Mar 13 AT 4:58 PM Dustin Earley 25 Comments

AT&T Galaxy Note hacked to work on T-Mobile HSPA+


When the Android community puts their minds to something, it gets done. Putting Android on devices that don’t support the OS (like the HP TouchPad)? Done. Getting updates out to unsupported devices (that supposedly can’t run the latest versions of Android), and beating manufacturers to the punch with devices that are supported? Double done. Getting a carrier branded device like the AT&T Galaxy Note to properly function on T-Mobile, with HSPA+ to boot? Piece of cake.

Over on the XDA forums, a bounty was posted just over two weeks ago in hopes of tempting a developer to put some time into finding a way to get the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note functioning on T-Mobile. Yesterday, that bounty was claimed.

XDA user tomin.fhl has posted the necessary files to get an unlocked and rooted Galaxy Note up and running on T-Mobile HSPA+. After a bit of trial and error, tomin.fhl found that a simple modem flash will get the Note working without error on T-Mobile’s network. Other developers have been close, but this is the first time everything has been in working order. According to tomin.fhl’s post about the hack on XDA, signal strength is weak, but calling and data work without freezes or random reboots.

Rooting and hacking your device can be tricky, and should only be attempted once you have fully researched everything associated with the process, but if you’d like more info on where to get started to make your AT&T Galaxy Note T-Mobile compatible, head on over to XDA now.

Does anyone out there plan on giving this a shot? Let us know how it works in the comments below.

Via: TechCrunch

Source: XDA

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  • honourbound68

    not too surprising bec theyre both GSM networks with similar baseband radio chips. but kudos to the dev that made it possible to get the Note working for Magenta lovers :)

    • jonathan3579

      There’s also a dev who’s trying to get the international Note working with T-Mobile as well. He has discovered that they carry the modem and have the bands but is also software locked out.

      I really would love to use a Note as a daily driver instead of the Galaxy Nexus but I cannot stand that God awful AT&T logo on the front. It makes me wanna puke. I hope the international Note gets unlocked soon!

      • johnroblawson

        Plus, shame they took off the home button!

        • jonathan3579

          I went ahead and pulled the plug and bought two AT&T Notes. I’m waiting on unlock codes and we will see what happens from here.

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    That is so cool, only on the android community :)

  • jaxidian

    This is GREAT news! I know we (the Android community) have a lot of folks over at T-Mobile. Now they can get a great device on their carrier!

  • B2L

    That’s awesome! Too bad it couldn’t have been done with the international version. Even though a bounty of over $1200 was available for several weeks.

    • masoidfhu

      Times likes this I wish I wasn’t broke, I’d trade in my GSII and buy the note and be happy, this phone is like an artist best friend.

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  • spazby

    awesome news

  • Vance

    You’ve gotta love the Android community! I still think I’m going to wait for the One X though

  • n25philly

    Figures, around a month after I got tired of waiting for t-mobile to get some good phones and picked up an international note

  • McLovin

    Buy a $600 phone and hack it to work on my network? Hmm, tempting, but I think I’ll wait until it’s fool proof. By then TMO will hopefully offer it or something better on their network.

  • MJM128

    This actually seems tempting.

  • aranea

    I thought their 3g frequencies were different. So does that mean note’s hardware support both?

    • honourbound68

      they both use 850 mHz for 2g or edge, and 1900 mHz for hspa. AT&T also uses 1900 for 2g. the biggest problem would be that most areas for tmo with hspa+ uses 1700 mHz. wasn’t sure if that was something that could be flashed onto the radio but if the dev got it working then it must be so.

  • kwills88

    Times likes this I wish I wasn’t broke, I’d trade in my GSII and buy the note and be happy, this phone is like an artist best friend.

  • tagstar

    I’d like to see a real phone hack. One carrier isn’t better than the other because of holes in coverage. We need a real hacker who can hack android to use multiple carriers at the same time.

    Show me 5 bar reception in a spotty area because it’s multicasting from a single phone to verizon, sprint, at&t, and t-mobile all at the same time!

    • honourbound68

      i think qualcomm is making radio chips that can access most of the bands on all the US carriers (new iPad I believe has this).

      what it sounds like though is that you’re looking into “forcing” a radio to “roam” on a network that has stronger coverage in a specific area over your carrier which has weaker coverage. and, it’s already been done (check xda sprint epic 4g forums). but, when the networks figure this out (and they do) they terminate the contract.

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  • WlfHart

    Kudos to the great dev that cracked this! Mighty tempting to go pick one up, clean off the branding sticker and enjoy.

  • Joshua

    I live in S. Korea now and am getting the Korean Galaxy note as soon as my ARC card arrives. Would be great that IF i ever come back to the states I could use this on tmobile! Hope that one gets figured out!

  • Sean

    It works, just got my at&t Galaxy Note a couple days ago and already unlocked it,rooted, flashed the tmobile radio, and over clocked it to 1.83mhz. Running smooth as silk, not getting warm at all, and have edge,3g,4g on t-mobile flawlessly. Signal is a little weak at times but as long as I don’t have to be on at&t’s network I’m happy.

  • wrightlions

    We are going to do this to our Galaxy note I717,it’s now a locked and unrooted phone, so i could use some help ,anyone who can walk me threw i could use the help im very new,well this is my first project.

  • Nathan W


    I have a Samsung Note but its data will not work because I have a 4G data plan not an LTE data plan. I dont want to switch data plans and lose my Unlimited Data. Is there a way to make the data connect over the 4G networks and bypass LTE???

  • ana ponce

    if I root an AT&T galaxy note 2 to work on my to mobile acct do i have to keep up with updates?CAN i make it to automatically update on it’s own? will it mess up my phone by rooting?