Verizon is possibly pushing out an over-the-air update v4.03.605.1 to the HTC Rezound which only just received ICS (v3.14.605.12) last week. The 104MB update is pretty hefty for only a few weeks of work, which has puzzled many XDA members and made things turn pretty ugly in the relevant thread. The reason I'm saying "possibly" is only one person at XDA has received it so far, which may indicate there's some sort of soak testing going on.

Update: A commenter (Cody) chimed in and let us know he's currently getting the OTA as well. Anyone else?

Having now read through 20+ pages of comments about half of which are literally baseless and ignorant garbage written by trolls with nothing better to do (what XDA update thread would it be without these, right?), I have pieced together a few details and confirmed that the OTA is indeed legitimate by verifying the update's cryptographic signature and checking with a source close to Verizon. Considering it's a late Sunday night/early Monday morning, I'm expecting details from another source very soon.

While we still haven't heard anything official from Big Red, several XDA members have contemplated that one of the main features in this update might be global roaming, which would allow using the phone overseas. Earlier this year, Verizon confirmed that the Rezound would be one of four devices that would go global "this summer":

Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device. After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.

Considering the promised global features didn't make the ICS OTA as well as the fact that the new 4.03.605.1 OTA contains the same version of Android (4.0.3, IML74K), my guess is Verizon either needed a little more time to finish the global update or wanted to separate the already enormous release into two to keep its engineers sane. Whatever the case may be, the brave among you can flash manually and see for themselves.

Technical Details

  • OTA version: 4.03.605.1 (verizon_wwe/htc_vigor/vigor:4.0.3/IML74K/432218.1:user/release-keys)
  • Applies on top of: 3.14.605.12 (verizon_wwe/htc_vigor/vigor:4.0.3/IML74K/372320.12:user/release-keys)
  • MD5: 2c8cb4aca3b48a02c356a116d01403ec
  • Contains new radios (which again points to the yet unconfirmed global capabilities)
  • Signed by: HTC. "Issuer: C=TW, ST=Taiwan, L=Taoyuan City, O=HTC Corporation, OU=SSD, CN=HTC Cert/emailAddress=[email protected]" Full signature here.
  • Full list of files in the update zip is here.

Installation Instructions


Since I don't have a Rezound, I cannot verify these instructions, courtesy of our tipster dsb9938, so proceed with caution.

Note: In steps 3 and 5, he refers to the OTAPkg.zip above.

Okay, I flashed it. Here's how:

1. Install the ICS OTA full firmware.
2. Boot it up at least once. I skipped setup and just let it boot.
3. Extract the firmware.zip out and rename to PH98IMG.zip. (Don't remove it, just extract a copy.)
4. Place the PH98IMG.zip on the SDCard.
5. Rename the entire package to Update.zip and put it on the SDCard.
6. Reboot to recovery (which should now be stock.)
7. Press vol up and power.
8. The update will start and patch your files.
9. The phone will reboot to HBOOT and load the PH98IMG.zip file you put there.
10. Vol up to install.
11. PWR to reboot.
12. Profit!

Enjoy playing!

rezound1 rezound2 rezound3

If you've successfully flashed the update and managed to figure out whether it contains global roaming or not, definitely drop a line in the comments and let us know. We'll even say thank you.

Global Roaming

Update: We have now confirmed global capabilities in this update. Check it out (thanks, dsb9938, yet again):


Source: XDA

Thanks, dsb9938!

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  • dsb9938

    Lots of changes. vending.apk is now phonesky.apk, implementation of framework2.jar, booksphone.apk is now bookstablet.apk, maps.apk is now gms_maps.apk, HTC MIM is gone, updated talk.apk, VCast Music is gone, movie editor added, com.verizon.phone.jar added.

    Oh! And yes, in Mobile Network Setting you have the following preferred network options:

    CDMA Only



  • http://www.facebook.com/ShinobiPhoenix Cody Shiranai

    I got the OTA update, I'm currently getting the firmware as we speak, so it's going out for sure.

  • DJStormX

    So if we have ICS just flash the OTAPkg.zip from here rename it to update.zip and flash it in recovery and thats it?

    • dsb9938

      I'm pretty sure that's not at all what it says.

  • phaded

    Absolutely hate the Rezound xda community, most notably Ashton. Dude is a fucking tool. Dick bag doesn't even use the Rez anymore, just trolls the boards.

    • 318sugarhill

      Agreed. So annoying. But there are some good people mixed in the dbags over there.

  • maisi

    Hi, I´m using a Rezound since 3 months in Germany. I needed just an app like "netzwerk", changed the net to GSM and done.

  • Howard

    I installed it.

    • Howard

      I suggest that everyone skip step #3. Do not mess with firmware.zip nor a PH98IMG.zip, as all you need is the update.zip file

  • dsb9938
  • Steampowered Boy

    So, will this allow me to go to another country, insert a SIM from one of their local carriers and avoid any "overseas roaming" charges?

    Excuse me if this is obvious answer, I haven't heard anyone confirm it.

  • Piano_Man

    Update works. Directions are correct except its VOL DN ( not up ).. Global setup is under Settings>Call>Preferred Network

  • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

    I came from the previously leaked ICS ROM 3.14.605.10 710RD rather than the official 3.14.605.12 710RD and tried to apply this update and I'm having issues. The update appeared to work just fine, with the bootloader now at 2.27 and the radios updated to the new V2 ones. However, I get stuck at the 4G LTE boot animation. It will not progress past this. Any help?

    Edit: I did try updating to the new one, but the phone wouldn't do it - apparently it considered the current version new enough...

    • http://www.lovesicklives.com Curtis Fox

      Attempted to Factory Reset through Hboot to no avail...

      • MHP3

        If you are not frozen at the 4gLTE screen and can access root, unlock, put a working full ICS update named PH98IMG.zip back in root and remove the OTApkg.zip file, relock, reboot twice. If you are frozen at the 4GLTE, unlock, flash recovery-ra-vigor-3.15-gnm.img while open to Hboot and pointing to Bootloader. When RaVigor opens, there is a menu selection somethng like usb-MS. Selecting this item will let you add and remove filed from root. Relock and reboot,

    • Piano_Man

      try again with the ota then this release. This link and update works as well - I used it.

  • Greg

    It has been 4 days since word of this got out...has anyone been able to confirm that this is in full release?
    It seems that there aren't many people who are talking about receiving this OTA update.
    I understand soak testing. Verizon did this with ICS for about a day. Four days an still not a word...something does not sound right.
    Maybe this short soak was a mistake?

  • http://www.facebook.com/msanchezponce Ivan Tresketechov

    hi my software is 3.11.605.22 710RD can i install it?

  • Dave

    Will this wipe my phones data?

  • dave

    cant find

  • http://www.facebook.com/ahmad.s.shehadeh Ahmad Said Shehadeh

    the GSM/UTMS mode is working the but the data is not active, I am unable use 3G/Edge data any body can advice?