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[International] Questions about galaxy s4 i9500!

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Nadasive, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Nadasive

    Nadasive Lurker
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    So i bought this phone from some guy on craigslist and then I found out that it is an international version and I live in the United States so unfortunately I cannot get 4g connection with my tmobile network.

    It is missing the action features (when I enable actions in the settings it does not let me click on it and actually go into it and see the settings) There are no gesture settings or anything like that. it is pure android without extra features.

    I am guessing I need to root this phone and install a rom into it... This is something I have never done before but before i go and do research on this topic, what do you guys think? is this the right thing to do in order for me to get the features and to get 4g speeds again?

    Anything will be helpful ,

    thanks in advance :)

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  2. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member

    I9500 stock rom has air gesture support, just needs to be enabled. I9500 has no 4G, regardless of carrier. I heard of a report of someone getting a knockoff fake I9500 already. Not sure if that is the case, but it should have all the features of the S4 you see anyone with, minus 4G.
  3. Nadasive

    Nadasive Lurker
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    Thats the thing though, it does not have any features like the s4 should...

    air gesture and all that other features do not work. not even multi-window.

    I go to settings --> device --> enable the action toggle and when I try to click on action to go into settings, nothing happens....
    same thing when i try to click on NFC/ S Beam and near equipment DNLA sharing.

    Screen mirroring doesnt work either.
    I tap on it and nothing happens....

    I'm afraid I got a fake one shit.
  4. Rxpert83

    Rxpert83 Dr. Feelgood

    Unfortunately, with the popularity of the s4 we are seeing more and more knockoffs.

    It it still running touchwiz? You mentioned stock android, I'm just wondering if you got the Google edition by chance.
  5. Nadasive

    Nadasive Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Yea its running touchwiz.

    Is there a way that I can try and figure out if its real or fake?
  6. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    Go to the dial pad and enter... *#1234#

    You are taken to a screen entitled, "Version", with 3 lines of information. What do these read?

    You can also go to...

    Settings > More > About device

    This should display your Model number, Android version and Build number

  7. Nadasive

    Nadasive Lurker
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    When I do *#1234# it says ussd code running then it says connection problem or invalid mmi code

    model number is gt-i9500
    android version 4.2.2
    baseband version: MAUI.11AMD.W12.22.SP.V17,2013/05/08 11:12

    kernal version 3.0.13 1313v12 Wed may 29 11:35:56 cst 2013

    build number JDQ39.I9500ZHUAMDE

    custom build version 1269278134

    I think this phone is fake.
  8. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

    I am inclined to agree with you since the *#1234# is not bringing up the Version and all the other details do not correspond to Samsung firmware.

    The, "Z", would normally indicate a Chinese or Taiwanese build but the only references I can find are...


    How to Root Galaxy S4! [CWM Method][GT-i9500][GT-i9505][T-Mobile][Sprint] | GalaxyS4Root.com (30th June post in comments)

    and, perhaps most telling, is a Vietnamese website that lists it as a Chinese fake...

    Firmware cho c
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  9. Nadasive

    Nadasive Lurker
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  10. sntaylor

    sntaylor Android Expert

    That would depend on what the other person is offering to pay for it! You could off course try to contact the person you bought it from, or even report them, otherwise I doubt you'll get anywhere near that amount of money back...providing YOU do the honest thing and tell and prospecting buyer that it's a knock off!
  11. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member

    That is some crap. Defiantly go after that seller with all legal means. Also look on craigslist if they are stilling another one. If so maybe the person knows they are not real and turning them for a quick buck, could lead to an easy "sting" operation if police are into arresting those breaking the law, it is there job to protect citizens from these things too when they can.
  12. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

  13. Screech

    Screech Well-Known Member

    I think most of the clones I've heard about are of the 9500, I think partially maybe because they don't need hardware with LTE support to pull off that clone. Or, maybe they just thought cloning the octa-core version would be more profitable due to them not having the same production numbers as the easier to get 9505 (or other snapdragon based S4).
  14. ironass

    ironass Extreme Android User

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  15. sntaylor

    sntaylor Android Expert

    I have only one bought a phone off the internet that wasn't ordered on a contract from a reputable dealer.... it was a galaxy y for about
  16. Gomjaba

    Gomjaba Android Enthusiast

    Only fake I received was my first S3 - which funny enough I got from an Amazon seller.. Got a refund in no time though ..

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