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PostPosted: May 14th, '13, 17:13 
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I just went and got the above phone. I didn;t want to be stuck with telstra bloatware and slow system updates, so went for a buy outright.. Went to JBhifi and they were out of stock, double checked that buying outright wouldn;t have the bloatware on it and he said no...

Then went to the telstra shop and they had them in stock for about the same price, but..... didn;t think to ask them about the bloatware, got home plugged it in and yuck, telstra startup screen, telstra apps, and widgets... :upset:

Does anyone know about the updating of these things? has telstra taken over the whole phone and it will only update android when telstra releases their updates? I'm a bit peeved, I think I'll be taking it back tomorrow if it's totally leashed by telstra crap...

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 Post subject: Re: samsung galaxy S4
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nope but interested to know...

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Hi,

If you wanted a clean Android experience then the Nexus 4 would have been best.

Samsung and the operators would have put in additional apps and stuff on the phones they sell.

Alternatively, you can try an custom ROM like CyanogenMod or others:




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If you are not too worried about changing the software entirely, I can not recommend CyanogenMod enough.

It is brilliant mate. Bare in mind that with the phone being so new you might have some glitches, but CM is by far the best phone software i have used.

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Alternatively, i can swap my s3 for your s4 which is very reliable with CM :P

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Alternatively, i can swap my s3 for your s4 which is very reliable with CM :P


What CM version are you using? CM9, CM10 or CM10.1?

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Dunno what the problem is really. I have a HTC velocity on a Telstra plan and have no problems with it. Just uninstall stuff you don't want, and install stuff you do want.

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Alternatively, i can swap my s3 for your s4 which is very reliable with CM :P


What CM version are you using? CM9, CM10 or CM10.1?


I am using 10.1 nightlies.

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Dunno what the problem is really. I have a HTC velocity on a Telstra plan and have no problems with it. Just uninstall stuff you don't want, and install stuff you do want.


I am pretty sure you have to have at least rooted your device to remove the vendor programs.

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Yep you need to "root" the phone then install a new rom. Sounds scary but is pretty straight forward albeit time consuming. If I get a chance I will get you links but rsev will beat me to it ;)

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Even if all you want to do is uninstall the telstra shit you need to be root.

I dont link to these kinds of things. You need to have an idea before you start, so do your own googling :)

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yeah a mate of mine has rooted his phone many times, almost on a weekly basis... Guess I may have to give it a go.

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So the Telstra stuff does what. Whatever is there on my phone doesn't download stuff all , and I don't even know its there

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I would have thought your more an iphone kind of guy Joel :shifty:


p.s. I too, have rooted a phone once... ran over it with the Patrol. :D

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:think: Hmmmm! Sounds like a lot of phone rooting going on here. Sounds kinda kinky to me but each to their own. Enjoy!! :D


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I've got an S3 and have run about 8 or 9 different ROMs on it - in multiple versions. I've currently got it set to dual-boot so I can run my Purelook ROM (fast, smooth, stable and set up how I want it) and still try out new ROM's in the 2nd ROM partition.

I also set up the GNote my wife has with JB. There are 3 parts to running a new system on your phone, the Kernel, the modem and the ROM. The kernel is the basic software that tells your hardware how to work, the modem (AKA baseband) tells it how to communicate (which is where your Telstra source MIGHT have an issue) and the ROM is your OS and apps.

In Australia we have 2 flavours of S3 - not sure if this applies to S4's - Telstra versions are the GT-i9300T and all others are GT-i9300. S4's might be the same variants - I can check if you can't find the answer in the link below. Note this DOESN'T mean you can't run software for the version you don't have, but your comms might run better if you flassh the appropriate modem for your phone.

Check [Settings] [About Phone] to see you phone details.

NEVER publish your IMEI number. Read that again. NEVER! That's your phone's fingerprint. Someone could take that, lose the phone in a bank heist and the cops will knock on YOUR door.

Rooting isn't hard... (pause for giggles) and with care, the phone can be improved immensely. I can help with the process so you don't lose anything if you like - I've been helped on here enough it would be payback to give something back.

Be warned, getting things wrong can Brick your phone, so it pays to cover your bases FIRST, before you do anything.

The best place to go and learn is at XDA Developers Forums - S4 - the guys there are experts and build ROMs, themes and mods for phones of all types.

Make sure you search a thread before asking questions - with more than 5 million members they get a lot of people asking the same questions over and over without looking first so the guys you really want to answer you are the ones who most appreciate that you've tried to find an answer first.

PM me if you have questions - the S3 and S4 are pretty similar even if the S4 is not yet as 'developed' as the S3.

Things to look for FIRST:

Nandroid backup
EFS Backup

Do these FIRST and then connect to your PC and save them out there as well.

Things to know:

Your phone has 3 kinds of memory. RAM, SDCard and extSDCard. RAM in the S4 is 2GB. The SDCard is where programs and OS are stored by default. The extSDCard is the memory card you buy and insert. Do NOT go cheap on this and make sure it is Class 10. You can store all your data, ROMs, Backups and Recovery info on the extSDCard to save space on your SDCard. Probably can't run apps from there - Samsung locked it down, although there are workarounds.

Enjoy - they are excellent phones and good fun to use.


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