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Unlocking ZTE Avid 4 from MetroPCS

 

If you still haven’t gotten yourself a new phone or if you are looking for a cheap steal, then MetroPCS has got something for you. ZTE Avid 4 is out in MetroPCS and just like its brothers in the ZTE family, it is mid-ranged price and a perfect budget phone for anyone who wants value for money more than fancy brands or flagships.

The phone comes at a bargain price of $39USD (*after all discount and rebates) without contract and you can easily pick one from any MetroPCS stores near you. If this phone doesn’t convince you enough or if you are looking for more options you can take a look at these MetroPCS Phones of 2017 Under $100USD.

You’ll be amazed how far your one hundred bucks is going to get you, but for now, let’s take a look at what ZTE Avid 4 has got to offer by comparing it to other phones in the budget phone department.

 

Specs ZTE Avid 4 ZTE Blade Z Max Moto E Alcatel A30 Fierce Coolpad Defiant Samsung Galaxy J3 Prime
MetroPCS Price/(after all offers) $39USD $99USD $49USD $79USD $29USD $49USD
Screen 5 inches 6 inches 5 inches 5 inches 5 inches 5 inches
Processor Speed Quad Core 1.1GHz Octa Core 1.4GHz 1.4GHz Quad Core 1.5GHz Quad Core 1.4GHz Quad Core 1.4GHz
OS Android 7.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1 Android 7 Android 7.1 Android 7.0
Camera 5MP main camera 16MP+ 2MP dual rear cameras and 8MP front camera 8MP autofocus camera + 5MP LED flash 13MP rear autofocus w/ LED flash camera and 5MP wide-angle LED flash 8MP autofocus main camera+2MP front camera 5MP autofocus rear camera + 2MP front camera
Internal Memory Up to 32GB Up to 128GB Up to 128GB 23.5GB user-available memory 3.5GB available user memory 10.9GB user available memory
Connectivity 4G 4G 4G 4G 4G 4G
Battery 2520mAh 4080mAh 2800mAh 3000mAh 2450mAh 2600mAh
Talk Time 9 hours 31 hours 23 hours 12 hours 9 hours 18 hours

 

Build

 

ZTE Avid 4: Build

 

ZTE Avid 4 isn’t a show-stopper type because it doesn’t have a glossy glass front and back cover, but what it boasts instead is a big 5” screen with an FWVGA display. It does look like a mini ZTE Blade Z Max, standing at 6”, which you can get at a meager *$99 (after all discount and rebate offers).

It is 4G LTE enabled which runs perfectly on the fast MetroPCS network. The biggest caveat on this specific model is that it comes only in one color – BLACK. On the other hand, if you are fan of headsets, this phone will not disappoint you because it has a 3.5mm headphone jack sitting at the top.

 

Software Interface

 

ZTE Avid 4: Software Interface

 

Unlike most mid-range phones, this ZTE Avid 4 doesn’t have any fingerprint sensors for security so you’ll have to stick with the basic password or pin to lock your phone.

The ZTE Avid 4 also has a clean and spacious dock that gives you the basic apps and features like most Android devices. It’s running on Ice Cream Sandwich and it has 1.1GHz Quad Core Processor, so you can consider that it is fast, interactive, and smooth when using multiple apps at the same time.

The phone’s Settings is organized just like any stock Android. It has 32GB ROM and 2GB RAM which gives a pretty decent amount of storage for all your pictures and a seamless music and video streaming, and mobile gaming. The internal memory is unfortunately not expandable via MicroSD Card but only up to 32GB.

The phone is also pretty straightforward to use – that is if you are used to using Android.

 

Camera and Battery Life

 

ZTE Avid 4: Camera and Battery Life

 

The battery life in the ZTE Avid 4 is pretty disappointing because it only has an average of 9 hours talk time from its 2520mAh battery. And compared to the ZTE Blade Z Max it does come almost half the battery life because it has a whopping 4080mAh and can handle up to 31 hours of talk time.

You can use its USB port to charge it or in transferring data from your phone to your computer or vise versa.

This phone isn’t really the best in the mid-range camera department but it prides a few features that you might also like. It has a 5MP autofocus main camera. You can take videos in Panorama mode and you can also take photos while recording a video at the same time.

Other than this, the camera on this one is pretty average and wouldn’t stand out in the tight mid-range or budget phone competition. It is not even on par with other ZTE released mid-range phones. However, considering the price, it surely is a bang for the buck.

 

Takeaway

 

The ZTE Avid 4 wouldn’t really stand out compared to its other ZTE brothers nor to other mid-range phones out there. Nonetheless, considering its specs and features, we can safely assume that it does more for its price tag.

 

Want to Unlock Your ZTE Avid 4?

 

Want to Unlock Your ZTE Avid 4?

 

An unlocked ZTE Avid 4 phone is a good gift for yourself or for a friend. It could serve as your budget back up phone or you can give it to someone who is using a different network or maybe living in a different country.

UnlockBase can unlock your ZTE Avid 4 phone in a fast, easy, and convenient way. You wouldn’t have to break the bank or send your phone over to get it unlocked. If you’re ready to unlock your ZTE Avid 4 now, you can go here.

If you have questions or if you need help you can also contact our chat and email support team who are online 24/7 to cater your needs.

 

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How to Unlock Sony Phone

 

Unlocking a Sony mobile device is a unique process compared to other android or smart devices. There may be several locks applied to your Sony phone and we have to know how many lock levels apply for us to successfully unlock it permanently. Also, it is necessary for us to know your phone unlock eligibility

 

4 Things You Need To Get Your Sony Phone Unlocked:

  1. Non-carrier SIM Card
  2. IMEI number
  3. IMEI/Carrier Status (Make sure it’s not Blacklisted/ Reported Lost or Stolen)
  4. Unlock Eligibility

It is important for us to know your phone’s IMEI number because that will be our only guide to calculate or create the unlock code specifically assigned to it. Also, your phone’s IMEI status lets us set proper expectations whether your phone can be unlocked or not and if you can use it after it is unlocked.

If your phone is blacklisted by your carrier, there’s a slim chance we can unlock it and even if we can successfully unlock it, you will still be unable to use it in your own country even with a different carrier.

Blacklisted phones have their IMEI registered in a national database that is shared among the carriers in your country. This is the reason why Blacklisted phones can’t be of use to anyone unless it’s unlocked and used in a different country.

 

How To Unlock A Sony Phone

How to Unlock a Sony Phone

 

You can unlock your Sony phone through 2 different ways:

  1. Your Carrier
  2. UnlockBase

 

If you choose the latter which is to unlock your phone with us, you can order an unlock code for your Sony phone. All you need to do is to enter the information being asked and follow the process as is.

Your device’s IMEI number and carrier, as well as your working email address,  will be needed for us to communicate.

If you already received an email confirmation about your unlock code order from us you will see the instructions for identifying it’s SIM-lock state and its unlock eligibility. If you already did it as per instruction, you can now proceed to the actual unlock process.

 

  1. Switch ON your Sony phone with a non-accepted SIM Card.
  2. Sony phone will ask you to enter SIM Unlock PIN.
  3. Enter Unlock Code (16 digit code).
  4. Your Sony phone will be unlocked!

 

Note: Before ordering a code for your Sony phone, no matter what model, please make sure to check first if it is “eligible” for unlock.

 

Read: More about SIM Unlock Eligibility on the latter part of this article. (Jump to explanation)

If you choose to unlock with your carrier, there’s a high likelihood that you will have to pay for the remaining device balance if you got your phone through a plan.

Nonetheless, unlocking your phone with them successfully works almost all the time. The process of unlocking it with them may involve technical needs or you can go straight to their nearby store if you need help.

Some carriers, like T-Mobile and MetroPCS (for the US only), lets you unlock your phone remotely through a pre-installed app called the Mobile Device Unlock App.

Note: Only Sony Xperia Z3 is supported by the Mobile Device Unlock App, pre-installed by T-Mobile USA. Please check this article to know more about Mobile Device Unlock App and all its supported devices.

 

What Are The Instances That The Unlock Codes Fail?

What are the Instances that the Unlock Codes Fail

 

We can guarantee you that there’s a zero chance our codes fail to unlock your phone. We work with several vendors and service providers that assure us that the codes we have generated are specifically for your device and for the specific IMEI you have provided us.

If in the unlikely chance the code we gave you didn’t work, we always own the mistake and process a refund for you if you insist or give up and stop finding another way.

*We may have missed something along the way, so in the process, our customer service representative who’s handling your concern may be able to find out why and resolve the issue.

However, if the codes we gave you didn’t work, here are the possible reasons why:

  1. You gave the wrong IMEI
  2. Your phone is rooted or is running a custom ROM
  3. Your phone is not eligible for unlock

 

If the unsuccessful unlock is caused by any of the above reasons, we are afraid we will be unable to give you a full refund. We always list the refund eligibility on our initial email interaction with you, and all disclosures, including what’s mentioned above, are mentioned.

Moreover, we always advise our customers to do the unlock eligibility status check on their Sony phone before proceeding on the code order process. All the instructions are included in our email and should you feel lost or if you are afraid because it’s too technical for your level, you can always contact our customer service team, with no charge.

If you want to get a heads up about your phone’s sim unlock eligibility, please check the article below.

 

How To Check if Your Sony Phone is Eligible for Unlock

 

How to Check if Your Sony Phone is Eligible for Unlock

 

Your phone will be ineligible for unlocking when it is already hard locked to your carrier. Hard locked phones are permanently locked to a carrier and your phone will become hard locked if you enter the wrong code many times and have used up all the unlock attempts allowed by your phone.

Here’s how you check your phone’s SIM-lock status:

  1. Open the Dialer and enter the following sequence: *#*#7378423#*#*
  2. A menu will appear.
  3. Go to: SERVICE INFO.
  4. Go to: SIMLOCK.
  5. Check where is X.
  6. If X is on NETWORK and value is different than 0, you can unlock the phone with our codes. In case if Sony Xperia Z shows (X) network lower than 5 and not 0, that means we can’t unlock it.

 

Please check the following images for your guidance.

Sony Phone Cannot be Unlocked

 

Sony Phone Can be Unlocked

 

 

As you have seen in the images, the image where the value next to Network is 7 is the only phone that’s unlockable or eligible for unlocking. It means we have 7 more unlock attempts to use.

We don’t support values before 5 because we are unsure about the allowable unlock attempts. We always put a safety margin for unlocking attempts to set proper expectations.

Another image shows the value next to Network is 0, so that means there are no more available unlock attempts available for you to enter an unlock code and that the phone has already hard locked itself to its carrier.

If you are seeing a higher value than 5, then you can now proceed with the unlock process and order a SIM unlock code from us. Please choose your phone’s model correctly.

 

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We can even deliver your codes *real-time or in as early as the first hour we receive your order*; quicker and faster than any of our competitors.  Not only that, we offer the lowest price guarantee if you have lower offers from any of our legit competitors.

Our 24/7 customer service team are always ready and available to answer your emails real-time and you can also contact our chat support team anytime if you have questions or other related concerns.

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We assure you that all our unlock instructions are created with you in mind – meaning we make it easier, complete, and basic in every model we support, but that’s not the sweetest part yet.

We provide *100% money back guarantee in the event that our codes don’t work! If we can’t unlock it, we’ll give you your money back!

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Unlocking HTC U11 Life

 

HTC U11 Life may be an ordinary budget phone at first glance, but this phone is way above average that it deserves a second look. With the price ranging from $300USD (depending on your location), this phone considerably belongs to the group of phones that most can afford.

The U11 Life has multiple versions and global versions differ from those which are meant for the US market. They run on different OS, RAM, storage, and LTE bands. Before you brush this not-so-flashy phone off of your mind, let’s take a look at how much you can bargain with a 300-dollar phone.

We compared the HTC U11 and the HTC U11 Life and we have highlighted all the major differences between the two phones:

 

*For a complete spec sheet for HTC U11 and HTC U11 Life, check the official HTC page.

Specs HTC U11 Life HTC U11 (Brand’s Flagship)
Build Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified, but feels plastic) 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Water Resistance IP67 certified IP67 certified
Display 5.2 in 5.5 in
Camera- Front 16MP f/2.0 Aperture; Full HD 1080p recording 16MP f/2.0 Aperture; Full HD 1080p recording
Camera- Rear 16MP f/2.0 Aperture;4K video recording, HDR, panorama; 12MP f/1.7 aperture; 4K video recording; High-Res audio OIS
Sensors Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Fingerprint, Motion-G, Edge, Ambient light, Gyro, Magnetic, and proximity
Memory Internal 64GB/4GB RAM, 32GB/3GB RAM ; expandable 256GB Internal 128GB/6GB RAM, 64GB/4GB RAM; microSD flex storage supported
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 630, Android Oreo Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 64-bit octa-core 2.45Ghz
Sound NO HEADSET JACK; USB type-C headset with active noise cancellation; HTC USonic NO HEADSET JACK;USB type-C headset with active noise cancellation; HTC USonic
Battery 2600 mAh 3000 mAh Quick Charge 3.0
Other Features HTC Edge Sense; HTC Sense Companion; HTC Connect; Motion Launch, Sensor Hub, Always on voice commands, etc. HTC Edge Sense;HTC Sense Companion;HTC Connect; Motion Launch, Sensor Hub, Always on voice commands, etc.

 

Judging by the colors you can really tell there’s just so much difference between the two, but that practically tells us why the other one is a flagship, right? That, hopefully, should justify the HTC U11 flagship price.

Nonetheless, judging by the overall experience, you really can’t see much difference between the U11 and its little brother U11 Life.

The HTC U11 Life is meant for a one-handed use and it comes in a comfortable size of 5.2 in, not that far from HTC U11’s 5.5 in. Although, some physical applications may be a little challenging like the “Squeeze”, it varies on how big your hands are, and will likely fit most.

The HTC Squeeze is a feature that is both clever and practical. This function applies ever so easily like how they say it is. You can squeeze the sides, basically the home button on the right-hand side to launch the camera. You can add another app if you customize the squeeze feature.

This phone offers so many features that are exclusively HTC and we’ll go through each one of them later. Let’s discuss first the ordinary things that make this phone stand out.

 

Camera

 
The HTC U11 Life is built with a 16MP front and rear camera, we’re talking about the same camera you get with an LG V30, minus a few hundred dollars. What’s more unbelievable is that you can shoot a 4k video with it!

The U11 Life’s camera has been a talk of the town around YouTube Vloggers and you can find one particular review that used HTC U11 Life front camera for the whole video recording. Results? Mind blown!

You can’t even recognize the difference between the U11 and the U11 Life’s video recordings. However, the U11 is built for low-light recording with a f/1.7 aperture.

If you are looking for a budget phone that gives you clear, crisp, and awesome photos, the HTC U11 Life will never disappoint you.

You can easily launch your camera by squeezing your phone. Although some say there are slight shutter lags with the camera, it still doesn’t happen that often. This might be something that HTC will address in their next software update.

 

Build and Display

 
The HTC U11 Life is still made of Corning Gorilla Glass, however, it’s not the same version as the flagship devices like its brother HTC U11. It has a “plastic” build and so is the reason for its lightweightness.

This is the reason why the U11 Life doesn’t have that premium feeling, but overall, it still has the same multi-color and glossy back cover.

Nonetheless, HTC made both the U11 and the U11 Life water resistant at IP67, which could be the best move HTC did this year. It also has 2600mAh battery which could very well last you a day, and you’ll have to diligently charge it every night for the next day’s use.

If there’s anything that we hate about the U11 Life, it is the lack of a headphone jack. I also thought that would be the deal breaker, but luckily, it comes with a USB Type C earbuds that have an active noise canceling feature.

The only downside is if you have a 3.5mm headphone plug you will have to buy the adapter yourself.

As expected it has a speaker, which sounds nice on par with other mid-range phones in the market.

It has a fingerprint scanner that is mounted in front for easy access and it’s accurate, fast, and easy to set up. Overall the HTC Sense UI runs smoothly on this phone and goes on fluidly without any annoying hiccups or lags.

 

Software, Features, and How-To’s

HTC U11 Life: Features

 

The HTC U11 Life is running on Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and Adreno 508, this maybe not the loveliest selling point but it has a massive storage that starts at 32GB (3GB RAM) and 64GB (4GB RAM). Expandable with a microSD up to 256GB.

Like the U11, U11 Life is meant to work with Amazon Alexa, but there were reported issues of being able to use it at all. If you aren’t a fan of the Amazon ecosystem, you’d be happy to know that the U11 Life runs on *Android Oreo.

HTC has packed this phone series with a handful of apps that are aimed to help you in many ways practical and ingenious. Let’s go through each of them.

 

Edge Sense

HTC U11 Life: Edge Sense

 

The Edge Sense will be the app that will welcome you to your U11 Life’s initial setup. It will allow you to set up the “Squeeze” feature so you can customize the apps that you want to launch using it.

Activate Edge Sense and you can select the squeeze sensitivity that you prefer and the app that you want to associate with them. The camera is the default app that will open when you squeeze and no other feature, but you’re free to change it via the phone’s Settings.

You can also add another app aside from the camera, by choosing to Enable Advanced Mode you can have the long squeeze feature. You can customize all the actions thereafter using the Customize Short Squeeze or Customize Long Squeeze options.

It’s quite easy and self-explanatory, so feel free to play around and discover!

 

HTC Sense Companion

HTC U11 Life: Sense Companion

 

This feature is not golden but it’s quite the initiative to anticipate their customer’s needs. The Companion learns your daily patterns, remind you of upcoming events, warn you of bad weather and even recommend restaurants when you are in a new city.

Yeah, this is not original but if you are already annoyed of messages from your phone like getting your phone charged up, you can easily get rid of it by swiping the icon to the top of the phone.

 

Motion Launch Gestures

HTC U11 Life: Motion Launch Gesture

 

The Motion Launch Gestures is similar to that of the air shuffle on some cell phone brands and it might be a little tricky to setup but you’ll love it once you’ve gotten used to it.

There are 5 different motion gestures you can choose from and they are all useful and easy to use. You can wake the screen with a double tap, swipe left to lock it or go to home screen. There is more in store for you to discover.

 

USonic Earbuds

HTC U11 Life: USonic Earbuds

 

As mentioned earlier, your HTC U11 Life comes with a USB Type-C earbuds, and they are undoubtedly amazing unless you neglected to set it up on your phone.

Yes, there is a setup necessary for you to take advantage of the active noise canceling feature and customize the sound according to your physical hearing preferences. Head over to Settings and choose HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancelling put the earbuds on and complete the setup process.

The HTC USonic earbuds will create a sound profile based on ears’ shape, if you don’t like it, you can go through the process again.

 

Alexa App

HTC U11 Life: Alexa App

 

Since the processor on the U11 Life is not as powerful as that which is in U11, it cannot handle two “trigger” words that launches the Alexa and Google Assistant. It can handle one trigger word which is for Google Assistance and that means you will have to open the Alexa App or add it to your Edge Sense options.

Although you may not be able to activate Alexa by simply saying its name, you can still integrate into your Amazon ecosystem. It makes everything easy and convenient.

HTC and Amazon worked hard to achieve this, so it must be an answer to a major pain point.

 

Themes

HTC U11 Life: Themes

 

HTC U11 Life has the most customizable interface ever! You can use the free themes, paid themes, or the customize themes if you have one. They are all easy to download and you can open it through the HTC Theme App.

Simply hold the home screen down and wait for the Theme icon to appear, sign in to your HTC account (create one if you don’t have one). Once signed in, voila! You will be overwhelmed by the number of themes you will see!

You can also change how your apps look like so you can integrate your theme altogether with the apps you installed on your phone.

 

Boost+

HTC U11 Life: Boost+

 

HTC really went one more mile for your battery saving game, because they added a utility app that not only saves your power but also locks the apps you don’t want to use or which you think eats up a lot of power.

That’s right, it lets you lock some apps so if ever some people want to touch your phone and use it, they can’t get the locked app/s to open unless you enter your unlock pin/pattern for them.

Ain’t that marvelous?

 

Unlock Your HTC U11 Life Now!

Unlock HTC U11 Life with UnlockBase

 

Get the most out of your HTC U11 Life and permanently sim unlock your device today!

Unlock your device for only $4.90! Head on to our HTC U11 Life unlock page and just enter your device’s IMEI number and locked-to carrier. Our support team will be ready to help you.

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How To Unlock a ZTE Device

 

Unlocking your ZTE device should be easy and straightforward. In fact, just like any other phone brand, you only need three things to get your ZTE device successfully and permanently unlocked.

  1. Non- carrier SIM card
  2. Your phone’s IMEI number (Dial*#06#)
  3. IMEI Status (Make sure your phone is not blacklisted or reported lost or stolen)

 

If you have these ready, you can then order an unlock code specifically for your phone. We usually send you 3 or more codes as we see necessary, but in most cases, you will only use one code which is the NCK code or the Network Code Key or simply the unlock code.

 

Codes You Will Receive:

  • Unfreeze Code
  • Reset Key
  • Service Provider Code
  • Network Code (NCK)

 

All the other codes will be used depending on how your phone reacts with a non -carrier SIM card the moment you turn it on. Just simply follow the instruction that your phone prompts you to do. If in case, you are lost or you need help, you can always contact our customer service team via live chat or email.

 

How To Unlock ZTE Through An Unlock Code

How To Unlock ZTE Through An Unlock Code

 

  1. Insert SIM card from a source different than your original Service Provider (i.e. if you have a Rogers phone, use a non-Rogers SIM card)
  2. Phone will ask you to enter SIM unlock PIN
  3. Enter unlock code
  4. Your ZTE phone will be unlocked!

That’s how easy it is! If you want to unlock your phone now, just go to this page and choose your device model number correctly. You will be prompted to enter your IMEI number and your carrier’s information. Just follow through the process and you will receive an email confirmation from us about your payment.

Our email confirmation will inform you about the turn around time for us to generate an unlock code specifically for your phone. It will also contain the instructions necessary to get your phone permanently unlocked.

 

How To Unlock ZTE Through Mobile Device Unlock App (MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA)

How To Unlock ZTE Through Mobile Device Unlock App (MetroPCS and T Mobile USA)

 

If you got your phone through MetroPCS and T-Mobile USA, it is most likely that you will not need to buy an unlock code because your phone has a pre-installed app that will unlock your phone without a code. This pre-installed app is what the Mobile Device Unlock App.

If you have the Mobile Device Unlock App on your phone, try to unlock your phone using the app.

  1. From that application list, tap on Device Unlock.
  2. Hit Continue.
  3. Choose Permanent Unlock.

 

Your device will give you two possible prompts if your phone is off-contract or eligible for unlock by your carrier it will unlock successfully and it will ask you to restart your phone. If it otherwise tells you,

 

“Unlock Failed: This mobile wireless device is not eligible for unlocking. For Device Unlock eligibility details, please go online or contact Customer Care.”

 

It means that your phone is not yet eligible for unlock by your carrier. If you are seeing a different kind of error, you can look up the troubleshooting steps here.

If this is the error you get, you don’t need to go to the MetroPCS or T-Mobile store to get your phone unlocked. We can remotely register your IMEI to your carrier’s database, just click on your carrier below and choose your device make and model correctly.

 

Mobile Device Unlock App for MetroPCS   Mobile Device Unlock Service for T-Mobile

Pick your carrier correctly and just follow through our order process. You will receive an email confirmation from us and this will guide you throughout the unlocking process.

 

Do note that if you have withheld information from us, like your IMEI status, or if your device is running on a custom OS (Cyanogen, Avatar) that may affect the unlock process, that will remove your eligibility for a refund. Please inform us ahead of time if your device is blacklisted or reported lost or stolen so that we can set proper expectations and if we can unlock your phone. 

 

If in case you feel lost or you need help, we have 24-hour support that can answer your questions through live chat or email. Don’t hesitate to shoot us a message anytime.

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Unlock LG V30

 

The LG V30 is nothing like its prehistoric parents. This slick phone is making noise in the tech world and here’s why some guys would ditch their plans with Samsung Note 8 and forget about the iPhone X to get themselves an LG V30.

 

*Data not ours. Specs are from tech authority sites gsmarena.com and androidauthority.com* 

Specs LG V30 iPhone X Samsung Note 8 Winner
 Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery LG V30 and Samsung Note 8
 Display P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 6.0 inches Super AMOLED, 5.8 inches Super AMOLED, 6.3 inches LG V30 (No difference)
Water/Dust Resistance IP68 certified – dust/water proof; Military durability standard-tested IP67 certified – dust and water resistant IP68 certified – dust/water proof LG V30
OS Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) iOS 11.1 Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) LG V30
Internal Memory 128 GB, 4 GB RAM (V30+) ;  64 GB, 4 GB RAM (V30) | micro-SD upto 256GB 64/256 GB, 3 GB RAM 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM Samsung Note 8

 

Camera- Primary Dual 16 MP (f/1.6, OIS, 3-axis, laser & phase detection autofocus)

13 MP (f/1.9, no AF), LED flash

Dual 12 MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, phase detection autofocus, OIS, 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash Watch comparison here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4ILAwtGv6o

 

(Our pick: LG V30)

Camera- Secondary 5 MP, f/2.2, 1/5″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size 7 MP, f/2.2, [email protected], [email protected], face detection, HDR 8 MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22 µm pixel size, [email protected], dual video call, Auto HDR
Camera- Video [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video [email protected]/30/60fps, [email protected]/60/120/240fps [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], HDR, dual-video rec.
Headphone Jack Yes, 3.5mm jack No Yes, 3.5mm jack LG V30 (B&O Play certified)
Sound B&O Play certified;  32-bit/192kHz audio; 24-bit/48kHz audio recording;  Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic;  Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter 32-bit/384kHz audio; Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic LG V30 (Shouting at Audiophiles)

 

One simply can’t even afford having a B&O speaker. This is awesome!

Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, color spectrum Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2 LG V30 (Face ID isn’t a new technology and the iris scanner isn’t perfect. Fingerprint tech, still the easiest and the safest.)
Fast Charging  Fast battery charging: 50% in 36 min (Quick Charge 3.0);Wireless charging  Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min; Qi Wireless charging Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0);Qi/PMA wireless charging Obviously, LG V30

 

Hardware Durability

We have seen a huge surge of flagship comparisons online and in fact, LG V30 went with a drop test with the Samsung Note 8  and bet who won? LG V30.

According to the test, which you can see in Youtube, Samsung Note 8 suffered with the least screen damage, more probably because of its edge to edge screen, but you can hardly open any app and the screen starts to become unresponsive after 10 drops.

On the other hand, LG V30 may look more physically damaged with the selfie cam slightly altered, but miraculously, the screen is still responsive and you can use it BAU! What’s more interesting is that, the back cover of the LG V30 suffered visibly no damage. Lovely, just lovely for every clumsy buff.  

That’s right, 10 drops folks. 10 drops to a steel plate is all you need to prove the LG V30 is worth every penny you invested.

LG V30 is also water and dust resistant, ain’t new thing but as LG put it, it has passed 14 different military standard durability test, which we say is proven by tech buffs on so many Youtube drop and durability tests.

(We don’t want to talk about the iPhone X drop test. Thinking about throwing $1K down the bin is already making me cry, but you can watch the test here.)

 

Camera Quality

LG V30 Camera Features

 

Well, honestly speaking, LG V30 isn’t the best in the camera department. It’s not the only phone with the DSLR- like camera you expect, but you will never have enough of its features, which LG filled to the brim.

You can record videos with the preset filter that you want to have, ain’t that cool? Not only that, you can control your zoom, which practically lets you zoom in any area within the frame.

If you are a vlogger or a travel blogger, the LG V30 is a must-have for all your travels. You can pre-order it factory unlocked or you can also have it permanently sim unlocked  LG V30 and V30+ using our services.

 

Talk about smooth transition!

It also comes with a standard and wide angle lenses that lets you take the ultimate panorama and group selfies without sweating it out.

You can even edit videos on your phone! You can add sound, cut and paste video footages, and add a theme! You can add up to 50 files, like GIFs, photos, and videos to make one single awesome video.

Seriously, you can’t even get a decent video out of some computer softwares, aside from the fact that they are too technical to use. The LG V30 definitely brings out our side of filmmaker- wannabe.

That said, LG V30 is outrageously underrated folks.

(But if you want to look how LG V30 camera fares with S8 and the X, here you go.)

 

Design Ergonomics

LG V30 Bezel-less Phone

 

LG V30 is a big, bezel-less phone but it is easy to handle. It’s not your typical size at 6.0” but you can operate it single-handed. It has a P-OLED display, not much difference with Samsung and Apple AMOLED. More importantly it says that for the sake of branding, but technically speaking, there’s virtually no difference from what we can see.

LG V30 Design Ergonomics

 

LG V30 is also very convenient to use because it has its fingerprint sensor from the back, which is not awkward for any user (no matter how short your finger is).

 

LG V30 iPhone X Samsung Note 8
Weight 158g 174g 195g
Thickness 7.4mm 7.7mm 8.6mm

*It’s super lightweight and probably the thinnest among the most coveted flagships*

 

It also has a radio tuner that lets you listen to your favorite local radio whenever you run out of data to stream (lol) but it always comes handy, especially on places where even 3G doesn’t exist. Yes, LG thought of you having the soundtrip of your life even when you are in the woods.

Compared to X and Note 8, V30 is the only phone to ever think about audiophiles, like they always do. Yup, they kept the B&O partnership and you can enjoy Hi-Fi at a lesser cost.

Welcome to my awesome world, baby.

 

Software

LG V30 is running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, with a 4GB RAM, and Adreno 540 GPU. You can run several programs, play games, and watch movies without ever experiencing a lag. With it’s capability, it’s like a laptop you can fit in your hands. You can also check out the software speed test LG V30 vis-a-vis on iPhone X here.

The V30 is running on Android Nougat and it admittedly said they are not ready to update it until early next year. That’s something you might want to take note. Although the phone is performing supremely, there are still bloatwares that you might not want to uninstall.

LG loves to fill your phone with apps they never thought you’d never like, anyhow, you’re free to uninstall when you want to.

 

Overall Evaluation

What we think is awesome about LG V30:

🗹 Waterproof

🗹 Qi Wireless Charging

🗹 High- Resolution display

🗹 Always-On display (with customizable clock designs and dock notifications)

🗹 Latest processor

🗹 Hi-Fi Dac Audio System

🗹 Bigger battery and longer life

🗹 Glass front and back body

🗹 Lightweight and thinner than most

🗹 Huge storage

🗹 Dual camera system

🗹 Cine- Video video recording function

🗹 Point-zoom video recording function

🗹 f/ 1.6 aperture

🗹 Always- On display

🗹 3.55mm headphone jack

🗹 Slick, bezel-less, zero-notch screen

 

What we think is not cool about LG V30:

Of course, nothing is perfect and you will always find a flaw in whatever device or thing you have. And although LG V30 is close to perfection, there are some things that people wished they could change with this LG flagship.

☒ Not running on latest Android Version Oreo (when they had the chance)

☒ Front selfie cam images aren’t so realistic

☒ Bloatwares

☒ Non-removable battery

 

Some people don’t like the LG software, but IMO, if you aren’t bothered about how your phone looks but on how it works, you shouldn’t be so concerned about that. Plus, it’s highly customizable, so that shouldn’t be a problem.

If you are the audiophile-type or the selfie-expert who wants awesome IG photos, this phone has built-in filters that lets you create that professional look real-time or preset. This is how LG confronts iPhone X’s camera filters.

If you are going to look at what LG V30 offers, you’ll see it weighs more and for a lesser price. LG isn’t the best at marketing as we know it, but the LG V30 deserves a second look and IMO, a recognition as the best flagship today.

 

Unlocking Your LG? We Match Competitor Pricing!

If you would want to further enjoy the best out this phone, you can contact us for unlocking LG V30. We will help you make switching SIM networks possible faster.

We guarantee you that we match competitor pricing, on top of that, you get 24/7 support for your LG unlocking concerns and queries as they arise.

 

Do you like the LG V30? What do you think about it? Tell us on the comments section below.

Everything You Need To Know About How To Unlock A Samsung Phone

 

Want to unlock your Samsung phone? Seeing a lot of errors? If you want to unlock your Samsung phone from its carrier, then you’re in the right place. Here at UnlockBase, we continue to innovate and create better and easier ways to get your phone unlocked in a timely manner.

Just like any Android phone, unlocking Samsung is relatively easy and should go smoothly. In fact, we have discovered 3 (three) different ways to get your phone unlocked from its carrier.

Here are your options:

Get an unlock code – for those who don’t want the hassle of unlocking technicalities/ not tech-savvy
Cable Unlock Software – For those who want to unlock their phones sooner and faster
➤  Mobile Device Unlock App (Only applies to T-Mobile and MetroPCS phones)

 

3 Things To Consider Before Getting Any Unlock Service Or Buying Any Unlock Code:

  1. Make sure your phone is NOT BLACKLISTED.
  2. Make sure you have all the necessary information about your phone.
  3. Make sure your phone is running on STOCK ROM.

 

1. How To Get An Unlock Code And How To Use It

If getting an unlock code is the way you want to go, you have to prepare 3 vital information about your phone:

  1. IMEI Number,
  2. Locked-to Carrier, and
  3. IMEI status ( Not blacklisted/lost/stolen).

How to Get the Samsung IMEI number:

  1. Dial *#06#
  2. Go to Settings
  3. Tap System
  4. Go to About Device
  5. Tap Status
  6. You phone will display IMEI Information

 

We need to know your IMEI number and locked-to carrier because that’s what we will use to generate an unlock code for your Samsung. Note that we don’t randomly create codes through black magic and second-guessing, we are connected to several vendors and carriers to get the code specific for your phone. This is how we guarantee you that your unlock codes work.

In addition to that, your phone’s IMEI status also lets us set proper expectations if we can unlock it and if you can still use your phone if we can unlock it.

Note: Blacklisted phones can still be carrier unlocked, (provided you have given accurate IMEI and carrier information) however, the possibility of using it is limited. For example, if your phone is blacklisted in the US, you can’t use it in the US but you can use it with any carrier outside the US.

 

If you don’t know your IMEI Status, you can check it here. If you otherwise know that your phone is “clean” and you have all the necessary information ready, you can proceed to the Samsung unlock page and enter all the necessary information.

We have several payment options that you can choose from and you will be receiving an email confirmation from our team about the status of your order.

 

The email that we will send you will not only contain one, but 3 or more codes to use. This is because there are several lock levels for many Samsung models.

The unlock codes emailed to you will look something like this:
Unfreeze: 12345678 NCK: 12345678 SCK: 12345678 SPCK: 12345678

 

Most Samsung phones will only ask for the NCK code, however, SCK or SPCK codes apply when 2 or more codes are needed to unlock. You will know which code to apply depending on how your phone responded or prompted after you put a non-carrier sim card.

The Unfreeze code is needed when your phone prompts “Phone Freeze” or “Return for Service” whenever you enter an unlock code. In that case, you have to enter the Unfreeze code first before the NCK code.

However, please note that the Unfreeze code does not guarantee or warranty success as they are issued free of charge as an added bonus with certain Samsung unlocking services. To help you get rid of the Phone Freeze, you can contact a local smartphone specialist or Samsung itself so you can get to the page where you can enter the unlock code you got from us.

The following are the most common scenarios for unlocking through codes:

For older Samsung models, like the Galaxy Note 4, you have to identify how many lock levels your phone has. Please follow the following instructions:

➤Insert sim from your carrier.

➤ Dial *#7465625#

➤Your phone will prompt you a slightly different colored screen that will usually look like this:

  1. [xxx] Network lock
  2. [xxx] Subset lock
  3. [xxx] SP lock

(xxx = Value ON or OFF)

  • Network Lock ON: Enter NCK code
  • Subset Lock ON: Enter SCK code
  • SP Lock ON: Enter SPCK Code

If your phone isn’t giving you any menu after dialing the code, then you can follow the usual unlock process, like that of the S7 Edge that you can see below.

Note that these steps vary per model, so do not take these steps as a general instruction for all Samsung models. Please visit our unlock Samsung page and carefully choose your phone’s model.

 

For newer Samsung models, it’s pretty straightforward, for Samsung S7 edge the process is more likely this:

Unlocking Latest Samsung Phone Models

 

  1. Insert SIM card from a source different than your original Service Provider (i.e. if you have a Rogers phone, use a non-Rogers SIM card).
  2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will ask you to enter SIM Unlock PIN.
  3. Enter Unlock Code.
  4. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge will be unlocked!

 

That’s how it looks like for S7 Edge, but for the model before that like the Samsung S6 Edge Plus, this is how it’s going to be like:

  1. Switch ON your Samsung with a noncompatible SIM card
  2. Wait for your phone to ask for “SIM Network Unlock PIN” or “Enter Network Lock Control Key
  3. If you received one, please enter your MCK (Unfreeze Key) and hit “Unlock” button.  Note: You will get “Unsuccessful message” but don’t worry that’s fine when you type MCK
  4. Now type the NCK (Network Code) and hit the “Unlock” button.
  5. Your phone is now Unlocked !

EXTRA INSTRUCTIONS: if you get “Unsuccessful” again after type the NCK then:

6. Hit “Dismiss” button and compose *2767*3855# on phone keypad.

7. Wait for the phone to restart, this operation will erase all data from your phone!

8. Retry the step 1 to 5 above !

 

2. Cable Unlock: Faster Software Unlocker Exclusively from UnlockBase!

If you think you are techy enough to download, install and run a software to unlock your device, then our Cable Unlock software must be what you are looking for.
If you have Windows PC and a USB cable you can use and you want to unlock your phone faster or real time, you can order the cable unlock software directly from us!

Supported Brands:

Supported Brands for Cable Unlock Software Unlocker

 

Good News: Our cable unlock software gives your phone a 100% permanent unlock so whether you upgrade or downgrade firmware or even install custom firmware like Cyanogen or Avatar. Your phone will remain unlocked for life!

 

You don’t need to root your Samsung phone to unlock your phone, in fact, the unlock process will only ask you a few basic steps. Here’s how:

  1. Download the UnlockBase cable unlock software through the link we sent to your email
  2. Right-click on the icon on your desktop, and select “Run as administrator
  3. Enter the license, hit APPLY
  4. Wait to load details. Click on “Next Tutorial.”
  5. Connect phone through a USB cable.
  6. Click “Next Direct Unlock
  7. Wait for the software to detect the phone
  8. Wait for load bars to complete 100%
  9. Your phone is now unlocked!

 

Note: If the software asks you to dial a code on your phone, please follow as per instruction. The unlock process may vary from phone to phone, but if you are stuck somewhere, you can always contact our customer service team to answer your questions or visit our FAQ page to know more.

 

It is also important to remember that we do not unlock CDMA phones and we only unlock GSM phones through this method. If your phone is not detecting the computer, simply unplug and replug the USB cable, make sure it’s tightly connected and select “debug” on your phone’s USB settings.

If in the unlikely reason that your phone will not be unlocked using this process, you can always ask for a refund and we will void your license and process a refund for you. No questions asked! Your happiness is what we guarantee and you can always try other unlock options for your phone, don’t hesitate to shoot us an email or message.

 

3. Mobile Device Unlock App (T-Mobile and MetroPCS)

If you have a MetroPCS or T-Mobile locked phone it is now easier for you to get it unlocked! By simply using the Mobile Device Unlock App that is pre-installed on your phone, you can have your phone unlocked permanently from its carrier.

However, these two carriers have unlock requirements that you may not be qualified yet at the moment. Nonetheless, UnlockBase can help you unlock your device using the same mobile app. We can remotely register your device’s IMEI as “eligible” on your carrier’s database without any unlock code.

 

Good news: Turnaround time is only 2 days!

 

We have created an article specifically for the Mobile Device Unlock App including the troubleshooting steps that you may encounter when using this option for unlocking your device.

Please be sure to check your device’s model number on the list of supported devices. Also, if your device is blacklisted or reported as lost or stolen, we will not be able to unlock it.

Select one of these two services below to unlock with “Mobile Device Unlock

 

Mobile Device Unlock App for MetroPCS   Mobile Device Unlock Service for T-Mobile

 

If you already purchase our Mobile Device Unlock App service, you can follow these easy instructions to guide you in your phone’s unlock:

How to use android official mobile device unlock app

 

  1. From that Application list, tap Device Unlock.
  2. Tap Continue.
  3. Choose the desired device unlock type: Permanent Unlock
  4. If successful, restart the device to apply the settings.

 

Note: If you do not restart the device, you will have a persistent alert in the notification tray.)

You Need To Know About How To Unlock An LG Phone

 

Unlocking an android phone like an LG phone doesn’t really asks for a set of complicated procedures. Just like most, it follows a set of 3-4 instructions to make an LG carrier-unlocked. Although it varies per model, you only need to take note of the specific code it’s asking for.

Remember: TMobile USA and MetroPCS has pre-installed the Mobile Device Unlock App on your LG phone and that means there’s NO NEED FOR A CODE to unlock your phone. More information about mobile device unlock here.

 

Here’s a list of possible codes your phone might ask you for:

  • IMEI_NO = IMEI (It’s not a code, just ignore this)
  • NCK = SIM_Unlock = Network Lock = SIM Network Unlock PIN
  • NSCK = Network Subset Lock
  • SPCK = SP_Lock = Service Provider Lock
  • CPCK = Corporate Lock
  • SIMCK = SIM/USIM Lock
  • SPC = Useless just ignore
  • OTKSL = Useless just ignore

 

Woah! That’s a lot, but most LG models only asks for 3 codes: NCK, NSCK, and SPCK. We usually send you three to five different sets of codes but only one gets your phone unlocked, so be very careful to read the screen prompt because you only have 10 chances of getting it right!

If you fail 2 or 3 times, please contact us. We have 24/7 support that can help you unlock your device or tell you what’s wrong. Save your unlock attempts and contact us right away!

 

Generally speaking, here’s how you unlock an LG (not-model specific):

how to unlock an LG (not-model specific)

 

  1. Insert a non-accepted SIM.
  2. Turn ON device.
  3. Screen prompt asking for a code (NCK, NSCK, SPCK).
  4. Read email instructions before entering the code.
  5. Enter the code being asked for.
  6. Your LG phone is now successfully unlocked!

 

 

Ideally, your phone should prompt for the “SIM Unlock Code” screen automatically, but if it doesn’t do that, here’s how you get it:

  • Dial 2945#*ModelNumber#

 

If in the unlikely chance that doesn’t work, you can try:

  • Dial *#865625#

 

Now, you might be wondering how to type the letter on the dialer but it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you think.

If for example your phone is an LG G3, find out its exact version. For example, AT&T LG G3 is version number D850, so this is what you type in the dialer:

  • 2945#*850#

 

Another example is the LG G3 from T-Mobile. Its exact version is D851, so this is what you type in the dialer:

  • 2945#*851#

 

If you don’t know where to get the exact model and version number of your phone, there are two ways to find out:

  1. Go to Settings ⇨ About.
  2. Remove your phone’s back cover and you will see the exact model number on the rear housing.

 

Easy as that!

Now, don’t worry about having to go that route. It is not going to be complicated. Here’s how you can unlock your phone from there:

  1. Insert a non-accepted SIM card
  2. Dial 2945#*ModelNumber#
  3. Select “Network Lock” or “Service Provider Lock
  4. Enter the Unlock Code it is asking for. Remember there are several code types, pick the specific code it is asking for
  5. Some phones ask you to enter the same code twice, otherwise just follow the screen prompt.
  6. Click “Done
  7. Click “Unlock
  8. Your phone might reboot. If it doesn’t you will see the signal bars lighting up.
  9. Congratulations! Your device is not permanently unlocked.

 

Ideally, it should prompt for “Invalid Smart Chip Error” or “Phone Restricted”. If you are seeing that you can just hit “Cancel” and proceed on the “SIM Unlock Code” screen just oOn the other hand, if it doesn’t prompt for you to enter an unlock code, please follow the next steps.

There are exemptions to this, though, here are some LG models who have unique sim unlocking process.

  • LG P769 Optimus L9 – It’s almost the same as others’ but you don’t need to insert a non-accepted SIM card to get it unlocked. Follow the above steps to start the unlock process.
  • LG Fathom VS750 – There’s no need to remove the sim or change into a different one. Just go to Settings Advanced SettingsPersonal Security ⇨ Hit “Sim Lock” ⇨ Enter Code ⇨ Phone unlocked
  • LG GD570 – For this model, you’ll have to keep the carrier sim card. Follow the steps below to unlock your phone.

 

  1. Dial *#865625#
  2. Hit OK on screen prompt
  3. Type the code twice
  4. Hit OK
  5. Wait for the phone to reboot and load up
  6. Your phone is now successfully unlocked!

 

How To Troubleshoot Common LG Unlock Errors

How To Troubleshoot Common LG Unlock Errors

 

We want to save you from all the technicalities of error messages, but we will list the common error messages that won’t ask you to call for customer service because the troubleshooting steps are straightforward and easy. So, here we go!

 

Error 1: “Enter Code” prompt does not appear

After dialing the code or inserting a non-carrier SIM you are supposed to see a prompt that would ask you to enter the code, otherwise, that’s both a good news and a bad news.

Good news: Your phone was already unlocked, you just didn’t know. 

Bad news: Your SIM card slot is broken or your device’s IMEI is blacklisted by the original owner.

The last one you can easily rule out if you are the original owner of the phone but you can try to isolate and troubleshoot further. If you’re lost, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Also, it is recommended to turn off your phone, remove the battery, and wait for a short while before powering the phone back on. You can also try to remove or re-insert the SIM card while on the process.

 

Error 2: “Code Error” or “Sim Network Unlock Unsuccessful”

If you are getting this error, it means that the code we gave you didn’t work or you entered the wrong code.

To isolate the issue let us start from the basi. If the code was wrong, you might have given us the wrong information about your phone’s IMEI, model number, or locked-to carrier. In that case, we have to generate another code for a new IMEI, which discredits you of a refund.

To troubleshoot further, always make sure to follow our email instructions when entering the code. As mentioned we usually generate 3-5 unlocking codes, but you’ll only use one and it depends entirely on what you are being prompted on your phone screen.

Remember, you don’t have unlimited unlock attempts. So if you get it wrong at three times, save your remaining attempts and don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Error 3: Asking for “PUK” or “Security Pin” or “Password”

If you are prompted for a “PUK”, “Security Pin”, or “Password”, it is asking for a user-set password or pin to operate or device. If you are the original user, you should be able to figure out this on your own.

 

Error 4: No service

If you are still not getting any service, it means your phone is already successfully unlocked but it isn’t detecting your new carrier’s network. To resolve this, you have to manually enter your new network under your phone’s APN settings.

If you can make calls or texts but internet or data, you have to double check your phone’s compatibility to your new carrier’s network frequency.

 

Unlocking Your LG? We Match Competitor Pricing!

We know you’ve been all over the web trying to get your phone unlocked. So if you think you found a better pricing than what we offer, don’t hesitate to tell us!
We guarantee you that we match competitor pricing, on top of that, you get 24/7 support for your LG unlocking concerns and queries as they arise.

 

Check out this page if you are ready to unlock your LG!

5 Reasons Why People Regret Running Custom OS Smartphones

 

If you’ve been thinking about running a custom OS on your smartphone, my kind advice is for you to better think again. Is it really worth all the trouble to install a custom OS on your phone and break your warranty?

Average reading time: 6 min 12 sec for average reader

 

TL;DR – Warning: A custom OS can cause critical problems in phone and installed applications. You may have good reasons why you want to install custom OS, but here are the 5 reasons why you’ll regret it:

  1. Bugs, bugs, bugs
  2. Compromised Camera Features
  3. Unsupported Hardware and Apps Issues
  4. Shorter Battery Life
  5. Losing OEM Warranty

 

Free Your Phone And Lock Yourself

A lot of people want to install a custom OS on their phones, most commonly Cyanogen, because they believed it gives them more freedom with their devices. True enough, installing a custom OS comes with a lot of benefits, like privacy, flexibility with apps, and constant updates.

The Android operating system is an open source system that allows individual developers to explore and customize their own software or firmware based on it. However, OEMs (original equipment manufacturer) hold the responsibility in providing firmware updates to all the handsets they made available in the market; they take this game seriously, and in fact, it is one of their selling points.

Changing your phone’s firmware is really going to compromise your OEM Warranty, some phone features, and some must-have OEM-installed apps.

 

1. Bugs

Bugs: Reason Not Install Custom OS Smartphone

 

Who likes Bugs? These tiny creatures are seriously cute but having them run your phone will make you want to pull your hair out. Bugs, as some people call it, are tiny firmware hiccups that can annoyingly ruin your device (and day) in the long run if not taken care of.

You’d sure hate to restart your device every time it lags or misbehaves, but this is what bugs do. They love to interrupt and whether you like it or not, carelessly installing a custom OS without investigating further about its compatibility with your device is a sure reason for regret.

Also, we generally discourage installing a custom OS that has just been recently released;

  1. It’s not fully tested
  2. You won’t see device compatibility updates from customers themselves.

 

As a general rule of thumb in a world full of doubt, always read reviews. Customer reviews can come from forums or third party communities and it’s the best and most helpful way to get genuine replies and working solutions.

 

2. Compromised Phone Features

Compromised Phone Features: Reason Not Install Custom OS Smartphone

 

Forget about taking the perfect selfie if you install a custom OS because there’s a really high likelihood that all the camera features installed by your phone’s OEM is erased once you replace the original OS.

Software design plays a big role in the function and output of the camera. Some open source OS did not write optimized apps like the camera that is specifically for your hardware model/type. You will have lesser flexibility when it comes to taking photos, editing them and even storing them.

Asking for a little more privacy shouldn’t sacrifice a major phone function, but if you don’t like taking photos, it might be worth the price to pay.

 

3. Unsupported Hardware and App Issues

Unsupported Hardwarea and App Issues: Reason Not Install Custom OS Smartphone

 

More often than not, you would realize that you don’t entirely hate your phone and there are apps or hardware features you would want to keep. However, it doesn’t always work with custom OS.

Custom OS developers focus on more practical aspects of the phone like the level of customizability, privacy, longevity, and performance. Also, the apps that you want to keep may be exclusive to your phone’s OEM in which case, they really don’t have access to tweak or modify to start with.

Since custom OS apply to any android-running phone brand or model, the chances of tweaking or fixing a specific app aren’t something that is usually covered.

However, one of the most important promises of custom OS is the higher level of privacy it offers when it comes to app installation or use. Mindlessly allowing or giving apps “permissions” to your contacts, camera, location, SMS, etc is dangerous to your privacy.

Most custom OS give you another layer of privacy by disabling “permissions,” or giving better customization options that you want to sync when you are trying to install an app. On the other hand, OEM OS isn’t as flexible when it comes to this, but they have added features that let you know whenever something fishy is happening to your device or to the apps installed in it.

 

4. Shorter Battery Life

Shorter Battery Life: Reason Not Install Custom OS Smartphone

 

A lot of people install custom OS because they wanted to prolong battery life, however, it isn’t successful all the time. Fortunately, rooting your phone or installing a custom OS aren’t the only ways available to increase your battery life.

Some custom OS let you tweak the amount of power being used by underclocking or undervolting your phone. Contrary to what most believe, some handsets actually drain their battery faster with custom OS than with the original OS it used.

This is because the custom ROM may not be optimized to your phone’s specific model or there are bugs that affect your phone’s performance. In the end, it does otherwise what it’s supposed to do. If you are after longer battery life, you need to manage your phone usage better.

Switching to airplane mode or closing the apps running in the background can also help increase your battery’s life.

 

5. Losing OEM Warranty

Losing OEM Warranty: Reason Not Install Custom OS Smartphone

 

Ok so, everyone probably experienced hating how their phone’s interface appears, like wanting to have a specific picture or theme run in the background. Unfortunately, some OEMs don’t have this level of customization, and that’s why a lot of Android users choose custom OS.

However, installing a custom OS is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. For you to be truly satisfied with your new custom OS you need to have a certain level of skill and understanding on how it works.

Unless you have the technical knowledge to tweak or play with it, you will most likely end up frustrated. In most cases, custom OS isn’t user-friendly and since it isn’t tied to any manufacturer, getting customer support for the software may not even be part of your options.

Also, software design varies per manufacturer, model, and country. As mentioned earlier bugs, fixes, and updates have now become the responsibility of the software developer and not your phone’s OEM.

Nonetheless, some manufacturers estimate only 2-3 years for a handset’s lifespan which means no more software updates for your device leaving it more vulnerable to privacy threats or hackers and this is one reason for the need to install custom OS.

 

If you are past your warranty and you’re ready for a newer phone if this quick fix didn’t work, then you can give this option a shot.

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : COVER

 

How do you know you’ve already purchased the right phone for your needs? We know! That’s when you get to do everything with your mobile – bring it whenever, wherever, and snap the best shots to treasure through time. Our pick? The Samsung Galaxy S7 from MetroPCS. Not only will you get high-quality specs for your mobile phone, but you also get own it in the best deal yet. Here are its priced details that you shouldn’t miss!

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : Design and Display

Display and Design

If we’ll talk about design, there’s no way you can go wrong with Samsung products. They are premium, smartly designed, and are technically adept with the latest technologies out there.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a similar display with its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S6, especially with the AMOLED screen size and resolution of 5.1 inches and 2,560 by 1440 respectively. This time, however, the brightness volume has been increased to a significant level – thus, making the S7 screen even more highly visible for users.

It also appeared the same in terms of the rear panel’s design, only that S7 featured a thicker, more rounded, narrower back than that of the S6 to house a slightly bigger battery and avoid the camera lens from looking bumpy. Aside from that, it still has the same metal-glass unibody overall, along with Samsung’s signature home button at the front, a Micro USB charging port, and a sensor.

Another point about S7’s design is that it came with Samsung’s waterproofing technology rated IP68. This meant that the device is fully protected from water spills, splashes, or dunks that can either slow or damage regular phones.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : Camera

Camera

When it comes to camera quality, Samsung never fell behind. It has the right camera specs to achieve a picture-perfect shot at any time of the day.

The S7 has stepped up its game with a dual-pixel rear camera, thus, making low-light pictures easier to capture. It has integrated a 12MP camera despite the S6 being 16. You might have wondered, why? The 12MP camera included larger, higher number of focus pixels enabling the said camera to focus faster and perform better in low light.

It also featured a CMOS 5MP front camera for snapping smooth, post-worthy selfies. If you have a problem taking selfies in dark places, you may also make use of its Selfie Flash mode to capture your selfie shots better.

With regards to its video shooting capability, the Samsung Galaxy S7 can carry a 4,000 resolution at 30 fps from its rear camera and a 1080p from the selfie, which only means one thing: a good alternative for shooting travel documentaries!

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Connectivity and Performance

Connectivity and Network Performance

For MetroPCS mobile phones, the Samsung Galaxy S7 is worth the contract. Aside from its built-in connectivity protocols Wi-Fi 802.11, Bluetooth 4.2, ANT+, NFC, GPS GLONASS, and USB 2.0, it is also integrated with Samsung’s Smart Switch that enables a faster PC sync.

Moreover, its network is also deployed with LTE connection supporting fast browsing, and streaming online. It also supports good voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : Processor and Battery

Processor and Battery

In this time and era, mobile users are more informed of the specs that they should focus on. The good news is, Samsung knows that. Thus, in this flagship phone, a user can expect that the smartphone’s free of lags and can very well launch apps without slowing down. Thanks to the S7, it is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 clocked at 2.15GHz processor that fulfills the needs of the majority of mobile users.

Moreover, the S7 is also equipped with an impressively huge battery capacity of 3000mAh matching up to the heavy specs of said model.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : Software and Memory

Software and Memory

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is also revved up with Samsung’s exclusive custom UI skin along with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on top of it. It included restyled icons and a simpler home screen and app drawer customization to make it user-friendlier. Among its interesting features is the Always-on screen, which allowed users to peek on the time, battery status, notifications, and the calendar without accessing the phone wholly, thus, minimizing consumed battery life.

In order to make the unit user-friendlier, Samsung allowed a maximum of 32GB for internal storage along with a 200GB external memory slot. This is so people can freely store in photos, videos, and other multimedia files in the comfort of their mobile.

Good thing, MetroPCS made sure default apps didn’t compromise the benefits of the built-in memory.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : What's New with Samsung Galaxy S7

What’s New with the Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T1)?

The era of huge, full screen mobile phones has dominated every user’s palm. However, the majority continues to cringe over not being able to fully hold these types of phones. With that said, Samsung offers a completely upgraded version of their flagship phones: a full HD Super AMOLED screen with a narrower body through the face of Samsung Galaxy S7.

Moreover, it also featured a solution to the one of the most common issue – water. Through its rated IP68 water resistant technology integrated in the S7, it will be easier to keep the unit away from damages of water spills, splashes, or dunks that could severely destruct a phone. Even a cup of coffee spilled onto your S7 won’t be a problem anymore!

What would users look forward in Samsung’s flagship unit is the camera specs. For Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung decided to integrate a 12MP dual-pixel camera along with fast autofocus function enabling the unit to capture great photos in low light. The 5MP selfie camera also features a Selfie Flash mode, thus, enabling users to better capture photos during nighttime.

Furthermore, purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S7 included the Gear VR headset as promotion during its early launch. It made the unit more likeable especially that the VR app featured tons of movies, videos, games, and others allowing the high-tech equipment to be enjoyed by users in a whole new level of mobile experience.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy S7 : Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S7 with UnlockBase

Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy S7 (SM-G930T1) with UnlockBase

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Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : COVER

 

2016 is the year for large to medium-sized phones. People can choose which kind of phone they prefer given the variety of choices that brands have released within the year. What may be a smart buy among these is the Samsung Galaxy On5. It has the right specs and the perfect build for those who wanted a break from all the gargantuan smartphones in the market. Plus, it’s overwhelmingly affordable in MetroPCS!

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Design and Display

Design and Display

The On5 is no less than Samsung’s premium handsets. In fact, its rectangular edges and polycarbonate build somewhat resembles that of Samsung Galaxy S5. The device measures up to 5.6 by 2.8 by 0.3 inches and weighs 5.3 ounces – making it fit in the pocket and an easy grip.

Going to the sides, the smartphone features a metallic polycarbonate border shaping its frame. It also has the power button on the right, the volume rocker on the left, and the audio jack and Micro USB charging port at the bottom, leaving the top blank. Flipping to the front part of the phone is the signature Samsung home button along with the capacitive buttons on both sides. It also features the 5-inch TFT LCD display panel with a 720p resolution, perfect for viewing purposes as it’s capable of producing solid color reproduction. Also, there’s nothing to worry about viewing videos or images outdoors as the device is made for optimum sunlight visibility.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Camera

Camera

On5 flaunts a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP selfie camera which takes clear outdoor and low-light snaps. It is also equipped with autofocus capability, fast shutter speed, and gesture shots. Moreover, it’s also capable of shooting high-definition videos at 720p resolution.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Processor and Battery

Processor and Battery

Talking about the processor, the Samsung Galaxy On5 is powered by an Exynos 3475 clocked at 1.3GHz along with a 1.5GB of RAM. While the device may seem not to be capable of handling multiple tasks, it proved the theorem wrong with its solid performance – making it a smart buy compared from its competitors in the market.

Comparatively, its battery capacity seems to be competitive enough for its marketability rate. The On5 has a 2600mAh that is capable of lasting for about 5 hours or so, depends on how you use the device of course. In addition, the battery is removable so it is easier to swap in a new battery pack when necessary. You also have an option to save power with its Ultra Power Saving mode, which in turn, displays a black and white theme along with a minimalist home screen display and restricted apps and data feature.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Software and Memory

Software and Memory

Distinctively, the user interface displays the usual Samsung TouchWiz custom skin along with the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow running in the device. Likewise, with other Samsung smartphones, the On5 is capable of altering its theme, app icons, Settings menu, notification panel, and features – offering users the liberty to personalize their Samsung Galaxy On5.

With regards to memory, the Samsung Galaxy On5 features an 8GB internal storage with an optional Micro SD slot that can reach up to 256GB additional storage.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Connectivity and Performance

Connectivity and Network Performance

Being MetroPCS as its carrier, the Samsung Galaxy On5 is equipped with LTE bands 2/4/12, best for fast internet surfing. It also supports T-Mobile’s network, thus, a reliable network performance. Other than that, the device also supports great connectivity protocols such as Wi-Fi 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, and a Micro USB 2.0.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : What's New with Samsung Galaxy On5

What’s New with the Samsung Galaxy On5 (SM-G550T1)

The Samsung Galaxy On5 is notable for its affordable price, great build, and impressive specs. Unlike other entry-level smartphones, the On5 displays a premium look making it perfect for business purposes. More so, it features great viewing angles and a bright 720p display, a perfect choice if you are the type of user who frequently watches movies, take photos outdoors, and the like. Furthermore, it has a reliable battery life of 2600mAh and is compact enough to fit in your pocket – thus, making this smartphone handy to bring wherever, whenever.

 

 

Great Phones We Unlock: Samsung Galaxy On5 : Unlock with UnlockBase

Unlock Your Samsung Galaxy On5 (SM-G550T1) with UnlockBase

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