[GUIDE]What to do after 4G speeds are capped


  1. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Well as most of you know, after 500MBs being used on a 4G $40/m plan, you are capped to "3G" speeds

    Only problem is that when I did a speed test of that speed, it is around 100kb/s
    That's 2G (1x) speeds :eek:

    So we all know that the 4G is throttled heavily when you reach your cap. But did anyone know that if you are able to access the MetroPCS hidden menu, you can change to connect to the old CDMA EvDo 3G??

    I get 500kb/s with that on my Motion with only 1 bar. Running PRL 2032 at the moment as well.

    To access the hidden menu on the Motion:
    1. Dial ##626*
    2. Enter SPC code (go to http://whiterabbit.org/android and enter your IMEI number. The MSL # is the SPC code)
    3. Scroll down
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    Feel free to post how to do this on other phones please :) I will add it to OP

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  2. funkyman

    funkyman Well-Known Member

    Can you keep it there even after your data resets or will it revert back on its own? is it even a good idea to keep it like that after you get your usual 4g speeds?
  3. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Change it back when your bill cycle resets ;)
  4. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior Guide

    It just forces 3G it doesn't harm your phone or anything i still force 3G for better battery life even though I have fully unlimited $55 plan
  5. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    +1^
    3G speeds> 4G capped speeds :D
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  6. stuntiNIN0

    stuntiNIN0 Well-Known Member

    yup more consistent definitely, have found this to be true after my GS3 broke and ive been having to use my spare LG optimus, might be a bit slower, but sure is more consistant, that is for my area at least, i know some people here getting 9MBPS+ speeds, this is not the case for them, good for them lol
  7. SouthFLpix

    SouthFLpix Member

    Is there any way to access this hidden menu on the S3? I am hitting my cap and getting throttled every month.
  8. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    There should be, but i don't know.
  9. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior Guide

    To get S3 hidden menu:
    If not on stock dial *#*#4636#*#
    If stock download http://db.tt/pyANhGrd
    Then hit Device information for (1x-CDMA only)(3G-CDMA auto)(4G-LTE/CDMA/EVDO) 3G is EvDO
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  10. SouthFLpix

    SouthFLpix Member

    That worked great. The only thing is that I didn't see a CDMA/EVDO option, so I had to go with CDMA only. It bumped my speeds up to about 600kbps from 100kbps, which is a great improvement.
  11. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior Guide

    CDMA Only is 1x only so I don't see how your getting over 144kbps, to get 3G its the CDMA auto option
  12. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    Tried this method on my Connect, gives me an Android.process.acore error when MSL is entered correctly. Says wrong code otherwise LOL :D
  13. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Are you on stock?
  14. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    I thought about that afterwards, LOL... I'm running BOC ROM. Would I have to be on stock ZV* in order for the hidden menu to work?
  15. Gman9831

    Gman9831 I'm no Senior Guide

    Have you tried both ##626* & *#*#4636#*#* {?}
  16. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    Try what he said:





    If that doesn't work, go back to stock.
  17. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    The other 4636 thingy did nothing. I tried going back to stock but all ZVA backup images I can find are MD5 errors or dead links, and my personal backup images are MIA. I'm not using the LGUT and re-rooting again, that's a pain. Unless, there is some hefty advantage to having access to hidden menu? :D :D I dunno, sammy, is there an easier way to restore my phone without all of the MD5 errors?
  18. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    LGUT?
  19. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    LG Updater Tool. The only way to restore because backup images on my phone never work :(
  20. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    That doesn't work when you're up to date does it?
  21. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    Not a single backup image I either downloaded or created using CWM has worked. I get either an MD5 checksum error or I soft brick my phone using my backups, whether I wipe all, or dalvik alone.

    It's weird, should I use a different CWM? I never had any problem restoring my Optimus backup images. Maybe I'm doing something wrong?
  22. danny8360

    danny8360 Member

    Is 4 toggle just as good as this?
  23. sammyz

    sammyz LG Whiz Kid Guide

    If it automatically connects to 3G, then yes.
    ...I should just make an unbrick guide for you :p
  24. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    Hahaha..... Maybe a handbook for CWM :D

    Anyway, I restored my phone to stock ZVA again, this time I used ChiWen's exploit and gots me CWM Touch. The only pain this time was waiting an hour for the software to download! Now I'm going to make another backup image!
  25. Spec2nirvash

    Spec2nirvash VIP Member VIP Member

    @sammyz

    Method works for a Connect exactly as posted for the Motion! Only works with stock ROM though :D
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