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29 April 2011

Android Market On Galaxy Tab

For an unknown reason, the Galaxy Tab's sold here in Egypt has got no Android Market on them. I.e. there is no way to get real applications, and you should just stick to the shitty Samsung Apps that has got almost nothing. I know how frustrating this might sound, but calm down, there is a solution for this.
  1. Open the Phone application.
  2. Dial *#272* then your device's IMEI number ( it's on the back of the galaxy tab), followed by the # (hash sign).
  3. You'll find something like "EGY" being selected as your Sales Code, change it to "XSG" and tap Ok/install.
  4. The device will reboot and reset, and voilĂ !
The only problem here is that you will loose your 3G setting, but you still can find it anywhere online. For Mobinil for example here is how to set it back after you finish the above steps:
  1. Go to Settings >> Wireless and network >> Mobile networks >> Access Point Names
  2. Add a "New APN" from the below menu botton
  3. The Mobinil APN settings are as follows:
    • Name: mobinilweb
    • APN: mobinilweb
    • Proxy: [Leave Blank]
    • Port: [Leave Blank]
    • Username: [Leave Blank]
    • Password: [Leave Blank]
    • Server: [Leave Blank]
    • MMSC: [Leave Blank]
    • MMS Proxy: [Leave Blank]
    • MMS Port: [Leave Blank]
    • MCC: 602 (should be set to this already)
    • MNC: 01 (should be set to this already)
    • Authentication type: [Leave Blank]
    • APN type: internet + mms (should be set to this already)
  1. Or if you are Vodafone user, Vodafone APN settings are as follows:
    • Name: internet.vodafone.net
    • APN: internet.vodafone.net
    • Proxy: [Leave Blank]
    • Port: [Leave Blank]
    • Username: internet
    • Password: internet
    • Server: [Leave Blank]
    • MMSC: [Leave Blank]
    • MMS Proxy: [Leave Blank]
    • MMS Port: [Leave Blank]
    • MCC: 602 (should be set to this already)
    • MNC: 02 (should be set to this already)
    • Authentication type: [Leave Blank]
    • APN type: internet + mms (should be set to this already)
  1. Or if you are Etisalat, user, Etisalat APN settings are as follows (Courtesy to Ehab Elzelaky):
    • Name: Etisalat
    • APN: etisalat
    • Proxy: 10.71.130.29
    • Port: 8080
    • Username: [Leave Blank]
    • Password: [Leave Blank]
    • Server: [Leave Blank]
    • MMSC: 10.71.131.7:38090
    • MMS Proxy: [Leave Blank]
    • MMS Port: 8080
    • MCC: 602 (should be set to this already)
    • MNC: 03 (should be set to this already)
    • Authentication type: [Leave Blank]
    • APN type: internet + mms (should be set to this already)
PS. May be such hack works for other Android devices too, and not only Galaxy Tab. Who knows :-) Now let me ask, why the hell Android Market isn't available in Egypt in the first place. Also after you get it, still some applications ain't available in Egypt such as Skype, and Amazon's Kindle. I'm not sure if this is due to some crappy copyrights issues, or those vendors believe that the world just ends at the borders of their countries. Anyway, screw them, there will always be ways to hack the devices and overcome these vendors' stupid limitations Update: There is a workaround to download Kindle, Skype, etc. Use the below link for Opera Mobile Store. Thanks to @OthmanVII for the tip. http://mobilestore.opera.com/ Tags: , ,

8 comments:

  1. The IMEI no contains some ' / ' signs in between shall I exclude those signs! or dail the first part only?

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  2. Ignore those signs, just the numbers

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  3. Why don't you Root the Device ? you will have more options that way , install something like Market Enabler and change the market settings as you want

    Google Block apps in egypt based on recommendations from AdMob, as most apps use it and most ads in it aren't directed to Egyptians so they see no use of sending it here tell Egyptian companies start posting ads on AdMob

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  4. I made these steps but i thought it will restart not reset...i lost all my messages and contacts...how can i get them back :((((
    PLZ HELP!!

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  5. Happened to me as well :-(

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  7. Fab thanks, needed the mobinil settings and their customer service was no help (press button blah blah blah with no relevant options).

    Worked perfectly :)

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  8. PS I wasn't looking for apps, just to get on the internet at all!

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