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Orange Desire - Root or Debrand

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by SUroot, Feb 7, 2011.

  1. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Just wondering which is safer.

    I hear with debranding you have to be careful with the radio update (using and RUU) causing simlock and wifi issues. What are the best ways to avoid this?

    Would it not be simpler to root and put a rooted stock rom on?

    Of course future OTA's wont then be received.

    Any Orange users have a view on this?

  2. rowlers

    rowlers Android Enthusiast

    For what its worth, I rooted (unrevoked) and have had leedroid and defrost running sweetly.
    No WIFI or simlock issues..
    I've had no reason as yet to flash a radio.
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  3. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Oh yeah, rooting would be fine as I can just remove the sim to avoid simlock and not flash a radio. I've got no problems there

    Its more the debranding side I'm looking for advice on. Rooting would probably be overkill, but I'd be able to do that much easier than debrtanding I think.
  4. shauny13

    shauny13 Android Expert

    i debranded first (from orange), to get rid of bloatware, then rooted as i got more confident. Imo unrevoked is simpler. Its just a case of getting the drivers installed then letting unrevoked do the rest. If you do debrand using the goldcard method, just remove your sim when you do it and it shouldn't lock...mine didn't anyway.
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  5. EddyOS

    EddyOS Android Expert

    This might make that a thing of the past...

    HTC Desire SIM-Unlock Utility - xda-developers
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  6. shauny13

    shauny13 Android Expert

    Dan...is that you asking for advice? lol, there i am answering you with everything you taught me. :p :p :p
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  7. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Hmm thanks guys.

    I'm debating unbranding an orange desire remotely, but I really think rooting would be easier. I've been lucky, I have never had to run an RUU myself (Although thats easy.) Its just the pitfalls of Orange i'm concerned about ;)
  8. Rastaman-FB

    Rastaman-FB Extreme Android User

    That sim unlock is wicked. Bookmarked
  9. shauny13

    shauny13 Android Expert

    same here rastaman. ;)
  10. barefootpilot

    barefootpilot Well-Known Member

    I de-branded first but @rsed it up slightly as I'd forgotton to take out the sim. Cost a few quid to get the sim unlocked but apart from that I had no issues.

    De-branding was great but it did kind of open the door to rooting, and that door is hard to close. Once you know how much more there is to be done with the phone, stopping at HTC stock ROM with Sense and minimal internal memory seems really, well, pointless.

    Added to which the latest Orange update failed to install on de-branded phones, so losing OTA updates isn't really a factor now.
  11. FelixofMars

    FelixofMars Well-Known Member

    I used Unrevoked and had no Simlock issues. I do now take the Sim out every time I upgrade but apart from that I am on the latest rooted version of Froyo with no issues. Of course Orange would let you believe otherwise so they can fill your phone with crapware.
  12. Howard Hopkinson

    Howard Hopkinson Android Enthusiast

    Just tried that with two Desires and it worked brilliantly.

    The instructions don't say, but I found you need to take the sim card out before trying it, otherwise it won't work.
  13. drchips42

    drchips42 Newbie

    Was on Orange UK ... fully branded phone :(
    Used Unrevoked ( far to easy )
    Then used rom manager ( paid version )

    Stunning.. well worth it..!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Make a gold card when rooting, but wont need it for rom'ing
  14. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User
    Thread Starter

    Ha ha. Thanks but you may notice I'm quite familiar with rooting ;)

    Thanks anyway

    Also, I don't recommend Rom manager
  15. Yorkshirepud

    Yorkshirepud Newbie

    I've rooted, flashed with DeFrost Froyo when it just came out, updated to 4 different Radios, had and removed a DesireHD ROM, all no problems.

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