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Old June 9th, 2012, 09:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Will there be a forum for the NA version of S3?

Since the north american version of the S3 will have a different CPU, will there be a different forum for that version? We don't want people flashing firmwares for the wrong verion of phone like owners of the I9100G did!

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Old June 9th, 2012, 09:56 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Not only would there be a NA forum, but perhaps sub carrier forums like Androidcentral?
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Old June 9th, 2012, 10:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's all up to the admin! I'm moving this to the suggestion box so that he can see and comment.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 05:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Why is everyone obsessed with sub forums for carriers? What the op requested makes perfect sense as the architecture is completely different.
With carriers, there may be slight firmware discrepancies but the devices are 99% the same. This leads to having to have 56,000,000 threads on the same issue as each person who has the issue happens to be on a different carrier. This actually is detrimental to a support forum. It makes supporting and asking for support so much harder.
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Old June 10th, 2012, 07:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I think carrier sub-forums are a necessity. There have been many instances of people flashing I9100 and AT&T roms on their T-Mobile GS2 and bricking it. Separate forums will lessen the possibility.

You can see how many posts are in the GS3 forum everyday. Imagine how hard it is going to be to keep up with posts after the 21st when T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon release their phones.
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Why would flashing an AT&T rom brick a T-mobile phone?
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Old June 10th, 2012, 07:41 AM   #7 (permalink)
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OK so I have done some research on the S3.

There are 3-4 architectures

1) GSM
2) GSM LTE
3) CDMA LTE

4) CDMA?

So there are your ATR sub forums. Its architecture that defines the split, not carrier.

OK some people may not be tech enough to work out that T-mobile USA is GSM LTE and SPRINT is CDMA LTE, thats why you list example carriers next to the title of each ATR.


Example -
GSM ATR - 3UK, T-mobile UK, O2 UK
GSM LTE ATR - T-mobile USA, AT&T
CDMA LTE ATR - Sprint, Verizon
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Why would flashing an AT&T rom brick a T-mobile phone?

Sorry, I errored. I was thinking of the International I9100 instead of AT&T.
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Gotcha. So we're talking architecture, which IMHO is completely valid.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Default Will this always be a generic carrier forum, or break out?

I see some logic in keeping them together, since basically the same devices, but a few reasons to break them out by carrier:

1. Different radios used, so different connection issues
2. Ditto on call issues, data and radio reception
3. The forum wil get a tad HUGE with all together
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I think there should be subforums here, one for each carrier to keep confusion down.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Its been discussed a lot with all the new devices in the "Suggestion box and feedback" forum.

It has been decided that for root, it definitely needs to be separated (although NOT by carrier, by Hardware) and the general will stay as it is.

The phones are 98% the same when it comes to software. If there was a support forum for each, the same issue could be reported 6 - 8 different times and each time someone would have to try and resolve it. You'd end up with people posting support threads 6-8 times, to get maximum visibility of an issue. It just doesnt make sense to change how it is.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:19 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Hey, I went ahead and merged this thread into the one for the S3 that SUroot just mentioned, thanks for understanding
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 12:20 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Cheers

Its also similar to this one:

http://androidforums.com/suggestion-box-feedback/562493-two-different-network-types-same-forum.html
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