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AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 OTA Update to Lollipop

Woke up this morning to Lollipop, so its official AT&T has finally started pushing out the highly-anticipated Android 5.0 Lollipop Over-The-Air (OTA) update for Galaxy S4

Now its time for me to find a method to root and enable some features such as Wifi Tethering

Tech Info:

  • Model SAMSUNG-SGH-I337
  • Android Ver: 5.0.1
  • Baseband Ver: I337UCUGOC3
  • Kernel Ver: 3.4.0-4408911
  • Build Number: LRX22C.I337UCUGOC3

Galaxy S4: No Sim Card Error, Please Reboot

For several months now I have been dealing with an issue where my phone reports that my sim card was removed and prompts me to reboot the device. As you can guess this is very annoying as I am unable to receive SMS and Phone calls and there is no warning other than when I go to look at my phone screen to see this message displayed.

I worked with my phone provider AT&T who later told me to replace my SIM card and reset my phone. I did just that with no success.

After calling Samsung they  told me that couldn’t work with me on the issue and that I needed to deal with AT&T.

I’ve even gone the down the road of rooting the device and installing a custom firmware; No dice, the issue still exists, so I went back to stock.

I had a friend who also uses AT&T use her SIM in my phone and guess what  *****BAM**** same thing.  At this point I am convinced this has something to do with my Samsung Galaxy S4 and the fact that it get’s very hot at times and something internal is damaged.
Model: SAMSUNG-SGH-I337

Android Version: 4.2.2

Baseband Version: I337UCUAMDL

 

Sorry, I don’t have a solution / fix for this problem just posting about it  #venting

Text-to-911

There are situations where the ability to speak is not an option. In the past it was very problematic for those who are deaf or have had some type of accident rending their ability to speak impossible.

Even worse — What if you were hiding away from an attacker and needed help?

Now you can get help via a text (sms) message.

The providers supporting the service include AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless.

However there is a small drawback;  Call centers will not have the ability to triangulate your location the same way they can with a phone call.

Here is some more info right form the FCC’s Website

Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 911 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device.

In the future, text-to-911 will be widely available in the United States. However, for now, the ability to contact 911 using text is only available on a limited basis in a few markets. For this reason, you should not rely on text to reach 911.

On January 30, 2014, the Commission adopted a Policy Statement and 2nd FNPRM stating the goal that all wireless telephone companies and providers of interconnected text messaging services should enable consumers to send text messages to 911. The Commission encouraged industry-developed solutions to achieve this goal, and proposed rules that would require all covered text providers to support text-to-911 by December 31, 2014. (See also: Best Practices for Implementing Text-to-911:www.fcc.gov/encyclopedia/best-practices-implementing-text-911.)

How to Contact 911

IMPORTANT! If you use a wireless phone or other type of mobile device, make sure to do the following in an emergency:

  • Always contact 911 by making a voice call, if you can.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability, use a TTY or a telecommunications relay service, if possible.
  • Remember – in most cases now, you cannot reach 911 by sending a text message.

Bounce-Back Messages

The FCC has rules to help keep consumers safe during the transition to text-to-911. These rules are intended to minimize the risk if consumers attempt to send text messages to 911 where the service is not available. Specifically, beginning September 30, 2013, all wireless telephone companies and certain other text messaging providers are required by the FCC to send an automatic “bounce-back” message to any consumer who tries to send a text message to 911 where this service is not yet available.

  • Consumers who receive this “bounce-back” message will be advised to contact emergency services by another means, such as by making a voice call or using a telecommunications relay service (the latter for consumers who are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability).
  • The nation’s four largest wireless telephone companies – AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon – have agreed to voluntarily begin sending these “bounce back” text messages across their networks as of June 30, 2013, a few months earlier than the September 2013 deadline established by the FCC’s rules.

When Will Text-to-911 Become Widely Available?

  • In a Policy Statement adopted January 30, 2014, the Commission expressed its belief that every wireless carrier and every provider that enables a consumer to send text messages to telephone numbers should support text-to-911 capabilities.
  • In an agreement with NENA and APCO, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon have voluntarily committed to provide text-to-911 service by May 15, 2014 in all areas served by their networks where a 911 call center is prepared to receive texts.
  • The Commission encourages wireless providers and interconnected text providers that are not parties to the Carrier-NENA-APCO Agreement to work with the public safety community to develop similar commitments to support text-to-911 in a timely manner, so that all consumers will be assured access to text-to-911 regardless of what text provider they choose. The Commission has also proposed rules that would require all covered text providers to support text-to-911 by December 31, 2014.
  • The Commission has encouraged 911 call centers to begin accepting texts as text providers develop text-to-911 capability. It is up to each 911 call center to decide whether and when to begin accepting texts. Some call centers have started to accept text messages already. We expect that others will do so and that text-to-911 will become available in more areas over time.
  • Nevertheless, even where text-to-911 is available, consumers should continue to contact 911 by making a voice call if they can, and use text only if voice is not a feasible or safe option.

Status of Text-to-911 Deployments

Wireless Carrriers’ Voluntary Commitment to Accelerate Text-to-911 Services

Commission Text-to-911 Documents

For More Information

To learn more about FCC programs to promote access to telecommunications services for people with disabilities, visit the FCC’s Disability Rights Office website.

For information about other communications issues, visit the FCC’s Consumer website, or contact the FCC’s Consumer Center by calling 1-888-CALL-FCC (1-888-225-5322) voice or 1-888-TELL-FCC (1-888-835-5322) TTY; faxing 1-866-418-0232; or writing to:

Federal Communications Commission
Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau
Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division
445 12th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20554

AT&T LTE PTA APN Setting

Ok just jumped into yet another custom rom. And silly me; I misplaced my notes on my factory APN Settings. That’s ok, because I am going to put them here for future reference.

Here are the settings; simple and to the point:

4G LTE PTA/HSPA+:
Name: PTA
APN: pta
MMSC: http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
MMS Proxy: proxy.mobile.att.net
MMS port: 80
MCC: 310
MNC: 410
Auth: none
APN type: default,mms,supl,hipri

HSPA+:
Name: AT&T
APN: wap.cingular
Username:WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
Password:CINGULAR1
MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS Proxy: wireless.cingular.com
MMS Port: 80
MCC:310
MNC:410
APN type: default,supl,mms

*note* HSPA+ (aka H+) will save you on battery life where 4G/LTE will burn baby burn

 

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How to Unroot and Go Stock: Galaxy S4 AT&T

In previous posts I have gone over rooting the AT&T model of the Galaxy S4. Now it’s time to go over unrooting and going back to stock.

I recently installed ClockworkMod Recovery so that I could install CyanogenMod 10. After a few days I found myself missing some of the stock features; mainly the way the camera works with the stock Samsung / AT&T Firmware.

Here are steps I’ve done to make this possible:

  1. Power off your Galaxy S4
  2. Now hold down volume down, center button (home) and the power button together. This should take you to a warning screen. Follow the instructions on the screen.
  3. At this screen press volume up to continue; now you should be in the download mode
  4. Connect your USB cable to the Galaxy S4 and your computer
  5. Run the ODIN program; you will see a highlighted yellow box indicating your COM connection to the phone.

  6. Select the stock firmware; File should end with “tar.md5”
  7. In ODIN, select PDA to browse to the stock firmware file “*tar.md5”
  8. Click Start; you will now be in the process of installing the stock firmware for the Galaxy S4
  9. When completed you will see “PASS!” on the screen; your Galaxy S4 will restart.

  10. If you hit a message such as “Firmware Error”, just start the process over again.
  11. Once all has worked you should see the factory splash logo on screen.
  12. Power off the phone and do a factory reset.

How to do a factory reset of the Galaxy S4:

  1. Power off the Galaxy S4
  2. Hold the volume up, center button (home) and power buttons together; the phone will boot
  3. Once you see a logo on screen; keep holding down the volume up and center button (home) and let go of the power button
  4. In the recovery mode, choose “wipe data/factory reset” – this will take a few seconds
  5. Once this has completed; choose the option to reboot system; you are now back to stock.

Resources you may need:

  1. U.S. Galaxy S4 Stock Firmwares:
    I337UCUAMDB_I337ATTAMDB_ATT.zip
    key: Jj5hlQkz-Ip1gt3w7ET5MCYxyepRIZViC229JNDr77Y

    I337UCUAMDL_I337ATTAMDL_ATT.zip
    key: Q3uDcxXbgMmlyIu1CyW2dEQ-Bnxp7RJBqfz9YjlN5jw
  2. ODIN
    key: 
    B033ByaFT8xaRIzqJ2uNYD9Ky28pjMCdbVNBokJP_aU
  3. SAMSUNG_USB_Driver_for_Mobile_Phones
    Key: YZXUVGUg8YsxUfycfatSmTelodIa_6n8WAthQHj0OOs

Other Links:

  1. motochopper
    key: 
    XuUjDE5seaKP7iP5pp-0DDW2VYFXbHIllpLsrLwfHjQ

Links above provided by MEGA cloud storage service.

For other firmwares: http://galaxys4root.com/galaxy-s4-stock-firmware/

 

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How To: Install CWM Recovery on AT&T Galaxy S4 – SGH-i337

Sometime ago I had rooted my Galaxy S4 (SGH-i337) to enabled WiFi Tethering because I wasn’t done testing the stock image from Samsung / AT&T. Now its time for me to prepare to install CyanogenMod; Before I can do so I need to install ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) which is a replacement recovery option for Android devices, made by Koushik “Koush” Dutta. More info here.

While the boot-loader on AT&T’s Galaxy S4 is locked  there is a way to install the custom recover using the LOKI method created by one of the XDA Developers which bypasses the boot-loader check to enable the custom recover options and allow you to install ROM’s.

So a few things we need to start and I’ll provide steps that worked for me.

Phone must have been rooted before starting this process (as you will need to move files around in system directories that you can only access as root

You need to download the loki_flash form: http://downloadandroidrom.com/file/GalaxyS4/loki/loki_flash  or from Github: https://github.com/djrbliss/loki

You will need to download the recover.lok for Galaxy S4 from: http://downloadandroidrom.com/file/GalaxyS4/SGH-i337/recovery/CWM/recovery.lok

Once downloaded use any file explorer that is able to be run as superuser – Example: Root Explorer (File Manager) and locate the two files you have just downloaded.

Select and copy the files loki_flash and recovery.lok to the following directory: /data/local/tmp

If not already installed download the Android Terminal Emulator and once at the command line type “su” without the quotes to elevate to superuser.

Once elevated in the terminal change directory by typing: cd /data/local/tmp | verify you are in the right location by typing “ls” without the quotes and you should see the files recovery.lok and loki_flash

In this directory (/data/local/tmp) type chmod 775 *

Now you will need to run the loki script by typing he following: ./loki_flash recovery recovery.lok | once this is run you will receive a successful message, you can then (when ready) type: reboot recovery in the Android Terminal.

Yeah, I made mistakes along the way. In the end it worked out.

Congratulations you now have ClockworkMod Recovery (CWM) and better yes the power to backup/restore ROMs and install custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod

To get back into recovery you have two methods:

  1. Access the Android Terminal Emulator and “su” into superuser and type: reboot recovery
  2. Power off your phone and power on again holding the volume up, center button and power button. Once you see a logo on the screen release the power button and continue to hold volume up, and the center button. Welcome back to the CWM Recovery Menu

WiFi Tether AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337

I must first thank Zedomax over at galaxys4root.com for his work and information provided which made this possible for me tonight. My hat’s off to you sir.

Please visit his website and follow his YouTube Channel for all the latest and up to date info in rooting Android devices, such as the Galaxy S2, S3, and S4.

So how is this done!

  1. First thing is to root your Galaxy S4 (SGH-i337), this is a must
  2. Next, download the new Wifi Tether provisioning files. (Link) *his link not mine
  3. Use any file browsing app that allows for root access, such as ‘Script Manger’ found in the Google Play Store
  4. Browse as root  to /system/app directory and you will find two files called TetheringProvision.apk and TetheringProvision.odex.  Rename these files to TetheringProvision.apk.bak and TetheringProvision.odex.bak, respectively. I kept the orginal extension in the backup name so that if I reverted back I would remember what to name them
  5. Next go to your Download folder where you downloaded your new TetheringProvision.apk file and copy it to the file into /system/app directory
  6. Reboot your Galaxy S4 and try turning Mobile Hotspot on.  You still get AT&T’s warning message but tethering will now turn on and work.

Awesome isn’t it

Ultimate Credits go to the folks over at XDA – Stop by and give those guys/gals thanks

 

How to take a screenshot on the Samsung Galaxy S4

Hello All,

Today I got my hands on the new Samsung Galaxy S4 (AT&T). I wanted to test how to take a screenshot. For sometime now I have used my rooted Galaxy S2 with CyanogenMod which allowed for me to simply press the power button and get a menu context which allowed me to take the screenshot of my choice. Now with a stock out of the box device there isn’t a menu to do this, but rest assured there is a way and best of all its simple to do.

To take a screen shot with the Samsung Galaxy S4 you simple do the following.

  1. HOLD down the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time.
  2. Now go look for your screenshot to upload or email

If look for it you can find them in the directory /Pictures/Screenshots, or simply use the Gallery app.

HOLD down the POWER button and the HOME button at the same time

 

Wait… I’m not done. I found another way to take them also. This involves using the new Palm Motion feature which allows you to wave your hand magically over the Galaxy S4 to take the shot.

You enable this setting by:

Clicking on the MENU button and select SETTINGS

On the top menu bar, selection the “My Device” tab. Then select “Motion and Gestures”

Under “Palm Motion” settings, check “Capture Screen” button is set to ON.

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Galaxy S4 AT&T

I can feel it coming in the air tonight… And I’ve been waiting for this moment…

Well the wait is almost over for many of us as the folks over at CyanogenMod have just posted the following message ‘The patch to enable nightlies for the AT&T variant of the S4 (jflteatt) has just been merged – builds will be available with the nightly cycle this evening.’

Excellent work and in the nick of time as I am making the jump from my rooted GS2 to the GS4. I am sure there will be more to come soon. And I’ll keep you all posted.

What is CyanogenMod?

AT&T APN AND MMS Settings for Android

I Recently was playing with my Android.

After installing a new ROM I noticed my data network was not working.

After some searching around I found the following:

 

Basic Settings

AT&T
APN: wap.cingular
Username: WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
Password: CINGULAR1 (must be in CAPS)

 

Expanded Settings

Name: AT&T
APN: wap.cingular
Proxy: leave blank
Port: leave blank
Username:WAP@CINGULARGPRS.COM
Password:CINGULAR1 (yes this is in CAPS)
Server: leave blank
MMSC: http://mmsc.cingular.com
MMS Proxy: wireless.cingular.com
MMS Port: 80
MCC:310
MNC:410
APN Type: leave blank