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    Does the "you break it, you buy it" apply to third party insurances such as SquareTrade? If not, then this is great news! I agree with DROOIID that if YOU BREAK IT, you should be responsible to replace it, but I also agree with sst45jeff that they will likely blame any problem on phone modification even if it's unrelated. Third party insurances might just be the answer to all of this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nerf View Post
    Does the "you break it, you buy it" apply to third party insurances such as SquareTrade? If not, then this is great news! I agree with DROOIID that if YOU BREAK IT, you should be responsible to replace it, but I also agree with sst45jeff that they will likely blame any problem on phone modification even if it's unrelated. Third party insurances might just be the answer to all of this?
    Well insurance wise through 3rd party or even Verizon would cover lost or stolen phones still.... so I guess they would cover a lost or stolen rooted phone. At least they should.
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    Yeah, we can just use insurance. I think it's great news.
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    There probably will still be ways to root without using the online HTC method.
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    You'll still be able to root without probably, but you won't be able to unlock the bootloader.

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    I anticipate that the HTC unlocking tool will be hacked, reverse engineered, and replicated so they can't trace you. After all, they send all of the unlock info TO you, so unless they have a different unlock "code" for every individual phone, then it will be cracked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armedmonkey View Post
    I anticipate that the HTC unlocking tool will be hacked, reverse engineered, and replicated so they can't trace you. After all, they send all of the unlock info TO you, so unless they have a different unlock "code" for every individual phone, then it will be cracked.
    I think its a safe bet that if they're using "codes" to unlock the phones, each code will be unique for the phone. That's not to say that someone won't figure out an algorithm on how the codes are generated, but I'm sure HTC put a little bit more thought into it and its not as simple as you're making it sound to hack it especially if the bootloaders are encrypted.
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    Shouldn't people bricking their phones be responsible? It's not the manufacturers fault. I've been open with them about my phone being rooted when I've had issues and they didn't care. I was outside of the factory warranty anyways. But Asurion replaced mine for a hardware issue and I didn't bother flashing to stock. Sent it to them rom'd and themed. Just paid the deductible...

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    The warranty issue is a great point. I think HTC sees this as a way to deny warranty for unrelated issues. IMO, warranty is either a great deal or a suckers bet depending on how careless one is with their phone - in 12 years or so I have lost my phone several times (recovered each time) and broken one. Insurance is a waste of my money and I will probably cancel, anyway, when I get my new phone since the OG Droid will do as a back-up for a few months. Heck, I've already spent like $150 on warrant for the D1. And between upgrades you can always get decent deals on 6-12 month old phones off EBAY.
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    When I root my phones I fully understand that if I break it I will buy a new one. I don't care, I will just buy a new one. I would not use my insurance to replace a phone I have bricked either. I would rather be honest.

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