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  1. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Such as?

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  2. marcus33

    marcus33 Member

    Thinking about upgrading from an S3 to an S5 Neo.

    When I click on the S5 Neo (SM-G903F) link I just end up in the S5 Prime section so I'm posting my question here:

    Will I be able to root and install NeatROM on an S5 Neo?​
  3. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    AFAIK, Sasa has abandoned the NEAT ROM project for the S5 some time ago and has not released anything since November 2014 on KitKat. See, http://forum.xda-developers.com/galaxy-s5/development/rom-neatrom-v1-t2828562
  4. My Model is not listed?
    It is
    Any info appreciated
  5. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Hello and welcome to Android Forums Sherwood Tucker!

    Do you mean the SM-S920L?

    If so, that is the carrier minority variant for Straight Talk and Verizon of the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime which is, I believe, a Galaxy S6 variant and not a Galaxy S5. Hence, not appearing in the Galaxy S5 list. ;)

    Galaxy Grand Prime (Tracfone)
  6. Thanks for the comeback!
    Yes it is straight talk where I purchased it.
    I paid $300 + tax etc.

    And yes none of the instructions in the S5 forum
    seem to work so
    is there a way to tell if it is S6 variant and
    I will try the S6 forum and see if anything
    applies there.
    Thanks again
    Settings say:
    Android ver: 4.4.2
    hardware ver: S902L.01
    many others
  7. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    My bad. It is the ultimate in minority variants for the S5. So minority is it, I had not even heard of it until now. :thinking:
  8. NP LOL I just called and they checked the serial #.
    It is am S5 serial #
    and it does have 2 cameras
    so i guess now i have to find the owners manual for this one
  9. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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  10. Tomcat55

    Tomcat55 Lurker

    Hi guys,
    My sister got her phone from UK and its S5 Neo with G903F variant, she is now in Canada and I have a Wind Mobile SIM, phone is SIM unlocked now but its showing Away on WIND. Now my question is that is it possible to install new firmware from Sammobile site for WIND and it will work?. Keeping in mind that the WIND uses AWS, is it possible they have frequencies present in the F variant just disabled by specific Root they install. or it is physical issue where they don't have that frequency present in the phone. So I will be installing this firmware which is for G variant on a F variant S5 NEO. http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/database/SM-G903W/GLW
    Has anyone tried it and does it works ?
  11. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Hello and welcome to Android Forums Tomcat55 :)

    As you have no doubt discovered, the European model of the Galaxy S5 Neo, G903F, will not work at all on the Canadian Wind network. This is a hardware issue with the built-in modem and cannot be fixed by flashing the G903W firmware. Even the Canadian G930W model will only work on Wind on 3G and not 2G or 4G/LTE.
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  12. Tomcat55

    Tomcat55 Lurker

    Thank you Ironass for quick reply. I feared that :(

    Guess I will have to get her a new phone.
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  13. zabzs05

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    i'm new... this probably is not the right place to ask this question but i will anyways.

    I bought a US phone that was SIM unlocked from Verizon (SM-G900V ). it still has all the proprietary Verizon junk on it and i was wondering if it was possible to flash it to a SM-G900F?Will it brick the phone? I Live in Canada and am on the Bell network it works fine for texts n calling i just disable the Verizon verification upon boot up. ( i checked frequency compatibility before buying but didn't consider the verizon bloat ware...)I Have watched a couple Youtube video's but most are labeled as flash for a different country. is that what i'm doing by changing it to an international version?

    i'm really confused, apart from kies and Odin is there anything else i could/ should use? Is what i want to do even possible?

    I hope i have better luck than Tomcat55 :/
  14. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Hello and welcome to Android Forums zabzs05 :)

    I am afraid that the Verizon carrier minority variant is only able to have Verizon's own firmware flashed to it. See, #1.6 of post #1. The phone is designed to work on the CDMA network for Verizon and cannot handle the worldwide GSM firmware of the international or Canadian models. The G900V will work on the Bell 3G network, (Bell does not do 2G), and is partially compatible with the 4G/LTE bands for Bell.
  15. zabzs05

    zabzs05 Lurker

    Hi Ironass :D, i was afraid of that, no one was giving me a straight answer and went to rooting, and well i'm not comfortable with that. Would you recommend it? also is there a way to get android 6.0.1 without rooting , i know the software is limited by the verizon release and not samsung as you mentioned before.. also if i am still un comfortable with rooting, do you think that this is a good solution to limit the verizon bloat ware.

    thanks for the quick reply. no matter that i can't flash to a different model, considering i got a relatively new phone (refurbished) for about 100$ less than the sm-g900f and i can use it with my service provider(considering a student budget), i'm still happy, just not ecstatic anymore.
  16. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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  17. zabzs05

    zabzs05 Lurker

    so does that mean that the phone cant upgrade to marshmallow (without rooting)? and why not use the way they did it in the video as opposed to buying the app ( in know the app does it semi automatically and is just a dollar = less headache)
  18. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    You could upgrade to Marshmallow by downloading and flashing it as per #1.11 of post #1. The app is perhaps safer than the ADB method as, hopefully, you will not brick your phone by using it. Disabling/removing system apps without knowing fully what they do can cause problems.
  19. zabzs05

    zabzs05 Lurker

    hey how would i find the csc for my phone considering that *#1234# is not working, the phone is running android 5.0

    edit: i found G900VVRU2BPB1 under the build number
  20. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Re-read #1.8 of post #1. ;);)
  21. OldIron01

    OldIron01 Lurker

    Thanks for an amazing page. Unfortunately, I'm a bit of a neophyte with Droids (better with old tractors).
    I have a miserable little underpowered LG beast, and when Droid OS updated, the 8gig which was previously fine now eliminated nearly all available resources. no way to revert, either. (ugh)
    I am looking for a serious improvement on a budget.
    I'm thinking that the S5 is the best cost effective option so far.
    I have AT&T in USA with 4G-LTE, and am wondering what the 'best' model would be for my needs.
    I occasionally travel to France/Spain regularly as well as Australia. Data in the States is important, not so much when travelling. Swapping SIMs is not a problem for me, either.
    I was looking at the duos, but they're near impossible to find in USA, and then they're very pricey.
    In the end, I also need to be able to install apps to the SD Card, something the LG has great difficulty with and then only very partially. (Is this a Droid issue, and has it been solved??) I was told that lollipop firmware update can do this?
    I'm looking at the SM-G900F and the SM-900A? Any better suggestions and/or ideas welcome...
    Thanks again for your amazing efforts here!!!
  22. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Hello and welcome to Android Forums OldIron01 :)

    Personally, I would not have the AT&T model if you gave me one. They are still waiting for the Marshmallow upgrade some 7 months after the international started to receive it. Also, like most U.S. phones, it will not be fully compatible with most of the worldwide 4G/LTE networks.

    The international, G900F, and Duos are pretty compatible worldwide except for the 4G/LTE U.S. networks. If I needed a phone that was primarily for the U.S. and with occasional use in Europe, I would suggest the T-Mobile (USA) model, G900T.

    For more information on phone compatibility, see, Will My Phone Work?
  23. celestine327

    celestine327 Lurker

    I have a galaxy s5 model number sm-g900f. But my fone is lte-a version 32gb storage nd 3gbram and i want to uupgrade it to marshmallow but i dint knw which firmware to download.. pls i need help
  24. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User
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    Hello ans welcome to Android Forums celestine327 :):)

    Install Phone INFO ★Samsung★, free from the Play Store and post your, "Phone Model", and, "Product Code", as per the app.
  25. celestine327

    celestine327 Lurker

    Thanks ironass.....

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