Removing apps/bloatware

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    is there ne way to delete the unnessicary apps preinstaled on the the phone with out rootin???
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    No not that I have seen on any of the forums I have seen on here

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    You have to root your phone to remove the extra verizon installed apps that won't let you uninstall them. This is a major pet peeve of mine... I shouldn't have to root my phone to uninstall apps I don't need. Recently, Verizon sent an update to my wife's phone that added Skype... she can't delete it either and doesn't use it but the stupid app runs all of the time and eats up battery life. I can feel my blood pressure going up right now just thinking about it.
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    You must root to actually remove them. You can hide them with launcher pro if you just don't want to see them in the app drawer.
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    ya i agree wit u its so many unnesscary crap we dont need i dont use vcast stuff the rockband and rapsdy r jus links very useless.... and i hope i get tht update i would enjoy using skype on my phone .... i have another question is i was tryin to hold off to root till we get the updates lik for skype and the vid recordin problem and i think i seen gingerbread comin out .. if i root will i still b able to receive the OTA update??
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    i would rather jus get rid of them instead of hiding them... im kinda getting used to the sense UI since i came from D1.. only thimg i dont like is how u cant change the dock buttons on the home screen
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    No, you won't. There isn't an update expected in the short term... just FYI.
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    dumb question probly could i root uninstall then unroot or will everything jus go bac to the same
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    Most phones can take OTAs while being rooted as long as youre on a stock rom and haven't removed any system apps. This is why a stock backup is always a good idea to have. And yes you can always unroot.
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    My experience has been that if you have clockwork mod installed when you receive the OTA update the phone will reboot but not update. I was running Froyo on my Droid and had this happen a bunch of times. I finally dumped the stock image for Bugless Beast and it stopped trying to update every day.
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    You can always remove bootstrap and stay rooted. Ultimately though, I think an SBF is the way to go. That way you don't have to worry about having this or that installed or uninstalled.
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    im not tht good wit this kinda stuff lol i have dun the SBF tho on my d1 cuz i flashed the wrong recovery and it froze my phone
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    I'm looking forward to additional OTA so that the dwindling remaining internal memory left in the phone will be further depleted by things I'm likely never to use and which leave apps running as services in the background. Perhaps by the time they are done this device will list available internal memory in terms of MB. :)

    Unfortunately, no way and probably never going to make it possible. VZW likely has entered contractual agreements (without your knowledge) making sure that all these apps stay with your phone and cannot be removed. The best line of defense is doing what apparently many users have done to Blockbuster, lol. I don't begrudge them, truly, but the negative ratings on that app set new standards as a result of the frustration factor. I wonder what the Golf game gets, consider it takes up almost 150MB of internal memory.
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    I am in the IT business and when I buy a computer, the first thing I do is spend an hour uninstalling all the ****ware that comes with the Dell computers that I buy. I like to optimize my systems. My current Dell workstation has a replaced power supply, graphics card, and hard drive. That said, I rooted my Droid 1 and spent countless days installing roms and setting everything up the way I wanted.

    I promised myself that I wouldn't root when I got the HTC Thunderbolt cuz I just wanted a nice phone and not spend hours and hours rooting, rom'ing, and customizing. After getting 6-10 hours of battery life, seeing how bloated the phone was, I had to root. It just makes me so incredibly upset that we're force fed these things when we pay through the nose for them already! I am someone who pays so I don't have to see/hear advertisements. I can't stand radio because of the ads. I have subscriptions for Pandora and Slacker. I rooted the Thunderbolt to remove the craptons of sh*tware. And guess what? after 9 hours of good use, I'm at 70% battery. I've been streaming Pandora/Amazon Mp3/Slacker with bluetooth headphones since 6am this morning (11:12am now) and I'm at 80% battery. I couldn't do that unrooted no matter what.

    Just amazes me that HTC and Verizon would release such a ****ty phone just for a few extra advertisement bucks. The HTC Thunderbolt is 5x better now that it is rooted and updated with a kernel that actually maximizes battery life.

    I mean, come the **** on. I pay $95+/month for 2 years and $300+ for this damn phone and you're going to f*ck it up with bloatware and make it 1/10th the device it could be? **** you Verizon. **** you HTC.

    I'd be an iPhone user if I couldn't root.
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    EXCELLENT post. I think the problem is that if most of us are ready to spend money on the phone, we'd be willing to spend the extra $1.48 or whatever it is to remove the crapware from the phone and make it work better. But we have no options.

    This is another reason why, while I don't root atm, I'd prefer the Thunderbolt over the Bionic. Nobody knows how high and deep that unit might be piled.
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    What Kernel and/or ROM are you using to get such good battery life?


    I've removed bloatware and that's it, but I'm still getting same battery life.
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    http://www.droidforums.net/forum/thunderbolt-roms/138140-rom-4-2-2011-das-bamf-1-3-2-a.html - Das Bamf 1.3.2 Rom comes bloatware free.

    and
    The Das Bamf 1.3.2 kernel update (on XDA's page) Multiupload.com - upload your files to multiple file hosting sites!

    I have all syncs set to Once a day/manual. And brightness at 30%.
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