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Easy trick to get a new S4 from T Mobile without KNOX bootloader!

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21st February 2014, 04:54 AM   |  #21  
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I received my replacement yesterday and it had 4.2.2. Build was November 21st. It has to do when the phone was manufactured. I didn't wipe data nor cache.

Edit : the phone was brand new Btw. Sealed in the oem box
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26th February 2014, 06:42 AM   |  #22  
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Sadly, my initial gs4 was mdl right out of the oem box. However that particular one had a crap gps antenna. Did a warranty exchange through tmobile and got a new s4. Turned it on and waited for the upgrading screen, ready to pull the battery, and it never came.

So now I have a working s4 that was manufactured with 4.3 mk2 preinstalled.

Tl;dr: at this point, it's luck of the draw on the mdl bootloader.

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3rd March 2014, 08:13 PM   |  #23  
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Broke my screen this weekend. Used this and avoided knox. Thanks!

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Whenever I have a problem with a ROM I'm always wondering if it may be because I've avoided the bootloader update. My intention with 4.4 official is to give in and go Knox 0x1. My guess is others will do the same as it is becoming clear that newer rooms are going to need the new bootloader to avoid being flaky.

I cry reading the forums lately because half the questions are around this whole mess. If Samsung would just offer a signed package to reset the phone back to "out of the box" status and reset all flags...

Sorry to hijack the thread a bit

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Quote:
Originally Posted by bthurber

Whenever I have a problem with a ROM I'm always wondering if it may be because I've avoided the bootloader update. My intention with 4.4 official is to give in and go Knox 0x1. My guess is others will do the same as it is becoming clear that newer rooms are going to need the new bootloader to avoid being flaky.

I cry reading the forums lately because half the questions are around this whole mess. If Samsung would just offer a signed package to reset the phone back to "out of the box" status and reset all flags...

Sorry to hijack the thread a bit

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I'd have to disagree. On all prior phones, I used to run Odin with the stock firmware regularly just to clean house. Now it's not safe to even do that without care. And the Odin files become harder to find. I think it's just stuff building up flash after flash that can't get fully wiped even through recovery.

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