there job to protect citizens from these things too when they can.
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Wow. I got screwed over and bought it for $400

how much could i sell this for, If i could sell it?
Galaxy S4 clone phones, new, sell for around US$318.22 with free shipping.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Quad Core 5inch MT6589 Android 4.2 16GB Phone(1:1version)

Real vs Fake Samsung Galaxy S4 - YouTube

(I do not agree with all the things this guy uses to spot a fake S4)

Here's another fake, this time the i9500...

fake galaxy s4 - YouTube
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I think most of the clones I've heard about are of the 9500, I think partially maybe because they don't need hardware with LTE support to pull off that clone. Or, maybe they just thought cloning the octa-core version would be more profitable due to them not having the same production numbers as the easier to get 9505 (or other snapdragon based S4).
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Yet more, fake/cloned, S4's.

Not only do they work but they come fully boxed with accessories just like the real thing, as this video shows...

FAKE Samsung Galaxy S4 GT-I9500 Quad Core Unboxing - Replica - Knock Off - Clone - YouTube

The above retails at £103GBP, US$155, €118

Again, this shows a working fake...

Samsung Galaxy S4 clone First Handson - YouTube


However, all is not lost as there is an app, free, from the Play Store that can be downloaded to determine the authenticity of most of the popular S4 models... GT-I9500, GT-I9502, GT-I9505, GT-I9508, SCH-I959, SGH-I337, SPH-L720, SHV-E300S, SGH-M919.

It is the Genuine Galaxy S4/S3/Note II that checks the phone's details and hardware configuration and also runs performance tests and compares with other phones in the world.



Whilst it cannot prevent anyone buying a fake S4 it can at least go some way to determining if a phone is fake or not without having to ask a lot of questions.

For anyone thinking of buying a phone from the web or, indeed, any untrusted source, the watch words are...

caveat emptor... Let the buyer beware!
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I have only one bought a phone off the internet that wasn't ordered on a contract from a reputable dealer.... it was a galaxy y for about £50 in total and I only bought it because I wanted to practise mucking about with it rooting etc, never really did as much I'd have liked but it have me that little bit extra confidence :-)
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Only fake I received was my first S3 - which funny enough I got from an Amazon seller.. Got a refund in no time though ..
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