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    Changing motherboard and software

    Hi all,
    I have a S3 which had loose charging port. I took it in to be repaired a year ago and was told it had previously been repaired and the the traces on the mother board had been damaged. They manage to repair it but now it is having problems again.
    This is my wife phone, after looking at Youtube videos it does not seem to be that difficult to change the motherboard. The question I have is, the phone is unlocked so if I put another mother board in will I need to have it unlocked again or is that information stored somewhere else on the phone. Or just back up with Samsung Kies and restore. It was an old AT&T now running on pay as you go sim card.

    Other than that the phone works well. It looks like you can pick up a new motherboard on ebay for abort $50 or less.

    Thanks Bob

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    Welcome to the forum, Bob. That's an interesting question. Unfortunately, I don't know the answer. Hopefully someone else might be able to chime in.

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    Wireless qi card and pad would have you able to charge, albiet slower, for way less than $50 and would be an easy fix. Takes about 3-5 hrs for a full charge via qi if I remember correctly.

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    You'd have to buy a qi pad too but those are cheap, especially the first gen ones. Might want to research whether a qi V2 card is made for the S3. That's a faster charge.

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    Thanks I have already ordered a qi from ebay $5 but from experience it can run very hot on the battery. The new mother board was more to use the phone as a extra surveillance camera as you can set them up to wifi, but when I think of it I do not need to worry if it is locked or not as I will not be using a carrier. Looking at a backup phone!!

    Bob

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    Welcome aboard Bob!
    I have a spare S3 in perfect condition that I'm not using if you're interested.

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