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Brand new g300 - what now ?

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Hello,

I have just bought brand new g300 from Amazon (under Vodafone umbrella). It has Android 4.0.3.

This is my first smartphone so I am really beginner ;-)

I'd like to upgrade to 4.2. Should I first unlock that phone and then upgrade or I don't need to

unlock it ?

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What do you mean by 'unlock'? Boot loader, or carrier?

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I wanted to use non-vodafone sim card but also upgrade to Android 4.2.2.

So 'both' ?

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Well, to permanently unlock the phone, your gonna need to purchase an unlock code. Ebay sells them for about £5 a piece :)

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And you need to be on a stock rom to use the unlock code, so wait and do that before installing JB etc.

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What is stock rom ? I have just bought it from Vodafone. DO I have stock rom or not ?

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Yes you do, stock means the official unchanged rom, as opposed to a custom rom you download from here.

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Can you recommend anyone (cheap but trustworthy :-) ) on Ebay to unlock the phone ?

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Well I used korter_gsm, but he's currently not selling anything, so that doesn't help you, sorry. Maybe someone else can recommend.

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I would suggest purchasing the unlock code from ebay as it's cheap and permanently unlocks your phone, so you wont have to think about that any more. Next step would be to "Root" and then Unlock the "Bootloader". Once that is done Install Clock WorkMod. Once you have installed that then make a "Nandroid" backup so you can return to your current point if you want to.

You can find all the info on how to Root, Unlock Bootloader and install CWM here: http://www.modaco.com/topic/357243-explained-like-youre-5-install-custom-roms-from-scratch-install-the-official-ics-update-root-more/

Also once you have installed CWM, go here and upgrade it to CWM 6. http://www.modaco.com/topic/359191-recovery-cwm-clockworkmod-recovery-v6027-touch-hybrid-cm-last-updated-1601/

Download the "Touch Hybrid" version labeled "ZIP:" and flash it in CWM itself.

IMO start with those things first and then you're set up to install any ICS based rom through CWM.

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I would suggest purchasing the unlock code from ebay as it's cheap and permanently unlocks your phone, so you wont have to think about that any more. Next step would be to "Root" and then Unlock the "Bootloader". Once that is done Install Clock WorkMod. Once you have installed that then make a "Nandroid" backup so you can return to your current point if you want to.

You can find all the info on how to Root, Unlock Bootloader and install CWM here: http://www.modaco.co...date-root-more/

Also once you have installed CWM, go here and upgrade it to CWM 6. http://www.modaco.co...t-updated-1601/

Download the "Touch Hybrid" version labeled "ZIP:" and flash it in CWM itself.

IMO start with those things first and then you're set up to install any ICS based rom through CWM.

TWRP would probably be a better option for a newbie, it has a very nice GUI with easy to operate controls.

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TWRP would probably be a better option for a newbie, it has a very nice GUI with easy to operate controls.

I am not sure if it plays role but I am unix admin (yes - until last week without smatfon ;-) ) but without any knowledge about internals of android etc.

If most of the commands are run from a console - that shouldn't be a problem.

I just need to improve my "vocabulary" about Android internals since it is quite poor (I had to read what is CWM, etc).

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TWRP would probably be a better option for a newbie, it has a very nice GUI with easy to operate controls.

I think he wants to install JB 4.22 so he will need to use CWM 6 which will allow him to get the OTA updates when they're released.. And although the UI isn't Newb friendly, it aint all that hard to figure out especially when the DEVs give instructions on how install their particular rom...

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If I root and then install new Android - will I loose all installed applications so far ?

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I think he wants to install JB 4.22 so he will need to use CWM 6 which will allow him to get the OTA updates when they're released.. And although the UI isn't Newb friendly, it aint all that hard to figure out especially when the DEVs give instructions on how install their particular rom...

Yes - I'd like to install JB 4.22.

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If I root and then install new Android - will I loose all installed applications so far ?

Yes, You will, as you have to do a factory reset before you flash (install) the ROM

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Yes, You will, as you have to do a factory reset before you flash (install) the ROM

Is there any way to save them and then restore ?

Or at least make a list of installed software (without writing it on a paper sheet) and use sort of apt-get/yum ;-) ?

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Is there any way to save them and then restore ?

Or at least make a list of installed software (without writing it on a paper sheet) and use sort of apt-get/yum ;-) ?

I would recommend go backup from the play store as it now has the 200mb limit removed (free app)

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I would recommend go backup from the play store as it now has the 200mb limit removed (free app)

What? Does this mean that you can backup your apps and their save data, and then restore them in the new ROM?

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I would recommend go backup from the play store as it now has the 200mb limit removed (free app)

Any URL ?

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TWRP allows you to update to 4.2.2 as well. Didn't you know that?

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What? Does this mean that you can backup your apps and their save data, and then restore them in the new ROM?

Of course, those apps are quite old now :P

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