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there, I recently purchased a dual sim Samsung S5 phone

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Hi there,
I recently purchased a dual sim Samsung S5 phone from Expedite Electronics in the UK, but have just found out that it is the regional SM G900 FD version. Will this cause any problems for UK use and / or updates?
Many thanks,
Caitlin Hamlett
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Android Devices
Expert:  Ashik replied 2 years ago.
Hi and Welcome. My Name is ***** ***** I look forward to assisting you today with your question.
Although, that model is not designed/released for UK, it should work with GSM carriers without any problems since it is GSM based.
Samsung also released latest 5.0 Lollipop firmware update for it. I doubt you will get updates over the air automatically since it is not UK based. But you can always update it manually using Samsung Kies application or Odin without any problems but you have to use the firmwares/updates of other countries.
If possible, you should return it and get one that is released for UK. So you will always get futures updates on time.
If not, you can still use it. But you may need to update it using the firmware/softwares of other countries manually.
See here -- > http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/android-5-0-lollipop-update-rolling-out-galaxy-s5-duos-sm-g900fd-install-manually-1481602
If you have any questions or would like any additional information, please don't hesitate to ask.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Hi Ashik

Thank you very much- I have now emailed the company to see if I can return/exchange. If that's not possible, I have checked in 'about device' and it says Android version 4.4.2, but it also says United Arab Emirates which is slightly worrying. Would I still use the Russia or Malaysia update for this phone?

The baseband version number is ***** and kernel version 3.4.0-1901801 [email protected] #1 (it also says Wed Oct 15 20:35:04 KST 2014). The build number is *****

Thanks again,

Caitlin

Expert:  Ashik replied 2 years ago.
Hi Caitlin, Nothing to worry about. The only problem is, you might not get automatic updates over the air and you may need to do them manually.
Yes, the Russia or Malaysia update will work fine. Remember, there is no UK firmware for this model yet. So your only option is flash and use the firmware of other countries. 5.0 Lollipop is not yet released for UAE.
Here is the database of the firmware for your phone --> http://www.sammobile.com/firmwares/database/SM-G900FD/
Keep a bookmark of the above page and you will always be able to find updated firmwares on that page. Make sure you follow the instructions correctly to flash the firmware.
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Expert:  Ashik replied 2 years ago.
Caitlin, your phone's current firmware is of Lebanon.
It is safe to flash the firmware of different countries as they are official. Make sure you don't flash firmware of other variations of S5.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Gosh that's getting more weird! Thanks that's really helpful. Just to check, do you mean just use firmware for the SM G900 FD?

Expert:  Ashik replied 2 years ago.
Yes, always use the firmware for SM-G900FD

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