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Promoted 08-31-2015 by iconian at 11:41 AM View Original Post
Update: Prices have decreased by $15 for the 32GB model to $125 and $5 for the 64GB model to $155

qualitycellz via eBay has the Amazon Fire Phone + 1-Year Amazon Prime Membership on sale. 64GB for $155 Now $159 or 32GB for $125 Now $139. Shipping is free. Thanks johnny_miller

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  • 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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Edited September 2, 2015 at 12:37 PM by BostonGirl
Quality Cellz via eBay
Specs
  • 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
I picked up a 32GB recently to play around with and was rather impressed with the device and it's unique features for the price (w/ prime).
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Last Edited by webossified September 28, 2015 at 11:29 AM
From JameyJ's post #960
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.

=================================================================

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.


=================================================================

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.

=================================================================


End STEPS 1-4 of post #960

From JameyJ's Post 1215:
I'm updating some of the language from my prior post. When I have it set, I'll probably just go back and edit the original but, for now, I'm going to post the changed sections here.

=================================================================

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. Even though I downloaded them all to my desktop computer, that wasn't how I installed them, but I wanted to compare the various options. Below I will explain the installation process I used.

-1- Set up your phone to allow apps to be installed even if they 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 warns you that allowing other apps to be installed could be dangerous, 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 four necessary files at a number of places. The files that appeared to be the NEWEST were from Handcraftedapps.com here [handcraftedapps.com]. Unfortunately, three out of four of those files gave me parse errors so I did NOT install the ones from there. Instead, I went to Sideloadfirephone.com's page here [sideloadfirephone.com] 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 link for the first file, which takes you to a Mediafire page where you download it.

The suggestion seems to be that you do these in order. I don't know if that's absolutely necessary, but I did it that way. The three files I installed from Sideloadfirephone.com were:

Google Services Framework_4.4.2-940549.apk
Google Account Manager_4.4.2-940549.apk
and
Google Play services_7.3.29 (1866531-036).apk


While the first file is downloading, you can open up the browser's "download" window by sliding your finger from the left side of the screen. A side menu opens where you can then click "downloads". Once the file is done downloading, just click on it and it should open up the app-installation page that shows you what things that the app will have access to, privacy information etc. Click "install" (or "next" and "next" until you get the "install" option) and the app will install.

Once the first app is done installing, click "done" (not "open")

Once you click "done", you'll be back at the "downloads" window. Now press and hold on the downloaded file and select "delete". I did this to avoid any confusion as I installed the three files in order.

Click the backward triangle at the top and you should be back on the sideloadfirephone.com webpage where you started. Download the next file and do the same things until you've installed all three files.

Once you have installed all three, you have 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 was the site that had the most recent version. So I went back to http://handcraftedapps.com/FirePhone/ and downloaded and installed that version using the Silk browser in the same way I had installed the prior three.

The file name and version I got from handcraftedapps.com was: Google_Play_Store_5.7.10_80371000.apk

Once it was installed, I started it up, logged into my google play account and everything was great. There have been reports of people having trouble with google services crashing but, so far, that has not happened to me at all. The combination of the above four files worked flawlessly for me.

End Post 1215

If you receive the phone and it will not turn on, it is likely because the battery is drained down completely. If an existing charger you have plugged in for other units doesn't charge it, use the adapter and cable from the phone's box.

Whosoever is looking to install CM11 on Amazon fire phone without disturbing core files is to do it this way:
https://www.reddit.com/r/firephon...zons_fire/

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I might be tempted if my Damn carrier supported it ...
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QualityCellz via eBaySpecs
  • 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
I picked up a 32GB recently to play around with and was rather impressed with the device and it's unique features for the price (w/ prime).
great deal......
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Quote from johnny_miller View Post :
QualityCellz via eBaySpecs
  • 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
I picked up a 32GB recently to play around with and was rather impressed with the device and it's unique features for the price (w/ prime).

32GB version does not come with Prime. Please update OP. Thanks!
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Doesn't look like the 32 comes with prime (or warranty)

Amazon Fire Phone - 32GB - 4G LTE (Unlocked) Smartphone (Latest Model)/ No Prime
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I bought one of these and the original OS is terrible, the CM11 on it seems promising though
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Sorry everyone, had the link to the wrong listing Frown

Have updated the OP to the 32GB w/ Prime.
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can we install Android on this phone?
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I bought one of these and the original OS is terrible, the CM11 on it seems promising though
I received my Fire Phone last week, and I used Fire OS for about three hours before I lost patience and decided to flash CM 11. I have a Kindle Fire tablet, so I thought I might be able to keep Fire OS on the phone. But sideloading Google Play services, etc. isn't as good as using a bloatware-free version of pure Android.
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can we install Android on this phone?
Yes you can but it requires a little tinkering Smilie

The xda forums [xda-developers.com] are an excellent resource for all things smartphone modification related.
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can we install Android on this phone?
only cm11 (kitkat)
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I received my Fire Phone last week, and I used Fire OS for about three hours before I lost patience and decided to flash CM 11. I have a Kindle Fire tablet, so I thought I might be able to keep Fire OS on the phone. But sideloading Google Play services, etc. isn't as good as using a bloatware-free version of pure Android.
I'm waiting for my unlock code from AT&T, is CM11 stable? Looking forward to the apps and battery life. Got mine used for $50
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I'm waiting for my unlock code from AT&T, is CM11 stable? Looking forward to the apps and battery life. Got mine used for $50
Known Issues
- Some apps that utilise camera are not working correctly (eg SnapChat)
- NFC is not working yet
- Google Play Services crashes, this is quite infrequent and doesn't seem to cause any major problems - a bit annoying.
- MUTE button during calls does not work
- Lack of amazon source
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