After tinkering the old toy for quite a few days I did finally get it back up and running with data, but it's very very weak. It more often than not, says I am roaming or i'll just lose signal all together, and my s4, g2 and s3 all have 4g lte sitting right next to this thing. Sad thing is this phone was picked up in dec 2013 and has a sticker inside it showing it was made in sept 2013. I didn't think sammy even made these anymore, perhaps they do.
in any event i got it fixed, the phone is in immaculate brand new condition, I just cannot figure out the super weak signal issue and I've updated prl/profile several times, and in different areas of the Orlando area, NOTHING has worked.
Thanks guys for all the help, suggestions and for providing the links and items you gave me. I tried them all.
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