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does the carrier have to be unlocked before rooting?

Discussion in 'Galaxy S5 Mods and Hacking' started by devoidzer0, Apr 18, 2014.

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    Hi, I read a tutorial on how to unlock the Galaxy S5 and it mentions that the carrier has to be factory unlocked before rooting. My phone is a T-Mobile, do I have to buy an unlock code before I can root it?
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    Welcome to the Forum. The phone's bootloader needs to be unlocked. Do you have a contract phone or did you buy the phone at full price?


    Moving post to S5 Forum.
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    Thanks. The phone is subsidized (technically it's not a contract since it's T-Mobile). But yeah, I'm paying for the phone monthly. So, the bootloader needs to be unlocked first? Does the carrier lock have any bearing on being able to root?
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    Welcome aboard! Yes, phones need an unlocked bootloader in order to root. The new Knox security is changing the game for us modders as well.
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    You do NOT need an unlocked bootloader to gain root.

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    DOH! I stand corrected. My apologies and thanks Tommy for pointing that out. *blushing to my toes*

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    True, TMO does not lock the bootloader like VZW and ATT does.
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    I buy my phones off contract to keep my unlimited data and I think it's bull**** that when I buy a phone from a third party for $850 Verizon c still lock the bootloader. Totally illogical.
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    $850 ?

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    $850. seems kinda steep.
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