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[Q] US996 on Verizon issues

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Exabyter

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Mar 11, 2017
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I have several issues with my US996 on Verizon, running LineageOS 14.1. (I'm not asking in the LOS threads because I figure more people here know the details of this device)

The main problem is I can't get SMS to work unless I set the preferred network type to CDMA or CDMA/EVDO only. I have been using the "VZWINTERNET" APN.
Any time I set an option that includes LTE (including the "Global" setting), SMS/MMS stops working.

Also, the signal indicator works strangely, oftentimes when I have strong signal the signal indicator shows 0 bars.

Lastly, many of the fields in Settings/phone info/SIM Status are blank, eg phone number, signal strength and service state. (Perhaps this is a CDMA/Verizon idiosyncracy since the SIM is not the primary auth to the legacy CDMA network?)

Do I need to flash the VS995 radio to this device to address these things? Is that even feasible? What about what Verizon calls "Advanced Calling" options? Ideally I would love to have VoLTE and WiFi calling as well.

Thanks.
 

Drewc4xx

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Feb 4, 2018
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I have several issues with my US996 on Verizon, running LineageOS 14.1. (I'm not asking in the LOS threads because I figure more people here know the details of this device)

The main problem is I can't get SMS to work unless I set the preferred network type to CDMA or CDMA/EVDO only. I have been using the "VZWINTERNET" APN.
Any time I set an option that includes LTE (including the "Global" setting), SMS/MMS stops working.

Also, the signal indicator works strangely, oftentimes when I have strong signal the signal indicator shows 0 bars.

Lastly, many of the fields in Settings/phone info/SIM Status are blank, eg phone number, signal strength and service state. (Perhaps this is a CDMA/Verizon idiosyncracy since the SIM is not the primary auth to the legacy CDMA network?)

Do I need to flash the VS995 radio to this device to address these things? Is that even feasible? What about what Verizon calls "Advanced Calling" options? Ideally I would love to have VoLTE and WiFi calling as well.

Thanks.

If youre device is abr0 you can use the patched dll version of lg up. https://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4233875&d=1502007613 to flash vs955 firmware. I have found that the this version VS9951BA01 is the one has fastboot mode and can get to recovery if you want to use dirty santa on it. or if you get to the you have 9 attempts of 10 to enter the passcode. you will then need to factor reset to get the data formated. But this link has the full instructions. https://forum.xda-developers.com/v20/how-to/guide-patch-lgup-to-unlock-features-t3652222
 

Exabyter

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Mar 11, 2017
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If youre device is abr0 you can use the patched dll version of lg up. https://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4233875&d=1502007613 to flash vs955 firmware. I have found that the this version VS9951BA01 is the one has fastboot mode and can get to recovery if you want to use dirty santa on it. or if you get to the you have 9 attempts of 10 to enter the passcode. you will then need to factor reset to get the data formated. But this link has the full instructions. https://forum.xda-developers.com/v20/how-to/guide-patch-lgup-to-unlock-features-t3652222


Thanks for that tip, I will read up on it a bit later.

The main reason I got a US996 rather than a VS995 is the lack of an officially unlockable bootloader on the VZW variant and having to use an exploit to unlock/root it which only works on old firmware leading me into a potential trap if the device ends up in a state I can't either unlock/root or return to stock from.

I already unlocked the US996 bootloader - will that get reset if I flash a stock kdz onto it?

I tried using LGup shortly after I got the phone but I was having problems getting it to work on my Win7 workstation, perhaps I had the wrong version..
 
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    If youre device is abr0 you can use the patched dll version of lg up. https://forum.xda-developers.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=4233875&d=1502007613 to flash vs955 firmware. I have found that the this version VS9951BA01 is the one has fastboot mode and can get to recovery if you want to use dirty santa on it. or if you get to the you have 9 attempts of 10 to enter the passcode. you will then need to factor reset to get the data formated. But this link has the full instructions. https://forum.xda-developers.com/v20/how-to/guide-patch-lgup-to-unlock-features-t3652222


    Thanks for that tip, I will read up on it a bit later.

    The main reason I got a US996 rather than a VS995 is the lack of an officially unlockable bootloader on the VZW variant and having to use an exploit to unlock/root it which only works on old firmware leading me into a potential trap if the device ends up in a state I can't either unlock/root or return to stock from.

    I already unlocked the US996 bootloader - will that get reset if I flash a stock kdz onto it?

    I tried using LGup shortly after I got the phone but I was having problems getting it to work on my Win7 workstation, perhaps I had the wrong version..