Samsung Galaxy Note Hacked to Run on T-Mobile

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AT&T scored itself an exclusive on Samsung’s Galaxy Note for the smartphone’s US launch, releasing it for its new LTE network. That didn’t do fans of T-Mobile much good, as the international HSPA+ version of the Note doesn’t support the 1700MHz band T-Mobile relies on, and while the AT&T LTE version of the phone works on 1700MHz, it only does so for LTE. The guys over at the XDA-Developer forums thought that someone should be able to nudge the Note over to operating on T-Mobile with the proper motivation, and put together a bounty to encourage development. Those efforts seem to have paid off, as it’s now possible to modify your Note’s software and achieve reliable connectivity over T-Mobile.

The quick-and-easy way to prepare the Note for T-Mobile involves taking modem software from another phone and flashing it to the Note; the T-Mobile version of the Galaxy S II is a popular choice, and there’s also some software used on Telus in Canada that works.

While this works, it’s not a perfect solution. Data speeds are passable (and certainly better than EDGE), but not ideal; you’ll be lucky to even come close to 5Mbps. Ultimately, the speeds you see seem dependent on what modem code you flash to the phone. That’s a big adjustment from those AT&T LTE speeds, but if your heart belongs to Magenta, now the Galaxy Note is finally an option you can consider.

Source: XDA-Developers forum

Thanks: tomin.fhl

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!