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Old May 21st, 2012, 05:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I hope this is the official ICS update. Kies is downloading to my phone now. Whatever it is its big. Taking a long time.
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I've gotten to 18% and 29% and it says error found in downloaded file. Try again?

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I'm 99.9% sure this is ICS but good luck getting it. I've had 5 messages now about errors in downloaded file. So has most everyone else that I have seen. I'll have to wait until after work now.
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Now I'm 100% sure it is NOT ICS. It is a gingerbread update. Hopefully in preparation for ICS.

KERNEL IS 2.6.35.11
BASEBAND VERSION IS T989UVLDE


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Re: ICS update for the T-Mobile Galaxy S2? When?

Hey everyone!

I wanted to hop in here to provide some additional information regarding the most recent software update for the Galaxy S II.

T-Mobile is committed to enhancing customers' experience with our Samsung devices, including providing upgrades to resolve software issues. At this time, a software update to the current Android OS (Gingerbread) was immediately needed for the Samsung Galaxy S II. We continue to test and actively work with Samsung to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will communicate updates as soon as we have additional details to share.

I can also confirm that the update to Samsung's website is accurate and the Samsung Galaxy S II is expected to receive the Android 4.0 software update.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!

- Ian

Looks like the best way to get ICS is to buy the GS3 when it comes out in a week or so.
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Changelog for the update

Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE

  • Version
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVLDE
    • Over-The-Air Update (32.3 MB)
    • Approved 5/21/12
  • Improvements:
    • Random reboot/power off fixed
    • Device stability improvements
    • Qualcomm chip patch
    • Google Security fixes
  • Prerequisites
    • Android version 2.3.6 / Software version T989UVKL1 update
    • At least 50% battery life




From the FAQ


  • Do I have to update my phone?
    • Yes, this software update is required because of essential security fixes. Additionally, it is needed to be able to update to additional software upgrades. It’s very easy to update your phone and will only take a few minutes.

  • Will the update affect my data or contacts?
    • The update should not affect any content or contacts loaded to the device. You should still back up all data, however, to prevent accidental loss due to unforeseeable issues with the upgrade. Make sure that you also back up the contents of the internal (non-removable) SD card to avoid unnecessary loss.




People have reported much improved performance after this update. If you are rooted and stock ROM it doesn't seem to be a problem, but you won't be rooted after.
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I got the new firmware this morning. To be honest, it sucks. I lost the ability to have the scroll able wallpaper that use to move when you change the pages on the home screen. The new lock screen isn't the best either. It seems to be a little slower then it used to be. I also noticed that they changed the phone call icon by adding little boxes. This update didn't do anything that changed the appearance or function in my liking.
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It took 45 minutes but Kies finally downloaded and installed it. I'm back rooted again and need to get rid of the T-Mo bloat. I haven't seen much difference in performance yet.
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I'm trying to update from stock 2.3.6 and my phone has been stuck for about 30 minutes now on the screen that says "Downloading... do not turn off target!!" and Kies is just saying "Connecting..."

I don't remember it staying on this screen for this long when I updated from 2.3.5 to 2.3.6. what should I do!?
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I'm trying to update from stock 2.3.6 and my phone has been stuck for about 30 minutes now on the screen that says "Downloading... do not turn off target!!"
Has it finished yet? How long has it been downloading? The whole process took me about 45 minutes. If it doesn't work, I did some google searching and people said just pull the battery and restart your phone.
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I'm a bit confused about this update. I had a chat with a Samsung representative regarding problems I had with Kies not recognizing my SGII because I obviously want to update my phone. (Mind you this is my first Samsung device so I'm not quite sure how Kies works) She asked me what android version I had and I said 2.3.6 and she said I have the latest update. After reading the change log that was posted in this thread by Atmazzz, I realized that the Software version T989UVKL1 update was a prerequisite and that's the baseband version that shows up on my phone, not the updated Software version T989UVLDE. This left me confused.

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Yes T989UVKL1 is a prerequisite and is 2.3.6. T989UVLDE is 2.6.35.11 and is a prerequisite for the ICS update from T-Mobile. From what I can gather, the ICS update T-Mobile was getting ready to roll out had a screwed up kernel and would brick a phone. This update is supposed to address that and prepare for the T-Mobile ICS update.

I'm not surprised Samsung doesn't understand it, neither do the rest of us and I doubt T-Mobile will be forthcoming with a true answer.

Have you been able to get Kies to work with your phone? Try uninstalling and reinstalling Kies. Also, someone at XDA made a .tar file with the update that you can install using Odin if you want to try it. You can get it here. Several people used it and it works.
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Yes T989UVKL1 is a prerequisite and is 2.3.6. T989UVLDE is 2.6.35.11 and is a prerequisite for the ICS update from T-Mobile. From what I can gather, the ICS update T-Mobile was getting ready to roll out had a screwed up kernel and would brick a phone. This update is supposed to address that and prepare for the T-Mobile ICS update.

I'm not surprised Samsung doesn't understand it, neither do the rest of us and I doubt T-Mobile will be forthcoming with a true answer.

Have you been able to get Kies to work with your phone?
This is exactly what I thought when you posted your previous posts and I was trying to tell the Samsung representative that but she guaranteed that I had the latest update that was released yesterday and that since its an OTA update that my phone would just update without me accepting it. The knowledge of these representatives amazes me.

As far as Kies goes. I have not been able to get it to work. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it but every time I connect my phone via USB a popup appears saying that my phone isn't compatible with Kies 2.0. Not sure what else I can do.
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As far as Kies goes. I have not been able to get it to work. I uninstalled it and reinstalled it but every time I connect my phone via USB a popup appears saying that my phone isn't compatible with Kies 2.0. Not sure what else I can do.

Look through this thread: Maintenance update

I think there are some others there having problems with Kies. Maybe you'll see a suggestion that works.

If you are comfortable using Odin you can also update using the zip file I posted a link to. Unzip it and use the tar file with Odin.

Also, check your phone to see if you can get it OTA (over the air) straight to your phone. Its supposed to be a staggered OTA update.
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Hmmm is the computer recognizing your phone as the right kind. Note there may be a difference depending on whether you are rooted or not. I am on a rooted phone compared to my mom and I see two different drivers being used - mine the rooted one uses ADB driver for Samsung Galaxy S2 - which I had to install manually other than that my phone works properly every now and than I have to perform a reboot when I plug it into the computer and nothing happens except the phone starts charging.

I dont know if this is helpful but maybe delete the drivers and try reinstalling them after which you should start Kies. Or just tell them that your phone cannot connect to kies and you need to know how to fix it!
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can anyone tell me what driver to download for my samsung GS2 4g LTE?? and what do i do after i download? Do i install Kies on my computer? It came on my phone.?? Please Help..
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can anyone tell me what driver to download for my samsung GS2 4g LTE?? and what do i do after i download? Do i install Kies on my computer? It came on my phone.?? Please Help..

You need to use Kies on your computer. You can download it here. There is also a tutorial at that link you can watch.

It comes with USB drivers. Install Kies and start it up. Plug your phone into your computer with USB cable. It might take Kies a minute to recognize it. If there is an update for your phone it will ask if you want to update.

Who is your phone carrier?
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So I finally was able to get Kies to recognize my phone. But then I ran into a new problem. On the firmware information section it tells me to update samsung kies and then update my firmware. I tried several times to update samsung kies to Samsung Kies (2.3.1.12044_18) which is what it was telling me to update to and it downloaded files and all but when it opened again after installation, the same pop up came up prompting me to update to Samsung Kies (2.3.1.12044_18)

The problems still seem to be never ending.

edit: I downloaded Samsung Kies on my sister's brand new laptop and it's letting me download the upgrade from there and now i can upgrade the firmware. Thank you to everyone who helped me.
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edit: I downloaded Samsung Kies on my sister's brand new laptop and it's letting me download the upgrade from there and now i can upgrade the firmware. Thank you to everyone who helped me.
Glad you finally got it.

My phone has been running very smooth with the update and is 'snappier' than before the update.
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Glad you finally got it.

My phone has been running very smooth with the update and is 'snappier' than before the update.
Thanks. My phone has been running very smoothly as well. There's a few differences I noticed that are just minor but are nice. For example, when you set an alarm and the alarm goes off, the look of the alarm itself is improved and definitely very nice. Also, when you receive a phone call, the answer and deny buttons are different and definitely nicer in my opinion. The only thing I didn't enjoy from this update was the fact that you can't have a scrolling wallpaper anymore.

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Yes T989UVKL1 is a prerequisite and is 2.3.6. T989UVLDE is 2.6.35.11 and is a prerequisite for the ICS update from T-Mobile. From what I can gather, the ICS update T-Mobile was getting ready to roll out had a screwed up kernel and would brick a phone. This update is supposed to address that and prepare for the T-Mobile ICS update.
I haven't had any OTA updates recently that I know of and mine is
T989UVKL1
2.6.35.11
Gingerbread.UVKL1

Is the quote above backwards?
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The only thing I didn't enjoy from this update was the fact that you can't have a scrolling wallpaper anymore.
Yeah I miss the scrolling wallpaper. This update has elements of ICS such as the alarm and lock screen.
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I haven't had any OTA updates recently that I know of and mine is
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Is the quote above backwards?
Damn this place is slow as molasses today.

No, the quote is correct. T989UVKL1 is the old version. The new update is T989UVLDE. They are doing a staggered OTA update through June 22 so it could be some time before you get it OTA. If you want it sooner you will need to use Kies. T989UVKL1 is a prerequisite to get T989UVLDE and T989UVLDE is a prerequisite to get ICS when it comes out. If you are on T-Mobile that is. I don't know if any other carriers had to do this.
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I wonder why htc you can check for the update manually and still get it ota but for t-mobile you have to wait for a notification from them. One of my phones is not updated and when I click on the check for update it says there is nothing available.
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One of my phones is not updated and when I click on the check for update it says there is nothing available.
The OTA is a staggered update that is going on through June 22. You won't see it as an OTA until you're in the next group it is staggered to. I have no idea how they decide who gets it next. With T-Mobile, probably a coin toss.
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The OTA is a staggered update that is going on through June 22. You won't see it as an OTA until you're in the next group it is staggered to. I have no idea how they decide who gets it next. With T-Mobile, probably a coin toss.
My comment was directed more toward the fact that OTA update means I do not have to plug my phone to the computer to get it. On my Evo when I was on sprint the update was available for everyone starting day one the point was that the popup that would notify you that the update is ready did not come until sprint decided to send it to you.

You could still go to the options and check for HTC update and find oud that there is an update available and it will give you the option. That was all.
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Hey guys. I'm very new here, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. Kies today suggested I download the new update and I tried, but when it was around halfway done it stopped and said it could not finish upgrading. Then Kies instructed me to do a "firmware emergency recovery", which i tried several times. Each time it would get to around 94% then say "Firmware emergency stopped due to SGH-T989 error". My phone is stuck on a screen that states as follows:

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Product name: SGH-T989
Custom Binary Download: NO
Current Binary: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL

(THEN A YELLOW TRIANGLE WITH AN EXCLAMATION POINT)

(Under that it reads)
Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again"
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Which I have done several times of course. Also tried holding volume buttons and power, but everything keeps ending up at the same screen on my phone. Can't seem to master reset or anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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Can you get to recovery mode? Hold both volume buttons and power, let go of power when it vibrates, keep holding volume. If so, try wipe data/factory reset. Then wipe cache. Reboot and see if that helped.

If you are still stuck n the Odin screen, you can download this file. It is the update in a format you can flash with Odin. Unzip it in a folder on your PC. You want to use the file in the zip. Follow the instructions here for using Odin to root the phone. You won't be rooting but the process is the same. You don't need to download any of the other files except Odin. If things go well you can stop after step #9. Close Odin, unplug your phone power off and reboot.
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Hey guys. I'm very new here, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. Kies today suggested I download the new update and I tried, but when it was around halfway done it stopped and said it could not finish upgrading. Then Kies instructed me to do a "firmware emergency recovery", which i tried several times. Each time it would get to around 94% then say "Firmware emergency stopped due to SGH-T989 error". My phone is stuck on a screen that states as follows:

"ODIN MODE
Product name: SGH-T989
Custom Binary Download: NO
Current Binary: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL

(THEN A YELLOW TRIANGLE WITH AN EXCLAMATION POINT)

(Under that it reads)
Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again"
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Which I have done several times of course. Also tried holding volume buttons and power, but everything keeps ending up at the same screen on my phone. Can't seem to master reset or anything. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
This exact thing happened to me when I was updating my phone. I did notice that the bar stopped at 94% and I got the same message. What I did was unplug my phone from the USB cable, plugged it back in, then went into Kies and selected Emergency Firmware Recovery. Now I'm not recommending this per say, because from what I know I took a risk by unplugging my phone, but I am telling you my scenario to give a input. After I selected the emergency firmware recovery for the third time, it worked for me.
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If for some reason you can't select Emergency Recovery in Kies try this.

Start Kies and go to Tools> Firmware upgrade and initialization. Enter the device S/N (found on the label below the battery), the Model name (SGH-T989), then select OK. You go through a few screens stating what is going to happen and asking if you want to proceed. Once you select OK, the next screen will be to download firmware upgrade components.

After this finishes it takes you get to the next screen stating that it is for Firmware emergency recovery. Now, follow the steps provided to proceed with the emergency recovery. This will tell you how to switch the phone to recovery mode.
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I have a quick question - I think I am ready to update my phone to the newer version because it seems to be nice and stable. My phone is rooted and since it is do I need to use odin to update or can I just do it straight from KIES and go ahead and reroot afterwards?
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I was rooted and running stock ROM and had no problem. I don't know anyone who had a problem due to being rooted. I just rerooted after with Odin the same way we did before. If you are running a different ROM other than stock, yes you will probably need to go back to stock.

I updated with Kies. People at XDA have also updated with Odin and that .tar file I posted a link to and it seemed to work fine.
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Cool thanks I will just go ahead and update with kies and than reroot hopefully Titanium backup and the other 2 progs that I have that require root will just ask for permissions after I reroot.
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Cool thanks I will just go ahead and update with kies and than reroot hopefully Titanium backup and the other 2 progs that I have that require root will just ask for permissions after I reroot.

Were you able to get it with Kies OK?
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Yea I got it just fine and rooted it like cake. I hope with ics they don't try to lock the bootloader so it can be just as easy to root because I like my unlimited file system access.
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I doubt they will lock it. It appears they haven't with the GS3.
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I doubt they will lock it. It appears they haven't with the GS3.
Hmm that is good news. As for the new update I like it - seems my battery is getting quite a bit more time and the lock screen is much much nicer. Also when someone is calling me I don't need to swipe the screen 5 times to answer the phone but just once and say "yellow" :-)
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I actually got this OTA the other day and I said 'yes' to the update. The phone rebooted itself and I found myself at the Clockwordmod Recovery screen. I didn't know what to do and just selected the 'reboot' option. I then went into the file manager to see if there was an update.zip or anything but I couldn't find it.

I just loaded up Kies and saw that I didn't get the update. So here's one case in the wild where rooting breaks the update process. The phone is too lowly charged to do the update via Kies.

Any idea how I can get the stock bootloader or install this update? I'm worried that rooting broke up the update process. It seems like the update process relies on the stock bootloader to run their update package.
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Any idea how I can get the stock bootloader or install this update? I'm worried that rooting broke up the update process. It seems like the update process relies on the stock bootloader to run their update package.
Go to the bottom of this OP and download the stock rom for your phone. Unzip and install it using Odin. You will be unrooted and complete stock.

You should try using Kies first. I don't know anyone that was rooted that had a problem if they were running a stock rom.
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You should try using Kies first. I don't know anyone that was rooted that had a problem if they were running a stock rom.
Yep, Kies worked! I have the new update. Phone seems a bit snappier now. I really hope they fixed the issue where the phone is almost never on standby. I get that pretty frequently.

Does tmobile even produce a bugfix report? Have they given us a date for ICS? I hate how secretive android updates from carriers are.
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Does tmobile even produce a bugfix report? Have they given us a date for ICS? I hate how secretive android updates from carriers are.

You can see the bug fixes in this post
. No, no date for ICS. I doubt you will see a date until its ready. Most people think at least June 22. That's how long the current update will be going out OTA.
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I am enjoying the changes in the updated GB. Still just as silky smooth as before and I could not care less about "scrollable wallpaper." A minor sacrifice for bug fixes is well worth the update.

As far as ICS. I am certain that it's coming and I will welcome it to my SGS II but I don't get all the impatience over the new OS. The SGS II running GB is one of the top 2 or 3 Android phones ever. It is nicer than any iphone IMO. So I am enjoying it.
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I am enjoying the changes in the updated GB. Still just as silky smooth as before and I could not care less about "scrollable wallpaper." A minor sacrifice for bug fixes is well worth the update.

As far as ICS. I am certain that it's coming and I will welcome it to my SGS II but I don't get all the impatience over the new OS. The SGS II running GB is one of the top 2 or 3 Android phones ever. It is nicer than any iphone IMO. So I am enjoying it.
I share this view completely. I have one ICS running device and it is good but I have to say that I use my phone as a phone first and as internet music and navigation and all the other features it has next. ICS will be nice but the phone works and the internet works so I am very happy with it.
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hi Atmazzz and all, my GS2 hasT989UVKL1 baseband 2.6.35.11, rooted with odin recovery-cmw-hercules.tar. I have not yet tried to remove any bloatware, just rooted a few days ago. Are you saying I do not need to unroot, just use kies or odin to update, and use the same process as before to root? Would you wait for ICS in a week before rooting it? Also, currently, the battery drains within about 4 hours of normal use. How much has your battery improved with this update?

Thanks in advance for advice.

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Are you saying I do not need to unroot, just use kies or odin to update, and use the same process as before to root? Would you wait for ICS in a week before rooting it? Also, currently, the battery drains within about 4 hours of normal use. How much has your battery improved with this update?
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If it was me I would just wait to reroot. Although its easy enough to do if you want to do it now and again after ICS.

This update did help my battery some. I don't use it much during the day at work and I have about 75% left when I get home. After the update I have about 83%. If I was constantly surfing the net and such it probably wouldn't last 5 or 6 hours.
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Thanks Atmazzz. I will just wait for ICS.

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[QUOTE=brantorino;4429663]Hey guys. I'm very new here, so I hope I'm posting in the right place. Kies today suggested I download the new update and I tried, but when it was around halfway done it stopped and said it could not finish upgrading. Then Kies instructed me to do a "firmware emergency recovery", which i tried several times. Each time it would get to around 94% then say "Firmware emergency stopped due to SGH-T989 error". My phone is stuck on a screen that states as follows:

"ODIN MODE
Product name: SGH-T989
Custom Binary Download: NO
Current Binary: SAMSUNG OFFICIAL

(THEN A YELLOW TRIANGLE WITH AN EXCLAMATION POINT)

(Under that it reads)
Firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies and try again"

Same thing just happened to me. I was trying to update my wife's phone today to 2.3.6 from the stock firmware on her US T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 and now the phone is stuck in ODIN Mode. I followed the instructions from Kies and now I cannot get past the "firmware upgrade encountered an issue. Please select recovery mode in Kies & try again." Not sure where to go from here and whether or not I can restore her phone without losing all of her pics, movies, contacts, etc. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Not sure where to go from here and whether or not I can restore her phone without losing all of her pics, movies, contacts, etc. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Did you get this straightened out?
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I did not. At this point I am just trying to recover any lost pics & contacts before I try to do a factory reset. If you have any ideas as to how to recover these files, I would really appreciate it..
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