The Samsung jig is one of those accessories that everyone should not only know about, but everyone should have unbridled access to. They can do magical things to Samsung devices, like force them into Download or Odin Mode so users can flash stock firmware and unbrick their Samsung phones. On some, they remove a certain disgusting yellow triangle from several Samsung phones that have them. But unfortunately for some people, Samsung jigs are only available online and that presents a very big problem for those without PayPal accounts, bank accounts or debit cards.
Just because someone may have an understandable distrust for things like banks and online money mediating services, such as PayPal, doesn't mean that they don't deserve help when they need it. That is the premise for a list that has been compiled where volunteers give up their names and locations so anyone in their area can swing by and use their USB jig free of charge.
The list is extensive and currently boasts 130 locations in 45 countries where people can go to get their Samsung phones working again, including 20 locations in the UK. Before getting all excited and taking a bus across town to your nearest location, keep in mind that the USB jig is only compatible with Samsung Android devices that have a Download Mode or an Odin Mode, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note, the Samsung Galaxy S2 series and Samsung Galaxy S series. Those aren't all the compatible phones, merely an example.
The names on the list are XDA Developer user names so if you live nearby some of these people and need to get in touch with them, you'll need to click the source link at the end of this post and use the "Search This Thread" function to find them. Just them a private message to get their full address or a public place to meet up. While it is a little complicated, this kind of worldwide help desk for non-jig owners is an amazing feat of kindness and almost gives one hope in humanity; the keyword there being almost.
As mentioned, the list is frequently updated so for those out there who don't have a USB jig at their disposal and need one, it is recommended that you check out the list often as someone much closer to you may have offered up their services by then. While a bus ride across the country is faster than the two to three weeks it would take Samsung to fix the problem, a bus ride across town is always more preferable.
Until next time, Mobotniks!
Source Link: Free USB Jig Locations