AT&T Version Of Samsung Galaxy Note Can Play Nice On T-Mobile With A Little Hackery

We first caught wind of this two days ago and took to Twitter to let the community know you can now run a AT&T Galaxy Note on T-Mobile, with some hacking. Thanks to the crazy smart members at XDA Developers, you can use the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note (i717) and hack it to use T-Mobile’s 4G network, albeit with some caveats. There are actually two steps required to carry out this task and both steps require you to have your hands on a Galaxy Note that is both rooted and unlocked.

The first step has you downloading a new modem profile and flashing the Galaxy Note via the ClockWork Mod app. Users should run the very latest Saurom Projekt Team ROM and don’t forget when all of this is said and done, you’ll need a data plan on T-Mobile. Second, just reboot the device. Once the Note awakens from its reboot and assuming everything went well, it’s ready to work on T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network.

Let’s start with some words of caution and emphasize this is NOT a task to be undertaken by someone who doesn’t have a complete understanding of the Android modding community. Second, T-Mobile’s data speeds on the Galaxy Note are not up to par with 4G devices T-Mobile actually sells and supports. Signal strength is reported to be weak and download speeds are said to cap around the 5Mbps range. If the screen size of the Galaxy Note isn’t really of importance to you, this hack shouldn’t be either.

Proceed with caution and check out the video below and then head to the link below to watch all the steps in action.

XDA Developers, RootGalaxyNote

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  • and with LTE Rolling out in 2013 atleast this thing on Tmo can be futureproofed

    • Well Tmo isn’t using 700Mhz for their LTE so the LTE on this won’t work on Tmo.

      • Actually, that’s only half true, AT&T will utilize 1700 for their LTE as well.

        • Fabian Cortez

          Correct, and that is something AT&T rarely advertises.

          Example: The new iPad. Apple only lists 700 and 2100 MHz for LTE. A quick visit to the FCC reveals 1700 MHz (AWS/Band IV) for LTE.

          Shame on Apple and AT&T.

        • Gwapo

          So IpAD AT&T LTE will work with Tmobile 4G?

        • Srapoport

          Just because the frequency is there, doesn’t mean that it will work out of the box.  It will need a mod so the radio files that support TMO’s network can be updated/flashed.

        • Gwapo

          Can you paste the link here?

        • Fabian Cortez

          SAR plots for GSM 850, GSM 1900, UMTS Band V (850), UMTS Band II (1900), LTE Band 4 (1700/AWS), LTE Band 17 (700).

        • Kelly

          1700? Isn’t that T-mobile’s band for 4G? 

        • jonathan3579

          It is…for now! They’ll be converting the 1700MHz band to LTE.

        • Fabian Cortez

          1700 MHz for LTE only. But T-Mobile will be launching LTE over 1700 MHz as well.

          Areas where they have quite a bit of 1700 MHz spectrum (thanks to AT&T’s unused 1700 MHz post failed merger) is where they’ll launch LTE. GSM/GPRS/EDGE will be scaled down on 1900 MHz, allowing some 1900 MHz to be refarmed to HSPA+. 1700 MHz will be split between HSPA+ and LTE.

          So, T-Mobile USA will actually be the only US carrier that will allow the iPad to operate at its maximum theoretical speeds.

          The new iPad has 21 Mbps HSPA+, 42 Mbps DC-HSDPA, and 73 Mbps LTE.

          T-Mobile offers 21 Mbps HSPA+ (at a minimum in all of its 1700 MHz holdings, IIRC), 42 Mbps HSPA+ (most cities), and will launch 72 Mbps (I think T-Mobile meant to say 73) Release 10 LTE (AT&T and Verizon offer Release 8 – no word on their speeds) at the beginning of 2013.

          When not in an LTE cell site, AT&T and Verizon will fall back to 14.4 Mbps HSDPA (maybe 21 Mbps HSPA+; depending on the region) and 3.1 Mbps (burst) EV-DO Rev. A respectively. Whereas T-Mobile will fall back to 42 Mbps HSPA+ or 21 Mbps HSPA+ (depending on the region).

          Their $4 billion investment to “modernize” their network is absolutely brilliant. I really do enjoy the forward thinkers at T-Mobile USA.

          Add that to the fact that more devices will be compatible with the network due to the refarming (mark the Galaxy Note as one – hack not needed post refarm but would be beneficial) makes this some good times to be with T-Mobile.

          Now if we can only get that VVM work on the iPhone…

  • mreveryphone

    Saw this yesterday and just about hit the floor! It seems like every device I have is running something it wasn’t made to. My touchpad is running ics my sensation is running ics+ sense 4.0 and now my note is getting tmo 4g speeds. The dev community is on fire!

    • Desc1804

      Is it verified? Can u load netflix on T-mo

      • mreveryphone

        It works. I don’t subscribe to Netflix

      • Srapoport

        I am running Netflix on all of my TMO Android phones, so I assume that this should not be any different.  I would be concerned about the speed and the video quality though.  I usually don’t have any problems in Chicago.  Most of the time I use WiFi when streaming so I don’t eat into my 5GB of data.

  • Phozfate

    I rarely go above 5mb on my t989 in Philadelphia, lol

  • jonathan3579

    This is amazing news. I love the Galaxy Nexus but I’m sure I’d love the Galaxy Note as a daily driver since it is carried in the US and converting back to stock will be easy!

  • Moth477

    For a second my heart skipped a bit. I read this as T-mobile is getting the Note. I just recently switched to AT&T for this massive phone. I have 10 days left so if this was to come to T-Mobile I’d switch. I am not confident enough to hack this phone especially with the few quirks.

    • Realcool2000

      If u switches to att for one phone that u wish Tmobile had and u like Tmobile better…..then u r a weak fool.

      Tmo will get a phone with a screen that size with newer tech within the year.

      I feel sorry for any friends and family of yours that relies on u, cause you will sell them out fast.

      • Moth477

        You are so smart. You seem to know me than I know myself. Yes I am a fool for switching to AT&T. I guess that makes you smart for “waiting” on T-Mobile. So if I switch back to T-mobile will I still be a weak fool? As far as selling out my family and friends, I wouldn’t even hestiate to sell them out. Have a good life Sir!

        • Vanellakaramel

          You are not alone. I would sell out my family and friends in a heartbeat! LOL!

  • Sohail

    just bought an ATT Note and cant wait for it to come in and make it my main device! was waiting for this hack! excited!!!

  • Ford_Thundercougarfalconbird

    This is good news. I would love to have the Note, it seems like a good compromise between a tablet and a smartphone. But I don’t want to switch to AT&T. Maybe I should start looking on CL. 

  • Exile_One

    will tmo even in some remote chance get that phone or something similar to it in the near future??

  • Wilma Flintstone

    Will be on CL getting a white Note.

  • Scarfacemario

    I will also be on CL looking for the note

  • vgm

    Sweeeeet. Can finally get one and run it on mobilicity. Its the same network as tmo. Excited!!!

  • Gwapo

    Thanks a lot!

  • Ruth Casiano

    mine is doingng up to 7Mb s download wit 3 bars.

    • Jasoncalhoun13

       anything under 6 is 3g mine is around 10-15 down and 7 up

  • and of course i just bought an internatinal note 4 days ago.

  • guest

    Tmobile needs to release a quad core version of the Samsung Galaxy Note

  • Vpc

    TMO do the Note now, please.

  • J805e

    Would this eventually be possible with a galaxy s2 SGH I777 since these are stuck in EDGE only network this would be awesome

  • Topshottas20

    will it work with a 3g t-mobile simcard and you call and text if it is unlocked

    • Jasoncalhoun13

       yes mine does

  • Toni_g817

    Tmobile get the note or something that size pleaseeeeeeee