Removal of VZW Bloatware ok on Razr?

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    No recovery yet ATM.
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    Thanks, that's what I thought.
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    Actually I meant just doing a factory reset restores it back to new condition. Doesn't this restore it to new out of the box condition?
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    No, it only deletes /data and /cache, it doesn't re-add apps.
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    Oh.


    Crap.

    Have I hosed myself now?
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    Did you delete them?

    If so you are going to have to wait for a system dump to get the apps back.
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    Yeah I deleted them, I'm not rooted, they deleted like any other app would, that's why I thought it was ok. Just the nfl app and lets golf, off the top of my head.
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    HAHA, no those are fine. Anything you can delete without root through the 'manage applications' area is AOK.
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    Whew! Ok,....was tripping there for a moment! Thank you.
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    I had to do a recovery today after getting some homescreen f/c. I unrooted using Z4, and did a factory restore. And curiously, every app I uninstalled (that was uninstalled the regualr way, not forcing through titanium) reappearred as if never removed.
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    what is/Where is TiBu? it's not on my market
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