May 14

I’ve Finally Dumped Rogers Wireless! (And how to convert your Rogers Samsung Galaxy S2 for Wind Mobile)

You may remember I wrote about dumping Rogers a while ago. Well, they did fix my problem after a lot of pain- that said, their cost is still out of this world. So, I took the jump and finally dumped them for Wind!

Samsung SGS-I727 Galaxy S2 From Rogers

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE phone from Rogers. Luckily, this phone uses the same modem chip as other models that work on the T-Mobile in the US. So, to make it work, I had to take two steps: first to get the phone unlocked, and second to change the modem file…

There are a lot of options for unlocking your phone. I first went to a local phone shop who tried and failed (using software connected to the USB port.) Then, I found the most excellent company QuickPhoneUnlock.com. I went to their website, and paid $7.99 on my credit card through Paypal. They have a real-time online chat if you need to ask questions. I can’t recommend this company enough! (they do $4.99 Blackberry unlocking too!)

It took 18 hours for them to figure-out the unlock code- this is normal, as they need to use a computer (and some mathematical formulas) to hack-out the code. They sent the code to me by email the next day.)

The next step was to turn-off the phone, put in the new SIM card and turn it back on again. As soon as the phone booted I was asked to enter the unlock code. I entered the code and it worked the first time! Thank you QuickPhoneUnlock- your company is awesome! (and less expensive than the standard $20 fee!)

The next step was to upload a new modem file into the phone. First I downloaded a modem file that was originally made for the Samsung T-989. The Rogers model is a SGH-I727R, but they both use the same internal hardware. Click this link to download the file.

I then copied the file onto the phone, and used an app called ROM Manager to install, you can download it from the Google Play. Once you have installed Rom Manager, load it and Press the “Install ROM from SD Card” button:

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Then select the modem file you downloaded- and when it asks if you wish to reboot into “Rom Manager” do that and follow the instructions. That’s all you have to do!

My phone works beautifully now, and I don’t have the expense of buying a new one! And, most important, I finally “Washed that Rogers right out of my hair!”. And, at $40 a month for unlimited North American calls & Data, I’m laughing all the way to the bank…

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    • z on June 7, 2012 at 20:16
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    Hi,

    Riz from Quickunlock gave me this link. I read what you did and that made me excited. I have the exact phone as yours. I just have a couple of questions to ask. The rom file you downloaded is a zip file with a few files. Which one do I copy to the phone? Do you need to root the phone before doing this? Please advise and thank you!

    • Dan on June 10, 2012 at 23:49
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    Have you had any issues with the phone working so far? I am dumping rogers as well and want to move to WIND or Mobilicity but recently discovered that my Galaxy S2 LTE wont work on their networks. Therefore I will use your method to get it to work on WIND or Mobilicity networks.

    1. It works very well for me. I’m happy with it.

    • ngiel on June 18, 2012 at 16:11
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    do i need to root the phone before trying the above because it gives me errors…….

    1. I believe so, yes.

    • Dan on July 19, 2012 at 22:13
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    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies. I was wondering what Android version this works on. I tried it on ICS and it didnt work.

    1. You need to us an ICS modem- I’ll try to find a link for you tomorrow…

    • amit on July 23, 2012 at 00:59
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    Hi Grenouf I too need the modem file for ICS can you please share the link if you already found one….

    • droid on September 6, 2012 at 21:05
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    Hi There guys

    Wondering if same instructions will work on GT-9100 unlocked. Trying to switch to Wind from rogers

    1. Hi,

      I’m guessing you can do the same- only, you would need to use a Rogers modem. Which version of the O/S do you have? Gingerbread, Jellybean?

    • droid on September 7, 2012 at 20:47
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    thank you for your reply.

    I am in a bit problems now since my phone no longer recognizes sim card nor IMei and unknown band. Nothing I am trying to get modem settings back is working for me.

    I am using 4.0.3 kernel 3.0.15-i9100xxlpq

    • Captain on September 22, 2012 at 10:41
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    Great little tid bit of info. Easier to read than xda forums for a lot of people.

    Brought my i727r back to stock (ugh bloatware) and with the provided modem it finds WIND mobile but it won’t get a decent signal. Just might get one bar and I’m well within the coverage area. Anyone have any suggestions.

    • Jenn on September 23, 2012 at 15:13
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    I got my i727r unlocked, downloaded & flashed ICS modem but my phone only detects WIND Away only. Im in the coverage area… do you have any idea?

      • Tze on December 23, 2012 at 20:58
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      Hi Jenn,
      Which modem did you use?

    • Jenn on September 23, 2012 at 20:17
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    Ah, i tried different modem and it now connects to WIND Home. The only issue i have is the signal strength very weak… (below -100dBm). I will try to flash different ROM and see if it improves.

    Thanks for your post!

      • swati on September 22, 2013 at 10:44
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      Hi Jenn. WHich mdel did you download finally??

    • Dan on October 5, 2012 at 19:01
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    Hey grenouf,

    Were you able to find an ICS modem for it? Also, would a custom ROM work with these modems?

    Cheers for you help,

    Dan

    • carlos on November 13, 2012 at 00:28
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    doe anyone know if this is possible to do on galaxy note 2 or galaxy s3

    • carlos on November 18, 2012 at 20:10
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    does anyone know if this will work on bell i9100m

    • Tze on December 23, 2012 at 20:55
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    It doesn’t seem to work for me. After I installed the above linked file the sim failed to be recognized and it shows as non recognizable baseband version.

    1. You probably have an upgraded version of Android. Can I suggest you try this modem- it should work.

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/84573385/Blaze_4G_LB7_ICS_Radio_MOD.zip

    • ZTian on January 23, 2013 at 18:50
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    Hi. Thanks a lot for the post. Will a similar method like this work for other phones cause I have a Rogers HTC One X and I want to get it working for Wind. All I need is the correct modem file for it.

    Thanks!

    1. It all depends on the phone and the modem chip inside of it. Some chips are multi-frequency, some aren’t. From what I read on this thread, your’s isn’t.

      http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1610323&page=17

    • crystal on January 24, 2013 at 18:00
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    i have the samsung galaxy s2 i727r from rogers i have the modem file for wind that is previously said it also gets a very weak signal…does anyone know a differant modem file i can use..

    1. Which version of Android are you running? I found that upgrading to Jellybean made an enormous difference…

    • cris on February 3, 2013 at 20:10
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    I have a bb 9700 rogers (Unlocked )that I want to swich to windmobile.. any info is appreciated. thanks

    • Bryan on February 13, 2013 at 12:21
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    I have a Motorola XT910 RAZR with rogers. Can I make this phone work with wind? If so how?
    Thanks

    1. Sorry, I can’t help you with that- I’ve never used a Motorola…

  1. I am on the verge of Dumping them but I have samsung s3 where do I find the ROM file for that.

    1. I’m not sure, I don’t have an S3, and have no idea if it is possible with one. Before you go installing a modem, make sure this has worked for someone before. If you are the first person, and it doesn’t work, there’s a possibility you could brick your phone…

    • mems on March 14, 2013 at 14:46
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    just tried the ics download for my galaxy 2 and voila i’m up and running on wind. thanks so much for providing all the relevant details and in layman terms

    1. Excellent- glad I could help!

    • aaran on March 17, 2013 at 09:49
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    Hey i have the samsung galaxy i727 i just unlocked it from rogers. If i want it to work with wind, what file would i have to download? The file you had listed doesn’t work for some reason. Thanks!

      • haider on November 20, 2013 at 01:02
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      Hi,
      I also have same model which file will work please guide

    • Stefan on April 8, 2013 at 19:37
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    He’s right I believe the Dropbox link is dead now.

    1. Thanks for the heads-up. Try this modem, it still downloads, and it’s actually better. But, first, make sure you have Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), I don’t know if it will work with other versions.

      http://dl.dropbox.com/u/84573385/Blaze_4G_LB7_ICS_Radio_MOD.zip

    • Peter Sam on June 6, 2013 at 14:31
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    The guys at http://www.quickphoneunlock.com are incredible, thank you for this!

    1. You’re welcome, glad it worked for you. (Wishing I’d asked for a commission, lol)

        • Peter Sam on June 15, 2013 at 16:57
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        If life were like that, you wouldn’t need VISA. Haha!

    • Gus on June 12, 2013 at 18:04
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    Hi all,

    On scalpers BELL, I have SAMSUNG GALAXY II HD LTE model SGH-I757M which is different from Rogers. Grenouf do you think your solution will work to make it work with WIND?

    1. I really don’t know if that would work, and would hate to advise you try as it could go wrong. I recommend you search around for someone who may have been successful…

    • Tara on August 23, 2013 at 20:07
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    I would like to dump rogers as well. However I have an LG -E971 and would like to kno if anyone can help me.

    • Emma on October 24, 2013 at 16:20
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    Hi, I’m having the same issue with switching to Wind from Rogers. But my phone is HTC Raider, model is HTC-X710a. Do you know where to find the modem file for this phone? I’ve researched on the internet but I can’t find any. Thanks

    1. Sorry, I’ve never used that type of phone.

    • Jeremy on November 3, 2013 at 13:37
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    will this work on an S3?

    1. No, sorry, it’s a completely different chipset inside.

    • lexie on December 18, 2013 at 07:38
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    I have my same phone flashed and rooted but it is old gingerbread version.do you know how I would upgrade to jelly bean or ice cream

    • marian on February 11, 2014 at 11:42
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    Hi the link doesn’t work anymore, is this that old??? please advise, i have a rogers galaxy s3 and I want to convert it to wind, the phone is already unlocked. please advise

    1. Sorry, it’s my understanding that this trick doesn’t work on the S3…

    • elijahmk on March 16, 2014 at 13:02
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    Hey, Great Article! Screw Rogers!

    Also trying to convert to wind on s2 but trouble finding program download, the link is dead. Any help?

    • Potato Guy on September 18, 2014 at 20:10
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    This worked perfectly for me! I have a Rogers S2 now working flawlessly on Wind and getting fast HSPA+ speeds and strong signals.
    Since I was new to using Android devices, it took me a while to figure out the process. In case it’s helpful, here are the steps I followed, written in complete n00b speak. Note that I did NOT use “ROM Loader” at all (because it asked me to pick a “recovery” or something, and I got scared because I didn’t know what that was or what to do at the time). Instead, here’s what I did. Note this is maybe not the most efficient way to do it, but it’s how I did it and it worked.
    – Double-checked my model number to make sure it was SGH-i727r.
    – Installed “Samsung USB driver for mobile phones v1.5.33” and “Odin 3.07” on my computer.
    – Downloaded the “openrecovery-twrp-2.5.0.0-skyrocket.tar” recovery (I guess this is like a boot loader for the phone) to my computer and used Odin to flash it onto my phone. The options I checked in Odin were “Auto Reboot” and “F. Reset Time”. Also, I loaded the tar file using the “PDA” button. (Note: Using Odin would have been easy to do on a PC, but I used a Mac running XP on a virtual machine using VirtualBox, and I had to fiddle quite a bit with the USB settings to get it to work.)
    – Downloaded “UPDATE-SuperSU-v1.25.zip” and saved it on the SD card on my phone.
    – Booted up my phone in recovery mode (twrp) and installed SuperSU from the SD card.
    – At this point, my phone was rooted successfully.
    – Downloaded the “T769-UVMB1_modem.zip” modem firmware and saved it to the SD card on my phone.
    – Booted up my phone in receovery mode again, and installed the modem firmware from the SD card.
    – Obtained my IMEI and sent it to a service called “GSM Liberty” to obtain the unlock code. This cost me about $10 and I received the unlock code within a few hours.
    – Installed a non-Rogers SIM in my phone, and when prompted for network unlock code, entered the code that GSM Liberty sent me. This unlocked my phone.
    – Walked into a Wind retail store, had them stick a Wind SIM in my phone, confirmed everything worked, and signed up for service :)
    (Note: At some point in the above process, my phone started spontaneously rebooting and vibrating every time I turned it on. I was worried I had done something wrong and bricked my phone, but it turned out to be a problem with the power button that’s quite common on the S2. I just pulled out the battery, pushed the power button a bunch of times, and then everything worked properly.)
    I hope someone finds the above instructions helpful. Remember, I had never touched an Android phone before, but I knew my way around a computer. If you don’t know how to follow my instructions above, or you can’t figure out how to follow them with a bit of googling, I STRONGLY recommend that you do NOT try to do this. Good luck!

    1. Wow, thank you for sharing such detailed instructions! I get a lot of hits on this page, so I’m sure many people will appreciate your help. :)

    • Des on June 13, 2015 at 14:09
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    Would this work for the S4? Or would I need to google a different modem file?

    1. It’s a different modem file. I don’t believe it’s possible with the S4 as it also uses a different modem

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