Unlocking and rooting HTC Magic from Rogers


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  1. kape

    kape Member This Topic's Starter

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    I got my HTC Magic from Rogers almost a week ago and so far am loving it. Here are some of the issues or unknowns I found so far:

    1. Found out you cant store and run apps from the SD card. That makes the SD card only half useful since it can only be used for music, vids, photos, etc. I hear the new version of Android might fix this.

    2. I couldn't find anywhere information about the applications and whether they continue to run in the background after they are closed. Is there a way to close or kill applications? Should I even care if they're closed or not?

    3. My battery life is crap. When I had the GPS turned on it lasted half a day, even if I wasn't using the phone. This is one of the reasons I started questioning #2 above. I understand the GPS being used if I start say google maps, but why would the GPS be active if the phone is just in standby, or I'm using gmail or something.

    4. The WiFi icon at the top doesn't always show the signal strength. At work, we have WEP encryption and the icon shows the strength. At home I have WPA and the icon always indicates no signal strength, even though all my laptops and other devices have full bars. I could be inches away from the router and the WiFi icon still shows no bars. It works though.

    5. Also related to the WiFi, while at home, the phone keeps exiting WiFi every time it goes on standby it seems. Once I start using it again, the WiFi kicks back in. I read that this was an issue with the G1 but was fixed in the G2. Am I missing something, some setting?

    Finally, I want to unlock my phone and root it. I wasn't able to find any information regarding rooting the G2, all posts are for the G1. So can it be done? What are the advantages of rooting the phone? I assume it's so that you can install any ROM you want. I'd love to install Android 2.0 Donut and don't want to wait for Rogers to take their sweet time to do it.
     

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    kape Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks Swizz - I'll give that tutorial a try. Hopefully I won'd brick my Magic.
     
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    kape Member This Topic's Starter

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    Oh, and I was also interested in SIM unlocking the phone. Is that doable or is it carrier specific or for money?
     
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    kape Member This Topic's Starter

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    Gotcha! So, why would I root/jailbreak my phone? What are some of the advantages? The only thing I can think of is so I can load any ROM I want. Any other reason?
     
  5. samuelmaskell

    samuelmaskell Well-Known Member

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    you can download free apps to fix problems 2 and 5. try advanced task manager and Wifi Lock
     
  6. SpEnTBoY

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    Just as a heads up for people interested in rooting their Rogers HTC dream:

    why we can't root rogers andoirds, yet - xda-developers

    Hopefully it wont be too long but as of right now, it's not going to happen ;) there are other advantages to rooting the device as well but like they say, if you dont know what they are it's quite possible you dont need it. Personally i want the lower level access to hw and the ability to tether etc :D
     
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    dragonboy1340 New Member

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    You can tether without rooting by using PDANet from Junefabrics, they have a beta version on their web site that works on my Rogers Dream.
     
  8. SpEnTBoY

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    Does it work with Linux and MacOSX? I need something that isn't operating system dependent :)
     
  9. haveblue

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    From the home screen, go:
    Menu > Settings > Wireless controls > Wi-Fi Settings > hit Menu again > Advanced > Wi-Fi sleep policy
     
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    TriC Well-Known Member

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    so does the phone use more power using Wi-fi. or is it better to have wi-fi turn off then the phone goes into standby?
     
  11. gabriel

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    can you give me that tutrial too..??
    please help.
     
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    mohitd New Member

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    I have HTC magic from rogers (canada) and want to sim unblock it.
    Can you please help me with that ?
    Thanks
     

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