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Ice Cream Sandwich hits SIM-free Galaxy S II phones

Ice Cream Sandwich hits SIM-free Galaxy S II phones

18 April 2012

But Orange and T-Mobile customers still waiting

Good news for owners of SIM-free Samsung Galaxy S II smartphones – your update to Ice Cream Sandwich is ready to go.

That's slightly ahead of the schedule originally offered by Samsung, which had the SIM-free update to follow all the networks. But in a statement on Twitter, Samsung said:

'Samsung UK has been working as hard as possible over the last few weeks to get Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) rolled out to all our Galaxy S II customers. We can confirm that ‘XEU/SIM-free’ and all network upgrades are now complete except for Orange and T-Mobile, which will follow as soon as possible, pending software testing and approvals. Thanks again for your patience.'

So if you have a SIM-free phone, hook up to the desktop client and you should, hopefully, have the long-awaited update. On the flipside, it's not great news for Orange and T-Mobile customers, who still have to wait for the latest version of Android. 'Software testing and approvals' is a very general phrase and pretty much covers the entire testing work that the networks are undertaking.

With no word from either of those networks, we're fearing the worst in terms of time. Although we suspect Samsung is on their case on your behalf too. The Korean giant will want this particular update putting to bed as soon as possible.

And do not forget that you can KEEP your existing mobile phone number if you decide to switch mobile phone operators. All you need is your PAC code. Use our handy tool on to obtain your PAC code.



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What is an PAC code?

An porting authorisation code, or PAC code, allows you to transfer your existing mobile phone number from to another mobile phone provider so that if you change mobile phone networks you do not have to give everyone a new number... You can keep your existing mobile phone number. The process is termed mobile number portability, or number porting. It's quick, FREE and very easy to do - follow the instructions here for full details on how to port your mobile phone number to a new network provider.

NOTE: You can purchase your new phone contract and then obtain your PAC code. It is not essential to have your PAC code prior to purchasing your new phone. However, you will need your PAC code if you want to keep your existing phone number (i.e. transfer your current number to your new provider). Use our handy tool above to obtain your PAC code.

PAC codes are FREE.

To keep your mobile phone number when switching to another mobile phone network, use our handy tool to obtain your PAC code. Just select your current and new phone provider click OK and you'll receive full instructions for obtaining your PAC code.