Is the Canada Bell Galaxy Alpha able to be rooted?

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phositadc

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Does anybody have the Canada Bell version of the Alpha? Can you root it?

Also, does anybody know if CanadaGSM.ca is a legitimate website? I see they sell unlocked version of the Bell Alpha.
 

AlgaTroy

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Does anybody have the Canada Bell version of the Alpha? Can you root it?

Also, does anybody know if CanadaGSM.ca is a legitimate website? I see they sell unlocked version of the Bell Alpha.

Hi, I've got a Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850W) from Virgin Mobile. Unfortunately there wasn't any information if my phone would be bricked or not after rooting since the baseband version on chainfire's website is Videotron.

My Phone :
SM-G850W
sltecan
msm8974
KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANI4 (Virgin Mobile Baseband Version)
4.4.4

Description on Chainfire's Web Site:
SM-G850W
sltecan
msm8974
KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANJ4 (Videotron baseband version)
4.4.4

So I had to try and...
I was able to successfully root with Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root!

So yes it's probably rootable :)
And keep in mind i'm not responsable if you brick your phone.

Big thanks and thumbs-up to Chainfire!
 
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phositadc

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Hi, I've got a Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850W) from Virgin Mobile. Unfortunately there wasn't any information if my phone would be bricked or not after rooting since the baseband version on chainfire's website is Videotron.

My Phone :
SM-G850W
sltecan
msm8974
KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANI4 (Virgin Mobile Baseband Version)
4.4.4

Description on Chainfire's Web Site:
SM-G850W
sltecan
msm8974
KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANJ4 (Videotron baseband version)
4.4.4

So I had to try and...
I was able to successfully root with Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root!

So yes it's probably rootable :)
And keep in mind i'm not responsable if you brick your phone.

Big thanks and thumbs-up to Chainfire!

Are you in the U.S.? Any idea where I could get a virgin mobile galaxy alpha?

Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G850A
 

AlgaTroy

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Nov 11, 2012
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No, I'm french canadian.
I'd try swappa or ebay and search for devices from canada.
But i'd recommend you get one with an octacore (from europe i think).
Or you wait for the time being since there's not much developpement for this device cause sammie announced the end of the alpha.
 
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Does anybody have the Canada Bell version of the Alpha? Can you root it?

Also, does anybody know if CanadaGSM.ca is a legitimate website? I see they sell unlocked version of the Bell Alpha.
i had one which i sold i a good price;) can`t root till i had and don`t know about the legitimacy of mention website. but did successfully unlocked mine from phoneunlockingshop.ca
 

robertkoa

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I was tempted to order from Canada GSM even though in the USA because the Canada Bell Unlocked Phones they sell appear to have exact same Bands for Tmobile/Metro PCS in USA.
However I found a Alpha 850M which is an International Exynos with
7 LTE Bands and even has 1700 WCDMA Band ( not listed in the specs) in addition to the others that are specified.
This one definitely has a louder, fuller speaker than the AT&T Qualcomm and faster, so I assume better than
Bell Canada's Qualcomm Alpha.
The Alpha 850M is made for North,South America and the Carribean so should work well for you.
I am not sure Canada GSM is legit but if not we would have heard about it..right?
ALSO - not a Dev so you need to find out if 850M can be rooted etc.
 

SamuiSanti

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May 8, 2012
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Worked for me...

Please how i root sm-g850w version g850wvluiani4


1) Accept the fact that you may void your warranty, brick your device and are doing this because you're brave
2) Locate SM-G850W file
3) Read instructions from start to finish
4) Read instructions AGAIN !!! ;)
5) Go for it!

https://autoroot.chainfire.eu/

Good luck. It worked for my SM-G850W, KK 4.4.4 Canadian Bell :good:
I have not upgraded to Lollipop yet and know only what is stated here...
 
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EMichaud

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Worked well for the sm-g850w sltecan from Telus too. Now, there is absolutely nothing else. No recoveries, backups must be made the hard way (building your own flashable .tar file), no custom roms. That's not the ideal phone to customize. It's my ' corporate business ' phone. Rooted, but not customized.

I have a Google Nexus 5 to try anything. My Samsung tablet runs on an unofficial BlissPop rom, which is pretty cool.

It is easy to root, just be sure to use sltecan (snapdragon) and not slte (exynos) files. You' ll soft brick your phone, which is not ideal (been there, done that...)

Sent from my SM-T530 using XDA Free mobile app
 

sdmfer

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Nov 15, 2014
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Worked well for the sm-g850w sltecan from Telus too. Now, there is absolutely nothing else. No recoveries, backups must be made the hard way (building your own flashable .tar file), no custom roms. That's not the ideal phone to customize. It's my ' corporate business ' phone. Rooted, but not customized.

I have a Google Nexus 5 to try anything. My Samsung tablet runs on an unofficial BlissPop rom, which is pretty cool.

It is easy to root, just be sure to use sltecan (snapdragon) and not slte (exynos) files. You' ll soft brick your phone, which is not ideal (been there, done that...)

Sent from my SM-T530 using XDA Free mobile app

I know older thread, but Just about to try this out. on my Telus Alpha, however, I'm currently on 5.0.2 (G850WVLU1BOD7) ...will this revert me back to a previous version, then if I update from that point will I loose root? I mainly want root, to get rid of these damn youtube ads lol.

EDIT - nevermind - worked no problems, no issues whatsoever. :p. If anyone has any ?? let me know
 
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sdmfer

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Now I can't seem to understand the whole process of installing xposed. Seems different than it used to be and reading things about deodexing etc etc. Anyone here had success?
 
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    Does anybody have the Canada Bell version of the Alpha? Can you root it?

    Also, does anybody know if CanadaGSM.ca is a legitimate website? I see they sell unlocked version of the Bell Alpha.

    Hi, I've got a Galaxy Alpha (SM-G850W) from Virgin Mobile. Unfortunately there wasn't any information if my phone would be bricked or not after rooting since the baseband version on chainfire's website is Videotron.

    My Phone :
    SM-G850W
    sltecan
    msm8974
    KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANI4 (Virgin Mobile Baseband Version)
    4.4.4

    Description on Chainfire's Web Site:
    SM-G850W
    sltecan
    msm8974
    KTU84P.G850WVLU1ANJ4 (Videotron baseband version)
    4.4.4

    So I had to try and...
    I was able to successfully root with Chainfire's CF-Auto-Root!

    So yes it's probably rootable :)
    And keep in mind i'm not responsable if you brick your phone.

    Big thanks and thumbs-up to Chainfire!
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    Now I can't seem to understand the whole process of installing xposed. Seems different than it used to be and reading things about deodexing etc etc. Anyone here had success?