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The Samsung Prevail is an entry level Android 2.2 phone which fits well with the Boost CDMA network. Only capable of 3g speeds (CDMA), the Prevail has software limitations based on its low-end hardware. Many optional themes, apps and mods are available. Gingerbread 2.3.6 is now available on the Samsung Prevail.



Tips:

1. Tip developers whose products you use, encourage Bloodawn/Koumajutsu (among others) to keep developing.

2. Battery life is at a premium (some people have to recharge every 12 hours)

Turn off GPS, wi-fi, sync, Bluetooth as much as possible; there is a great stock widget for easy access. Watch for apps that update too often (email), kill background apps, low signals, aftermarket batteries - all drain batteries. You can easily get 1-3 days from a battery charge if you’re careful.
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3. Keep your battery cool; Prevail will reboot around 120 degrees.

4. Dalvik Cache is for speeding apps (.apk). It is good to occasionally clear (titanium backup) data as any necessary data will reload.

5. Read threads/posts (** FORUM SEARCH **) and test sufficiently; many question are already answered in posts or can be self-resolved by personal testing.

6. The Prevail has limited internal memory, transfer apps as possible to the microSD card, Titanium Backup works well.

7. Factory reset mode: Volume Up + Camera as you turn on the phone
7a. Download mode: (Odin): Volume down + Camera as you turn on phone
7b. Recovery mode: (also CWM): Volume up as you power on

8. Create a unique Gmail account to store contacts/calender and sync as necessary.

9. Direct number to Boost CS Representative: 877-438-8643

10. Restoring contacts (Gmail): You can restore contacts to a previous version



Tutorials:

Rooting Prevail: [GUIDE][CTmod] Rooting the Prevail for Dummies (written by a dummy)

Change your MSL and PRL: link

Backup SMS/MMS and Call Log with Titanium Backup: [TIP] How to backup SMS/MMS and Call Log automatically with Titanium Backup

How to make backups and use them to your advantage: [TUT] how to make backups and use them to your advantage

Create an Infrastructure Network (instead of typical ad-hoc): Tethering Prevail to an Android Tablet via Infrastructure Mode

Connecting Bluetooth: [Guide] Bluetooth pairing - (Samsung Galaxy Prevail) Should Work For other Phones.

Adding Corporate email: Work Email on my prevail

Installing Ubuntu For ARM On {GB} Galaxy Prevail In chroot Enviroment Using Windows 7

Adding VPN: OpenVpn and Anyconnect

[TIP] Quick Baseband Switching

Speeding up 3g speeds

Add to the limited internal storage: [Guide]How to improve storage space

Boost Mobile automated MSL

Connecting Prevail to Windows 8



Mods:

TWRP v2.2.2.1 Recovery for Prevail by Hroark13: GUI custom recovery tool

Root: Allows superuser access, necessary for many apps/mod: Rooting for Dummies

Study Guide to all things Root: [GUIDE] Noob's Guide to 'Galaxy Prevail -All Things Root' 0.3

Link guide for rooted Prevail: Samsung Galaxy Prevail: All Things Root Guide (updated 09/29/2012)

Odin: Recovery tool that can revert Prevail to stock if desired: Odin (Return phone to Stock/Factory)

Return to stock or 'unbrick': Tutorial on how to unbrick Phone PLEASE READ!

ClockWorkMod v5.0.2.7: ClockWorkMod: Highly recommended ROM tool.

CM9: [ROM][CM9 KANG][Alpha] Updated 3.5.5---6/27/12

CyanogenMod 7 Unofficial Beta 5 02/20/12

CTMod 3.75: A customization of Android that removes bloat and adds popular apps, results depend on version

187MoD-HoneyBread: A customization of Android 2.3.6 that removes bloat and adds popular apps.

LeWa OS Beta: [Rom][Port] LeWa OS Beta

JoyOS Beta (iPhone simulation): JoyMod 1.0


Essential apps:

Titanium Backup: This is the must have app for anyone that is rooted! Backup, restore and freeze everything on your phone including system data, apps and app data, settings and lots more. Also converts system apps to user apps and reverse.

Koumajutsu's SD-Card Partition Tool for Prevail: Koumajutsu's SD-Card Partition Tool for Prevail

Amazon app market and Google app market; some apps are market exclusive: Popcap games are Amazon only.

Wireless Tether For Root Users: A simple app that enables wi-fi tethering: Wireless Tether in Infrastructure Mode

Red Laser: Scans all barcodes; most apps won’t scan as the Prevail does not have an auto focusing camera. WILL work on Prevail but has to be installed from SD card. Need good lighting (no glare) and eventually your barcode will scan. Older version works with Prevail: RedLaser.apk

Angry Birds: Isn’t this the reason Android was created?




Account Payment (best deal known): $40 = $50 Boost credit: Prepaid Refill



Samsung Prevail USB Driver for Windows: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12826399/SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_x86.exe


Samsung Prevail FAQs: Samsung




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Old August 25th, 2011, 10:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Posts/data seems to be very spread out.

Thought it would be good to consolidate.
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nice thread, was defiantly needed
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Nice kevin, covers the basics and shows the way to proceed.
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I stuck the thread per New Optimus's request. Nice job, Kevin!
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I have been expecting replies about something I missed; hopefully this thread will keep common questions answered.

Have I missed something important?
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Have I missed something important?
I guess the only thing I can see might be

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Question relating to Red Laser.... What barcodes are you referring to? Because I've always used Barcode Scanner for things like getting URLs when I am downloading APKs and never had any problems.But since I've seen it mentioned on here in several threads I tried Red Laser out... and it refused to scan anything.
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Question relating to Red Laser.... What barcodes are you referring to? Because I've always used Barcode Scanner for things like getting URLs when I am downloading APKs and never had any problems.But since I've seen it mentioned on here in several threads I tried Red Laser out... and it refused to scan anything.
Barcode scanner, used for store upc codes, with no ability to auto focus it will not scan those, I believe they are called 3d codes. the QR and other such are called 2d and they will scan just fine.

Not sure why your scan would not work. move forward and back small amounts?
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it was a few weeks back. i'm positive i did try moving phone back and forth. nothing happened like how on barcode scanner red dots flash automatically. tried pressing the button with the same results. i only use scanner on 2d codes anyways. but thank you for explaining.
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Question relating to Red Laser.... What barcodes are you referring to? Because I've always used Barcode Scanner for things like getting URLs when I am downloading APKs and never had any problems.But since I've seen it mentioned on here in several threads I tried Red Laser out... and it refused to scan anything.
I have scanned both type of barcodes with Red Laser repeatedly.

Due to the non autofocusing camera, Red Laser can be touchy. Make sure lighting is good with no glare and eventually it will scan.
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I just wanted to add that I just figured out in order to sync my prevail to my computer, I have to use my SD adapter and put my sd card into the computer (laptop, i don't know for a pc) and it synced my music and when i put the card back into the phone everything was on there...but I guess you cant' link directly to phone with the cord, even though my settings were not set on charge only. anything to add?
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I just wanted to add that I just figured out in order to sync my prevail to my computer, I have to use my SD adapter and put my sd card into the computer (laptop, i don't know for a pc) and it synced my music and when i put the card back into the phone everything was on there...but I guess you cant' link directly to phone with the cord, even though my settings were not set on charge only. anything to add?
I personally don't sync things like music; I delete songs I don't listen to and this would reinstall.

I only sync things like calender with Google email - easier to type entries on keyboard.

Anyone else have sync comments?
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I personally don't sync things like music; I delete songs I don't listen to and this would reinstall.

I only sync things like calender with Google email - easier to type entries on keyboard.

Anyone else have sync comments?
Im with you on this, the only thing I sync is my gmail, contacts you know.

and at that I keep that off until or unless im using it.

As to the other poster that cant connect with phone, have you installed the samsung mass storage drivers?
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Added link to instruction for corporate email.

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The link to those instructiuons got me curious so I checked out the Q&A page for the Galaxy Prevail on Samsungs website. (where those instructions came from) Here it is just for kicks or what not.

http://www.samsung.com/us/support/allQuestion.do?prd_mdl_name=SPH-M820

I willing to bet that is in the instruction manual, but im still to lazy to take it out of the wrapper
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You should add next to the cwm that Rom Manager is not the same thing and will mess the phone up. New people are getting confused and just going ahead trying to use Rom Manager for backing up and stuff. I know when I first went to try cwm out i thought it was Rom Manager. Thankfully I got too confused and just ended up asking if there was a difference.
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You should add next to the cwm that Rom Manager is not the same thing and will mess the phone up. New people are getting confused and just going ahead trying to use Rom Manager for backing up and stuff. I know when I first went to try cwm out i thought it was Rom Manager. Thankfully I got too confused and just ended up asking if there was a difference.
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So... I've tried to root my phone like seven times now and it still won't go.. Any idea what the problem is? I have the driver installed and everything, but it just won't go! It said it can't find the device? fml
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So... I've tried to root my phone like seven times now and it still won't go.. Any idea what the problem is? I have the driver installed and everything, but it just won't go! It said it can't find the device? fml

When I rooted my phone, I followed directions implicitly and waited appropriate time.

Some root attempts fail due to impatience of the end user. Don't freak out, some steps take 5 minutes beofre you see the next described step take place.
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When I rooted my phone, I followed directions implicitly and waited appropriate time.

Some root attempts fail due to impatience of the end user. Don't freak out, some steps take 5 minutes beofre you see the next described step take place.
I followed the steps exactly too, along with my friend who has rooted all of his phones and it just will not go.. Obviously the program works, I just don't get why my phone would be such a bitch haha.
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I followed the steps exactly too, along with my friend who has rooted all of his phones and it just will not go.. Obviously the program works, I just don't get why my phone would be such a bitch haha.
if it says cant find device that imply s 2 possibility's, maybe 3
1) your cable is the wrong one, or a bad one, Samsung cable is different then the rest out there the rest will charge the phone but not transfer data.
2) you dont have the drivers installed on the computer.
and 3) you dont have the phone in usb debugging mode. To do that you need to go into menu - settings - application - development and check mark usb debugging.
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and if those dont work you can always try odin to get a rooted phone. I find odin a lot easier to work with then the one click root batch file.
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if it says cant find device that imply s 2 possibility's, maybe 3
1) your cable is the wrong one, or a bad one, Samsung cable is different then the rest out there the rest will charge the phone but not transfer data.
2) you dont have the drivers installed on the computer.
and 3) you dont have the phone in usb debugging mode. To do that you need to go into menu - settings - application - development and check mark usb debugging.
Cable is good and I have it in USB Debugging. My friend used my cable to root his phone after mine failed haha. I'm hoping the drivers didn't install on my laptop for some reason, so I'm going to try to do it again on my desktop.. Hopefully that'll fix the shit!
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So, just tried it on my desktop and got the same thing... I think I'm just going to give up on it. This is what I get when I try to root it.
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So, just tried it on my desktop and got the same thing... I think I'm just going to give up on it. This is what I get when I try to root it.
I am wondering if ur not patient enuff. I remember ignoring my phone for long stretches when I rooted. I may have been wrong in my previous post, not 5 minutes per step, maybe longer.
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So let it go for like 10-15 minutes per step? I've waited for my phone to reboot, and for it to change on the cmd screen... Just doesn't seem to want to root haha. I really don't think I'm doing anything wrong, and my friend tried who has rooted every phone he's has multiple times since he's been able to... And he couldn't even get it to go. So either somethings wrong with my phone, or we're complete idiots... No clue haha.
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So let it go for like 10-15 minutes per step? I've waited for my phone to reboot, and for it to change on the cmd screen... Just doesn't seem to want to root haha. I really don't think I'm doing anything wrong, and my friend tried who has rooted every phone he's has multiple times since he's been able to... And he couldn't even get it to go. So either somethings wrong with my phone, or we're complete idiots... No clue haha.
I remember the wait being what I thought excessive at one point, like several games of Windows solitair excessive.

I have a recent Dell XPS so that was not the bottle-neck.

Admittedly, I don't consider myself an expert at Rooting. You might find better support on Interdpth's Root thread.
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Old October 12th, 2011, 09:18 AM   #34 (permalink)
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check the older one click root, the newer one doesnt seem to work as well.
If you look through the thread you will find multiple links to it.
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Old October 22nd, 2011, 04:19 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Added New Optimus thread for faster 3g and psp_noob study guide for Rooting.
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Just a quick heads up, callingmart.com will ask you to verify the phone number you are trying to refill if you go over a certain amount. (I'm guessing $100?) They will need a bill from boost mobile. If any of you actually get a bill please let me know, because I have never gotten a bill for a prepaid/pay as you go cell phone. I even offered to send a screen shot of my account, still no bueno.
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Just a quick heads up, callingmart.com will ask you to verify the phone number you are trying to refill if you go over a certain amount. (I'm guessing $100?) They will need a bill from boost mobile. If any of you actually get a bill please let me know, because I have never gotten a bill for a prepaid/pay as you go cell phone. I even offered to send a screen shot of my account, still no bueno.
If paying online at the boost mobile webpage insert a "non sales-tax" city zip code like 97212 and your bill will be with out the added sales tax even though your "credit/debit card" has another sales tax on file. I'm a truck driver and when I pay over the phone I pay a different sales tax in every state. sometimes up to 12%.
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I need help as i am new to android and samsung been with blackberry for 4 years. Ok so i have the prevail and am not sure if its me or what? But it seems like this device doesnt do very much. First of all is there any kind of samsung device manager? Ive been nothing but fustrated with this device my computer will not recognise this device cannot tether. Please help im trying to give this device a chance. Blackberry has desktop manager does samsung have something of its eaqual? My searches have come up with samsung pc studio but when you go to the samsung site you get error 404....
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Old November 2nd, 2011, 01:54 PM   #39 (permalink)
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I am embarassed that I never included the Prevail USB driver link. This driver will allow the Prevail to be seen as a mass storage device on Windows.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/12826399/SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones_x86.exe

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As far as not doing much, I say the opposite. I have an app for Word/Excel file manipulation, MP3 player, calendar, games, sports apps, scan any barcode, GPS navigation, and much more.

I keep a Gmail account only for contacts and calendar updates to sync as necessary.



Understanding that a phone is not a laptop, I am not sure what more you can ask.
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Old November 9th, 2011, 12:54 PM   #40 (permalink)
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Gingerbread is now available on Prevail.



Also added factory reset mode, thanks Koumajutsu


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so how do i backup my phone before one click root
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Old November 27th, 2011, 12:47 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Root: Allows superuser access, necessary for many apps/mods.
One click Root!
Can we update this link with the new link from shabby that he has in the 2nd post of the thread? Thanks!
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so this will do a backup and root all at the same time?
Sry im a nerd with computers but dont know jack about the phones
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Link to 1 click root updated.

Use Titanium Backup for your backups. Very easy to reinstall apps/data afterwards.
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Im tring to figure that out too. How to backup before rooting. We are supposed to backup beforr rooting, but ill I seem to be finding is you have to root before you can do a backup.
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Just a notice...CallingMart no longer supports Boost Mobile Reboost cards.

However, I've found an alternative website that is basically identical to it called Prepaid Wireless Cards at WirelessRefill.com

Same loyalty rewards points program and all that, including a discount code that changes every month. You'll have to use your search engine to find these discount codes. As for the actual discount, it takes off 3% I believe...not 6% like CallingMart =/

Hope this helps!
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Just a notice...CallingMart no longer supports Boost Mobile Reboost cards.

However, I've found an alternative website that is basically identical to it called Prepaid Wireless Cards at WirelessRefill.com

Same loyalty rewards points program and all that, including a discount code that changes every month. You'll have to use your search engine to find these discount codes. As for the actual discount, it takes off 3% I believe...not 6% like CallingMart =/

Hope this helps!
3% Discount Code: 12344

Edit: At the top of their webpage, "Effective July 1, 2011 Boost will be phasing out pins completely so IF you place your order on this page please call 1-800-486-1707 -- AFTER you have ordered with your Boost mobile number and our representative will load the airtime for you."
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3% Discount Code: 12344

Edit: At the top of their webpage, "Effective July 1, 2011 Boost will be phasing out pins completely so IF you place your order on this page please call 1-800-486-1707 -- AFTER you have ordered with your Boost mobile number and our representative will load the airtime for you."
very good to know. I wonder if they will be dropping boost sometime soon as well?
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The Samsung Prevail is an entry level Android 2.2 phone which fits well with the Boost CDMA network. Only capable of 3g speeds (CDMA), the Prevail has software limitations based on its low-end hardware. Many optional themes, apps and mods are available. Gingerbread 2.3.5 is now available on the Samsung Prevail.
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Great job on the information just what I was looking for.
I would like to take it bit further if you don't mind

I am new to this forum and have learn a lot from it thus far. Although I found it hard to keep track of the multi-directional threads and what is/was in development, what is/was tested successfully and what is/was in operation.

I want to do my part and leverage my 18+ years experience in the IT industry and provide a detailed document(s). Before I do this is there interest and a way to add grouping information to threads? I would like to suggest breaking out the information leveraging a modified SDLC (System-Development Life Cycle) model/process. HARDWARE, OS, ROMs, - DEVELOPMENT and TESTING, OPERATIONAL. In addition TIPs, APPLICATIONS and OTHER information. The idea and model, like Kevincott's post, is to eliminate as much confusion and repetitiveness with single source structured information based on activity. This maybe hard to do a on a post but not sure and asking for your input. I am willing to develop the document(s) with the information as related to HARDWARE, OS, ROMs, DEVELOPEMET and TESTING, OPERATIONAL. TIPS (tested and validated) would be included in the OPERATIONAL section. Please let me know your thoughts. If there is interest I will provide and outline for review. Thanks and good to be part of the forum.
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Great job on the information just what I was looking for.
I would like to take it bit further if you don't mind

I am new to this forum and have learn a lot from it thus far. Although I found it hard to keep track of the multi-directional threads and what is/was in development, what is/was tested successfully and what is/was in operation.

I want to do my part and leverage my 18+ years experience in the IT industry and provide a detailed document(s). Before I do this is there interest and a way to add grouping information to threads? I would like to suggest breaking out the information leveraging a modified SDLC (System-Development Life Cycle) model/process. HARDWARE, OS, ROMs, - DEVELOPMENT and TESTING, OPERATIONAL. In addition TIPs, APPLICATIONS and OTHER information. The idea and model, like Kevincott's post, is to eliminate as much confusion and repetitiveness with single source structured information based on activity. This maybe hard to do a on a post but not sure and asking for your input. I am willing to develop the document(s) with the information as related to HARDWARE, OS, ROMs, DEVELOPEMET and TESTING, OPERATIONAL. TIPS (tested and validated) would be included in the OPERATIONAL section. Please let me know your thoughts. If there is interest I will provide and outline for review. Thanks and good to be part of the forum.
sounds like alot of work, which as the only person able to edit the post would be all on you, I hope you do it though it would be very beneficial.

What would be interesting is a wiki like arrangement as people use, test, and change things up they were able to edit things, it would obviously have to be limited not everyone would be able to edit wilinilli.
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