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Domestic Sim Unlock For T-Mobile/AT&T or MVNO's Solved (N900P)

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ismaeel96

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I finally cracked how to domestic unlock the N900P (Sprint Note 3) for use with T-Mobile/AT&T or any other U.S. GSM Carrier. Im writing up the tutorial now and finishing up the tools required to make it a little easier. However i spent over a month working on this and am asking for donations before i release the tutorial. As much as i hate to do it my car is on its last leg and i desperately need to find a new one. So please help me out as i hope getting this phone unlocked helps you all. I'm currently using mine on Straight Talk (can't beat $45/Mo using AT&T Towers). This is a fairly simple procedure it just has quite a few steps but if you follow every step to the letter it is cake. I am really trying to get to around $2000 just to find myself a little clunker so any donation is appreciated. I will post up a video for proof that i have accomplished this just so you all know this is not any kind of scam.

Disclaimer: YOU MUST HAVE YOUR DEVICE INTERNATIONALLY UNLOCKED FROM SPRINT FOR THIS TO WORK. I AM WORKING ON INTERNATIONALLY UNLOCKING WITHOUT SPRINT BUT IT IS REQUIRED IN THE MEANTIME. ALL OTHER TOOLS REQUIRED I WILL PROVIDE. YOU DO NOT NEED AN ACTIVE SIM CARD IT WILL SHOW BARS AND CARRIER INFO WITH INACTIVE CARD.

Disclaimer 2: ROOT IS REQUIRED FOR MULTIPLE STEPS AND THIS PROCESS WILL MORE THAN LIKELY TRIP KNOX. I AM WORKING ON A WAY AROUND THIS BUT IN THE MEANTIME THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY DOES TRIP KNOX. YOUR WARRANTY IS NOW VOID!

Disclaimer 3: IF YOU BREAK YOUR PHONE THEN YOU BROKE YOUR PHONE I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE. (I BRICKED MY PHONE MANY TIMES TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THIS PROCESS A SIMPLE ODIN FLASH AND WAS GOOD TO GO.

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YOUTUBE VIDEO SHOWING SPRINT NOTE ON AT&T GO PHONE PLAN:http://youtu.be/LZowEnXHdFU


would 4/3g work? i want to use my sprint note 4 on tmobile, i was just wondering if ill get 4g. THNX
 

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Might help some.. hidden menu on lollipop oc5.

*#0011# press menu > hit back > menu again > hit key input & type a capitol Q > press menu again > key input & enter four zeros 0000 > press ok an wait a couple seconds maybe a minute it will take u to service mode main menu.... Hope it helps.

Question* i have a n900p on tmobile / metropcs i have a 4g by signal bars but my data is very slow less tha 1mb. Any solutions? TIA if you can help

Sent from my SM-N900T using XDA Free mobile app
 
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Hmm, do I have to worry if the restoring of stock and flash back to sprint modem and the network wont change back to original, even after I did the fix from the #2 of the OP?
 

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I few quick questions...

Ive been gone from here for many months. I had read up to about the first 80pages.
But now obviously way behind. I got a 3mo Sprint subscription for my Note 3 for like $35/mo. After 3mo they happily internationally unlocked my M900P Note 3 when I told then I was taking a trip to Europe.

1) My phone wants me to upgrade to Lollipop. Should I not with having the carrier lock removal in mind?

2) what functionaily might I lose if I do the OP's instructions and can I go back if need be and how hard would that be? I live in Maryland Heights Mo in St Louis county so its pretty metropolitan and my phone currently bounces back and forth between 3g n 4g depending on where I'm at if that helps.

3) will it effect my current Sprint contract/phone after doing the unlock as right now I'm in no hurry to change so not looking forward to any issues at this time.

4) Anything else I might want to know at this point?

I might point out I'm an engineer and generally understood much of what I've read so far but definitely not a phone hacking expert. But I have to say I'm sure glad I found this site as you guys seem to be the most experienced!

Thanks!!!

Jim
 

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1) My phone wants me to upgrade to Lollipop. Should I not with having the carrier lock removal in mind?

2) what functionaily might I lose if I do the OP's instructions and can I go back if need be and how hard would that be? I live in Maryland Heights Mo in St Louis county so its pretty metropolitan and my phone currently bounces back and forth between 3g n 4g depending on where I'm at if that helps.

3) will it effect my current Sprint contract/phone after doing the unlock as right now I'm in no hurry to change so not looking forward to any issues at this time.
1. The unlock can be done on any software version, even Lollipop.
2. You don't lose any functionality by unlocking. Calls, texts, data, etc. all work. Data speed/network will depend on your desired GSM carrier's coverage in your area.
3. Unlocking it won't affect your Sprint line. You can easily revert back to full Sprint service
 

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Please someone help

NOT!! I GOT IT! Happy Dance!! The stuff in the menu part was a bit confusing but I figured out the problem and it works! Yeah! I thought I was gonna have to buy a new phone ... whew :) 3 days I've spent but
I did not want to give up. Persistence pays :)
 
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JayTeaSTL

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Thank you so much for the quick reply. I'm already enjoying my lollipop. ;)


1. The unlock can be done on any software version, even Lollipop.
2. You don't lose any functionality by unlocking. Calls, texts, data, etc. all work. Data speed/network will depend on your desired GSM carrier's coverage in your area.
3. Unlocking it won't affect your Sprint line. You can easily revert back to full Sprint service
 

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How can I get Sprint to internationally unlock the phone? I bought one from a friend for $40 because the LCD screen was cracked... Got the fixed with some other parts but Sprint doesn't serve our area and I want to use it on Straight Talk.
 

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How can I get Sprint to internationally unlock the phone? I bought one from a friend for $40 because the LCD screen was cracked... Got the fixed with some other parts but Sprint doesn't serve our area and I want to use it on Straight Talk.
You have to have an active sprint account, worked for me then I ditched em. You can use the SSU app if you're in the USA I believe, here on XDA.
 

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You have to have an active sprint account, worked for me then I ditched em. You can use the SSU app if you're in the USA I believe, here on XDA.

The phone was on an active sprint account - the person i got it from dropped it and busted the LCD screen and gave it to me. I fixed it and want to use it on a different carrier as sprint doesn't serve up here.

So if the phone isnt on an active account they won't unlock it?
 

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The phone was on an active sprint account - the person i got it from dropped it and busted the LCD screen and gave it to me. I fixed it and want to use it on a different carrier as sprint doesn't serve up here.

So if the phone isnt on an active account they won't unlock it?
My guess is no. The account holder has to convince sprint to internationally unlock it via OTA update, then domestic unlock is easy after that. If you are in the USA, search for the SSU thread. It worked for me on another note 3 in a similar situation.
 

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My guess is no. The account holder has to convince sprint to internationally unlock it via OTA update, then domestic unlock is easy after that. If you are in the USA, search for the SSU thread. It worked for me on another note 3 in a similar situation.

If you are not on lollipop, yes. That is all the information I have to help, thread here http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2928250
This is only a domestic unlock though, hence why I keep saying if your in the USA it should work. If on lollipop, you will need to downgrade to unlock, then do whatever you please.
I've got it rooted and was going to install a custom rom. I am in the USA.

Where can i get a downgraded rom and if i update rom would i lose unlock
 

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I've got it rooted and was going to install a custom rom. I am in the USA.

Where can i get a downgraded rom and if i update rom would i lose unlock
There are PLENTY of odin-flashable stock restores here on XDA, just search for it. Flash any version below lollipop, unlock, and yes, the unlock will persist through flashing. It is permanent. You will need to stay on MJ4 modem for the sim card to be recognized though. Some ROMs require newer modems, thus making them incompatible with the unlock. You will need to play around with ROMs and see what works for you
 

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    Tutorial To Unlock Sprint Galaxy Note 3 For U.S. Sim

    Tutorial to Unlock Sprint Galaxy Note 3 For T-Mobile/AT&T/MVNO's

    Tools required:
    Hidden Menu Enabled(modified for galaxy note 3): http://goo.gl/y4k2EG

    MI3 modem (modified to be flashed via odin): http://goo.gl/W0f3Za

    Odin 3.07 or 3.09 (google for it theres a million mirrors of it)

    Device must already be internationally unlocked via sprint for this to work (must perform uicc unlock from system updates menu) im working on a way to do this without sprint but for now this is how it is)

    Region Lock Away: (Free on chainfires thread or consider buying market donate version) http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2470551

    Device must be rooted: (rooting via this method will trip knox however the modem flash we have to do will likely trip it as well): http://download.chainfire.eu/362/CF-Root/CF-Auto-Root/CF-Auto-Root-hltespr-hltespr-smn900p.zip

    Any root browers from play store

    ServiceMode Shortcut: Grab from play store

    prl helper or anything with an apn shortcut: Grab from play store

    Step 1: We need to root the device so put device in download mode holding vol down+home+power while it is off. Flash cf auto root to obtain root (this will void knox).

    Step 2: Grab a root browser, ServiceMode Shortcut, PRL Helper, and Region Lock Away and install your att/tmobile sim.

    Step 3: Place device back into download mode. PAY ATTENTION HERE: you need to add the mi3 modem to pda and uncheck auto reboot. LEAVE ON F. RESET TIME CHECKED. After flash has completed remove battery from your phone place it back into download mode and flash mi3 modem again this time leaving auto reboot checked. When your device boots up to to settings->general->about device and check your baseband version to make sure it ends in mi3. if it does not redo step 3.

    Step 4: Run regionlock away (not required for this all to work just for good measure), And switch your device into gsm/umts only mode in your settings menu.

    Step 5: Plug your device in and enable usb debugging. run hidden menu enabler. open TestMode Menu. Follow these steps perfectly.

    1. click ue setting and info
    2. click setting
    3. click protocol
    4. click as- go to security control and make sure fake security is on, ciphering is off, and integrity is on. after you have seet these hit menu back twice to get back to ue setting and protocol menu.
    5. open nas-go to network control go to band selection and pick number 5 wcdma/gsm mode only. after hit menu back.
    6. Click pref mode set and choose number 2 gsm wcdma only. menu back once
    7.hit aquision order and choose umts_gsm. hit menu back until youre back at ue setting menu.
    8. open gcf and click number 1 and make sure it is on. hit menu back to ue settings.
    9.go to sim and then sim class control. make sure umts on and gsm on both show. if not click to enable. hit menu back once
    10.hit bip block control. hit number 3 bip block off. once complete go to bip block status to verify it is in fact off.
    11. go all the way back to main menu. hit protocol state, sim information, check nv, and make sure it shows sim lock is disable, spr bip unblocked, and sha256 on or off shouldnt matter. ( i have had mine off and on and it seems to work either way)(mine is currently on)
    12. power cycle device.
    13. when it comes on device SHOULD show service it still may not.
    14. get into your root browser, go system, and open your build.prop with a text editor
    15. add these lines to the very bottom to enable apn editing. (credit to ingenium13)
    ril.sales_code=LOL
    ro.csc.sales_code=LOL

    16. reboot device once more. now use prl helper or your apn shortcut and create a new apn for your carrier. delete all the sprint ones and make sure you highlight the circle next to your newly created apn. reboot once more.

    17. device should come up with full service bars and data/mms active. (if you have an inactive sim card it does not always show service)(my inactive att card would show service my inactive tmobile would not)

    18. Donations appreciated now you should be 100% unlocked. if you need to undo this for any reason see post 3 to get fully back on sprint.

    19. Profit!
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    I finally cracked how to domestic unlock the N900P (Sprint Note 3) for use with T-Mobile/AT&T or any other U.S. GSM Carrier. Im writing up the tutorial now and finishing up the tools required to make it a little easier. However i spent over a month working on this and am asking for donations before i release the tutorial. As much as i hate to do it my car is on its last leg and i desperately need to find a new one. So please help me out as i hope getting this phone unlocked helps you all. I'm currently using mine on Straight Talk (can't beat $45/Mo using AT&T Towers). This is a fairly simple procedure it just has quite a few steps but if you follow every step to the letter it is cake. I am really trying to get to around $2000 just to find myself a little clunker so any donation is appreciated. I will post up a video for proof that i have accomplished this just so you all know this is not any kind of scam.

    Disclaimer: YOU MUST HAVE YOUR DEVICE INTERNATIONALLY UNLOCKED FROM SPRINT FOR THIS TO WORK. I AM WORKING ON INTERNATIONALLY UNLOCKING WITHOUT SPRINT BUT IT IS REQUIRED IN THE MEANTIME. ALL OTHER TOOLS REQUIRED I WILL PROVIDE. YOU DO NOT NEED AN ACTIVE SIM CARD IT WILL SHOW BARS AND CARRIER INFO WITH INACTIVE CARD.

    Disclaimer 2: ROOT IS REQUIRED FOR MULTIPLE STEPS AND THIS PROCESS WILL MORE THAN LIKELY TRIP KNOX. I AM WORKING ON A WAY AROUND THIS BUT IN THE MEANTIME THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY DOES TRIP KNOX. YOUR WARRANTY IS NOW VOID!

    Disclaimer 3: IF YOU BREAK YOUR PHONE THEN YOU BROKE YOUR PHONE I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE. (I BRICKED MY PHONE MANY TIMES TRYING TO FIGURE OUT THIS PROCESS A SIMPLE ODIN FLASH AND WAS GOOD TO GO.

    MODERATOR EDIT - Comments removed

    YOUTUBE VIDEO SHOWING SPRINT NOTE ON AT&T GO PHONE PLAN:http://youtu.be/LZowEnXHdFU
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    I didn't mean that I took the OC5 update directly from MJ4. I did all of the sim unlocking on NH7 firmware with the MJ4 modem, then I odined to stock NK4 and took the OC5 update, and then I used odin to flash the MJ4 modem again. It does not bootloop for me. If I remember correctly, I had some bootloops when trying to use the MJ4 modem on the NH7 firmware, but I think I got it to stop by getting into settings as quick as possible and switching the mobile network from CDMA to GSM. It has been months since that happened, and It never did it again. Sorry if it doesn't make sense to you, but that's what is working for me.

    Edit: I've added some screenshots for proof.
    Screenshot_2015-04-28-21-08-00-11_zpslovdglrl.jpg

    Screenshot_2015-04-28-21-08-41-11_zpsu0ymuzyj.jpg

    I wanted to confirm this works. I am running on T-Mobile with OC Lollipop stock. I used Odin 3.07 for my flashing. (3.09 uses two letter codes that confuse me!) Here are the steps in the order I did them:

    0) Backed up all data with Titanium, then a nandroid just in case.
    1) Inserted T-mobile SIM and powered on phone, had invalid SIM message
    2) Power off
    3) Boot to Download Mode
    4) Run NAB one-click full stock restore (it's an .exe that has ODIN built in)
    5) Boot normally, power off
    6) Boot to Download mode
    7) Flash MI3 Modem (from first post) in Odin PHONE slot, unchecked Auto-Reboot
    8) Wait for Odin to display RESET! then unplugged phone and powered off by holding power button for 8 seconds
    9) Boot again to Odin and flash MI3 modem a second time, leaving Auto-Reboot checked
    10) Allow phone to boot, them power off
    11) Boot to Download mode
    12) Use odin to flash TWRP recovery in PDA slot, uncheck Auto-Reboot
    13) When Odin said RESET!, unplugged phone and powered off by holding power button 8 seconds
    14) Reboot phone into Recovery to load TWRP and let it initialize
    15) Flash Chainfire SuperSU
    16) Reboot phone phone to System from TWRP (normal boot up)
    17) Run SUU.apk to apply international unlock
    18) Follow instructions in the first post to apply domestic unlock (including build.prop modification and creating an APN)

    At this point, I can stop and I have a clean NAB with MI3 modem setup, of course I confirmed everything worked before proceeding. To get from here to Lollipop, I did these steps exactly:

    19) Power off phone
    20) Boot to TWRP Recovery
    21) Perform the normal wipe (data, cache, dalvik)
    22) From TWRP, choose to reboot to Download
    23) Flash OC5 stock tar in PDA slot of Odin, left Auto-Reboot checked (you could always do the double flash here, but since it takes so long, I didn't!)
    24) Allowed phone to boot and received Invalid SIM error
    25) Power off phone
    26) Boot to Download mode
    27) Flash MJ4 modem using Odin, unchecked Auto-Reboot
    28) When Odin says RESET!, unplugged phone and held power for 8 seconds to power down
    29) Boot into Download mode again
    30) Flash MJ4 modem a second time in Odin, leaving Auto-Reboot checked

    And that was it. I booted up into OC5 Lollipop with MJ4 modem and no bootloops. I think the key is to have the phone configured correctly to use only GSM/WCDMA (UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+)/LTE configurations. The bootloop is caused by the phone trying to register on CDMA. It may also be important to wipe data from TWRP, then boot to immediately to Download mode when flashing the OC5 tar.

    If you do get bootloops, you can flash the OC5 modem and they should stop, though you will be getting the invalid SIM message. You can then tinker with your settings, and flash the MJ4 modem again and see if the bootloops stop. I want to say that you if your phone is in airplane mode, the bootloops also stop.

    I would imagine that, with OC5 firmware on MJ4 modem, this is a stable setup that will allow any of the Lollipop custom roms that are flashed through recovery to preserve both SIM unlocks and not cause bootloops. I am exhausted from getting stock OC5 to work, so testing custom Lollipop roms will have to wait a day or two.

    That said, AT&T and T-Mobile are both deploying LTE in the 1900 PCS spectrum. For LTE, that's considered Band 2. Our phone supports Band 25 LTE, which is a superset of Band 2. So if you are in an area with Band 2 LTE from AT&T or T-Mobile, you should be able to use it. It's probably only a 5 MHz band, not particularly exciting, and possible not even faster than HSPA+, which I find to be just as good as Sprint's LTE in my area! It makes me wonder why I have been using Sprint at all. Falling back to 3G is just awful -- EvDO is slow enough, but often the phone blatantly lies and you're really on 1xRTT (technically I guess that's 3G, but most people would consider it 2G). RIP CDMA2000 and 3GPP2, you will not be missed. I have joined the dark side!
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    Steps to get back 100% to sprint.

    Flash MJ4 or most current tar

    when phone comes up dial ##72786#

    congrats youre back on sprint

    (also use this method if you need to start the unlocking process over again it completely undoes everything)
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    Here is the link http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=56489748&postcount=13

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=56489748&postcount=1355

    Remember to say thanks.