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[Q] Live Demo Unit SM-N9005, Interesting HW question

27th April 2014, 10:14 AM   |  #1  
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Hi everyone! Thanks in advance for your wisdom...

So I was given a LDU of the note 3 by my brother who works in a Samsung retailer. Unit works great, was able to root and disable the retail mode and keep it from wiping the phone every night. So far so good.

One thing thats interesting is that GPS is installed and working properly and is able to locate me and ever navigate, which is interesting as I've heard that these units lack both GPS and radio.

The phone is also able to take a chip and when I put it in, of course, the phone doesnt get any signal BUT it does rexognize a chip is in and shows me the little SIM app that I can go to check some carrier stuff (which I cant check as I get an error everytime I click on an option).

IMEI shows as unknown BUT APN configuration is lifted straight from the chip and appears automatically in the phone.

Is this normal or am I missing something here? When I check "about phone" the model shows as N9005 is that normal too? Ive seem to understand that it should show n900x?

All of this makes me wonder if theres some light at the end of the tunnel and this phone could be used as a proper GSM phone. Can you share some of your wisdom?

I've toyed around with the idea of getting a note 3 motherboard and swap it so I can eventually fully use this phone, but before I wanted to check if what I mentioned is normal for a LDU or of theres a way of making sure this phone does actually have radio installed.

Thanks guys.

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27th April 2014, 10:21 AM   |  #2  
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Ok upon further inspection the device does show sm-n900x on the sticker behind the battery. Still, should it have the GPS working? Any chance it could actually have the radio HW?

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27th April 2014, 08:09 PM   |  #3  
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Cmon guys a quick reply?

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27th April 2014, 11:21 PM   |  #4  
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It doesnt have imei so aim card will not work. There is a thread here that says you can "recover" imei. Search the EFS threads and if you find the link, try it and let us know if your phones works. Good luck
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Originally Posted by gmedrano84

Hi everyone! Thanks in advance for your wisdom...

So I was given a LDU of the note 3 by my brother who works in a Samsung retailer. Unit works great, was able to root and disable the retail mode and keep it from wiping the phone every night. So far so good.

One thing thats interesting is that GPS is installed and working properly and is able to locate me and ever navigate, which is interesting as I've heard that these units lack both GPS and radio.

The phone is also able to take a chip and when I put it in, of course, the phone doesnt get any signal BUT it does rexognize a chip is in and shows me the little SIM app that I can go to check some carrier stuff (which I cant check as I get an error everytime I click on an option).

IMEI shows as unknown BUT APN configuration is lifted straight from the chip and appears automatically in the phone.

Is this normal or am I missing something here? When I check "about phone" the model shows as N9005 is that normal too? Ive seem to understand that it should show n900x?

All of this makes me wonder if theres some light at the end of the tunnel and this phone could be used as a proper GSM phone. Can you share some of your wisdom?

I've toyed around with the idea of getting a note 3 motherboard and swap it so I can eventually fully use this phone, but before I wanted to check if what I mentioned is normal for a LDU or of theres a way of making sure this phone does actually have radio installed.

Thanks guys.

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You should use this app to get more details about your phone and post it here for further help.

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