How to Enable T-Mobile HSPA+ AWS Bands on AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337/SGH-i337M!

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Similar to the AT&T Note 2 AWS MOD to enable T-Mobile AWS 3G/4G bands, we can also do something similar with the AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 or Canadian SGH-i337M.

What this will do?

You will be able to enable the AWS bands (which is the bands used by T-Mobile for 3G/4G HSPA+ service) on your AT&T Galaxy S4 SGH-i337 (or Canadian SGH-i337M) and receive 3G/4G HSPA+ data when using T-Mobile SIM card (or other Canadian networks that support AWS).

UPDATE: T-Mobile 4G LTE also works with this method!

In layman’s words, you can turn your AT&T Galaxy S4 into a full-fledged T-Mobile Galaxy S4.

Step 1. Go ahead and install Phone Utility app by downloading and installing phoneutil.apk:

Download phoneutil.apk

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Step 2. Dial “*#7284#” on your dialer.

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Step 3. Choose “Qualcomm USB Settings”.

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Step 4. Choose “RNDIS + DM + MODEM” and hit “OK”.

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Step 5. Connect a micro-USB cable from your phone to your computer.

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Step 6. Make sure you have Samsung drivers installed.  If you did everything correctly, you should be able to see some kind of “SAMSUNG Mobile USB Serial Port” under “Ports” in Device Manager.

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Step 7. Download QPST program and run the EXE file to install QPST program and also download the QCN file with AWS enabled.

Download QPST Program

Download 337_AWS.qcn (AWS-enabled QCN for SGH-i337/SGH-i337M)

Run QPST Program and click “Add New Port” under “Ports” tab.

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Step 8. Select the COM port you saw earlier in Device Manager.  If you have more than one, just try one of them first and hit “OK”.

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Step 9. If you see “No Phone” then try adding the other COM port.

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Step 10. If you see (0), this is the COM port you will be using.

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Step 11. Next go to “Start Clients”->SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD.

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Step 12. Choose “Backup” tab, then choose your COM port, and set QCN file name and hit “Start”. This will backup your current NV memory.  If something goes wrong, you can always restore the original NV memory.

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Step 13.Choose “Restore” tab, choose the QCN file “337_AWS.qcn” you downloaded earlier and hit “Start”.  This will flash the new QCN file with AWS bands enabled.

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Step 14. Your phone will reboot.  And you should now be able to pick up AWS bands.  If you are using T-Mobile SIM in your AT&T Galaxy S4, you will see that it picks up HSPA+ signals just fine.

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Q&A

Q: Will this break my existing 4G LTE on my phone?
A: No, this will keep your current 4G LTE and HSPA+ bands for AT&T but add additional AWS bands.  So you get the best of both worlds. 🙂

Credits – XDA

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