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It has been a year since the release of the iPhone 12 and it came with not only one, but three other models in the same year shortly after its release. Although the iPhone 12 is not the best phone compared to specs, design, and features in the series, it has garnered the most sales. 

iPhone 12 is the number 1 best-selling phone not only in North America but also across the globe. It was followed by iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro, which placed in the second and third spot respectively. 

It’s not rare for iPhones to take the top sales yearly, but if you’re planning to upgrade to the iPhone 12, we unlocked the features below. 

iPhone 12 Top-level Overview 

Pros 

  • Available in 6 beautiful, trendy colors 
  • Magsafe compatible 
  • Long battery life 

Cons 

  • Significantly more expensive compared to its direct competitors
  • Small base storage, only 64GB 
  • 60 Hz Display refresh rate not up to date with latest flagship phones 
  • Cameras still need improvement

Design and Build Quality

What you’ll like: 

The beautiful Pantone colors of the iPhone 12 is what makes them an absolute eye candy. You can choose from 6 gorgeous colors: white, blue, purple, black, red, and green. 

One of the things that make the iPhone 12 a gorgeous phone is the flat edges- you’ll remember this with older models such as the iPhone 5s, which makes the phone really easy to grip. Moreover, Apple says they have Ceramic Shield on the 12 series, which means these phones are made to have some sort of ‘shatter protection’ in case you drop them- good thing to have especially if you’re a butterfinger. Downside- it might make it more prone to scratches, but you can always add a screen protector. 

It is a little bit thinner and lighter than its predecessors, but it still feels premium to hold thanks to its aluminum sides.

iPhone 12 features, tech specs

What you won’t like: 

If you’re an Android phone user switching for the first time to an iPhone, you’d probably get disappointed with the amount of money you will spend on it. 

Out of the box, the iPhone 12 comes with zero accessories to go with it except for a single USB C cable, not even a wall charger. Their reason? Everyone already has one and that’s why you only get the cable. 

That sounds like a good reason, but it also significantly cuts the costs of each phone. And if you’re a first-time user as we said, you’ll have to buy a compatible wall charger, which could cost you an extra twenty bucks. 

The lack of chargers is a real bummer because the old wall chargers are only 5 watts based on the abilities of older phone models, which is too slow for the newer iPhone models. So in the end, you’ll still end up buying yourself a new iPhone charger.  

Recently, Samsung made the same move with the Samsung Galaxy S21. They didn’t include a compatible wall charger in the accessories as well. This means if you want to take advantage of their fast-charging features, you’ll be forced to spend more.

On the other hand, the 60Hz refresh rate of the iPhone 12 is significantly much lower than that of the Galaxy S21 which has 120Hz refresh rate. This means that when you scroll or play games on the iPhone 12, it is not as clear and as smooth as the S21. 

If you’re a long-time Android or Samsung phone user, you’ll notice a significant difference when it comes to the display. A lot of Android phones have had either a 90 Hz or 120Hz refresh rate even before 2020. 

Tech Features iPhone 11iPhone 12iPhone 12 Pro
Price$599.99$829.99$999.99
Screen size 6.1” Liquid Retina HD 6.1″ Super Retina XDR display6.1″ Super Retina XDR display
RAM4 GB4GB6GB
Storage Options64/128GB 64/128/256GB128/256/512GB
Processor & OSA13 Bionic ChipA14 Bionic chip, iOS 14A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14
DurabilityIP68 Water ResistanceIP68 Water ResistanceIP68 Water Resistance
Battery size10 hours talk time11 hours talk time11 hours talk time
Camera Dual 12MP Ultra Wide & Wide Cameras w/ Night ModeNight Mode, Deep Fusion, Advanced Dual-Camera System4x Optical Zoom Range, Night Mode, Deep Fusion

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What’s in the box:

what's in the box? iPhone 12, manual, USB C cable

MagSafe: Charging in a snap!

If you’re not new to the Apple ecosystem, you probably have heard of or used MagSafe before. But for the sake of the others who didn’t, we will explain how it works here. 

Easily put, MagSafe is a magnetically attached puck charger that was previously used for Macs. MagSafe offers 15 Watts wireless charging and is designed to safely and quickly wirelessly charge your device, according to the Apple website. 

The iPhone 12 series is the first set of iPhones to have fast-charging MagSafe compatibility. It snaps onto the back of the iPhone 12 like a magnet on a refrigerator. You may still be able to use MagSafe on older models using Qi wireless charging technology, but they’re a lot slower due to a significant difference in wattages.

On the other hand, MagSafe charging is still significantly lower than a USB C fast charging based on tests done by Macrumors.com. 

Cameras.

The iPhone 12 cameras don’t have a lot of drastic changes, advantages, or new features over the previous iPhones. If you want to see the real camera upgrade, you’ll have to check out iPhone 12 Pro as it is the real deal when it comes to iPhone cameras nowadays. 

The iPhone 12 has two cameras in the back, the same as the camera placement back in 2019, but they can shoot videos in Dolby HDR, one of the best video-shooting standards. It also has a better, much larger ƒ/1.6 aperture which makes photos taken in low-light crisper and better than the other iPhones. 

Good aesthetics but lacks functionality

You’re probably wanting the iPhone 12 because of the amazing Pinterest boards you see about its app customization, but there’s still a serious flaw that you might want to consider: the floating apps on the screen are not interactive. 

What do we mean by this? 

Yes, you’re able to customize the widgets that you want to prioritize or see first, however, you still have to open the app in order for you to be able to use them. A few examples for this would be, (1) you need to start/stop music directly from the Spotify widget, (2) you can’t scroll on your calendar widget, etc.

Is the iPhone 12 worth buying? 

The iPhone 12, being the latest series, definitely has a lot of newer, cooler, better features compared to the iPhone 11. Compared to the other models that came out in this series, the iPhone 12 is not so bad. 

The iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro have the same size, although the Pro has some more serious camera upgrades. The Pro has a third camera in the back, with a price difference of $100+ it is worth considering.

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Apple released 4 flagship phones last year in the same series- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini, and the iPhone 12 Pro Max. The iPhone 12 models are the first ever series to have 5G connectivity from all Apple devices, and it’s the only one that supports the fastest 5G technology available in the world. Whatever extra speed means for you, these are the phones that allow you to experience the fastest 5G networks. 

When it comes to the prices, the iPhone 12 Mini is the most affordable among the four, but for the features, a lot of people are inclined to believe it is the iPhone 12 Pro. 

But is it worth buying? 

iPhone 12 Pro Top-level Overview

Pros 

  • Sturdy, beautiful build 
  • Gorgeous colors in matte finish 
  • Faster chipset
  • Long battery life

Cons 

  • Very expensive 
  • Heavier 
  • Stainless steel sides is fingerprint magnet 
  • No significant upgrades, the camera is so-so

Design and Build Quality 

What you’ll like: 

The iPhone 12 Pro comes with superior, gorgeous metallic colors with matte finish and it has a glossy camera bump. The iPhone 12 has a glossy finish and a matte camera finish on the back. The iPhone 12 Pro and the Pro Max were designed to look like the iPad Pro with flat edges. 

Moreover, the sizes of the phones are not the primary determining factor for the price in this series. 

The iPhone 12 and the iPhone 12 Pro are of the same size as both are 6.1 inches in length, but the price of the Pro is significantly higher. When it comes to comfortable hold, it is the perfect fit for the hand and is not awkward to hold such as the gigantic Pro Max, which is 6.7 inches tall, and the Mini which is 5.4 inches. 

What you won’t like: 

The stainless steel sides give the phone that shiny flagship-only luster, but it does come with downsides. One, it is prone to gathering fingerprints, and second it makes the phone substantially heavier than its predecessors or the ones it came with in this series. 

One would expect that Apple will adapt to the market and upgrade the display in this new series, but unfortunately, there’s no improvement at all from the iPhone 11. The refresh rate is still the same and is definitely inferior to the standard Android high-end phone displays that have a 120Hz refresh rate. If you’re gaming a lot, you will definitely see the significant difference between the iPhone 12 display versus the latest flagship Android phones.

Tech Features iPhone 12iPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro Max 
Price$829.99$999.99$1099.99
Screen size 6.1″ Super Retina XDR display6.1″ Super Retina XDR display6.7″ Super Retina XDR display
RAM4GB6GB6GB
Storage64/128/256GB128/256/512GB128/256/512GB
Processor & OSA14 Bionic chip, iOS 14A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14A14 Bionic chip, iOS 14
DurabilityIP68 Water ResistanceIP68 Water ResistanceIP68 Water Resistance
Battery size11 Hours talk time11 Hours talk time11 Hours talk time
Camera Night Mode, Deep Fusion, Advanced Dual-Camera System4x Optical Zoom Range, Night Mode, Deep Fusion5x Optical Zoom Range, Night Mode, Deep Fusion
Based on the T-Mobile model.

What’s in the box:

Cameras.

The 12 pro and 12 have the same primary sensor and ultra wide sensor but it has an additional 2x telephoto zoom camera – not Space Zoom which is in android flagships like Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G. The iPhone 12 Pro Max on the other hand, offers 4X Optical Zoom, which is also one reason why it’s more expensive. 

The camera zoom captures crisp photos only if there’s enough light source. When the lighting is bad or when you’re taking pictures at night, the phone detects that your main camera can take better pictures than the telephoto zoom camera lens. 

The iPhone 12 Pro has dual optical image stabilization but all the bigger, much more significant camera upgrades are on the iPhone 12 Pro Max. 

The Pro Max contains Sensor Shift Image Stabilization which means the stabilization is on the sensor and not on the lens itself. This technology has been previously used only in DSLRs, but with iPhone 12 Pro Max has better than ever camera stabilization. 

AR 

Augmented Reality in the iPhone 12 models are definitely more immersive and accurate compared to their predecessors because they have LiDar scanners. These scanners also help you measure the height of anything, even people, accurately. 

The LiDar camera can also be used for AR games and also helps with camera enhancements, which made Night Mode possible in this series. 

Should you buy the iPhone 12 Pro? 

The iPhone 12 Pro is a great phone overall, but if you’re willing to spend $100 more, you can have the Pro Max, which is undeniably the best in this series. Although, the large size of the Pro Max would make you think it is going to be a bit challenging to hold, it can be a good phablet, and who knows, the future Apple OS might allow multi-tasking and with its big screen, you will not need to upgrade. 

Between iPhone 12 and the 12 Pro, there’s not much of a difference. The display, design, notch, haptics, except for the slight camera features are very much the same for these two devices. Their price difference is $170- and we think a slight compromise in the camera also makes the iPhone 12 a good buy in this series. 

Released August last year, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is aimed at serving a very specific target market. Perfect for those who take ‘work’ wherever they go or for content creators who record or make content in the most random moments, this phablet is everything you need for a portable ‘studio’.

If you’re considering buying this specific model from the Samsung cosmos, let’s take a look and unlock its features.

Top-level Overview

Pros 

  • The brightest AMOLED Screen so far 
  • Sharp Space Zoom cameras 
  • Long battery life 
  • Powerful new features 
  • The gaming experience is amazing
  • The S Pen has become much more intuitive

Cons 

  • Very expensive 
  • Less memory capacity compared to previous Note models 
  • The curved display is aesthetically pleasing but annoying at times. 
  • Fingerprint resistant finish 
  • The camera bulges too much and it’s too bulky

Design and Build Quality

What you’ll like: 

If you’re buying a Note for the first time, you’ll definitely fall in love with the Note20 Ultra. It is a beautiful phablet (phone and tablet) with a matte bronze finish standing 6.9 inches tall. The weight of the phone is just about right, it is substantial enough to assert itself as a premium flagship device, but not too heavy that it feels like it’s made with cheap materials. 

The whole phone is made of Gorilla Glass both front and back and has a stainless steel frame. It is fingerprint resistant so you don’t have no need to wipe it too often. 

And if you’re feeling like taking your phone underwater to take incredible beach pictures, have no fear, because this flagship can stay submerged in up to 1.5m underwater for 30 minutes (IP68 dust/water resistant ). For sure you’ll have been able to take a lot of pictures by then. 

Related: How to permanently Factory Unlock your phone with the Mobile Device Unlock App.

What you won’t like: 

Design-wise, there are many things you wouldn’t like about the Note20 if you were to compare it with other flagships. Just like its predecessors, the Note20 Ultra has a curved display, although Samsung has managed to keep the apps away from the edges, it does cause accidental screen taps. 

The cameras at the back bulge off the back too much that the phone can’t lay flat on a surface. It makes the phone rock when you lay it down and because they hit the surface first, they are prone to breakage. Good to remember if you’re a butterfinger. 

It does make up for its 5X optical zoom ability which is very stable even up to 20x. You can zoom up to 50x and still get a decent photo, but it might be a bit too shaky for some. And if you’re not a leftie, you probably wouldn’t appreciate how they have moved the S-pen to the left hand side in this series. 

Lastly, this flagship is very, very expensive. From T-Mobile, the full price is $1299.99 when bought

Tech Features Galaxy Note 20 5G Ultra Galaxy Note20 5GGalaxy S21 5G
Price$1299.99$999.99$799.99
Screen size 6.9”WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 6.7” FHD+ Super AMOLED 6.2” FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED
RAM12 GB8 GB 8 GB
Storage1 TB128GB/256GB 128GB/256GB 
Processor & OSQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus | AndroidQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus | Android 10.0 Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 888 (5nm)
DurabilityIP68 Water and Dust Resistant IP68 Water and Dust Resistant IP68 dust/water resistant 
Battery size4500 mAh4300 mAh 4000 mAh 
Camera 12MP + 108MP + 12MP Triple Rear Facing Camera
10MP Front Facing Camera
12MP + 64MP + 12MP Triple Rear Facing Camera10MP Front Facing Camera64MP + 12MP + 12MP Triple Rear Facing Cameras10MP Front Facing Camera
Based on the T-Mobile model.

The Note20 Ultra has an advanced chipset and operating system making it one of the fastest phones today. 

What’s in the box:

Cameras.

The cameras at the back may look unsightly but it captures way better than the Note20 5G. It has a dedicated autofocus sensor at the back that helps ensure your images are steady and sharp even when you zoom in up to 50x. 

It can be a preference type of issue, but the Note20 Ultra cameras make faces washed out or too ‘filtered’. 

If you’re a filmmaker or video content creator that takes a lot of raw videos, the Pro Video Mode is an absolute treat for you. You have the ability to tweak anything from the exposure to the white balance. Moreover, you can choose your bluetooth earbuds as the audio source so when you’re recording videos or vlogging outside, you can effectively reduce the background noise.

The S-pen.

Whether you’re taking notes or drawing, the S-Pen is your companion for your day-to-day work. It feels natural and smooth, and you will love how it came with new intuitive features. 

Samsung added new air gestures for the S-Pen and it’s a fast shortcut for when you’re in a hurry or multi-tasking between apps. You can even take screenshots you can write on or annotate! 

Gaming 

Whether you play small or play big, the Note20 Ultra is able to keep up with your needs. You can use DeX Mode and play on a 4K TV and you can stream XBox games and play with no lags. 

Aside from gaming, you can cast your Note20 Ultra screen on a TV and open multiple apps. You can also show your whole Note20 Ultra screen on a laptop or PC and be able to take calls, or run multiple apps side by side. 

With its 4500 mAh battery which can last a day on normal use, with music or video streaming, gaming, calling and more. 

Conclusion:

In conclusion, we can say that the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G is the ultimate dream phone for content creators who take their craft seriously, and a great phone for multi-taskers who take work everywhere they go. 

Is it worth its hefty price? 

For all the features it offers and the quality of the build, it is every bit worth its thousand dollar price tag. 

Compared to other flagship manufacturers within the same price point, the Note20 Ultra boasts superior features than the rest- moreover, with so many trade-in discounts nowadays, you will still be able to slash off a good amount from the original price making this phablet a steal. 

That’s it for our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G, we hope this helped!

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And today at UnlockBase, we’re happy to announce that we now support unlock for all Tracfone devices including its subsidiaries Straight Talk, Simple Mobile, Total Wireless, Walmart Family Mobile, and GoSmart, Net10 Wireless, and Page Plus Cellular. 

If you own a Tracfone device or any of the above-mentioned prepaid services carrier, you can now have your phone unlocked so you can use it on any network across the globe! 

How to Permanently Sim Unlock Tracfone Devices

All Tracfone (and its subsidiaries) devices, both GSM and CDMA, can now be unlocked through UnlockBase. 

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3. Your device will show a “Device Unlocked“ message and may reboot.

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There are two types of Tracfone devices, CDMA and GSM. It is important to know that an unlocked CDMA phone will only work with CDMA carriers, and an unlocked GSM phone will only work with GSM carriers. 

If you are planning to switch carriers, please make sure that your phone is compatible with the type of network your new carrier is servicing. 

Although most carriers in the USA are GSM, many carriers such as Verizon, Sprint, and US Cellular still use CDMA. On the other hand, the more commonly known carriers that are GSM are T-Mobile and AT&T. 

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• If your phone model ends with a “G”, then it means you are using a phone compatible with a GSM carrier. 

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• If your phone model ends with “VL” it means it’s using the Verizon-LTE network. 

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For the best experience with your unlocked Tracfone device, we recommend that you choose the carrier which has the best coverage in your area. 

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For the best experience with your unlocked Tracfone device, we recommend that you choose the carrier which has the best coverage in your area. 

Moreover, please note that most of the world uses GSM, good to know if you want to travel outside the USA and want to use a Tracfone device. 

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For its $1000 price tag, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is a pricey flagship device. It is among the most expensive phones on the Android flagship range and just a hundred dollars shy of the price of the latest iPhones. 

If you’re considering buying this specific model from the Samsung cosmos, let’s take a look and unlock its features.

Top-level Overview 

Pros 

  • Good screen 
  • Good camera 
  • Premium look 
  • Good battery life 
  • Powerful features

Cons 

  • Plastic back cover 
  • No headset in the box 
  • High price 
  • Too pricey for its build

Design and Build Quality 

Right off the box, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is eye candy. It is available in several metallic colors (only one color available for T-Mobile), and its glossy, matte finish will not disappoint your imagination. 

It looks beautiful, and its substantial weight makes it feel premium on the hands. 

The S-pen’s new location is a welcome surprise. It is now on the left side, and many left-handed people love this new orientation. 

It has aluminum sidings, and it still has the usual boxy Note design, but without the edgy corners, the Note usually has. The Note20 5G has rounded corner edges that fit easily to the curve of your palms. 

What you’ll like: 

Right off the box, the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G is eye candy. It is available in several metallic colors (only one color available for T-Mobile), and its glossy, matte finish will not disappoint your imagination. 

It looks beautiful, and its substantial weight makes it feel premium on the hands. 

The S-pen’s new location is a welcome surprise. It is now on the left side, and many left-handed people love this new orientation. 

It has aluminum sidings, and it still has the usual boxy Note design, but without the edgy corners, the Note usually has. The Note20 5G has rounded corner edges that fit easily to the curve of your palms. 


What you won’t like: 

For its price, it is a disappointment to see that the Note20 5G doesn’t have the glass case like in other Samsung flagships within its price range. 

Its polycarbonate back cover looks a lot like the glass back of the Note20 Ultra 5G, but you can feel how glossier the glass back cover is. 

But it comes with an upside- because it is plastic, dropping the phone may not incur as much damage as you would with the glass back ones (if you are not using any rubber or plastic cover case). 

Overall, the Note20 5G has the casing and the looks of the previous Galaxy S-series flagships before it. 

Tech Specs 

When it comes to its tech features, you wouldn’t be disappointed with Note20 5G. It is what Samsung says it is: a powerphone. 

With all-new apps, features, and tech upgrades, this phone is a match made in heaven for artists, multi-taskers, and avid gamers. It runs on the Android 10.0 OS, has a wide and beautiful FHD+ display, and a 4300mAh battery. 

You also get three cameras at the back that is powerful enough to shoot in 8K quality. It has 3x hybrid optical zoom and up to 30x hybrid zoom. Its powerful cameras let you take noise-free images even when you’re shooting pictures at night. 

Tech Features Galaxy Note 20 5GGalaxy Note 20 5G Ultra 
Price$999.99$1299.99
Screen size 6.7” FHD+ Super AMOLED 6.9”WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 
RAM8 GB 12 GB
Storage128GB/256GB 1 TB
Processor & OSQualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus | Android 10.0 Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus | Android
DurabilityIP68 Water and Dust Resistant IP68 Water and Dust Resistant 
Battery size4300 mAh 4500 mAh
Camera 12MP + 64MP + 12MP Triple Rear Facing Camera
10MP Front Facing Camera
12MP + 108MP + 12MP Triple Rear Facing Camera
10MP Front Facing Camera
Based on the T-Mobile model.

As the model name itself suggests, the Note20 5G is part of the galaxy series that is made to help you take advantage of the hyperfast 5G network.

What’s in the box:

Cameras.

The Galaxy Note20 5G has a 10MP selfie camera in front, which also occupies a tiny hole in the front screen.

It has three sets of rear cameras: one 12MP Ultra Wide camera, one 12MP Wide-angle camera, and one 64MP Telephoto camera. 

As mentioned earlier, the cameras let you shoot videos in 8K quality. It has Pro mode that lets you control the zoom speed. You can zoom in slow and zoom out fast with easy screen controls. 

If you’re a content creator, you definitely won’t need to bring bulky high-resolution cameras to make great quality videos.

The S-pen.

The S Pen has always been part of what makes Galaxy Notes so appealing. The Note20 and Note20 Ultra have new S Pen features that allow you to navigate without touching the phone. There are five new gesture control features:  Back, Home, Recents, Smart Select, and Screen Write. 

Our personal favorite, Screen Write, takes a screenshot of whatever’s on your screen at that moment and allows you to annotate or write on it and then share. 

Gaming 

If you’re looking to get the best gaming experience with the Galaxy Note20 5G, you can add the MOGA XP5-X+ Controller. This Bluetooth controller has a clip phone holder that lets you play Xbox games from the cloud-like a pro. 

Conclusion: 

One major downside of this model is the fact that it doesn’t come with a headset. There’s usually an AKG headphone that comes with the box, and for a $1000-dollar phone, it is a disappointment. It may not be a big deal for some who have greater quality earbuds than the basic AKG headphones, but they surely add value to the whole package. 

Despite that, Note20 5G packs new features, a new operating system, and faster, much better hardware. Although the experience is not that far from the previous Note phones, you’ll surely feel how much better it is to use than the rest of the other flagships within and beyond the Samsung cosmos. 
That’s it for our review of the Samsung Galaxy Note20 5G, we hope this helped!

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Do you have an old Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that is no longer working? The display looks fine but it’s not responding even if you charge the battery? Well, before you throw that vintage beauty away, there’s a way to bring it back to life and even remove the sim lock from its carrier. And that is by replacing its motherboard. 

Disclaimer: Yes, you will have to tinker with your phone’s hardware. By following this guide, you acknowledge the risk and we will NOT take responsibility if any damage is done. 

Now that we have that cleared up and you still want to bring your Note 3 to life, here are the basic tools you will need to follow this guide: 

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 
  • A factory unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Motherboard (you can purchase it from third-party sellers, make sure to double-check the correct model number).
  • J1 screwdriver

If you have all the tools needed, then let’s get started! 

Below are the steps on how to replace Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Motherboard:

  • Carefully remove the battery, SIM card (if any), and microSD card (if any).

  • Remove the IMEI sticker, and replace it with one that came with your replacement motherboard. If if didn’t come with a sticker, leave it blank.
  • Take out all twelve screws.
  • Remove the cover by prying on the side of the battery compartment.

  • Disconnect all of the cables as indicated by the picture below.
  • Slowly remove the motherboard from the phone.
  • Slowly install the replacement motherboard. Work out all of the connectors, and ensure that they’re all above the motherboard.

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  • Reconnect the cables as indicated in the picture below.
  • Replace the cover. Massage the entire edge of the phone. To ensure that the cover is snapped in place.
  • Screw all twelve screws.

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  • Insert SIM, and/or micro SD card (if you have one).
  • Insert the S-Pen and install the battery cover.
  • Turn on the phone and ensure that it works!

If you followed all the steps of how to replace Samsung Galaxy Note 3 motherboard correctly, then your phone should work. This is one of the hacks that can factory unlock a previously locked phone otherwise if you have a sim locked Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that works just fine but you want to unlock or use it with another carrier, you can always have it unlocked through us! 

Give us a chat or go to our unlock phone page and choose your device and your carrier. Price may vary depending on your device model number, carrier or type of service, but we have the most competitive prices and the fastest turnaround times in the market! Over 8 million people worldwide have trusted us to unlock their phones! 

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It’s always a requirement to allow USB debugging on your phone before we proceed into the unlocking process. It’s because this is the only way possible for our remote unlock team to successfully conduct a USB Cable unlock on your phone. 

By connecting your phone to a computer, you can make changes and push commands on your phone from your computer.

Most importantly, our Cable Unlock software can only calculate your phone’s unlock code when it can communicate to your phone via the computer. You will need to install it on your computer and have your phone enable the ADB for the cable unlock to be successful. 

Below is a 1-minute video that supplements this guide:

Step by step images on how to enable ADB Samsung Galaxy Android 5.0

Step 1. First, download and install the driver pack from our website. 

Open the zip file and extract it. Drag the Samsung folder to the desktop. 

Double click on it and start the installation process.

Step 2. Enable USB debugging on the phone. 

On your phone, go to Settings > About Device > Software Information > Build Number

Tap “Build number” at least 7 times until you see “Developer mode has been turned on” or it says “You are now 1 step away from becoming a developer”.

Press the return/back button twice. 

Scroll down and go to “Developer options”.

Scroll down and turn on “USB Debugging”.You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB debugging?”, just tap “OK”.

Step 3. Connect the phone to computer via USB cable.

Plug one end of the USB cable to the computer’s USB port and the other end to the phone. When prompted, check the checkbox beside “Always allow from this computer”, then tap “OK”.

NOTE: To avoid connectivity problems, connect it directly to the computer’s USB port. Do not use a USB hub, USB extension, and if using a desktop computer, use the USB ports on the back.

 Enable ADB Samsung Galaxy Android 5

And that’s it, your phone is now ready ADB enabled and it’s ready for the next step of the unlock process. If you have questions about this guide, we can start the conversation at the comment box below! 

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Did you know that you can use a Z3X Box to unlock Samsung Galaxy J1?

And there are plenty of other Samsung phones you can unlock with it? But in this guide, we will cover how you can do it with the 2016 model Samsung Galaxy J1. If you already have configured the Z3 box and have installed the necessary drivers and software, you’re ready for this tutorial!

On the other hand, if you think you need professional help, you can contact our remote unlock team for help. 

Below is the video guide created for this article:

The following steps have screenshots from the phone and the computer to give you a visual guide on how to navigate through each device. 

Step 1. Enable USB Debugging on Samsung Galaxy J1.

On the phone, go to “Settings” or tap the gear icon on the notifications bar.

Scroll all the way down and tap “About device” 

Scroll down and tap “Software info

Tap the “Build number” 7 times or until it says “Developer mode has been enabled!” 

Press “Back” or “<”  two times. 

Scroll down and tap “Developer options

Turn on Developer options by sliding the button right to turn it on. 

Scroll down and slide the enable button right for “USB debugging

You will be prompted with a question box “Allow USB Debugging?”

Tap “OK

Step 2. Connect Z3X box to the computer via USB. 

Step 3: Install Samsung Tool Pro to your computer. 

Download the Samsung USB Unlock Drivers from this page on our website. 

Open the downloaded file. Extract the file, and drag the Samsung folder to the desktop. 

Click open the folder and you will be prompted with the box for the installation process.

Step 4. Connect your phone to the computer via USB. 

Press the “Windows” and “R” key at the same time on your keyboard. 

In the “Run” box that will open on the lower left-hand side, type “compmgmt.msc”.

A window will open, click on “Device Manager” on the upper left corner. 

Click the dropdown arrow in “Modems” and you should see your device “Samsung J1”. 

Close window.

Step 5. Run the recently installed “Samsung Tool Pro” software.

A box will open asking permission, just click “Yes”.

Wait for the program to open. 

From the left-hand side, you will see a list, click on your phone’s correct model number. 

*Confirm your model number: On your phone, go to Settings > About Device > Model Number

Step 6. Generating the unlock code. 

From the uppermost, you will see several tabs, click on the “Unlock” tab.

On the right-hand side, you will see options, click on “Read Codes,” it has a magnifying glass next to it. 

Step 7. Entering the unlock code. 

Wait a few seconds, and now look at your phone. On its screen you will see a prompt that says, “Allow USB debugging?”, tap the checkbox “Always allow this PC” and click on “OK”.

On your computer screen, the program will calculate the code. Just wait a few more seconds.

After a few minutes, you should find the unlock code, which is “NET lock“.

Restart your phone. (It should still be connected to your computer).

Once it boots up, it will prompt you to enter the “SIM network unlock PIN” this means it’s asking for the unlock code. 

Enter the code you got for “NET lock”. 

Tap on the “UNLOCK” option.

Congrats, your phone is now unlocked! You should see signal bars coming in from your new service provider!

 

That’s it for this guide! If you followed the steps properly, your phone should be successfully unlocked. If you have questions about this guide, we can start the conversation at the comment box below! 

It’s very easy, you don’t have to be an expert to do it, but still, if you think you’ll need professional help, let the pros from our very own remote unlock team help you out. Tell us how we can help you by giving us a chat! 

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Unlike AT&T and T-Mobile, Verizon phones operate and connect via a CDMA network, which means it is not configured to work on GSM networks as AT&T and T-Mobile do. If it’s a CDMA phone it’s by default unlocked, however, simply inserting a sim card from AT&T or T-Mobile or any foreign network won’t make it work.

In this guide, we will show you how to reconfigure a CDMA XT1528 to connect to GSM networks so it can be used with any other SIM cards from AT&T, T-Mobile, and even international ones!

There’s a video below that supplements this written guide:

We also supplemented this step by step guide with screenshots to help you along the way. 

Now, let’s get started!

Step 1: Download and install the universal ADB drivers from this website (Clockworkmod). Note: the universal ADB (Android Debug Bridge) drivers are needed because it will allow you to control your android device over USB from your laptop or desktop computer. Through this, you can copy files, install and uninstall apps, and do special functions that will unlock your Motorola phone.

You may delete this file from your computer at the end of this guide or after your phone is successfully unlocked. 

Step 2. Download the SDK Platform Tools from Android Developer’s website and extract the said file to your desktop so we can easily find it later. Note: SDK Platform Tools is needed here because it will allow you to perform functions available only for Android Developers. This will help you get into the “brain” of the phone and remove the sim lock from Verizon. 

You may delete this file from your computer at the end of this guide or after your phone is successfully unlocked. 

Step 3. Open the “platform-tools” folder, and then copy everything on its address bar.

Step 4. Open the command prompt and type “cd” (without quotation marks), press space, and then right-click on your mouse

Step 5: Activate the Developer mode on the phone

Step 6. Allow USB Debugging on your phone.

Step 7: Connect your phone to the computer with a USB cord. Type the following codes on your command prompt in this order. Note: DO NOT include the quotation marks.

• “Adb shell” and press Enter. After this, you will see a prompt on your phone. Tap box for “Always allow from this computer”. 

• Type “adb shell”, again on your command prompt box (black box). If you see “[email protected]_cdma:/ $”. It means you’re doing everything correctly, so far.

Step 8. Next, type the following codes in the command prompt box in this order. Note: DO NOT include the quotation marks.

• “pm clear com.android.providers.telephony”, then press ENTER on your keyboard. Do this, twice. 

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode1 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “settings put global preferred_network_mode2 9”, then press ENTER. Do this, twice.

• “reboot”, to reboot the phone.

It should look like this.

Step 9. Wait for the phone to reboot. If you see the network’s name on the upper left corner (and on the bottom of the screen), along with signal bars (upper right side). It worked!

On the other hand, if the phone says “No Service” repeat step 8. 

Step 10. Add your carrier’s APN. To obtain your APN’s info, click on the search bar and type your APN’s name. The example is using Sun Cellular so I typed “Sun Cellular APN”. Once you filled up all the info, tap on the three dots on the upper right, and then tap “Save”.

Step 11. Turn on your Data.

And that is the end of this guide! You may now disconnect your phone from your computer and remove all the files you have downloaded on your computer earlier.

If you’ve been able to successfully use another sim card using this guide, congratulations! 

Do you have a phone that you want to sim unlock from your carrier? Let us know how we can help! We have unlocked over 8 million phones worldwide and we have the fastest turnaround times, perfect if you’re traveling or in a hurry! 

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There is a YouTube video below that supplements this guide:

In order for our team to conduct a remote unlock session successfully, we first need you to connect your phone to the computer via USB. However, simply connecting your phone to the computer will not do it. 

You need to have your phone “communicate” to the computer so we can alter the sim lock settings through your computer. 

It may sound like USB Debugging is very technical but it’s very easy! Here’s a quick guide that we made into an infographic so you can scroll and see what to do conveniently.

Let’s do it! 

Step 1. On your phone, go to Settings > General

Step 2. Scroll down and go to Software Info

Step 3. Tap on Build Number seven (7) times 

Step 4. If prompted for your PIN, enter your PIN and press Back “ < ” twice.

Step 5. Tap “Developer options

Step 6. You will be prompted with a “Warning” box, just tap on the empty button and tap OK

Step 7. Turn on “USB debugging” by dragging the button on one side.

Step 8. You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB Debugging?” Tap OK.

Step 9. Connect your phone to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 10. You will be prompted with the question “Allow USB Debugging?” Tap the empty button and tap OK.

And we are done! If you think this has helped you immensely, return the favor and give us a shoutout or share this on Facebook or Twitter with your friends! 

If you have a phone that you wish to sim unlock or carrier unlock, drop us a message and tell us how we can help you! We’ve unlocked over 8 million phones at the fastest turnaround time! Perfect for traveling or when you need it done fast. 

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