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    Rooting Voiding the Warranty

    Hello, everyone.

    I have not rooted my 2.2 OTA [I felt compelled to say that] Moto Droid 1 [yet], but I was just sort of wondering since I couldn't find an answer anywhere. Rooting voids your warranty. Well, I don't know too awful much legal stuff, but... Even if the warranty is voided, you still have insurance, yes? I mean, for example I pay an extra $8 a month for the best insurance on my Droid [covering stolen, broken, malfunctioning, or lost]. But that's not the warranty, right? That's the like... 1-2 year long thing you get when you get the phone, or sign the contract or whatever.

    Basically I guess I'm wondering if by SOME chance I were to brick my phone [which I've heard you basically have to TRY to brick your phone to actually do it, it's quite uncommon, but please tell me if I'm wrong], what I WOULD be covered for, since I have insurance. I don't know if rooting voids the warranty and insurance, or... Yeah.

    So any help/answers would be appreciated. Thanks!
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    Valid question. I just did some reading and found that a program was made to root and unroot your phone. Granted it's been done before, but this looks to be an all in one package. You can even just do a temporary root, which will reverse upon a reboot.

    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/dro...t-rsdlite.html

    So the chances are very minimal. Your insurance won't cover any of that as they would see it as damage by user. Saying it's stolen or lost would be insurance fraud and I am sure is looked down on the community.

    So this seems fool proof and was even just featured on the front page. It must be pretty legit!

    Best of luck!
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    Rooting voids everything. Insurance does not have to replace a rooted phone. Now that being said if you actually bricked it they would have no way of knowing and you could file a claim. But if you say you messed it up rooting it your claim will be denied.
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    Rooting does void your warranty but it is really hard to do and there is a way to unroot and go back to stock if needed. Not real sure how Assurion works but I would think you are alright. I wouldn't go off telling them you are rooted but I would think insurance is legit I mean you pay for that. I think the only thing insurance doesn't cover is like radiation and war. Read that in the fine print somewhere but it has been awhile.
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    Alright, thank you for your answers, guys.

    Yeah, I actually just saw that article on the front page, downloaded and installed that Universal Androot thing or whatever it was called. I have not yet gathered the courage to USE it, but I do indeed have it. For some reason the fear of bricking or something is keeping me, especially considering that owning up to it is not enough, being 17 and having your mother pay for it [until I get a job, of course].

    Sorry. Went off on a tangent a bit. But you guys understand, haha.
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    I would contend rooting actually is safer than the baseline non-rooted state? Why -- because with root you can back up your entire system and restore in case something goes wrong.

    Lastly if you want to unroot back to stock -- do the rsdlite thing. You could even take back to store and they would never know.

    And BTW -- no chance of bricking your phone trying to root. Its been done so many times its like idiot proof.
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    If you damage your phone just UN root. If you brick your phone it won't matter if its rooted or not. My Buddy bricked his hero and it was repaired by htc under warranty. His phone wouldn't even turn on.

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    Also, no matter what there are a lot of us here on the forums that can help you get out of most any situation. All you have to do is ask and someone will help you.
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    I am curious about something. If you brick your phone and take it back saying your phone won't boot, won't they know what you at least tried to root it? I mean how many ways can you actually brick it without rooting it first?

    Does this smell like chloroform to you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukyfan View Post
    I am curious about something. If you brick your phone and take it back saying your phone won't boot, won't they know what you at least tried to root it? I mean how many ways can you actually brick it without rooting it first?
    There are plenty of hardware malfunctions that will prevent a phone from powering up - thus bricked.
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