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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Hamzameer2001, Oct 2, 2019.

  1. Hamzameer2001

    Hamzameer2001 Lurker
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    Hi, I bought an unlocked Honor 8X off of Amazon and I was wondering if I would still receive OTA updates on it. There is currently no sim card in it

    Help would be appreciated, thank you
     


  2. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    not without a sim card will you get an update.
     
  3. Hamzameer2001

    Hamzameer2001 Lurker
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    Sorry but could you be more clear about that.

    Thank you.
     
  4. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    If you do not have a sim card, you do not have a cellular signal which is how you get OTA (Over The Air) updates. The air part is your cellular. You might be able to update by flashing a firmware version of the update... that you can do with out a sim card.
     
  5. Hamzameer2001

    Hamzameer2001 Lurker
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    How about over wifi? Is that not Over the Air?
     
  6. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Huawei phones usually do download OTA updates via WiFi, no carrier service required. However I'm not sure if Huawei region restricts updates or not. Is this Honor 8 been used in the region or country it was intended to be sold in?
     
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  7. ocnbrze

    ocnbrze DON'T PANIC!!!!!!!!!

    you can flash a firmware update, but that is different. i think you will need a pc to do that. i think that is what @mikedt is talking about. never heard of an update done over wifi straight to the phone before.
     
  8. Hamzameer2001

    Hamzameer2001 Lurker
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    Im currently using this phone in Canada. Its is a JSN-L23 model which i believe is for either Canada or the United States, but im not sure which one.
     
  9. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    That variant seems to have FCC approval.
    https://fccid.io/QISJSN-L23
    So it's definitely intended for North America. So I'd say yes, it should receive OTA updates no problem.

    Reason why I'm not sure about Huawei region restrictions, is because I've got a China variant Mate 10, and it received the OTA Pie update from Oreo, within a few hours of me arriving back in China when it connected to hotel WiFi in Beijing. After I'd been in the UK for a few weeks. Could be just coincidence.
     
  10. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    Every Android phone I've had, has had OTA updates downloaded and installed via WiFi. And I thought that was the default with Android devices, to download OTA updates via WiFi, Mainly because WiFi might be more reliable for large downloads, plus something like 2-3GB of Pie update, would really eat into limited data plans, and could cost serious $$$.

    I've got a Samsung here, that's been receiving OTA updates and there's no SIM in it.

    Some carrier-locked phones might require a carrier SIM and service for initial activation and registration, before they receive OTA updates. But the OP has an unlocked Huawei Honor, which should be okay.
     
    #10 mikedt, Oct 5, 2019
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2019
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The Huawei Honor 8 release date was July 2016. Features and Specs include a 5.2" inch screen, 12MP camera, 4GB RAM, HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor, and 3000mAh battery.

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