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Just got the HTC Hero and I have some questions

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  1. Lencho01

    Lencho01 New Member

    Hey all! Pretty much last year I won the phone for free, but wasn't able to upgrade due to our family plan and had to let the phone collect dust. Once we changed our plan a few months back, I was able to upgrade my phone. Being new to Android, I didn't know much about it. A friend has asked me if I had Angry Birds and told him I couldn't find it in Android Market (we both have/had iPod Touches). I also learned that I couldn't use my school's Wifi unless I had Android 2.1 and above. That's how I learned of upgrade Sprint/HTC had released. Can anyone fully explain to me why/benefits of upgrading other than getting some games/apps and being able to use my school's Wifi? Also, what exactly will I lose/what can I save to my computer or SD card? Thanks!

  2. LBPHeretic

    LBPHeretic Well-Known Member

    If you won the Sprint HTC Hero for free, you could have changed over to it at any time. The only drawback that I can think of is perhaps you would be stuck with the added $10.00 "Premium Data" fee on a monthly basis if you did that.

    The upgrade to Android 2.1 requires HTC Sync and the Android 2.1 RUU executable file which you can find here: HTC Mobile Phone Support - HTC Hero? (Sprint) - Downloads . You will need to install HTC Sync first. You run the Android 2.1 RUU executable next and follow the instructions on your computer. The upgrade basically wipes your handset of everything except for what is on your microSD card. So, if you want to backup things, be sure to do that before you perform the upgrade. Pictures, videos, and other files on your microSD card will be safe, but you should copy them to your computer too, just in case. Android 2.1 offers a lot of improvements over Android 1.5, including better speed and battery life.
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  3. Lencho01

    Lencho01 New Member


    Yeah, I just had to wait until my family decided to change to a data plan and everyone else also upgraded their phones. We're now with unlimited data, text, and talk.

    I'll make sure to save my pics and videos and will just get any apps/games I have again afterwards.
  4. MahaloCat

    MahaloCat Well-Known Member

    Lencho01 - the 2.1 upgrade is Great....But....ROOT MY FRIEND!
    Flash a custom rom and you will be a happy happy camper.
  5. Lencho01

    Lencho01 New Member

    Thanks for the suggestion. Though, I'm not sure if I will do that or not. Is it important that I do it or does it depend on what type of experience I want to get out of my phone?
  6. MahaloCat

    MahaloCat Well-Known Member

    Its Up to you....but the Hero gains a lot with root.
    It can be a very laggy phone because of htc Sense -

    I haven't heard one person who wasn't thrilled after they did it.
    (and its REALLY easy on the here)
  7. DonB

    DonB ♡ Spidey Sense !! ♡ ™ Moderator

    +1 ^^^^^^^^ No Brainer, simply pull the trigger you won't regret it


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