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2012-12-24 12:16 AM
BGY11 So far it seems to mainly be affecting European models (with the Exynos CPU), although the North-American ones did come out later. I do know Samsung also had an issue with the Bell Galaxy S GT-i9000M, and at least in my case they did repair the unit even though I was using a custom rom before the NAND died.

That said, I don't like how BGR is trying to spin this in saying "new ones could be just as faulty" - sure, it's possible, but it's being a bit fair to Samsung and shows too much bias in my opinion.
2012-12-23 10:02 PM
normancw
Samsung replacing faulty Galaxy S III devices

http://bgr.com/2012/12/21/samsung-ga...ailure-262887/

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Samsung is reportedly quietly replacing faulty Galaxy S III devices according to many users on XDA Developers. The issue appears to be related to the NAND becoming corrupted and killing off the Galaxy S III’s mainboard, which causes the phone to essentially “brick” itself. Users have reported the issues have affected some devices after 150-200 days after purchase. Users on XDA Developers and Reddit are also saying Samsung is replacing affected smartphones (rooted or not) with new ones that could potentially be just as faulty in another 200 days.
2012-12-19 10:45 AM
brownstar That sounds about right. My office has wifi but the signal is poor which caused even worse battery performance so I set my phone to switch wifi off when in sleep mode.
2012-12-19 01:28 AM
Dwayne Gorniak We now have LTE in most of the larger centers in Alberta. Been that way for a couple of weeks now. Wow, does it ever kick the snot out of battery power though! My phone comes off my charger at 6 am everyday and doesn't go back on until 10pm every night. When I am out in the country and on a 4G network, I will have 40 to 50% battery life left by the time I put it back on the charger. When I am in the city all day, I am lucky if I have 10% left by 10pm and sometimes as low as 6%. I use the 2X battery app, but have read that it only controls 4G connectivity. Is anyone else noticing the same. I am still impressed with the battery life being that I use the phone all day for calls, emails, texts, and even photos and more stuff that I know I'm forgetting about.
2012-12-14 01:29 PM
Angelfish Update for Jelly Bean is now available for Wind Network users. (I just updated mine).
2012-12-07 12:06 AM
BGY11 The option that appears to be missing is GSM Only (and/or GSM+HSPA) ; both of which are pointless on a Bell or Telus device as they don't operate GSM networks. I find if I tap on the Network Status a few times when it's actively transferring data (the arrows light up) then I'll see the connection change.
2012-12-06 09:10 PM
Zero G Sadly no LTE just 4G. Hell for North West Ontario, I'm happy with that for the most part.
2012-12-06 08:07 PM
brownstar
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I can get 7 to 8 mbps at home while doing a speed test. I'm also inclined to believe it's a display error. I still have the same network options in Jelly Bean. It's strange so I thought I would see if others were reporting the same thing. My co workers are experiencing it too.
No LTE in your area then?
2012-12-06 07:58 PM
TorontoColin If you're getting 7-8 Mbps then you are at minimum on HSPA+ 14, and more likely 21.
2012-12-06 07:55 PM
Zero G I can get 7 to 8 mbps at home while doing a speed test. I'm also inclined to believe it's a display error. I still have the same network options in Jelly Bean. It's strange so I thought I would see if others were reporting the same thing. My co workers are experiencing it too.
2012-12-06 07:44 PM
TKG26 Pretty sure they took away one of the network options in jellybean.. Seem to recall more options to select instead of lowing auto selection of networks. Lte gsm ect

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2012-12-06 06:08 PM
TorontoColin Can you run a speed test?

UMTS and HSPA networks are essentially the same thing. It's the same network, just different connection speeds. Android, by default, drops to UMTS when idle because it's far more power efficient. It ramps up to HSPA 7, 14, 21, or 42, depending on the network and phone, when the device is under load.

It's possible that a bug in your update has stopped the device from ramping up to higher speeds. Try running a few speed tests and see what speeds you can hit. If it goes about 3.6 Mbps then it's just a display error. If it won't go above 3.6 then you may be stuck on UMTS, though it's still no guarantee.
2012-12-06 05:28 PM
Zero G Just tried Netflix. Pretty awful here at work. Still shows UMTS:3 I'll try from another area after work. You would think that by locking to HSPA it would stay on it. At home I swore it was flicking back and forth between UMTS:3 and HSPAP:15.
2012-12-06 05:16 PM
BGY11 I'm guessing it's more of a battery saving thing. When the device is idle, it's dropping to UMTS:3 (which appears to be the slowest connection possible on an HSPA connection). Try streaming something, and then go into the Status page and you should see the Mobile Network type change (Mine would show HSPAP:15). You may have to tap on the Mobile Network Type a few times to get it to refresh.

So, either the ICS build was displaying it wrong (i.e. not refreshing properly), or the phone now drops to a lower speed when idle. Either way, it shouldn't really affect your data speeds at all.
2012-12-06 04:50 PM
Zero G Has anyone had their network type change since the update? Everyone at work that updated have gone from HSPA:11 to UMTS:3. Funny thing is that I think it's just displaying it wrong. I can lock the phone to HSPA only and it will still show UMTS:3. The people here that are still on ICS show HSPA:11. Since we're all right next to each other, we would have to be on the same network. Weird.
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