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by BiGg RiE    Oct 7, 2010, 10:41 AM

It seems that the A-holes @ tmobile decided to make the bootloader on the G2 self aware.

What does that mean you ask? It means that while the G2 was successfully rooted just days after it's initial release, once you reboot the phone the bootloader checks to see if it has been rooted and if it has, it resets everything back to the way tmobile wants it. Shocked Eh?

WTH? Evil or Very Mad That is completely ridiculous. Confused I haven't made up my mind on whether I want to root his thing yet but I should have the option to do so. My main reasons for rooting would be the Wifi hotspot ability, installing to the SD card (let's face it 1.5 GB of internal storage isn't very much), full system back up to SD card, Super user control. etc

Sure I can and have tested and used PdaNet but I simply want full access to my OS, this is the very reason I refuse to get a Mac.

As far as the phone as is, it's pretty awesome, this is however my 1st foray into the "Smart Phone" arena since my Nokia 3650, and I am in fact an Android Virgin. So Idk what I should be expecting. Paranoid

I've read an article about froyo allowing SD card installs here: ... »

Don't know if it works or not, but I'm thinking Tmobile may have done something to lock out that functionality altogether, SMH. I've got about 1.5 weeks left on my review return period for this thing and if it's not fully rootable by then I might be returning it for the Vibrant, but I just hate virtual keyboards, and that's probably the main reason I've waited until now to upgrade. Swipe is great but it's still cramped and I've got BiGg fingers so I can't see the letters I'm tracing to sometimes, and end up pulling out the qwerty.

I'd like to know what everyone's input is on the benefits of Rooting are and if you can achieve the same functionality (or close to it) through third party apps.

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