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Weekend Open Forum: Do you jailbreak/root your smartphone?

By Jos
Jan 20, 2012
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  1. nah, i have never owned any smartphone.

    i'm still using my nokia 7210 and nokia 5320 xm though i'm looking to purchase one of the cheapest smartphones out there, samsung galaxy y, currently sold at about 120$ in a local retailer.
     
  2. Until my phone grows a vagina, there wont be any root.
     
  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,479   +624

    Custom ROM on my Xperia x10. Makes the phone MUCH faster.

    Custom ICS ROM on my Xoom. Faster than the official ICS, ability to overclock, and official isn't available in Australia yet.
     
  4. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    I started messing around with it one evening, but after downloading a bunch of programs and looking at surprisingly poor instructions, I left it alone. Cell phones are pretty expensive, and unsubsidized here, don't want to screw this one up and have to replace it.
     
  5. Haha @Guest above, you must be an Aussie! ;D

    Don't think these Yanks get the term 'root'...
     
  6. i do root my android to get some apps to work
    also im using some unofficial ROM wish needs root to be installed

    although root is not the same as jailbreak .. as far as i know
    jailbreak will allow you to install hacked (paid) apps for free
     
  7. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,925   +170

    Here are some Cydia apps I can't live without:
    Activator, bitesms, callme, folderenhancer, infinidock, ischeduler, sbsettings, springtomize, winterboard.

    I only update the iOS version for every major upgrade (about once a year) so it's not really much effort at all to get the phone working as it should be.
     
  8. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Booster Posts: 350   +54

    First thing I do to a phone is root it. Why? To lock out/delete the junk that is usually on the phone, even with a non carrier phone. Then to install a root call blocker to block the telemarketers from calling LOL.
     
  9. fimbles

    fimbles TS Evangelist Posts: 1,284   +157

    Going to attempt to jailbreak my friends iphone 3gs today.

    No idea where to start but what the hell, is it possible to kill your iphone doing this?
     
  10. CryVer

    CryVer TS Rookie Posts: 37

    Considering to rot my Galaxy Nexus to get OpenVPN working. When it comes to updates I don't think it ill make a difference.
     
  11. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I rooted a previous Droid in order to run it with Gingerbread, but I've not bothered with my last two phones, a Sony Ericsson X10 Mini Pro, and its replacement, the 1GHz Xperia Mini.

    I've just ordered (yesterday) a Galaxy S2, and I doubt I'll be rooting that either. The only need I have for it is to run more up to date Android releases, and since the S2 will get ICS in due course it doesn't make much sense for me.
     
     
  12. gcarter

    gcarter TS Rookie Posts: 44   +13

    I buy and sell smartphones frequently secondhand on ebay. Rooting allows you peace of mind, when phones are sold as "locked to a network" because...

    a) It means you can snag a bargain by not having to find a phone which matches your current provider
    b) As has been mentioned before, some phones comes with excessive carrier software which cannot be removed by the end user, and in some cases, such as the budget Orange Sanfrancisco, slows down the phone!

    Rooting also allows you to run the beloved adblocker app (android) meaning your not plaugued with ads on the screen :)
     
  13. Technochicken

    Technochicken TechSpot Paladin Posts: 903

    I don't have a smartphone, but I did jailbreak my iPod touch.
     
  14. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 4,378   +99

    I thought rooting, and phone unlocking were two different things?

    I didn't realise that a rooted smartphone was also then unlocked to all networks.
     
  15. Captain828

    Captain828 TS Guru Posts: 277

    Yes. I have my SGSII rooted and loaded with the Cognition custom ROM.
    Did it to remove some bloatware and get superuser permissions for Chainfire3D.
     
  16. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Rookie Posts: 84   +7

    My wife and I were out shopping and we stopped by a Verizon kiosk and I purchased a Thunderbolt along with the HTC extended battery. We walked 6ft and took a seat at a table. My wife went to get lunch while I installed my micro SD card (with custom rom .zip already located on it) into the Thunderbolt, took out my laptop and within 3 Min I had it rooted and another 5-10min I had the Cubed rom installed. All this before my wife got back with the the food.

    My wife and I have had several Android based phones and everyone has been rooted and all of mine have had custom roms installed.

    Our big reasons for rooting it are Titanium backup, apps with the ability to wifi tether or hotspot (without paying a second fee), Adfree. Being able to get rid of the bloat ware.

    And for me it's just fun to play around. :)
     
  17. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Rookie Posts: 84   +7

    And a side note: The Verizon employee who helped us stopped by after we were finshed eating and was curious if I was able to root it. (by the way while purchasing the phone we were talking about phones, rooting, the dangers of doing it, custom roms, cool apps avalable to rooted phones) I helped him root his Thunderbolt before we left the mall. :)
     
  18. RH00D

    RH00D TS Addict Posts: 412   +106

    Same. I also jailbroke my (at the time) girlfriend's iPod Touch. I restored my iPod Touch and returned it within the 30 days though because I wanted the money instead.
     
  19. I hate to break this too ppl who root/jailbreak their phones. DOING IT VOIDS THE WARRENTY!!
    If you do this you void any manufacter or extended warrenty. I had to find this out the hard way. If you do root/jailbreak your phone and you break it, prepare to pay full price to replace it. Cellphone companies take a VERY firm stance on rooting and jailbreaking. And god help you if your still under contract when you break it. They wont replace it. And you either continue to pay for a service you cant use or eat a hefty 300$+ Early Termination Fee. IF you want to root or jailbreak your phone PLS PLS PLS wait till you are available to get an upgrade on your phone. Then do it.
     
  20. trparky

    trparky TS Rookie Posts: 73   +11

    Some are easier to root than others.
     
  21. bexwhitt

    bexwhitt TS Enthusiast Posts: 168   +23

    lg optimus 2x . This phone can be bought cheaply sim free, so now its rooted with cm7 , runs sweet as a nut
     
  22. BMfan

    BMfan TS Guru Posts: 483   +51

    I've rooted my SGS2 just to see what I can do with the phone fortunately it has everything I need so i went to what they call a frankenstien OS on xda and I just update it when there is a new version.
     
  23. Atham

    Atham TS Enthusiast Posts: 520

    Same here.

    My friends do this though.
     
  24. rvnwlfdroid

    rvnwlfdroid TS Rookie Posts: 84   +7

    It does void the Warranty but if you pay the replacment insurance then you are set as long as you can live without a phone for a couple of days. If you end up having a problem just (break the phone) to a point where it is not able to boot to any kind of a screen. No questions asked.
    I had to do that once early one. I took the phone to a verizon store in the morning and I had a replacement the next day Fed-Ex.
     
  25. Yes, I do indeed.
     


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