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« Reply #25 on: November 17, 2014, 02:35:10 AM »
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    Thank you motorhead, evertking and daddy366, I have it downloaded successully. Now my question is will this flash as is on my device or do I absolutely HAVE to mod it the way Rick_galaxy_proclaim did, then do the root process, just curious why it had to be edited since its stock, would flashing as is long enough to get root then flashing to a new rom work? I'm new to this but it seems like I should be able to flash a stock rom without editing, or do the patches they put in the OS make that much of a difference? Just curious if there's an easier way to get where I'm going since I'm not familiar with his edit process. Thanks again guys, I'm ALMOST there
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #27 on: November 17, 2014, 02:54:07 PM »
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    Ok, I have the download now, do I just flash through Odin normally? The OP that posted about the date issue said I could flash the file without lining up the img files as described in his post if I use Odin instead of Hiemdall, I don't have hiemdall setup but I do have Odin, so do I just flash ? Or do I dl my PIT file as he described before I flash, what steps are different if use Odin? I just want to get this flashed so I can root and keep stock, I'm making certain of the process before I do this so I don't brick it, more caution than inexperience so take it easy on me,  thanks for any pointers guys
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #28 on: November 17, 2014, 02:59:24 PM »
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    from what the OP says the tar goes in the pd box.he dosnt say any thing about he pit..............from the size of the dl it should all be there..........
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    I didn't mean the OP from this thread, I meant the OP from the thread about the manufacture date after aug 7 2014, the OP in that thread descibes a process using heimdall to dl the pit file and lining up the img files in their slots before flashing, I just wanted to know I was safe to flash through Odin normally vesus using hiemdall and placing the img files, just trying not to make a wrong move here so I don't end up with a $300 rock
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #30 on: November 17, 2014, 04:55:29 PM »
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #31 on: November 17, 2014, 06:09:19 PM »
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    That's what I'm doing, just reaching for answers just in case they are there, I've searched everywhere and he is the only source I have found for anything to do with this particular model with the OS upgrades that dissolve the previous root methods, I've looked everywhere for info about what they did different to my stock firmware compared to the stock firmware before aug 7 trying to figure out if flashing the previous firmware would just be buggy or if it could potentially brick me, as of right now I'm just waiting for more conclusive info from the powers that be because my searching is finding nothing, I've searched nonstop all weekend so I'm at a dead end. I trust this site and those of you that run it, I haven't been let down yet by yall and I'm not expecting it to happen anytime soon, you guys are thorough, thanks to all the help from all of you
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    Yes, I've got the download, thank you for hosting it for us, now I'm just afraid to flash it because of the date issue mentioned in the rooting after Aug7,  not sure
    If flashing it normally with odin is safe or if I need to use the heimdall method and insert the images where they go like he described, I'm scared its gonna brick me if I flash  without being sure first, waiting for the OP of that thread to confirm what is safe and what isn't, the pm he sent me said I could flash the whole thing through Odin without setting the image files, my gut is telling me to flash it like usual as is but not sure. If I had a backup of what is factory installed on my device I would just go ahead and flash it and if it bricks just reflash the stock that's on it now if I could get it in tar format,  how do I copy what is on the device now and make a tar flashable through Odin just in case what I downloaded doesn't play well so I can unbrick it.

    I'm thinking just take the tar as is and put it in PDA slot and ride with it though
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #34 on: November 25, 2014, 11:35:43 AM »
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    I just rooted my ST Galaxy S3 using the firmware so graciously provided by Motorhead.  Thanks!!!  I used this guide to install it using Odin:

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    It seems to have worked perfectly.  I used Cydia Impactor, installed SuperSU, and enabled wifi tethering using this guide:
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    It all seems to work. I am a happy camper.  This was my first ever attempt at rooting a phone. Thanks to all the posters for the info.
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #35 on: March 20, 2015, 10:44:50 AM »
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    I could use some help I'm trying to downgrade from 4.1.2 so I can change gsm setting to use a sim card but cannot find roms/firmware to do so any help would be appreciated
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    I could use some help I'm trying to downgrade from 4.1.2 so I can change gsm setting to use a sim card but cannot find roms/firmware to do so any help would be appreciated

    If you have the straight talk s3 sch-s968c then you have a CDMA phone, it's not GSM, GSM is at&t, T-Mobile and the like, straight talk(tracfone), Verizon, and sprint are CDMA. This device isn't SIM or carrier unlockable, it bricks the device. Is there a reason you need to use the GSM SIM? There is nothing available older than 4.1.2 for this device that I know of. And the only downgrade available is the stock H1 firmware and it is 4.1.2 also so I don't think you are gonna find anything.

    If you find anything let me know.
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #37 on: June 03, 2015, 11:48:27 PM »
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    If link doesn't work try You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login and in step two it says to download a baseband downgrade. The downgrade is it.

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    h2 baseband?

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    how about a stock h2? i foolishly deleted my backup after being prompted that i had no more space available...
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    « Reply #39 on: July 19, 2015, 10:05:55 PM »
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    and, if i cant get a stock h2, will i damage my phone if i install thed h1?
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    « Reply #40 on: July 22, 2015, 10:27:56 PM »
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    how about a stock h2? i foolishly deleted my backup after being prompted that i had no more space available...

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    and, if i cant get a stock h2, will i damage my phone if i install thed h1?
    Obviously the H1 will work, if you have an H2 and were rooted then you had to use the H1 to gain root anyway because there is no way you had H2 and made a backup, much less delete the backup.

    If you were rooted and still had the H2 baseband then you have the only H2 I've ever seen rooted while still on H2 baseband, the REST of the world HAS to use the H1 baseband to gain root. The H2 baseband has a patched kernel making it unrootable. Flash H1.
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #41 on: August 11, 2015, 08:36:59 AM »
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    I used this file with ODIN (never used odin before) and was able to downgrade from the H2 to H1 so I could root.. i was worried but it worked like a charm.  I am just now realizing though I can use that same file to go back to Stock if I have a softbrick problem.

    Thanks for the information!   ;D
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #42 on: August 11, 2015, 10:38:01 AM »
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    I used this file with ODIN (never used odin before) and was able to downgrade from the H2 to H1 so I could root.. i was worried but it worked like a charm.  I am just now realizing though I can use that same file to go back to Stock if I have a softbrick problem.

    Thanks for the information!   ;D
    In most cases if you are rooted and have a custom recovery installed and have made a nandroid backup of your stock ROM in recovery then you should be able to just boot to recovery and restore that nandroid backup and you'll be good again. You shouldn't need to use the stock tar to get fixed but yes, if restoring the stock nandroid doesn't work or if you can't boot to recovery then Odin the stock tar back on the device and you're good again.

    I suggest you make a backup of your NVdata by using the terminal emulator app before you go to flashing custom ROMs so you can protect your IMEI, if you lose your IMEI then you won't be able to use your phone, it will forget how to send and receive without it. The backup is easy to do. Install the app then open it and in the terminal window type:

    su    then press enter(grant superuser when prompted)

    Then type:

    reboot nvbackup     then press enter

    This saves your IMEI in a safe place

    If you somehow lose your IMEI then to fix it you open the terminal emulator and type:

    su       press enter(grant superuser)

    Then type:

    reboot nvrestore

    This will fix the IMEI but you'll need to make another nvbackup again if you want to keep it protected because using the restore erases the first backup, if you don't do the nvbackup again and lose IMEI again then you won't have a way to fix it if you didn't make a new backup after restoring. So basically

    Make backup, if backup is needed then restore it and go straight and make a new one.

    Just to save confusion, if you have to use a nandroid backup from recovery then you don't have to make another nandroid like I'm describing with the NVdata backup. You only need to repeat backup with IMEI after restoring.

    If you didn't understand that then just ask I'll help you understand better, this is an important step that can save you a GIANT headache, restoring IMEI is very difficult if you didn't do the nvbackup I'm describing, sometimes it can't be fixed without the nvbackup. Understand it and do it and always make another if it has to be used.
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #43 on: August 11, 2015, 12:09:14 PM »
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    I used this file with ODIN (never used odin before) and was able to downgrade from the H2 to H1 so I could root.. i was worried but it worked like a charm.  I am just now realizing though I can use that same file to go back to Stock if I have a softbrick problem.

    Thanks for the information!   ;D
    In most cases if you are rooted and have a custom recovery installed and have made a nandroid backup of your stock ROM in recovery then you should be able to just boot to recovery and restore that nandroid backup and you'll be good again. You shouldn't need to use the stock tar to get fixed but yes, if restoring the stock nandroid doesn't work or if you can't boot to recovery then Odin the stock tar back on the device and you're good again.

    I suggest you make a backup of your NVdata by using the terminal emulator app before you go to flashing custom ROMs so you can protect your IMEI, if you lose your IMEI then you won't be able to use your phone, it will forget how to send and receive without it. The backup is easy to do. Install the app then open it and in the terminal window type:

    su    then press enter(grant superuser when prompted)

    Then type:

    reboot nvbackup     then press enter

    This saves your IMEI in a safe place

    If you somehow lose your IMEI then to fix it you open the terminal emulator and type:

    su       press enter(grant superuser)

    Then type:

    reboot nvrestore

    This will fix the IMEI but you'll need to make another nvbackup again if you want to keep it protected because using the restore erases the first backup, if you don't do the nvbackup again and lose IMEI again then you won't have a way to fix it if you didn't make a new backup after restoring. So basically

    Make backup, if backup is needed then restore it and go straight and make a new one.

    Just to save confusion, if you have to use a nandroid backup from recovery then you don't have to make another nandroid like I'm describing with the NVdata backup. You only need to repeat backup with IMEI after restoring.

    If you didn't understand that then just ask I'll help you understand better, this is an important step that can save you a GIANT headache, restoring IMEI is very difficult if you didn't do the nvbackup I'm describing, sometimes it can't be fixed without the nvbackup. Understand it and do it and always make another if it has to be used.

    yes, please help me to do this.. i'm very use to using WUGFRESH (when i had my nexus) and that was all click and run.. i'm not familiar with ODIN, or Terminal Commands, etc... 

    Thank you!
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

    « Reply #44 on: August 11, 2015, 07:46:35 PM »
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    Oooooooh! I don't like this at all. I've been rooting and flashing phones for ages and never had the trouble I'm having now. My S3 SCH S968C was doing just fine until I upgraded it to Lollipop. Although the phone has a sim card slot, I have never needed one before to get the phone radio to work so I was stumped. A member on XDA Developers told me I had to get a sim card and since my phone runs on verizon towers he told me to get a verizon sim; I repeatedly asked him about the fact that this was a straight talk/tracfone phone and was told that the rom needed the sim and wouldn't work without it. So, I bought the card he told me would work and, needless to say, it doesn't. Not at all. Since 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 do not require sims, I was attempting to flash back to 4.2 as 4.3 is lame and I didn't want to run into the SD issues with Kit Kat again. I downloaded the rom you posted, wiped the phone, wiped the cache and proceeded to install the rom via Odin. The downgrade failed, multiple times, ALWAYS on the same file/process. See screenshot. Now, the phone is stuck in a recovery boot loop, and my SD card with my custom clockwork mod recovery backup will not register via the stock recovery. I can still get to download mode with Odin but that file just crashes in the same place every time. Next, I tried to go back to Lollipop and that also fails. The phone reboots, shows the samsung logo, waits for about 30 seconds and then boots to stock recovery. I can't get to the davlik cache to wipe it as my stock recovery doesn't have any advanced options, such as mounting the SD card.
    I appear to be stuck. What should I try next? I figure if I can continue to get the phone to show up in Odin (Odin 3.07, 3.09 and 3.10) and I can get to download mode, I still have a chance before I relegate the phone to a door stop. Can anyone advise me? I'm without a phone at the moment and that's a bad thing as I have no landline.
    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    Oooooooh! I don't like this at all. I've been rooting and flashing phones for ages and never had the trouble I'm having now. My S3 SCH S968C was doing just fine until I upgraded it to Lollipop. Although the phone has a sim card slot, I have never needed one before to get the phone radio to work so I was stumped. A member on XDA Developers told me I had to get a sim card and since my phone runs on verizon towers he told me to get a verizon sim; I repeatedly asked him about the fact that this was a straight talk/tracfone phone and was told that the rom needed the sim and wouldn't work without it. So, I bought the card he told me would work and, needless to say, it doesn't. Not at all. Since 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 do not require sims, I was attempting to flash back to 4.2 as 4.3 is lame and I didn't want to run into the SD issues with Kit Kat again. I downloaded the rom you posted, wiped the phone, wiped the cache and proceeded to install the rom via Odin. The downgrade failed, multiple times, ALWAYS on the same file/process. See screenshot. Now, the phone is stuck in a recovery boot loop, and my SD card with my custom clockwork mod recovery backup will not register via the stock recovery. I can still get to download mode with Odin but that file just crashes in the same place every time. Next, I tried to go back to Lollipop and that also fails. The phone reboots, shows the samsung logo, waits for about 30 seconds and then boots to stock recovery. I can't get to the davlik cache to wipe it as my stock recovery doesn't have any advanced options, such as mounting the SD card.
    I appear to be stuck. What should I try next? I figure if I can continue to get the phone to show up in Odin (Odin 3.07, 3.09 and 3.10) and I can get to download mode, I still have a chance before I relegate the phone to a door stop. Can anyone advise me? I'm without a phone at the moment and that's a bad thing as I have no landline.
    Thank you in advance!

    Well, I'm the one that first discovered that the SIM was required for our phone. If you got the official Verizon LTE 4G SIM then you shouldn't have a problem, your problem is user related and not the device or SIMs fault.

    Try going to recovery and selecting the advanced "format" options(this is not the same as factory reset and the wipes, its a bit deeper) format your system partition and your data partition(do not format any other partition) then reflash your ROM and gapps and see what happens.
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    Re: Return to stock ST Galaxy S3 SCH s968c

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    Yes, I know well who you are. And you are incorrect about the SIM card needing to be the Verizon LTE 4G Sim. A straight talk purchased phone, registered to tracfone, will NOT work with anything other than a straight talk card. That's why I asked, repeatedly, if you were certain. Apparently, you are not because it even states clearly on STs site that if you wish to BYOP (bring your own phone) you need to verify that you can first with one of their partner towers, such as Verizon, and then you MUST use one of their cards which are specifically programmed to work through tracfone. The Verizon card acted like a virus. Ever 90 seconds, it automatically called out to an unknown number that no one answered and drained the battery in a few hours trying to connect. They don't work. Period. It's not a 'Verizon' phone. It's programmed to work on Verizon towers, through tracfone. When you purchase a phone directly from straight talk, they do a check to see if your area is primarily CDMA or GSM and this is CDMA. When you purchase the phone, the code on the box of my model ends in 'V' for Verizon towers. The GSM version that goes through T-Mobile has GSM at the end of the item number.
    And as for the custom recovery, like last time, you didn't read my post. I CAN'T get to clockwork recovery because all I can get to is the stock recovery and that doesn't have any advanced features. You can't even get to the dalvik cache from it. And it will not mount SD cards, so my recovery is inaccessible, as I already explained. I also have the pre-August 7, 2014 phone and that one is very sensitive to what you try to do to the ROM. The Lollipop CyanogenMod 5.1.1 worked well, minus any voice or data other than WiFi, because the SIM card couldn't register anything to tracfone and the literal moment you got to the home screen after boot, the thing would start dialing like mad. It wasn't the APNs. It wasn't the ROM. It was the card. The second I took the card out and rebooted, no more battery drain from 100% to 50% in less than one hour and no more dialing out every 90 seconds. As the advice I received was incorrect, I'm not willing to take that risk again messing with SIMs if I can go back to a ROM which doesn't require them.
    I ran LiquidSmooth, which I believe you recommended, however, there is no support for the ROM that I can find and there are many issues with it on KitKat. I am following their Google+ group and although I posted questions, as did others, I haven't seen anyone reply to anything since I joined it weeks ago.
    So, again, I am stuck on a STOCK recovery boot loop, without advanced features, trying to go back to a SIM free version, like 4.2, which I actually asked for advice on how to do that previous to the SIM mess, but you didn't respond. I asked you more than once and you just got snippy which really isn't helpful to anyone.
    Thanks for your help. Again. I'd love to know what you recommend at this point! LOL
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    Yes, I know well who you are. And you are incorrect about the SIM card needing to be the Verizon LTE 4G Sim. A straight talk purchased phone, registered to tracfone, will NOT work with anything other than a straight talk card. That's why I asked, repeatedly, if you were certain. Apparently, you are not because it even states clearly on STs site that if you wish to BYOP (bring your own phone) you need to verify that you can first with one of their partner towers, such as Verizon, and then you MUST use one of their cards which are specifically programmed to work through tracfone. The Verizon card acted like a virus. Ever 90 seconds, it automatically called out to an unknown number that no one answered and drained the battery in a few hours trying to connect. They don't work. Period. It's not a 'Verizon' phone. It's programmed to work on Verizon towers, through tracfone. When you purchase a phone directly from straight talk, they do a check to see if your area is primarily CDMA or GSM and this is CDMA. When you purchase the phone, the code on the box of my model ends in 'V' for Verizon towers. The GSM version that goes through T-Mobile has GSM at the end of the item number.
    And as for the custom recovery, like last time, you didn't read my post. I CAN'T get to clockwork recovery because all I can get to is the stock recovery and that doesn't have any advanced features. You can't even get to the dalvik cache from it. And it will not mount SD cards, so my recovery is inaccessible, as I already explained. I also have the pre-August 7, 2014 phone and that one is very sensitive to what you try to do to the ROM. The Lollipop CyanogenMod 5.1.1 worked well, minus any voice or data other than WiFi, because the SIM card couldn't register anything to tracfone and the literal moment you got to the home screen after boot, the thing would start dialing like mad. It wasn't the APNs. It wasn't the ROM. It was the card. The second I took the card out and rebooted, no more battery drain from 100% to 50% in less than one hour and no more dialing out every 90 seconds. As the advice I received was incorrect, I'm not willing to take that risk again messing with SIMs if I can go back to a ROM which doesn't require them.
    I ran LiquidSmooth, which I believe you recommended, however, there is no support for the ROM that I can find and there are many issues with it on KitKat. I am following their Google+ group and although I posted questions, as did others, I haven't seen anyone reply to anything since I joined it weeks ago.
    So, again, I am stuck on a STOCK recovery boot loop, without advanced features, trying to go back to a SIM free version, like 4.2, which I actually asked for advice on how to do that previous to the SIM mess, but you didn't respond. I asked you more than once and you just got snippy which really isn't helpful to anyone.
    Thanks for your help. Again. I'd love to know what you recommend at this point! LOL

    OK, let me get this straight, so you're trying to tell me that my phone isn't working then, along with hundreds of others? That I'm NOT using it right now? That I've imagined in my mind the past ten months of using it with A VERIZON 4G SIM? That it hasn't already been determined that the Verizon SIM is the only SIM that gets EVERYTHING working? If you've done your homework then you've learned that other SIMs have gotten the device to receive data but only the Verizon SIM fixes MMS. You're barking up the wrong tree. I've got months and MONTHS of researching, coding and experimentation with this device and the d2lte/d2vzw ROMs on you, you're not going to tell me that what I KNOW to be true by first hand experience is not true. You may as well be telling me that 2+2=5 but I've got news for you, its 4 from now to the end of the world, has always been 4 and will continue to be 4. Now whether you can get it to add up to 4 instead of 5 in your head is another story.

    The random dialing thing is from the phone being Straight talk and the SIM being Verizon, we run on Verizon towers but having the SIM in makes the network see the device differently  during handoff of cell signal from one tower to the other it having to decide whether to be a Verizon device or a Straight Talk device, if it chooses Verizon it tries to update its programming by dialing the *22xxx number, if it chooses straight talk it doesn't, this is a combination of what area you are in, how much signal you are getting, the programming on the SIM and whether or not that SIM was previously used, SIMs store information and its most likely things that were stored on the SIM itself, what they are I couldn't say. The phone is Straight but the ROM and the SIM are Verizon. Some users aren't having this issue at all, I'm one of them, I have no battery drain and have not once randomly dialed.

    The stock tar flashed through Odin is the universal fix. If its not flashing then you modified something that is causing an issue somewhere, this could be many different things(a hundred causes that would give you the same effect). Have you tried the advanced formatting options in recovery before trying to flash? Do you have USB debugging on?  What part of the Odin flash are you getting to when it errors?

    Obviously there would be no support for kit kat liquid, its an old ROM, no one is working in kit kat, its all lollipop now. None of the old ROMs including whatever 4.2 you were trying has no support anymore. That liquid build and one other CM11 and a PACROM are the only ones I know of for certain work with no SIM, its been too long ago for me to remember the exactly which builds of each they are. You're all trying to go back to stuff that is old and abandoned and forgotten about. All of those ROMs had MMS and camera issues, every one of them, none of them are complete or have everything working, no one with this device had any ROM fully functioning until the Verizon SIM fix was discovered, we are all using the Verizon sim with the newer ROMs just fine, your problem is your own, its user error somewhere, I don't know everything you have done, what you have flashed, how you flashed it, when you flashed it, what you changed what you've taken away, what you've added. There are so many little things that you could have done along the way that would cause you issues. The instructions you were given, the ROMs or the methods of installing and editing are not the issue, the proof is in the pudding, you are alone in the issue you're having, no one else is in all my months has had the issues you've been having, that leaves only ONE variable and that one variable is you and/or things you've done along the way by not understanding what you were dealing with, if you had then you'd be where the rest of us are instead of where you are at. Think about that for a good long while then come back and try to tell me that entire straight talk S3 community has it all wrong when we haven't had a problem with the method or instructions, only YOU.
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