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UK Tesco Device - Unlock & Stock ROM

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20th December 2013, 06:17 PM   |  #1  
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Just posting my experience of getting a fresh Moto G 16GB that was Tesco purchased - unlocked and to Stock.

I linked to the XDA thread by t-bon3 - which is a great guide.

Here is how it went for me.

First issue that the device is locked to tesco sim cards.

Note: you are not unlocking the bootloader or adding root to the system.
The phone will be exactly as if you bought it from retail, just you got it subsided by Tesco.

I choose these guys to get an unlock code - they seemed professional - I avoid ebay & paypal.
http://www.unlockunit.com/unlock-mot...moto-g?var=tel

Form filling.......

Phone Model : *Moto G*
Country & Network : *United Kingdom - Tesco Mobile*
IMEI: *XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX*
E-mail: *YourEmail*

I then got 3 Emails.
1: Confirm Order
2: Confirm Payment
3: Unlock code (came 11 minutes after I paid)

There were 2 unlock codes - I put a non-tesco SIM in and was greeted with the prompt - the first code worked.

Then after that I followed this guide to Install the UK Retail firmware
http://forum.xda-developers.com/show...php?p=47820707

Files From here
http://sbf.droid-developers.org/phone.php?device=14

I used this one
Android 4.3
Blur_Version.14.71.8.falcon_umts.Retail.en.GB
*Retail UK*
407.3 MiB
40FD34F930D9ADD3AB3F65B5A23FCD00

Simple task, enable USB debugging, reboot into fastboot, run script, reboot.

Now just to wait for the Over The Air 4.4.2 update that is due any day for the UK phones.
http://motorola-blog.blogspot.co.uk/...droid-442.html
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20th December 2013, 06:19 PM   |  #2  
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$13 dollars, Lol i paid 2.04 for my code got in within in 15minutes
20th December 2013, 06:28 PM   |  #3  
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$13 dollars, Lol i paid 2.04 for my code got in within in 15minutes


I am extremely happy for you, why not post where you got it from, so others can benefit.
It's tricky to trust some sites, ebay is a minefield.
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sorry my bad forgot to post the link here you go,

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/unlo...edback-1723545

and the ebay link

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/111223239973

please note if it says he is away its due to the backlog and he will be avaliable within a few hours again, additionaly there is another guy who is trustworthy here
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/221326995328

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20th December 2013, 06:39 PM   |  #5  
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UK Kitkat is coming January according to Cnet btw
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UK Kitkat is coming January according to Cnet btw

It was supposed to be January for USA too, but they pushed it early - CNet may not be 100% up-to-date on this.
Edit: The article http://crave.cnet.co.uk/mobiles/moto...gins-50013071/ does say they contacted moto

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Originally Posted by ARTICLE;

I've contacted Motorola to find out if the update is coming to the UK. Update: British phone fans will enjoy KitKat on the Moto G in January.

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It was supposed to be January for USA too, but they pushed it early - CNet may not be 100% up-to-date on this.

They edited their article I assume they got the info direct from Motorola
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Sorry, but bit of an epic fail all round here. Payed far too much for the unlock and this flash to stock guide is far quicker and easier...

http://www.modaco.com/topic/366786-h...andard-uk-rom/
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Sorry, but bit of an epic fail all round here. Payed far too much for the unlock and this flash to stock guide is far quicker and easier...

http://www.modaco.com/topic/366786-h...andard-uk-rom/

I agree I paid too much.. no going back now.

However I disagree that using a Pseudo Stock Rom is superior to flashing an actual stock ROM

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I've repacked the UK ROM with the necessary tools to convert a branded device (e.g. Tesco) to a generic device.

Yes I understand it may be very close to the stock ROM, but it still isn't.
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Originally Posted by StevenHarperUK

I choose these guys to get an unlock code - they seemed professional - I avoid ebay & paypal.
http://www.unlockunit.com/unlock-mot...moto-g?var=tel

HOW MUCH!!

Lollingtons!!

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