(Updated) Samsung Says Vibrant OTA On The Way?

It’s been a long and aggravating journey for Samsung Vibrant users with regards to an update to fix GPS issues that have been plagued them since the release of the handset. Last week continued to throw fuel on the fire with a vague tweet from Samsung regarding information surrounding the update that would arrive next week, which is now this week. Plenty of you expected news Monday, however none came. This morning however, we saw a tweet from Samsung’s @GalaxySsupport Twitter account announcing the arrival of the JI6 OTA update. A message “should appear on your phone” though no timeline is given as to when you can expect that to occur. For the moment that’ s all we know right now so hopefully Vibrant users can sound off below on receiving this update and any fixes that might be found.

Samsung GalaxySsupport Twitter

Update: T-Mobile has stated that Samsung will be sending out a staggered update between today, October 7th and the end of the month so don’t start panicking if you don’t receive it right away. Here is a list of fixes expected with this update:

The top customer issues addressed with this OTA include:


Exchange inbox

Contacts Sync

The Sims 3 10th Anniversary Edition

Battery indicator

Calendar alert chime

New Services: Samsung Media Hub

40+ bug fixes, UI changes and updates.

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    • Frigadroid

      Yep I got the OTA too now. It seems louder I didn’t think the sound could get better. I have been busy using the file system to gather up video and label them in to folders. Swype seems funny now or I’m real sleepy.

      • Don

        I got the update last night also. Everything is working great now. If there was a downfall I guess it would be that it seems you have to swipe the home screen farther when unlocking your phone. It will take some getting used to. I’m happy though.


    So much anger on here lol, Just wait until the mytouch 3g comes out… you will see comments like.. “the phone sucks i cant believe my FFC has a 2 second lag!!!! What it dosnt do full body scans??? Im taking it back!!!

    • Animate

      LOL Exactly. Most of these people have no idea what they are talking about and just like to complain.

  • Bill

    Dave… I agree with you too…. While they due have a right to be angry – its going to an extreme. And everyone had a trial period with the phone before keeping it. If it didnt work for them then – they had an opportunity to give back the phone – but elected to keep it. And so when keeping it – they accepted the consequences of waiting for 2.2 or other in-between issues to be fixed. Now these people who kept the phone are ready to pillage Samsung headquarters.

    And there are not many issues with the phone. GPS and lag.. That seems to be just about it across the board.

    I researched before I bought it and knew quite well 2.2 was going to be “down the road”. And these same people are complaining.

    F.E. I had the Touchpro2 for 5 months and waited for 6.5 update. I waited. The phone and its services were not down while I waited. But people who want 2.2 are dying a slow death here -schriviling up into a mess.. It will come – they need to be a big more patient.

    lets see how the I6 patch works that was deployed today and hopefully the obsession and overlydemanding 2.2 issues go away. Then before you know it – its FROYO time.

    • j

      I have the Vibrant and the GPS issues is non existant on mine. My only issues is with yahoo emails causing device slowness

      • Ural

        Click the lag fix and yahoo should work better. Deal is Yahoo collects a lot of info on you so it stores this info on the internal SD card in cache, that makes it slow. Its a poorly implemented app.

      • rwc

        I notice that the gps issue (at least for me) really depends on where you are. I have no issues with the gps in certain areas, and it’s completely useless other places, so it could be that you just aren’t in places where it’s an issue

    • R Robinson

      Yes… I have the Vibrant too and I do not have any issues at all with it… it’s the best phone out there right now. I don’t think there is anything wrong with my Vibrant at all…. I had the original MyTouch HTC and it was never updated to the promised updates. HTC doesn’t come through with their promises of upgrading the phone… I waited forever for 2.1 and it never came…

      The Vibrant is a powerhouse phone!!

    • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

      That’s what’s called rationalizing. Sorry, but you are wrong. We have a phone that was released with cripling issues. I know you probably don’t have one so you’ve never had your phone lock up from using the GPS, then take 30 mins to become usable again. Not only that, the phone was released AFTER 2.2 was released and all the other phones that were released on the same day have already been updated to Froyo. There is reason to complain. If Samsung had manned up and said that the update could be a year away, that would be acceptible, but to release this phone as it was and say an update is coming soon and Froyo is coming soon, you can’t do that AND take forever to release said updates. That would be like you buying a car that on paper was the best car ever, but the air conditioner didn’t work half the time and when it did, you couldn’t drive for 30 mins sometimes. If the manufacturer said “we will fix it soon” and you had to wait till a year later when every other car was better than yours, you wouldn’t be saying “just wait”. You’d be at arms with the manufacturer and the government. Yes, it’s the same thing. You probably think “who needs the GPS”, like people in Alaska would think “who needs the air conditioning”. Well, my friend, when you’re in Virginia in August and you’re used to having a/c, you suffer when it’s 101 with a heat index of 115.

      • NiiDiddy

        Almost all phones released have issues. Pick your poison out of all the issues the phones come with. Sometimes it takes real users and early adopters to recognize the issues. I have a Vibrant and no issues. But others did…far and few between. So it’s all a hit and miss.

      • Rick

        I completely agree! Being in outside sales, I rely on my GPS. I paid good money expecting it to work. I’ve waited for the fix that was supposed to be soon…which is why I kept the phone.
        Next someone will tell me I should have a dedicated GPS… That’s not the point. Should I go out and buy a fan for the new car because the AC doesn’t work?
        I hope the fix is exactly what they claim it to be… A “fix”!

      • Bill

        This is what I call rediculous.. “Cripling issues”????? My God… Is the world scheduled to end at 3:17pm today too without GPS. I to use GPS in my car but geezz – to call it a cripling issue is borderline insane… It will be fixed/improved with I6 and then FROYO will be out. The GPS was a known issue and FROYO was at 2.1 and “you still bought it – tried it – and kept it – bottom line”. Now just accept the accountability you knew what you bought with the “non-cripling” issues when you did buy it.

        Thats why this board has gone insane.

        My God how has the world functioned without GPS prior to GPS enabled devices. And by the way – Air conditioning is a luxury – not a right – and not everyone has it and still survive the rough months. They “tough it out for a little while longer” – which many Vibrant users on this board need to do.

      • neal

        Well put!

      • remixfa

        I have the J16 update The gps locks in like 3 seconds and is ACCURATE (and i did this indoors.. lol)


        I didnt pay attention this morning when the J16 came through.. bricked it. Had to wipe, install 2.2 unbrickable, then install factory rom, then install J16. (everything INCLUDING J16 is over at XDA) I lost all the info in my apps since titanium failed and had to reRoot, but it works, and its working well. Of course, i had 13 pages of apps i need to reinstall, plus countless off market things, but next time ill do 2 titanum backup files :)

        2.2 doesnt add that much other than the JiT compiler. The important thing is the phone is working well.

      • Tim

        1+ – not mention most the people that don’t think they have a problem with the GPS actually do. Download GPS Status and tell me how many satellites you can lock onto? At most three. GPS was horrible. Of course I always flash custom ROMs so not so much of an issues as soon as J12 was dropped.

  • M.

    Now… when is Froyo coming?

    • slim

      Froyo is a myth.

  • Brandon

    No Froyo, no care.

    F you Samsung.

    • monkeyboy

      What will Froyo do that you cant do right now with the Vibrant?

      • Brandon

        What does Windows 7 do that Windows Vista can’t? Oh and btw you can’t upgrade to Windows 7 because Dell hasn’t hired any competent programmers yet.

        This is what I’m missing from Froyo:

        JIT, decent GMail app, Flash and countless others are what I want out of Froyo.

        The device should have shipped with Froyo, I was a dumbass for buying it anyway. Never buy a device expecting upgrades. Especially from Samsung. Lesson learned.

        Now lets see if the G2 or the new MyTouch gets a decent bootloader and rooted soon enough so I can move on and cut my losses.

      • 2fr35h

        Froyo utilizes the full potential of the vibrant, faster and better battery life. Aside from that a bigger app base but not so much bigger,i doubt there would be anymore apps than what 2.1 provides there is nothing else besides that. its just a holes complaining because their os isn’t the latest but the same a holes that care about an up to date os are the same ones that can manually install froyo but choose not to so essentially people are just complaining to complain, if its not one thing its another.

      • 2FR35H


        You can not use a HTC Desire change log for what you are missing from the Vibrant those are Two completely different companies and devices and HTC Desire Has Sense UI and The Vibrant has Touchwiz 3.0 UI.

        The things Htc changes with that device are not going to be synonymous with the vibrant by samsung.

      • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

        @2fr35 or whatever your name is. You do know what rooting means right. WARRANTY IS VOID A HOLE. lol. Some of us aren’t willing to un-warrant a $500 device to make it do what it was supposed to be able to do out of the box.

      • remixfa

        hilton. Yes, rooting voids your warrant. Does Tmobile care? Not really. I have personally had phones running cyanogen warrantied out.. ive done it for customers and seen it done a million times. Its a “concern”, but not really.

        The Vibrant is nearlly impossible to brick completely. Trust me, ive been through it. Samsung made a great phone in its ability to recover from nearly any software mishap.

        Go do the 1 click root.. really.. u hit a button, and its done..

        You dont even need root to push the J16 update availible on the XDA forums, so your not voiding any warranty :).

  • HD2/Vibrant/G2 User

    This makes my sale of the device that much easier. Thank you Sam.

  • allaboutthat


  • TheBoss

    When this update comes, will I lose all of my apps?

    • house3272

      no…….not even close…….

  • allaboutthat

    so we cant just click the software update button huh?

  • blablabla

    what was wrong with the sims 3?

    • Belcher

      My sims stopped work mid game, some fatal error message… I erased everything and started over but it did the same thing.. maybe this update addresses that

  • mike

    if you dont like the whinin and bitchin get the fukc off the site… claimin you is a grown ass man,,, you still down in ur mom’s basement jakcin off to all em porns you been downloadin huh??? you seen anybody up in here goin on a massive killin spree,,, calm your ass down… if you dont like the bitchin get the fukc out…

    • Will

      Maybe you should take a bit of your own advice and “calm your ass down.”

      • Mark

        I have to agree with Will. Proper spelling and less cussing would be a plus also.

  • mike

    i am calm dumbass,,, ahahaha

  • smm1st

    Dave…I understand free speech and all but you have to admit that some of the vulgar language on the site could be edited…this is a popular site for young people as well as adults and as a parent, I certainly would not want my kid to read half of the comments (dropping F-bombs and references to porno) on here.

    It is sad when one has to block an otherwise helpful resource due to R/X rated content that is not at all beneficial to the subject matter.

    • David, Managing Editor

      Ok, I will take a look at putting more words into the content filter as well as addressing comments, I do delete comments that are blatantly bad but I’ll work toward policing them a little further. Still, not everything will be family friendly.

      • http://thetrendaholic.com The Trendaholic

        Well said

      • pimpstrong

        I’m no saint but I agree that we could use a little more censoring.

    • 2FR35H

      I highly doubt anyone under the age of 13 ever goes online, especially to these sites. Anyone higher age than that has been exposed to cussing by now or does cuss themselves. This is the internet for christ sakes, you can’t expect to not see vulgarity somewhere and most places on the net. If you are truly worried about your kids seeing vulgarity I advise that you really just don’t allow your kids to be on the net unsupervised or put a content filter on for your kids, it is that simple. Even with content filters on people will use other variations of the word. Its really pointless.

      Regardless, I hardly ever see any vulgarity on this site anyways so is it really a problem?

    • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

      It’s the Internet. If you want to protect your kids from it, monitor their activities or ban them from it until they’re grown. Other than that, if you look around, probably 60% of the Internet is far worse than the comments on this blog.

  • joemamma22

    Too late…. I jumped on the g2 and couldn’t be happier. The gps finds me in like literally 2 seconds. Unlike most people I rely on my gps everyday and I can’t believe a cellphone maker as big as samsung would take so long to issue a update. I will never again buy a samsung or a motorola, their piece of crap ui and unwillingness to provide support for their phones have lost them alot of customers. F u samsung and motorola.

  • http://devilsbsd.net chui101

    I own plenty of other Samsung products – computer and home theater equipment, mostly – and have never had any problems with them. From what I hear, sucky support for their phones is pretty par for the course. Such a shame. I don’t really regret buying the Vibrant, but I do wish Samsung would speed up their update process, because at this rate they really might as well skip Froyo and go straight for Gingerbread.

  • tmolol

    When we finally get froyo what will be next to moan about? Whats sad is 50% of the people moaning about froyo actually will utilize it or actually know hat features they are craving, the other 50% probably have no clue what froyo is or even eclair, they just need it to say they have it then its on to moan about the next topic of the week

    • Mulah

      By the time we get froyo…gingerbread will be out and running..lol

  • Frigadroid

    I guess the bitching will let down as more people get the update.
    So far it seems like only a couple people have it.
    People shouldn’t take everything they read so serious as many people just come to vent, others are obviously drunk or stoned maybe both.

  • IV23

    I switched over to the Vibrant from Nokia (N97) so I am new to Android. The Vibrant is a pretty good phone but it does some quirky things (like randomly starting the built in music player when using the Rhapsody app and locking up when using a tracking program and GPS (like Endomondo). I have been reading all the comments about GPS fixes but I think I will be moving back to Nokia with the introduction of the Nokia N8. Hopefully Samsung will get their issues fixed for the loyal Android users out there

  • trollface.jpg

    When I clicked on the Software Update option, it said “No Fimware”. I are sad. :(

  • Matador

    I got the update…Now my phone rocks me to sleep and prints money…Im happy

  • http://www.suffolk757.com Hilton

    No update. :) Samsung, I will never buy another phone from you, but I love your monitors (I have two). From now on I’ll wait and buy the phone that comes out with the latest android on it already. From having a Cliq and now a Vibrant, now I know that once the phone is out, they don’t really care if it’s 2 years later before i gets updated…the sale is made. So we should NEVER expect a phone that comes out with an older OS to be updated to what’s current. That said, the saddest thing is this phone’s hardware just kills everything T-mobile has, but because of the software it’s not very good. I am out of contract and pay full price for my phones so it’s tempting to just root and fix it myself, but I can’t afford to void my warranty. But really, root users have all the fixes and Froyo already, and there’s a mod out that takes just a few mins that will add a FFC to the phone (it’s the same hardware as the CA version of the phone that has the FFC so if you open the phone the slot for it is there and you can just remove the paint in front of it.)

    • vannagan

      you guys have to remember, these are cell phone makers. they make there money but make cell phones, not making A cell phone. so expect companies like HTC, Motorola, and Samsung to make a phone and totally forget they made. which HTC is known for doing they make a new android phone every 6 months and for get they made a phone before. they made the g1, mytouch, mytouch 3.5mm, mytouch slide, droid incredible, the hero, the g2, the evo, and now the mytouch hd. that is 8 phones i can think of off the top of my head. do you really think they are going to use their time to make sure each of these phones are running the lastest software, no. because each of these phones are different with preloaded software. they rather make a new phone that is totally different from the others and tell you we will update the old phone and hope you forget they said it. i mean really what is the worst we are going to do. not buy there phones. i mean EVERY person that said they are going to get a new phone because there phone is not getting the update. well guess what. that is what they want you to do. these companies are going to kill the android name. people are going to hear android and say no thank you because i do not get support for it. android will soon became something that people will have and only a few will enjoy because they know the maker is not going to stand by the phone and your best bet is to root it, rom it, update it, and enjoy it. the only phone that will get an update when the company states it will, is apple. because the have only only one phone. yes different model but overall the same phone. htc needs to uniform their phone so when they update one they can update all the others or make very little changes in order to update all the others. or these companies just to stop making there own flavor to the phone so you can update it the moment an update is out, like the nexus one.

  • ViBrAnT-GalAxyS

    Okay so all of you are to me basically professionals with the Vibrant and Android so i Had a question and would appreciate if some one would help me out.

    I have the vibrant with NO DATA PLAN so will i still get the software update message?

    • Matador

      Im guessing no…

      • vannagan

        i think so because you can still send texts which is sent as data. if anything you will have to be connected with wifi or the update will come and your not charged for it. but hey why not just ask tmobile i think they will have a better answer, just ask more than 3 reps since they are human and may be the type of people that come to work just for a pay check and really dont care how they preform.

  • ViBrAnT-GalAxyS

    So i just have to get a data plan on someones sim and put it in my vibrant and get the data plan. or if i have wifi turned on will i get the update

  • Tmoled

    If you got the droid x or evo you can expect am update, not so much with tmobile. Ill bet that the epic and fascinate get 2.2 before us. Actually probably even captivate, even though att has some squat for android.

  • Belcher

    LoL.. I remember waiting for cupcake with my G1, turning the phone on and off.. looking at the damn thing 100x a day.. This is no different.. I remember doing the “manual download” off xda, stumbled on rooting and haven’t looked back. The funny thing is the developers on XDA who don’t get anything from us (unless you donate AND YOU SHOULD, THEY WORK THEIR ASSES OFF!) do a way better job then samsung, tmo, htc.. At updating your phone.

  • Belcher

    Everyone that wants to return your vibrant DO IT! you knew there was a chance this would happen, you read the behold fiasco, you decided to get it anyway.. Trust, I’m not defending Samsung (any issues of this magnitude should have been fixed ASAP) but BUYER BEWARE! I everything everyone else did and bought the phone like you.. I’m just not ready to grab my pitchfork.. Yet :)

  • NiiDiddy

    Let me reiterate that so long as technology exists, there’ll always be situations where there’ll be bug issues. Heck, do you know how many bugs there are in ANY operating system that is never mentioned because it doesn’t necessarily effect the functionality of the devices they ran on? I do programming, I know! It’s no different with mobile devices. Some bugs may be very obvious, others not so much. Even the G2 had bug issues. Some bugs require early adopters and/or early users and/or beta testers to bring them to light after which a plan is drawn to fix issues. If you’ve been keeping up with the news, see how many times an OTA was released for the EVO because of the issues it had after going Froyo. Same with one of the Droids. The faster these bug fixes are pushed out, sometimes the likelihood that another bug might re-surface. It’s always good when bug fixes take time…because then you know the job has been done right to fix whatever issues; not rushed!

    Samsung OTA updates shows a level of commitment regardless of how long it took. We were all up in arms, but it’s here and probably vigorously tested to ensure quality. Clearly, they are stepping up.

    I could go on and on…

  • mrjoeyloke

    I don’t know about y’all but i would like to be able to play flash games and use my gps without my phone freezing up or rebooting! To some maybe that’s not a big deal but to me it is! Its crappy that i have this nice phone but have to use my g1 three days a week cuz cardio trainer doesn’t read right on my vibrant! Take the time to make sure the main functions are usable before you put out your product! Gps issues, loose hinges! FAIL!

    • pimpstrong

      Amen. I’m anxious to use the Flash and I’m sick of mapping places and the location is waaay off target. The Vibrant will truely be worth the 500 smackers I laid down on it once we get fully updated.

  • mrjoeyloke

    You’re holding it wrong! Lol!

  • Bryan

    How do you tell if you had the update, my phone told me there was an update, and it would take 10 minutes, I clicked ok, then it asked me to restart like 30 seconds later.
    My Firmware Version is 2.1 update 1
    does that mean I have the update? Cause Media Hub still doesn’t work.
    And I don’t notice any other changes.

    • crazyfunky

      The Baseband Version in About Phone should end with JI6.

  • http://none billy v

    Hey… My cousin and i are on the same account… he got his OTA this morning at 430am… I havent received mine yet. i think they start with california first or something, cuz i live in TEXAS… he always gets his first… we both have Samsung Vibrant (UNFORTUNATELY)… anyway, the OTA bricked his phone and we both have our devices ROOTED…. do i have to worry about mine being BRICKED too, once i get the OTA? TMOBILE is sending him a new phone….. billyvinson81@hotmail.com

    • poopman

      im in California and i still have not received the update, so it really is random

    • sean

      The update just bricked my phone this morning and my phone is rooted. Hmmmmm not sure what to do. Guess im gonna call tmobile and get a new one.

      • JustMike

        Same thing happened to me, but I managed to fixe it through the XDA link I just posted down below.

  • Neil

    Got the update this morning in Colorado. One thing I can tell you is they apparently did not fix the cell signal meter (ie, the bars). My phone alternates between no bars and 3 bars at the same spot in my house, but I am not able to make or receive calls do to poor cell signal. The bars are still totally and completely unreliable and essentially useless.

  • TheAnalyst

    I received the update overnight (I’m in Upstate NY). My GPS is definitely working better, so I am grateful. Media Hub seems to be working, though I’m not sure if I even tried accessing it before. My only downside is that I notice a lag still once and a while. I’m looking forward to froyo and am hoping that we will see it one day.

  • enrique

    anybody from new jersey got the update yet?
    cuz im from north jersey and didnt get the update yet! =S im anxious lmao

  • Josephlh76

    Got my update this morning. No problem, took about 10-minutes. It seems zipper. GPS works really well. 2 new apps were added: 1. a Task manager- I like the interface very simple. The information is easy to read and understand. (Just enough I might just uninstall ATK.) 2. an HD Camcorder app- Same standard options you have for your stock camera, but you now have for your videos. (I like how you can adjust contrast and color saturation before shooting)
    The Media Hub is cool to. I read earlier that there isn’t much, but I think there is quite a bit more than I anticipated. Movies are priced between $9.99 to $17.99 to own. Rental is $2.99. TV shows are priced to at $1.99 per episode. Movie selection consist of Tranformers, 300, Iron Man, Hot Fuzz, Get him to the Greek, Top Gun, and An Officer and a Gentleman. (At a quick glance I figure over 45+ movies is a safe estimate. Earlier comments make it seems like only 10-movies were available, though no number was given.) TV shows presented by NBC, Comedy Central, Mtv, Nickelodeon, and WB. Though looking quickly, through it, only current season of ‘most’ shows are available.

  • shawn

    Anyone get the OTA with a rooted phone – hoping it updated without issue on a root phone…

  • Josephlh76

    Other nice touches from this update is the addition of the Google voice button on the swype keyboard. And the HQ button was added to Youtube control bar.

  • Tethering is GONE

    Hmm my first post didn’t work for some reason… but anyways, I just updated to JI6 and guess what? Now usb tethering using samsung kies no longer works. I knew samsung would find a way to mess this up. Give me my tethering back!! I wish I never updated.

  • Tethering is GONE

    Test.. why won’t anything post here?

  • EL

    I love my new update!!!!!:-D

  • waitingINmilwaukee

    Anyone in Milwaukee or Wisconsin get it yet? Patiently waiting, fingers crossed and all..I dont think it matters and know it’s completely random, but does it matter if WIFI is on or off? I’m guessing it does not matter, but thought I would ask. Oh, and is it froyo? Because that’s what everyone else is asking, thought I’d do the same (kidding about that part obviously)

    • Josephlh76

      Actually my WiFi was sketchy when I got my notification. I downloaded my update via 3G.

  • chris

    Got the update, rebooted the phone, and it has been showing the VIBRANT splash screen for the past 40 minutes.
    Battery Pulls and reboots do nothing…. Wondering if mine was bricked

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      Don’t go to XDA, call T-Mobile and have them address the problem.

      Go to XDA and you might void your warranty. Right now T-Mobile is on the hook if something went wrong. Try self-help at XDA, you might be screwed.

      • JustMike

        Some people may prefer the self-help if it means you can have the phone back up and running in under an hour and doesn’t need to be wiped or replaced. Yes, this solution is not for the faint of heart and it does require some technical know-how, but the solution seems to be working for a lot of people.

        For anyone who has already voided their warranty through rooting, mods, etc, it’s definitely worth a try. For the casual user with a stock Vibrant who just got unlucky in the OTA lottery, customer service is probably the way to go – but expect to have to reinstall all applications and data on the phone because that’s the only solution that’s being offered by TMO at this time.

      • watbetch

        Please. Void what warranty? If you Odin back to 100% stock they won’t be able to tell what you’ve done to the phone but if you do that yourSELF, you wouldn’t have any NEED to call T-Mobile. You’re just upset because you fuxed up your phone all on your own account.

      • ItsMichaelNotMike

        I am not sure where you all get YOUR information to form your opinions about what the T-Mobile masses are and are not doing in terms of rooting, etc., but I simply reference my YouTube video on doing a hard reset on non-rooted G1 handsets.

        That video has almost 146,000 views and over time I have about 800 YouTube messages asking for help on fixing bricked G1s.

        A number of the messages admitted they rooted their phone, bricked it and wanted to make a warranty claim.

        Also, look at some of the comments. Notice the ones where the people admitted they rooted their phones and that the non-rooted hard reset procedure did not work. ;)


        Sidenote: Interestingly, a few people posted comments that when they called Google and T-Mobile for help on doing a hard reset, they referred the callers to my video.

        So that’s what I base my opinion on and why I advised this person to NOT go to XDA and to deal with T-Mobile instead. If it takes an hour or two, so what. That’s far better than paying $450 for a replacement Vibrant.

        This person posted that he got the update and it’s messed up. Granted, he does not say if he got it from XDA or OTA, my post is assuming he got it from T-Mobile via OTA.

        From e-mails on YouTube begging for help I can also tell you that T-Mobile returns tech people can tell if a phone has been rooted. Also see on XDA where experts have said that while some handsets can be returned to stock, T-Mobile can still detect that a phone has been rooted (this has been said in threads on how to “un-root” a phone).

        Yes, if someone has rooted a phone they have already voided the warranty so there’s no point in being concerned about making a warranty claim. But the majority of users don’t root phones, they don’t go to XDA and they don’t install custom ROMS.

        For those people they are well advised to not go to XDA to try and fix their phones or get around T-Mobile’s update schedule. If they mess it up then they will have a heck of a time trying to get it back to stock so that T-Mobile can’t tell it was rooted. Besides, if the phone is bricked how are they supposed to get it back to OEM?

        As to the warranty, rooting is a violation of warranty terms and it does void it.

        It says so right here:


  • JustMike

    For those of you who installed the OTA only to find out it bricked your phone, try this:


    It worked perfectly to restore my OTA bricked vibrant without having to wipe or replace the phone.

  • http://NA Eric Balcom

    Has anyone received the update in San Jose?

    • ItsMichaelNotMike

      I’m not sure how T-Mobile does the roll-outs, maybe it’s by phone number prefix or area code? I’m in San Francisco and just got it.

  • ItsMichaelNotMike

    Got a text message that OTA update was available. Installed, no problems.

    So that’s here in San Francisco, California 10/8/10 at about 1330.

    Here’s some pics:

    The message:


    After install:


  • KazO

    I haven’t read anything about whether updates roll out in SN order or anything, but FWIW I got mine on soft launch day and got the OTA earlier today. Froyo or no Froyo, this should’ve been the ROM it launched with. I for one, had MASSIVE GPS issues. Slow/No (mostly no) acquires, bouncing the phone, only using 2 or 3 birds even when it sees a ton, those are ALL GONE. It even acquires almost immediately indoors. Reported SN and accuracy still suck but I’ll have to see how that translates to usage.

    Calendar chime fix is good, and the task manager looks useful.

    Overall lag seems to be better; we’ll see. It DOES need more swipe to unlock, as others have reported. Mine also had the scanning-radio-when-it-already-has-signal issue that Epic users have reported a lot, which eats batt, so we’ll see if that’s fixed.

    Now, the wait for Froyo, and hope that it doesn’t introduce new problems.

  • himynameisAO

    i have a really LAME question, but its been bugging me, and I always forget to look it up on the tmobile forums, and trust this site more, so…here it goes. What’s going on with the indicator light? Is it ever going to work? I know about the apps, but not a fan of any of them. Any answers??

  • Hulk

    We need something going on…like a forum or something saying where you are if you got the OTA… because possible if its an area thing. We can just get a little more info on who has it.

    • DavidH

      I live in Columbus, Ohio (614) and I’m currently traveling in North Carolina (336). Woke up at the hotel and received the update. Perfect timing for the GPS and other updates.

      • Hulk

        Lol yeah. that would be the time to get the GPS fix is when youre traveling. Im here at Purdue and I am heading home for break and even though I know the way back Id like to test it out….but im still waiting.

  • rev2redlineguy

    I live in Houston, Texas and when I woke up this morning around 5am, I had the message to update. It took less than 10 minutes without any problems. I tested out the GPS this morning through Google Maps navigation and it worked perfectly. I even tricked it a few times by turning down a street or two before and after and it simply re-routed my route and got me to work (I used my work address since there are several ways I can get there). I love the Task Manager, it is easy to use and the UI is very clean and functional. Haven’t tried Media Hub but not really worried about it. So far everything is working great. My signal meter is still going up and down (even though it doesn’t affect my calling and data) but was that included on this OTA? Overall I’m pretty happy…well, I’ve been really happy with my Vibrant from the first day I got it.

  • Sanger

    i live in boston and i got it this afternoon. gps works great