I'm on a Mac and have a stock Thunderbolt. It looks like Verizon's free use of Mobile Hotspot is coming to an end, and I don't want this to happen.
So... I guess it's time to root. In addition to the free mobile hotspot, I'd love to get rid of some stock bloatware.
Can I achieve what I want with just rooting my phone, or do I need to flash the ROM? Rooting seems significantly easier and less risky.
As you can tell, I'm a n00b and would appreciate specific instructions on how to achieve what I want.
Also, is there any way to make a complete backup of my phone as is, so that I could restore the backup in a worst case scenario? If not, is there any way to transfer existing apps/settings/media from my current phone to a newly-rooted phone?
Sorry for the mixed bag of questions; just trying to learn this stuff.