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Verizon Pulls Latest Galaxy S3 Update After Reports of Connectivity Issues, is Working With Samsung on a Solution

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The latest update of VRBMD3 for Verizon’s Galaxy S3 variant was supposed to be one of its biggest to date. With new features like Multi Window, the device was finally joining its brothers and sisters on other carriers, even if it was a few months late. But as the update went out, reports of problems began almost immediately. In fact, we wrote up a report after a handful of readers all expressed concern over poor connectivity issues post updating. We were seeing 4G LTE connectivity disappear with no way to make it return. As you can imagine, the experience with a device that is struggling with connectivity is not the most pleasant. We’re talking incredibly slow data speeds and massive battery drain. 

Users have continued to hang out in this thread, updating the community on their situations. Some have gone through multiple replacements devices, all of which start out fine until the new VRBLMD3 baseband update has been installed. Then it’s back to connectivity problems and battery drain.

Thankfully, Verizon’s support teams are now fully acknowledging that the update has been pulled because it can “cause poor to no signal.” At this point, there isn’t a solution, however, they are working with Samsung on one.

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In the mean time, it may be worth looking into a replacement since there isn’t a simple solution for rolling back your device to a previous build. Assuming Verizon will comply and give you one, the update won’t be pushed to your device, so you can enjoy it until they can come up with a fix.

  • Cmolina8881

    After the update my gallery force closes all the time! Also my web force closes and loses all opened Windows. Anyone else has this problem?

  • RTR2011

    Connectivity hasn’t improved much and this stupid update eats up nearly every bit of RAM. I can hardly play games, anymore withoit having to manually freeing up RAM, all the time. DON’T DO IT!!!!

  • Brandon

    I updated and everything works fine. Yes battery drains faster when I use the multiple windows feature but that is to be expected.

  • Gangnam Style

    I got the update yesterday and my battery now lasts for 3 hours and the connectivity is shot. thanks Verizon!

  • Happy in Florida

    Listen, I don’t know what the difference is but after I updated my S3 to the VRBLMD3 update all of my issues went away. Before the update my phone rarely connected to 4G no matter what area I was in (did a lot of company traveling) my phone would sometimes get so hot I had a hard time holding it, and the battery would only last from 6:30 am until 4:00 pm before dying and shutting down. The reception is better than it has ever been and download speeds according to the Speedtest.net app is 24.23 mbps Download and 7.4 mbps. Not to mention the new multi window and Gallery changes, and now my battery lasts (given the approximate same amount of usage as before) from 6:30 am until 11:00 pm and still gas 30 to 40 percent life left. This thing is GREAT. So if this is a screw, then I think I will keep it and not complain,

  • JV

    Phone was AMAZING, AND WAY BETTER THAN ANY iPHONE COULD EVEN DREAM OF BEING until I received the VRBLMD3 update…then connectivity and battery life is awful and renders the phone to ride the struggle bus 24/7…per Verizon customer service I factory reset my phone, which for almost 24 hours fixed the problem. Then I opened Google Maps and connectivity and battery life went south…I have to wonder if there is a connection because I noticed after the update battery usage of Google Maps increased (before the factory reset)

  • ajz

    Just got off the phone with a VZW rep and was told the update is going to be pushed out in July to fix the connectivity issues.

  • zachP

    I did update when it rolled out in about 2 weeks later my phone completely quit working properly! the power button quit working on command and would shut off whenever it wanted. had to get new replacement phone… luckily still under warranty.

  • mpi

    Geeze and they expect people to keep their phones for 2 years with all these problems. Still haven’t learned from the HTC Tbolt, have they?

  • irene

    Ever since the new update i cant send tex ot get into email or internet… fukn suks!! They need yo fic this asap!! Or give us a discount in ur verizon bill!!!!

  • dt1214

    Just roll back using Odin.

  • chapman1969

    Well I have talked to Verizon about the problems with the gs3 4.2.2 update they said it was samsung that would have to take care of the problem so I talked too samsung they said it was Google that would have too make sure 4.2.2 update would work on there operating system. So it’s the blame game going on so now us gs3 owner are going to have to wait to finally get 4.2.2 update so mabe when they get there heads out of there ass we the gs3 owners will finally have 4.2.2 update