I am new to this community so please forgive me if this is an improper venue for requesting support. I recently purchased a Samsung Gem SCH-i100 from a Verizon affiliated wireless device store (July 2nd 2011). Upon connecting the device to my PC for the first time I registered my device with Samsung. I proceeded through their website registration steps, and was notified that there was an android update for my device (Version 2.2.2 Build FROYO.EE03). I followed the steps and installed the software provided from Samsung, the device manufacturer (July 29th 2011).
My device is now useless except for sending and receiving calls. 3G does not work. Data does not work. Marketplace does not work.
I have tried:
Samsung does not provide any method to rollback the version of android, displays no warranty or service options when attempting to have the device serviced on their website, and what's worse, Verizon doesn't even list the phone as a supported model, even though it says Verizon on the phone and was purchased at a Verizon affiliated store, brand new (and at full MSRP, I might add).
What am I supposed to do now? I have an android smart phone not even a month old that is useless, and is not supported by Samsung OR Verizon. I feel as though I was mislead into considering this device as an "upgrade" from my Samsung Intensity II, and after receiving "support" from the device manufacturer I am now left with an unusable product.
Can anyone help me?
Thank you for the quick response.
I performed both steps as directed. A verbal and visual confirmation that the steps had been completed successfully were received.
The problem still exists.
- 3G non-existent. No data. No browsing. (Although the "3G" icon in the task bar now flashes at random and vanishes)
- Marketplace app returns "Server error has occurred" and will not execute.
How can Verizon not list this device as a supported handset while they are selling it?
I stand corrected. Yes, third party retailers are selling it, although with a large Verizon logo on the front of the phone and boot-up screen, it can be a little unsettling to see it unsupported by the carrier of the same name within a month of its purchase date.
I have another Verizon handset (Droid X2) sitting next to the Gem on my desk, with full coverage and 3G.
When you say unsupported what do you mean? Have you called tech support to see what is going on?
Also you said you paid full retail, So you paid $220 for that phone? Is it too late to return it?
What about the sd card, take that out and do a master reset. Then call tech support
I mean that it isn't listed under the supported devices section of the Verizon website. I am outside of the 14-day return period forreturning the handset. Will I have better luck with over-the-phone tech support or should I visit a Verizon store in person? I have no experience with either. What do you recommend?
This sounds like exactly what I did. Take to a Verizon Store (Can't be a 3rd party) and tell them what happened.
They will play with it for about 10 minutes to try and fix it....Say the words "software glitch" and mail you a new one under your warranty. (You are still in the 1 year Samsung warranty and since the download was from Samsung and Verizon didn't "block" it, they will honor it.) You may have to pay for shipping depending on how fast you want it. (I did because it's my main phone...$14.95 for FexEx 10:30 next day in Ohio.)
They are really cool about it. The first tech where I went hadn't seen one before.
Hope this helps
I appreciate all the hard work into this for our fellow members! I know the software update for the Samsung Gem well myself. When you go to the Samsung support page, three separate support options are there for each Samsung Gem. One for US Cellular, VZW, and one that is generic. The generic one has the froyo update. I do not have information on what the generic model means or who supports it. On the Verizon Wireless for Samsung Gem page is does not list Froyo and has only Eclair listed as the latest software.
When will Android 2.2 be available for the Samsung Gem (with Android 2.1) I got from a Verizon store in May 2011? i understand from earlier posts that US Cellular users of the Gem can get the 2.2 update, but as of last check 2.2 was not yet available to us loyal Verizon customers. Since I am only 6 months into my 2 year contract on this smartphone, I really would like to be able to have the 2.2 update for it.
Hello and thank you to the community for the information provided.
Hello carolcies, I can understand the need for the software update. At this time, there is no release date on or if the Samsung Gem will be updated to Froyo 2.2. Once or if it will be available, it will be pushed directly to your device for an update. For additional information, follow the link below:
I went to the Samsung web page and downloaded the manual. I have had it for a week and no problems yet. Sounds like the worst thing you can do is go to Samsung for the update which I will not do after reading these post. If it doesn't come from Verizon, I am not interested.