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I no longer have the Sprint Note 3, and unfortunately will not be actively maintaining this thread. If you would like me to add more, comment or PM me the ROM link. Thank you :)

Hello everyone! I've had some users ask me how to do this, so for those who may be in the same situation, here is a guide to get Android 5.0.1 on your Sprint Note 3 (SM-N900p), for users that are SIM-unlocked and are on a different carrier than Sprint. This has presented me a few problems before, as you cannot go past the MJ4 modem, without losing access to SIM-unlock. In my experiences, I could never get any 5.0+ ROMs to work on my Note 3, while still being able to use/recognize a SIM card from another carrier. I could not get this specific ROM to boot on NC5, so NH7 (possibly newer) bootloader is required. This guide is based solely my own experiences, and a few reported successful users as well. Your mileage may vary.

I will not take responsibility for any damage done to your device, do this at your own risk and free will.

Alright, shall we get started?
What you will need:
Odin (Mirrors everywhere, search for it)

If you are not on NH7 or newer bootloader, Grab NH7 Stock restore found here

Grab latest TWRP (2.8.5.0) here

If you have a modem newer than MJ4, grab MJ4 Modem here

Grab ROM:

a) AICP (Android Ice Cold Project) CM12.1-based ROM
AICP here You will need hlte version! Hltespr does not recognize sim card

b) DarkLord ROM (Note 4 port)
DarkLord Rom here

c) Phronesis ROM (note 5 port) :
Phronesis ROM here
Compatible Kernels for Phronesis ROM (grab hlte-spr versions):
c1 Idle Kernel
c2 DarkLord Kernel


First and foremost: Make a nandroid backup in recovery. Save a copy of it to your PC, as well as a copy of your SDcard(s) for safe keeping.

Now that everything is backed up, and we have all of the necessary files listed above:
If you are already on NH7 bootloader, skip to step 8

1) Open up ODIN on PC and load NH7 stock restore into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN).
2) Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
3) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
4) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
5) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This will take a few minutes.
6) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
7) Boot straight into Download Mode again. Flash the NH7 file again in ODIN, exactly the same procedure as before. (Sorry, ODIN is picky sometimes, and this trick will get the flash to stick)
Your phone should now be on NH7 firmware, including the Modem and bootloader.

Now we need to get back on MJ4 Modem to be able to recognize the SIM-unlock once again (if you are already on MJ4 or older modem, skip to step 15):
8) Open ODIN on PC, and load MJ4 modem tar into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN)
9)Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
10) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
11) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
12) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This may take a few minutes.
13) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
14) Boot straight into Download Mode again. Flash the MJ4 modem file again in ODIN, exactly the same procedure as before. (Sorry, ODIN is picky sometimes, and this trick will get the flash to stick)
You should now have everything on NH7 firmware, with the exception of the MJ4 Modem needed for SIM-unlock.

Now we need a custom recovery to flash the ROM:
15) Open ODIN on PC, and load TWRP tar into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN)
16)Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
17) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
18) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
19) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This may take a few minutes.
20) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
21) Boot phone into recovery (Hold 'vol. up' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting).
22) Wipe system, data, cache, and dalvik cache
23) Flash ROM We should have everything on SDcard(s) still. If you do not, you may need to sideload ROM onto phone in recovery. Alternatively, you should be able to restore your backup and transfer it back to phone easily
24) PROFIT!!! Enjoy some Lollipop with your carrier of choice!

I know this is a tedious process, and there may be quicker ways of doing the same thing, but I've found this method most reliable. Hopefully this will help someone as much as figuring it out helped me :)
Please report your results

Credits: Give thanks to these folks, they well deserve it @semdoc for AICP android 5.1.1
@nambavuong for the beautiful ROM, thank you
@bigbiff for bringing TWRP to our device
@freeza for MJ4 flashable modem
@micmars for stock NH7 flashable firmware

Enjoy folks, cheers!
 
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I'm on MJ4 modem, NK4 bootloader, Philz touch recovery. Have been able to get g00h's roms and darklord rom to work with T-Mobile.

Mind if you could do a write up on her how you did Darklord's ROM? I saw you got the "...hlte v0.4.zip" working, but it was only "8.7MB". Did you flash that on top of Darklord's 2.0 or 2.1 or what? Thanks again!

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---------- Post added at 08:57 AM ---------- Previous post was at 08:56 AM ----------

Enjoy folks, cheers!

Thanks again for this Matt!

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I'm on MJ4 modem, NK4 bootloader, Philz touch recovery. Have been able to get g00h's roms and darklord rom to work with T-Mobile.
Awesome, I'm glad to hear that! I was just hoping to shed some light on some situations, as this seems to be a bit of a trick for us unlocked users at times :)

Thanks again for this Matt!

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Not a problem! Wish it could have been more detailed, but this worked for me, and seems to for others as well. So NH7 bootloader (or higher, confirmed now) will work as long as we keep MJ4 Modem.
 

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DId you flash the CSC package and select TMB?
I'm sorry, I did not include the CSC pack instructions in OP. I live in the U.S. and don't know anything about CSC, so I didn't bother. I will look further into it and update OP. If anyone knows anything about it, please feel free to chime in.

I'm pretty sure it has to do with what country you live in. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 

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Mind if you could do a write up on her how you did Darklord's ROM? I saw you got the "...hlte v0.4.zip" working, but it was only "8.7MB". Did you flash that on top of Darklord's 2.0 or 2.1 or what? Thanks again!

Sent from my SM-N900P using Tapatalk

DarkQueen 0.4 kernel works on Darklord 1.5. Just flash is over the rom. I can't remember anything special to do.
Darklord 2.0/2.1 comes with DarkQueen 0.4 kernel, so no need to flash kernel.

There is not much to write up. Just flash the rom and they all worked. You may need to tweak apn a bit. Some earlier version of TWRP has trouble with Darklord 2.0. I always use Phliz here. I'm staying with Darklord 2.1 for now. I might try out those two new roms from g00h, the pure stock N4 European rom and the customized Chinese leak N4 v3.5. I feel there is not much difference for me. What matters is stability and power efficiency, which is pretty hard to tell by individual unless there is something really off.
 
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DarkQueen 0.4 kernel works on Darklord 1.5. Just flash is over the rom. I can't remember anything special to do.
Darklord 2.0/2.1 comes with DarkQueen 0.4 kernel, so no need to flash kernel.

There is not much to write up. Just flash the rom and they all worked. You may need to tweak apn a bit. Some earlier version of TWRP has trouble with Darklord 2.0. I always use Phliz here. I'm staying with Darklord 2.1 for now. I might try out those two new roms from g00h, the pure stock N4 European rom and the customized Chinese leak N4 v3.5. I feel there is not much difference for me. What matters is stability and power efficiency, which is pretty hard to tell by individual unless there is something really off.
Thank you for sharing! The reason for the guide is because there is confusion about updating bootloader and being able to keep MJ4 modem (which seems to be key for us unlocked users) ;)

Tweaked Note 4 port is what I've been running, it is pretty nice, but I agree sometimes you need to see for yourself and not take someone else's experience as definitive.

Do you mind linking darkRom for future readers that may be interested? I may give it a try as well :)
 
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Thank you for sharing! The reason for the guide is because there is confusion about updating bootloader and being able to keep MJ4 modem (which seems to be key for us unlocked users) ;)

Tweaked Note 4 port is what I've been running, it is pretty nice, but I agree sometimes you need to see for yourself and not take someone else's experience as definitive.

Do you mind linking darkRom for future readers that may be interested? I may give it a try as well :)

[ROM,TW] Note 4 port 5.0.1 - DarkLord rom v2.1 N910F BOB4 by Samsungviet
 

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I get a "Fused 3 > 2" error when trying to flash MJ4
Update: It seems like it works fine on MI3 though.
Hmm... Beyond my knowledge. Just to clarify, mj4 is the latest modem we can use with sim unlock. Any modem prior will work fine. Mind sharing some details on what ROM/version you are coming from before trying to flash mj4 modem? I will update OP.

Edit: were you mi3 bootloader when trying to flash mj4 modem? Like I said, I don't know alot about that error, but maybe you can't have higher version of modem than bootloader.
 
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Hmm... Beyond my knowledge. Just to clarify, mj4 is the latest modem we can use with sim unlock. Any modem prior will work fine. Mind sharing some details on what ROM/version you are coming from before trying to flash mj4 modem? I will update OP.

Edit: were you mi3 bootloader when trying to flash mj4 modem? Like I said, I don't know alot about that error, but maybe you can't have higher version of modem than bootloader.
I was on NH7 when i tried to flash the MJ4 modem. And if i recall, MI3 is older than MJ4, so i don't know why it worked because i also thought it wouldn't with the NH7 bootloader. But the phone is now off my hands after 3 days of working to get it to unlock without some sort of boot loop.
 

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I was on NH7 when i tried to flash the MJ4 modem. And if i recall, MI3 is older than MJ4, so i don't know why it worked because i also thought it wouldn't with the NH7 bootloader. But the phone is now off my hands after 3 days of working to get it to unlock without some sort of boot loop.
They are alphabetically ordered, so yes, mi3 is older than mj4. Regardless, thank you for sharing!

Cheers!
 
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I'm sorry, I did not include the CSC pack instructions in OP. I live in the U.S. and don't know anything about CSC, so I didn't bother. I will look further into it and update OP. If anyone knows anything about it, please feel free to chime in.

I'm pretty sure it has to do with what country you live in. Correct me if I'm wrong.

So to be clear, this has nothing to do with US? This CSC? I seen that we (USA users) might need this on the Darklord ROM, or no? Have you tried what Shadow linked you? I've not made the jump to Darklord, but it looks like the battery is really a phenom on that ROM and I might try. I just don't know about the CSC editing

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So to be clear, this has nothing to do with US? This CSC? I seen that we (USA users) might need this on the Darklord ROM, or no? Have you tried what Shadow linked you? I've not made the jump to Darklord, but it looks like the battery is really a phenom on that ROM and I might try. I just don't know about the CSC editing

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Alright, here is what I've experienced:

I am running g00hs tweaked note 4 port on my sm-n900p on straight talk service, without flashing CSC. I haven't had 1 single issue.

I flashed the ROM on my wife's sm-n900p, with sprint service, and could not for the life of me get data to work at all. I even flashed CSC code (TMB/T-Mobile USA CSC code) and still nothing. I think it has something wrong with CDMA networks. I could be wrong. So I restored her EFS partition so she was back on SPT CSC (Sprint USA code, what comes stock on her phone).

So all in all, I don't feel the CSC is necessary unless you have other needs for it. I personally still don't understand, or see the use of flashing CSC codes. Even though it is said to be necessary.

I have not tried DarkLord ROM yet, I am pretty content on what I'm using now. If you try it out, please feel free to share your details and experience :)
 
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You might want to edit your OP, g00h was banned, and his work is taken down. Also, your link for Darklord's is wonky, it doesn't go to the right thread.
Just a heads up, man.

---------- Post added at 12:38 PM ---------- Previous post was at 12:18 PM ----------

Anybody tried updating to the latest KK bootloader, NK4?

LINK RIGHT HERE FROM JIMWEEBZ KK NK4 DEODEXED

Thanks for the heads up, updated OP. Darklord link should be fine, i re-copied and pasted straight from thread, was the same as before.

Newer bootloaders should work, as long as you are on nh7 or newer (from my own, and other's reported experiences)
 
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Thanks for the heads up, updated OP. Darklord link should be fine, i re-copied and pasted straight from thread, was the same as before.

Newer bootloaders should work, as long as you are on nh7 or newer (from my own, and other's reported experiences)

The Darklord link works on the Tapa App, but in a laptop, it doesn't. It has a weird link to it. Let me copy the link when clicked from a computer...

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---------- Post added at 09:53 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:49 PM ----------

http://xn--http-996a//forum.xda-dev...tw-note-4-port-5-0-1-darklord-rom-1-t3017604“
 
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The Darklord link works on the Tapa App, but in a laptop, it doesn't. It has a weird link to it. Let me copy the link when clicked from a computer...

Sent from my SM-N900P using Tapatalk

---------- Post added at 09:53 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:49 PM ----------

http://xn--http-996a//forum.xda-dev...tw-note-4-port-5-0-1-darklord-rom-1-t3017604“

Fixed for sure this time. Was editing it from tapatalk, Apparently they have some redirection hidden in their URL tags. Tested from desktop, works now ;) Thanks again!
 
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Fixed for sure this time. Was editing it from tapatalk, Apparently they have some redirection hidden in their URL tags. Tested from desktop, works now ;) Thanks again!

Not a problem, it eliminates others asking of the links "dead" or "invalid" in the future when we move on to another device. Always looking out for the future users ! :laugh::cool:

---------- Post added at 10:47 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:13 PM ----------

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Mind hitting me up on PM about g00h's rom? I don't think we can post it publicly. Darklord isn't playing nice on my rig, and before I even could download g00h's, it was taken down by the Mods. Thanks Matt.
 
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    I no longer have the Sprint Note 3, and unfortunately will not be actively maintaining this thread. If you would like me to add more, comment or PM me the ROM link. Thank you :)

    Hello everyone! I've had some users ask me how to do this, so for those who may be in the same situation, here is a guide to get Android 5.0.1 on your Sprint Note 3 (SM-N900p), for users that are SIM-unlocked and are on a different carrier than Sprint. This has presented me a few problems before, as you cannot go past the MJ4 modem, without losing access to SIM-unlock. In my experiences, I could never get any 5.0+ ROMs to work on my Note 3, while still being able to use/recognize a SIM card from another carrier. I could not get this specific ROM to boot on NC5, so NH7 (possibly newer) bootloader is required. This guide is based solely my own experiences, and a few reported successful users as well. Your mileage may vary.

    I will not take responsibility for any damage done to your device, do this at your own risk and free will.

    Alright, shall we get started?
    What you will need:
    Odin (Mirrors everywhere, search for it)

    If you are not on NH7 or newer bootloader, Grab NH7 Stock restore found here

    Grab latest TWRP (2.8.5.0) here

    If you have a modem newer than MJ4, grab MJ4 Modem here

    Grab ROM:

    a) AICP (Android Ice Cold Project) CM12.1-based ROM
    AICP here You will need hlte version! Hltespr does not recognize sim card

    b) DarkLord ROM (Note 4 port)
    DarkLord Rom here

    c) Phronesis ROM (note 5 port) :
    Phronesis ROM here
    Compatible Kernels for Phronesis ROM (grab hlte-spr versions):
    c1 Idle Kernel
    c2 DarkLord Kernel


    First and foremost: Make a nandroid backup in recovery. Save a copy of it to your PC, as well as a copy of your SDcard(s) for safe keeping.

    Now that everything is backed up, and we have all of the necessary files listed above:
    If you are already on NH7 bootloader, skip to step 8

    1) Open up ODIN on PC and load NH7 stock restore into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN).
    2) Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
    3) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
    4) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
    5) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This will take a few minutes.
    6) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
    7) Boot straight into Download Mode again. Flash the NH7 file again in ODIN, exactly the same procedure as before. (Sorry, ODIN is picky sometimes, and this trick will get the flash to stick)
    Your phone should now be on NH7 firmware, including the Modem and bootloader.

    Now we need to get back on MJ4 Modem to be able to recognize the SIM-unlock once again (if you are already on MJ4 or older modem, skip to step 15):
    8) Open ODIN on PC, and load MJ4 modem tar into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN)
    9)Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
    10) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
    11) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
    12) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This may take a few minutes.
    13) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
    14) Boot straight into Download Mode again. Flash the MJ4 modem file again in ODIN, exactly the same procedure as before. (Sorry, ODIN is picky sometimes, and this trick will get the flash to stick)
    You should now have everything on NH7 firmware, with the exception of the MJ4 Modem needed for SIM-unlock.

    Now we need a custom recovery to flash the ROM:
    15) Open ODIN on PC, and load TWRP tar into PDA slot (AP slot for newer versions of ODIN)
    16)Do not check "auto-reboot" checkbox. If this is checked, click it once to un-check it.
    17) Put phone into Download Mode (Hold 'vol. down' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting)
    18) Connect phone to PC, there should be a light-blue box lit up with "COM:" + some numbers. This means Odin recognizes the device.
    19) Click start button in ODIN to begin flashing. This may take a few minutes.
    20) Once the flashing is finished, un-plug phone from PC and pull the battery out for ~10 seconds.
    21) Boot phone into recovery (Hold 'vol. up' + 'power' + 'home' buttons while booting).
    22) Wipe system, data, cache, and dalvik cache
    23) Flash ROM We should have everything on SDcard(s) still. If you do not, you may need to sideload ROM onto phone in recovery. Alternatively, you should be able to restore your backup and transfer it back to phone easily
    24) PROFIT!!! Enjoy some Lollipop with your carrier of choice!

    I know this is a tedious process, and there may be quicker ways of doing the same thing, but I've found this method most reliable. Hopefully this will help someone as much as figuring it out helped me :)
    Please report your results

    Credits: Give thanks to these folks, they well deserve it @semdoc for AICP android 5.1.1
    @nambavuong for the beautiful ROM, thank you
    @bigbiff for bringing TWRP to our device
    @freeza for MJ4 flashable modem
    @micmars for stock NH7 flashable firmware

    Enjoy folks, cheers!
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    I'm on MJ4 modem, NK4 bootloader, Philz touch recovery. Have been able to get g00h's roms and darklord rom to work with T-Mobile.
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    Mind if you could do a write up on her how you did Darklord's ROM? I saw you got the "...hlte v0.4.zip" working, but it was only "8.7MB". Did you flash that on top of Darklord's 2.0 or 2.1 or what? Thanks again!

    Sent from my SM-N900P using Tapatalk

    DarkQueen 0.4 kernel works on Darklord 1.5. Just flash is over the rom. I can't remember anything special to do.
    Darklord 2.0/2.1 comes with DarkQueen 0.4 kernel, so no need to flash kernel.

    There is not much to write up. Just flash the rom and they all worked. You may need to tweak apn a bit. Some earlier version of TWRP has trouble with Darklord 2.0. I always use Phliz here. I'm staying with Darklord 2.1 for now. I might try out those two new roms from g00h, the pure stock N4 European rom and the customized Chinese leak N4 v3.5. I feel there is not much difference for me. What matters is stability and power efficiency, which is pretty hard to tell by individual unless there is something really off.
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    Was trying to find that rom but since it was taken away I gave up. Where is the link to your mega account? Would like to have it as backup, or to try another rom for her. Thanks man

    Sent from my X9076 using XDA Free mobile app
    I usually keep to myself here on XDA, and don't know if publicly posting g00h's ROM is in any violation of XDA rules. I can pm you a link, I gave it to ndwgs as well. He got it working, use the custom kernel included in aroma as well.
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    Thank you for sharing! The reason for the guide is because there is confusion about updating bootloader and being able to keep MJ4 modem (which seems to be key for us unlocked users) ;)

    Tweaked Note 4 port is what I've been running, it is pretty nice, but I agree sometimes you need to see for yourself and not take someone else's experience as definitive.

    Do you mind linking darkRom for future readers that may be interested? I may give it a try as well :)

    [ROM,TW] Note 4 port 5.0.1 - DarkLord rom v2.1 N910F BOB4 by Samsungviet