Up until a few months ago I very much enjoyed having the Samsung Epic 4G as my personal phone. It is the best Android phone with full QWERTY keyboard that I have ever used, but the hardware is a bit dated and the WiMax speeds were not as fast as LTE, so I decided to upgrade to the Galaxy Note II on Verizon. Samsung stopped updating the software on the Epic 4G a while ago, but the CyanogenMod community has done a great job at supporting the phone and even has Android Jelly Bean 4.1 ROMs with full functionality. I still have friends with the Epic 4G so I thought I would post all the links I used for loading custom ROMs.
Most recent versions (As of January 2013)
- Android 4.1.2 using CyanogenMod 10-20130107 nightly build
- Rooted with Clockworkmod version 184.108.40.206
- Video guide for Rooting Epic 4G (Kudos to QBKing77 for his great demos)
- Video guide for Installing CyanogenMod 10 ROMs
- EpicCM blog (CyanogenMod team working on Epic4G)
- Epic 4G Nightly CM Builds
Temporary Stock Boot Instructions:
- Boot into CWM5 on your Epic 4G
- Install zip from sdcard > choose zip from sdcard > multiboot > FC09 > boot_FC09.zip
- WAIT. It will take a while to boot. You might see a "com.android.phone is not responding", do not worry, it is harmless. Wait until Media Scanning is complete before doing anything.
- Follow instructions for activating phone or calibrating tilt sensor
Hope this helps any Epic 4G users out there. If Samsung ever decides to make another Galaxy S phone with a keyboard definitely will consider buying it, but for now I am enjoying the Galaxy Note II with flygrip.