I've read this whole thread and visited some others here, and I'm still sketchy on something: is "rooting" a smartphone like droid essentially the first step to not only "unlocking" and doing those mentioned things w/ ROMS--but also allowing it to operate w/ at least some of its main features AND w/out any carrier and phone and data plan?
I'm a complete noob, obviously. But what I am really searching for is a "smartphone" w/ loads of features (wi-fi, internet access, high quality camera, music, etc.) but, again, w/out ANY carrier and phone and data plan. I know lots of people think it's ridiculous to have a smartphone w/out a data plan, etc. But I am almost always near wi-fi. And if I can access most of those features, then I could use Skype and basically have, what I read in one rare article, a "stealth" phone service/carrier. The long term cost/benefits of this really floor me, so I'm thinking about possible smartphones to do this w/ . . . and of course droid is one of the top on my list. I also read Nexus One is one of the very few and latest that comes w/ all main features unlocked and operational, so clearly that is on my list, too, b/c I wouldn't have to do any of this hacking w/ my *relatively* limited tech skills and nil hacking skills.
Sooo...if there is anywhere on the forums here that address any of these additional considerations, I'd be grateful; b/c days and days of researching this have yielded surprisingly limited info.
Thank you for any help.
some people mistake Rooting + flashing a custom rom as the same thing as unlocking a phone to use with any service. the droid is different, For people that want to change the carrier/service provider you need to load a PRL using a program called QPST, here is a link to PRL from different service Providers. Corolada PRL Page ....connect your phone to the PC via usb, get "Motorola_Consumer_Driver_Installation_MotoConnect _01.01.12_32_bit_4.1.0.msi" to install the driver for the droid or A855, then get the program "QPST" which you can get from Googling it or Torrent sites, use that Program to load the PRL for whatever Carrier you wish to change to.
Last edited by refatb; 03-05-2010 at 07:57 PM.
Yes, there risks in rooting, everyone says, at the same time I've seen many videos showing how easy it is (or it seems to)
Anyone with EXPERIENCE here who can "sponsor" me? <smile>.
I need a TEAM who will assist me in this difficult task with a bit of patience too, to walk me through the steps. I have watched several YouTube videos on this... and they make it look like a piece of cake. Besides I don't really want to try every ROM on earth, simply and upgrade to 2.1 and DROCAP2 to make screenshots. That's it... so it should not be too risky..
I have a Droid 2.01 I believe, just got it about a month ago. The main reason I thouhgt about rooting is because as I understand it, it's the only way to take SCREENSHOTS from any screen. Yes I know I need DROCAP2, which I already have.... but I would also like to jump to the best choice for 2.1 upgrade... I'm tired of waiting for it, and as I understand it, I DON'T NEED TO WAIT???? IS THAT TRUE????
Thank you for your answer. I haven't found an answer as good as yours on here. So I am glad I asked. I don't feel bad asking a question maybe I am not smart enough to find on the search as it is a forum.
so. searching for root info as I keep hitting the later button to keep from installing ota 2.1, I'm trying to figure out what sprecovery is, and how to get it.
from what I can't tell it makes a copy of your whole system as it is now, an image as they seem to call it. so if anything happens, I can unbrick my phone.
I wanna root the 2.0.1 I have now to installed the rooted 2.1 over it. so I'm not stuck without root to my 2.1. but the thread about that says I need to have a SPrecovery image for that 2.1 stock but rooted rom to work.
can anyone point me to links about sprecovery?
Sorry if this has been covered, but I searched for the answer and could not find it.My rooted Droid blocked the update.zip this morning. I have 2.1 right now with smoked glass. Do I need to install the update? And how would I.
The Droid is stuck on a screen with this info...
Android system recovery <2e>
Patched by SirPsycoS (0.99.3b)
reboot system now
wipe data/factory reset
wipe cache partition
Any help on that, or if you know where to find the answer would be appreciated.
If you are talking about the official ota update, it runs ESE81 .... the updates on most roms are including this. There is already a couple in the rom section. You would just install them like normal for a rom but make sure you allow the update.zip
Last edited by korp; 04-04-2010 at 01:00 PM.