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    Removal of VZW Bloatware ok on Razr?

    Hi all,

    I have read that on some phones, removal of Verizon's bloatware (i.e. NFL app, VZ Navigator, etc) can cause problems. Is this still the case? Am I able to simply root this device and remove all the garbage I don't want?

    Thanks!
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    I would not remove it. Just freeze it with tibu or Rom toolbox. If you remove vzw bloat it will cause future update problem
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    Quote Originally Posted by z28nck33 View Post
    I would not remove it. Just freeze it with tibu or Rom toolbox. If you remove vzw bloat it will cause future update problem
    Not true.
    I've removed bloatware from phones like my OGD, D2, D3, X, X2, and my girlfriend's Fascinate, with great success. If anything, it improved the phone's speed and productivity.
    Freezing the apps does just as good, but still take up space and memory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmorty72 View Post
    Not true.
    I've removed bloatware from phones like my OGD, D2, D3, X, X2, and my girlfriend's Fascinate, with great success. If anything, it improved the phone's speed and productivity.
    Freezing the apps does just as good, but still take up space and memory.

    Actually he is right. Sometimes certain apps are required to be able to receive an ota. Kind of like a hidden key. Also if you go too far and remove an insignificant looking app that makes your primary apps function you are SOL(if there is no sbf available) . If you don't know exactly what you are doing just freeze with TB.
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    I can't imagine Verizon would make it possible to remove them (unrooted) and have it mess up the phones upgrade ability. The nfl app and lets golf deleted fine, but the Verizon named ones would not. So uninstall what you can and hide the rest.
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    I don't recommend deleting them. I suggest freezing bloatware instead. Like mentioned above, some bloatware need to be in tact to take any future OTA updates.


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    But if needed I can do a recovery and get them back, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevessvt View Post
    But if needed I can do a recovery and get them back, right?
    Is recovery available on the RAZR already? If it is, you can back up a stock/rooted setup and then restore it in the future to be able to take an OTA update.

    That's what I've been doing with my DX. I make a stock backup just in case.


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    I would just rename them using an app like root explorer or freeze using TiBu.

    Yes deleting them is cool and all, but in reality you are making room in /system which you can't install anything to anyways (well you can manually).

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    Quote Originally Posted by wicked View Post
    Is recovery available on the RAZR already? If it is, you can back up a stock/rooted setup and then restore it in the future to be able to take an OTA update.

    That's what I've been doing with my DX. I make a stock backup just in case.
    No recovery yet ATM.

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