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    Hi folks,

    I'm so glad I found you guys. After 3 years of wait, it was just 3 hours ago that I upgraded my cellphone. I just bought a Samsung Captivate at Sam's Club. I was so lucky since it was on sale for $0.96. I think I paid $1.03. However, I'm back to the 2 year plan.

    Hopefully, I'll find really good information here to unlock the potentials of my new phone. I really haven't scrutinized it yet.

    Also, I saw a thread here about rooting this phone. I haven't read everything yet.

    Anyways, I'm so glad that I'm now a member of your team! :)

    Thanks,

    Neil
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    Welcome to the forums, Neil!

    There is definitely a plethora of information about rooting here for you. Sit back, relax, and dive in--don't rush out and do the deed until you are good and comfy. dancedroid
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    Welcome to D/F - anything you need, just ask :)
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    Thanks folks! :D

    I've been digging our subforums looking for information about the benefit of rooting this phone. I'm also searching the HowTo about it and as well as reverting back to the original configuration/firmware. That's possible right?
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    Welcome to the forums!!

    Enjoy!!
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    It certianly is, via several methods depending on how drastic. RSD program with an .sbf file would be for a 100% deal I suppose; this involves some risk of bricking your phone if not done correctly so do read up and ask any questions before you download that program and start playing with re-flashes. Not sure specifically details for that w/ your Captivate though...?
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    Ok. Has anyone successfully hacked Captivate? Has someone written a HowTo for it? I'm currently reading "THIS IS WHAT ROOT MEANS". It's pretty cool.

    Also, since I'm just 4 hours old with this Captivate and Android, how does the interface looks when it gets rooted?
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    Alright, rooting by itself won't change your interface, but it will allow you to use apps that require "root" level access that you otherwise wouldn't have.

    The most common reason anyone roots their phone is to get wireless tethering for free - to use their phones unlimited wireless connection with a laptop without paying big red anything extra.

    After you root and reboot, you won't "see" anything different except a new app installed called "superuser". You can test root access a number of different ways, either by installing and running an app that requires root, or installing a terminal emulator and typing "su" and enter.

    A dialog box will pop up saying that a specific app is requesting superuser access (like windows administrator rights), and if you check "yes" you gave that app permission to change/do something at the root level of the OS.

    Be sure you know what that app is going to do in the first place because it can be dangerous.

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    Yup, the reasons I bought this phone are tethering, ssh, and maybe vpn. However, I think if I don't exploit this phone, I will pay lots of $$ when doing tethering just like what you said. So yes, I want to hack it but I need a reliable HOWTO that will work with my Samsung Captivate.

    By the way, the data plan that I got from AT&T is 2G which is $25. They told me they don't have the unlimited package anymore. In wireless tethering, assuming I rooted my phone, does it mean that I will still be using their 3G network and not the WiFi feature? It's because I'm planning to tether while I am in the train(when I go to work and going back home). My train travel is 1 hour and 45 mins.
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    2g tethering? At&t was feeding you bull****.

    Yes, wireless tether uses the native 3g network on your phone and shares it over an ad-hoc network created by wireless tether.

    So you have the at&t phone or the verizon phone, to be clear? There is no unlimited plan on at&t whereas verizons data packages for smartphones are still unlimited (while for some reason the aircards have a 5 GB data/mo cap).

    Keep in mind tethering will use your smartphones data package for your laptop internet, so if your smartphones data package isn't unlimited, you still have to moniter it.

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    I have Samsung Captivate phone and my provider is AT&T.

    Yup, I will monitor it. I don't think I'll be able to reach 2g for the whole month. Most of the time, I'm sleeping in the train. hehehe :)

    Correct me if I'm wrong. If I don't hack my cellphone, am I correct that I will be paying a separate bill for tethering?
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    Not sure what at&t did. Tmobile completely unlocked froyos wifi tethering on the g2 so that's completely free, my buddy has one that's how I know that, whereas sprint forced a "sprint 3g hotspot" on the evo, so it requires you to set up the extra service through sprint (my gfs dad has the evo 4g, that's how I know that).

    In settings, wireless and networks, tethering, what does it say exactly?

    By the way, I apologize, when you say 2g here, people assume you mightve meant 2nd generation (2g) cellular network, instead of 2 gigabyte (2Gb), hence my initial reaction. I now know what you meant by your last response.

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    I don't see Tethering.

    This is what I have:
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    welcome!!!!
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    Ah, I forgot, I didn't think the captivates came out with froyo or not.

    If not, wireless tether may or may not work. Barnacle wifi tether should work then (it works with my gfs eclair-powered android 2.1 lg ally)

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    Just did a google search. Didn't realize it came with an at&t app for hotspot tethering. Yes that requires you to set it up with "big blue" to get it working.

    However, rooting and barnacle or wireless tether still should let you do it for free

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    I got lost. :)

    What is Barnacle? Is it a software that I should download to be able to use wifi tether? Does it use 3g network? I really need to use the native network rather than WiFi spots.

    What is big blue?

    and where can I find the docs for rooting Captivate?
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    Sorry, big red is a nickname for verizon, so I called att big blue, because of their logo....lol

    Barnacle wifi tether is another wireless tethering app just like wireless tether. They both use your phones 3g network and share it via wifi ad-hoc network. They work differently than each other, though, and where one might work, the other might not. I mentioned that wireless tether won't work on the lg ally while barnacle wifi tether will. I don't know anybody with any of those samsung phones, so I don't know which will work.

    As to rooting it I have no idea. You can search over at the xda developers website to see if anything has worked. There IS a subforum here for the Verizon version of the samsung galaxy S phone (you have the AT&T version, actually), but I really don't know if the methods that work for the verizon version work for the at&t version.

    All I can say is good luck?
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    "Little Blue" may have been a more accurate nickname! Haha! ;)



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