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Galaxy Nexus for $459.50 on Negri (NTT Docomo version)

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24th April 2012, 10:58 PM   |  #491  
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I think there's tax and shipping, that's what I read. So the savings is like $30 I think

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This.

I was kind of regretting that I jumped the gun so early, but then I realize I had all the joys of tweaking and modding (IMEI fix) that would be considered priceless. Besides, this is the sad tale of all tech purchases, as they decrease in value considerably after a few months.
24th April 2012, 11:06 PM   |  #492  
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445.84 directly from Google... Have the Page open just deciding should I press the complete your purchase button

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24th April 2012, 11:11 PM   |  #493  
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445.84 directly from Google... Have the Page open just deciding should I press the complete your purchase button

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Do it. Looks like you have the T989 which has barren development right now. It's not even confirmed if that phone will even get ICS in recent news.

I would sell the T989 and buy the Galaxy Nexus. I did the same thing back in March and I haven't looked back. The Development community is too awesome here.
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25th April 2012, 03:43 AM   |  #494  
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So, as I posted earlier, I bought a second one i9250 ($430), not from negri of course.
Phone came with the same seal by Samsung, but it was not plastic wrapped like Negris. Bootloader is not unloced, imei is correct and 1st boot took me to the setup (negris went to launcher)

It came with 4.0.1 and after a few minutes it updated to 4.0.2 OTA. at this point I rooted and CWM.

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I notice a DIFFERENCE in hardware, there is a small antenna? in the i9250 that the Docomo doesn't have, see pics, other than that they look the same to me.

Might be my impression but the i9250 performs a little better catching H signal, I just tried for 1 day.

Anybody know what this antenna does?

I'm not completely sure about this, but I think that little piece of metal is present on the Japanese model as well, but covered up. I think it's odd for a nexus device to have hardware variations that affect performance.... let alone the docomo simlock itself ......
25th April 2012, 04:00 AM   |  #495  
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Originally Posted by chlehqls

This.

I was kind of regretting that I jumped the gun so early, but then I realize I had all the joys of tweaking and modding (IMEI fix) that would be considered priceless. Besides, this is the sad tale of all tech purchases, as they decrease in value considerably after a few months.

I am quite happy to see Google selling them. Maybe the huge popularity of negri and other importers helped them to realize that having reference developer device that doesn't even officially sell in the US is a bit weird.

It was maddening to go to official page (www.google.com/nexus) only to be told that I should buy CDMA version from Verizon with 2 year contract. So now they finally fixed it.

It would be nice if this became standard for next Google phone...
25th April 2012, 04:53 AM   |  #496  
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I'm not completely sure about this, but I think that little piece of metal is present on the Japanese model as well, but covered up. I think it's odd for a nexus device to have hardware variations that affect performance.... let alone the docomo simlock itself ......

Huh?

That circular port is used during production to test the phone's connectivity, via an external antenna. It does not affect commercial/consumer use at all.

Everyone needs to chill out.
25th April 2012, 08:14 AM   |  #497  
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I notice a DIFFERENCE in hardware, there is a small antenna? in the i9250 that the Docomo doesn't have, see pics, other than that they look the same to me.

Might be my impression but the i9250 performs a little better catching H signal, I just tried for 1 day.

I'm not completely sure about this, but I think that little piece of metal is present on the Japanese model as well, but covered up. I think it's odd for a nexus device to have hardware variations that affect performance.... let alone the docomo simlock itself ......

simlock doesn't affect performance. It's a software setting, not something running constantly in the background.

That "small antenna", as has been mentioned a few times is an SMA Connector. It's not an antenna, but an antenna port. And yes, you are correct (and you can even see in his photo) there is a small plastic sticky over the docomo's SMA connector.

My suspicion is his two phones are on different basebands. Baseband can make a big difference in your phone's ability to connect on H reliably and quickly.

Alternatively, if they're both on the same baseband, it's quite likely just a matter of perception. He only had it for a day when he commented and I'm not going to worry myself unconfirmed anecdotes.
25th April 2012, 09:42 AM   |  #498  
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simlock doesn't affect performance. It's a software setting, not something running constantly in the background.

That "small antenna", as has been mentioned a few times is an SMA Connector. It's not an antenna, but an antenna port. And yes, you are correct (and you can even see in his photo) there is a small plastic sticky over the docomo's SMA connector.

Confirmed. The plastic thing can be easily removed, revealing antena connector on Docomo version. It's just a piece of tape anyway, in case you want to put it back.

So no hardware difference. Just a cheap tape. Move on.

Now, I will probably become known as the one who likes to attempts to destroy his gnex.
25th April 2012, 06:03 PM   |  #499  
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Huh. Google added a "Shop Devices" category to the Google Play store, and they have the (https:// play.google .com/store/devices/details?id=galaxy_nexus_hspa)Nexus, SIM unlocked, for $399.

I wonder if Negri's going to cut their price or stop importing this phone? I'd say "I wish I'd waited 2 weeks" but I don't. This is an awesome phone, even with the minor struggles (IMEI fix, probably have to call Money Network before Wallet will provision a prepaid card, etc), I'm happier to have had the phone sooner.

Fantastic deal considering buying from Google directly carries a Samsung USA warranty for 1 year. You're not going to find that anywhere at this point.
25th April 2012, 07:23 PM   |  #500  
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They are modified by fdocomo app. Author himself confirmed this in that thread, fdocomo perm unlock modifies factory/nv_data.bin&md5 and .nv_data.bak&md5,data/radio/nv_data.bin&md5 . So all of them. My phone confirmed this as datum on both these file sets in /factory was 30th March - this is the time when Negri run fdocomo, obviously.

If they were intact, factory reset would result in your phone relocking (because original version of these files contains docomo lock). They are unlocked, but with not matching md5 sums - thus factory resets generates some fallback nv_data.bin which doesn't contain neither docomo lock, nor your IMEI.

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In other words:

  • Original docomo locked phone = factory files contains IMEI & Docomo lock, md5 signtature matches it's content
  • Negri shipped phone = factory files contain (luckily for us) your IMEI & are unlocked, but md5 signature is wrong, which means they're never used
  • My method applied = md5 in factory is fixed, files in factory are used again, and you get your IMEI & no lock

I am currently on 4.0.4 (IMM76I), lost root when I accepted OTA.
Since mine is the Docomo import, I have generic IMEI, so I can't use Google Wallet, but would like to.

So, can I use your method to obtain real IMEI, just long enough for me to add the prepaid card in Wallet (adding prepaid card requires non-generic IMEI) and then switch back to generic IMEI? The reason I want to remain with generic IMEI is so Tmobile cannot block it from using it on tzones data plan.
Or does Wallet use check IMEI everytime it is used? If so, the above plan won't work...I would have to permanently obtain non-generic IMEI..

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