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Promoted 09-15-2015 by brisar at 12:08 PM View Original Post
qualitycellz via eBay has 32GB Amazon Fire Unlocked 4G LTE GSM Phone + 1-Year Amazon Prime Membership on sale for $119.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

qualitycellz via eBay has has 64GB Amazon Fire Unlocked 4G LTE GSM Phone + 1-Year Amazon Prime Membership on sale for $149.99. Shipping is free. Thanks energyx [Discuss]

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  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core 2.2GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB or 64GB Internal Memory
  • 4.7" 1280x720 Display w/ 13MP Rear & 2.1MP Front Cameras
  • 2400mAh Battery
  • Fire OS 3.6.8
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Edited September 15, 2015 at 11:20 AM by BostonGirl
price just dropped

32gb [ebay.com] $120


+ 1 year of amazon prime


Specs:
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad Core 2.2GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 64GB or 32GB Internal Memory
  • 4.7" 1280x720 Display w/ 13MP Rear & 2.1MP Front Cameras
  • 2400mAh Battery
  • Fire OS 3.6.8
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Last Edited by Porno September 18, 2015 at 03:27 PM
32gb now oos, 64gb still available


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Note 1: There is a 'rumor' that an unlocked bootloader is in the works from amazon devs.
Note 2: There are some android things you can do, using safestrap: http://forum.xda-developers.com/f...evelopment
Use at your own risk of course.

Sign the petition for the unlocked bootloader:
https://www.change.org/p/jeff-bez...-installed

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yep and I got these instructions from someone on sd and can't remember the name
I just got my phone this afternoon and have been setting it up. There are some aspects that may be slightly confusing to some people, so I made some notes about how I did things. Hopefully this will help some people

The order that I did things, and is what I gathered from multiple sources is this:
(1) Unlock the phone so you do not have to use AT&T
(2) Update the OS to an unlocked version so you can add Google Play or CM11 later
(3) Disable OS updates to avoid the possibility of the update breaking Google Play
(4) Get your year of free prime by activating or registering with Amazon
(5A) Sideload Google Play
or
(5B) Install CM11

STEP ONE - UNLOCK THE PHONE
The first thing to do is to make these AT&T phones into unlocked GSM phones. This is easy, but there are a couple things to remember, like DON'T start the phone with the AT&T sim in it and DON'T connect the phone to wifi yet because it may automatically download updates that you do not want.

-1- get a nano sim that is NOT AT&T. I used a Verizon nano sim. A T-mobile one would work as well. Some people are buying cheap H20 nano sims from Amazon, but they can be running on the AT&T network, so I don't know if that's the best way to go. Lycamobile runs on T-Mobile and should work with no problem. They are available very cheap on Amazon.

-2- Take out the AT&T sim. You'll need a paperclip or a sim card removal tool. The nano sim is on the side. Push the paperclip into the hole, remove the sim and save it somewhere. Put your non-AT&T nano sim in and close it up.

-3- Charge the phone. Some of these phones may have been in storage for a long time, so plug it into the charger to see where your battery levels are. You don't want the thing to shut down in the middle of something because you ran out of power.

-4- Turn on the phone. The power button is at the top. Yes, we should all RTFM, but I didn't at first and I tried other buttons before figuring it out. Oh well.

-5- It will prompt you for a SIM network unlock PIN. Enter it and your phone should be unlocked.

-6- It will ask you to select your language. It will then search for service. At this point, hit "skip". You don't want to connect to anything yet. It will ask you for your Time Zone and then it will try to connect to Wi-Fi. Click "register later". It will ask if you are sure, and you should repeat "Register later"

-7- It will offer you a quick interactive guide to the phone. Do it or skip it,its up to you.
STEP TWO - UPDATE FIRE OS to 4.6.3 UNLOCKED GSM
Now that you've unlocked your phone from AT&T using your unlock code, you should change the Fire OS to one that will allow you to sideload Google Play and also not be the AT&T version of the OS.

-1- Just FYI, you can check your phone's current version by going to settings > device > install system updates. Once you are there, it will tell you what version you have. Mine was Fire OS 3.5.0 and, since I have avoided connecting to wi-fi or any other data network, the phone has NOT updated itself. This is good.

-2- Download the unlocked version of Fire 4.6.3 directly from amazon using this link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/help/id=201607550
and save it onto your computer. The file name is: update-fire-phone-35.4.6.3_user_463001620.bin

-3- Connect your phone to your computer via USB Mine appeared as "kindle" on my Win7 computer and within kindle was "internal storage".

-4- Copy the 4.6.3 file to your phone Originally I put it in the "downloads" folder, but that was a mistake. You have to put the .bin file in the root of "internal storage" so the phone will see it and be ready to use it as an update.

-5- Disconnect your phone and go to settings > device > install system updates again. That page should now indicate that your phone is ready to update using the .bin file that you just copied to the phone.

-6- Tap the "update" button It goes through a validation process for about 15 second and then it restarted the phone. There was a progress bar for 2-3 minuts, then some messages and then the phone fully booted up. I went back to settings > device > install system updates and my phone now showed Fire OS 4.6.3 (463001629) This is the unlocked GSM ROM that you want.

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STEP THREE - DISABLING UPDATES
This isn't necessarily required, but was suggested by webossified here on slick deals and I think it's a good idea, so I did this. It basically prevents "System Updates" which could potentially mess up any subsequent fiddling that you do with the phone.

-1- Go to Settings > Applications & Parental Controls > Manage Applications Here you can see your installed apps and control them. This screen defaults to only showing you "downloaded" apps, but if you click the "filter by" option at the top, you can change it to "all" and see all of the apps.

-2- Scroll down to the ones that start with "S". There are a TON of apps here, but they're in alphabetical order. Scroll down to the "S"s where you'll find TWO applications called "System Updates". One have a green android robot next to it, the other has the word "fire".

-3- Select each of them and set them to "disable"

Once you have done this, they may seem to have disappeared from your list, however they are still there, they are just at the very bottom. This is important to know in the event you would like to re-enable them. webossified noted that there are a number of updates that will be available for firefly, mayday etc. At this moment I'm not afraid of an automatic OS update but, if Amazon slips one out, I don't want it to be installed before I know it.


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STEP FOUR - GET YOUR FREE PRIME
Now that you've unlocked your phone from AT&T using your unlock code and changed the Fire OS to one that will allow you to sideload Google Play AND disabled updates, it's time for your Prime.

This step is totally easy. The only reason I made it a separate step is because it was something I did NOT want to do until I got the phone into a certain state. I wanted to make sure that I was not connecting to anything wirelessly before I had the phone unlocked and with the OS that would allow me to sideload Google Play later.

-1- I restarted my phone, just for kicks. I figured that I had done a little bit of tweaking and I wanted to start fresh, so I rebooted my phone.

-2- I finally connected to my wi-fi

-3- I went to Settings > My Accounts > Register your phone I clicked "register", entered the info for my Amazon account and registered.

Boom. I logged into my amazon account from my computer and, as soon as I 'registered" my phone, the included year of Prime showed up in my account and got added to my current year.

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STEP FIVE A - SIDELOAD GOOGLE PLAY
My initial plan was to just go straight into CM11, but I decided to take baby steps and start here. This was actually a little more difficult that I thought it would be, but only because there are many options for apk files.

Sideloading Google Play involves downloading and installing four different files. These are available from a variety of sources. I downloaded them from handcraftedapps.com, sideloadfirephone.com, spinyourfire.com and yourbountyhunter.org The file versions available vary from site to site, so I downloaded them all to my desktop computer before moving ahead. Ultimately, that wasn't how I installed them, but I'll explain below

-1- Set up your phone to install apps that are NOT from the Amazon store Go to Settings > Applications & Parental controls and select: allow non-Amazon app installation
Change the App Installation button from OFF to ON. When you do, it gives a warning about doing such a thing, but I ignored the warning and clicked OK

While on that page, I also turned off "Collect App Usage Data", but that's up to you.

-2- Get the first three files Like I said, I found the files at a number of places. The files that appeared to be the NEWEST were from Handcraftedapps.com here . Unfortunately, three out of four of those files gave me parse errors so I went in a different direction. Instead, I went to Sideloadfirephone.com's page here to get the first three files.

-3- Install the first three files Installing these is easy and can be done directly on your Fire phone using the built-in Silk browser. You simply click on the the first file's link. Download it. Then swipe open the left side of the Silk browser where you can find your downloads. click on the downloaded apk file and you can install it.

It seems that people suggest doing these in a certain order but, in any case, I would download the first one, install it, delete the file and then move to the next. Once you've installed those three files, you need to reboot your phone.

-4- Once you've rebooted your phone, you can install the 4th file which is the Google Play store The google play store happened to be the ONLY file that worked from handcraftedapps.com and that site had what seems to be the most recent version. So I went back to http://handcraftedapps.com/FirePhone/ and downloaded and installed that version using the Silk browser as I did with the others.

And it works. I logged into my google play and all was good. There have been reports of people having trouble with google services crashing. I've only had it installed for a very short time, so I will have to see if this is still a problem or not.

Hopefully having all of this step-by-step in one place will help some people. If I install CM11, I'll do another one but, for now, I'm going to test-drive the Fire OS.
This guide is absolutely BRILLIANT, Thanks JameyJ!!!


As the phone is going to someone else, I did go and de-authorize the phone right from the device and also did the Factory reset. I then found the following link that still had the Phone authorized for music, so I went and de-authorized it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/dmusic/player/settings
Also check here -> https://www.amazon.com/mn/dcw/myx.../devices/1 and here -> https://www.amazon.com/gp/mas/you...=mas_ya_dv

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paid $50 for this phone a few weeks ago, using CM11 and it's great, have student prime so still no reason to buy at this price tho
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how low can it go??
I want $110 again, that was a sweet price
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how low can it go??
I want $110 again, that was a sweet price
when was it 110??
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when was it 110??
it was $109.77 for maybe 2 or 3 hours from an ebay seller, not qualitycellz.
It came with prime still attached, the seller raised the price when they realized just how fast they were selling
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wait till 88/each
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it was $109.77 for maybe 2 or 3 hours from an ebay seller, not qualitycellz.
It came with prime still attached, the seller raised the price when they realized just how fast they were selling
It was also $109 ($94 after coupon) on Choxi.
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Bought at $125, very nice phone for the price.

Not sure how many the seller has left, but once they are gone they are gone.
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Quote from xJohnGaltx View Post :
It was also $109 ($94 after coupon) on Choxi.
too bad they do not have it anymore, already bought 3, waiting for a price drop to pick up more
sold all 3 already after harvesting prime
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waiting for $110 again or 4x ebay bucks to come back. laugh out loud
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It was under 100 two weeks ago with that chiqa or whatever website. $110 with 15% off for new customers.
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wait till 88/each
Won't be that low, I think $99 is the limit.
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dam stupid CA tax!
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