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Root Know your Wildfire S - CDMA or GSM? Marvel or Marvelc

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  1. Gryffon

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    KNOW YOUR WILDFIRE S MODEL

    MARVEL or MARVELC ?
    GSM or CDMA ?

    :thinking::thinking::thinking::thinking::thinking:


    This may be obvious to the teky folk reading this, but believe me, from my own experience this is an extremely important factor in rooting a Wildfire S, it is the single most important thing to know from the very start. Why do I say that? Because I DIDN'T fully understand it when I began my quest to install custom ROMs on my on HTC wfs. I learned the hard way, and this was not due to simply being a novice fool, but because I never found this matter fully explained BEFORE I started to root my phone. There are endless posts, thread, tuturials out there, I know I read hundreds, and new interest comes from searches on Google as I did which lead folk to these countless threads. But, these threads are not always clear on the matter of differing network technology, and very often refer to the Wildfire S marvel as the SINGLE version for our device. That is VERY easy to fall victim to, and it can cause serious issues, frustration, madness and eating tree bark mixed with Guinness.​

    You can learn much more about the difference between CDMA and GSM network tech using this link. It is explained in layman terms and easily understood. I advise you take time to read it if you have any doubts about your network technology.​

    However, for the purpose of simplifying this thread, I'm going to lay out the simply facts that YOU NEED TO KNOW about your Wildfire S prior to making any modifications such as a root. Especially if you are in the USA.
    Two network versions exist for the Wildfire S and THIS is relected in the developement software, and THAT is what is IMPORTANT TO KNOW:

    :2in1:​

    • CDMA --- Mainly USA ---- = MARVELC
    • GSM ---- REST OF WORLD! ---MARVEL
    For an example when looking for a ROM for your rooted device see if it states it's target software such as the example below which is in fact at aimed at American CDMA models of the Android HTC WildfireS:​





    eg> [ROM]cm-9.1.0-CRYPTOMILK-ALPHA9-marvelc



    This is what you MUST remember when looking to flash or install ANYTHING to your device. You need to ensure that the developement supports either Marvel or Marvelc, or both as a few do. For Americans on the CDMA Network (Marvelc) sadly there is very little that is available for Marvelc, especially in ROM developement even though the devices have been around for a few years. However, certain developement teams are catching up and doing their best to fill that gap. I feel though that due to the rarity of CDMA users compared to the vast numbers of GSM users of the world there will always be less demand and so less to choose from in the USA (At least for now.)​

    Hopefully this note will prevent other Wildfire S owners from getting the headaches, frustration, rage and homicidal inclinations that I experienced before I finally caught on to a very simple, but not clearly explained factor regarding the software and workings of our sweet little Wildfire's.

    To check your model type: Menu>>Settings>>About Phone if it doesn't state Marvel or Marvelc in the information, note the model number and Google it... ​

    Good Day! :tomato:​

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    I went to Settings >About Phone>Phone identity and would you believe it, under Model number it says
     
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