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  1. jamiecakes

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    Someone posted an ad on craigslist saying they could root your phone for you. I don't know anything about rooting since I'm coming from an iphone. I really just want to get rid of the bloatware, so I contacted him asking his price to do so. He told me if he used my computer that it would be $40. I was just wondering if this is a fair price to pay?
     

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  2. lunatic59

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    I would say it's about $40 too high.

    Rooting is fairly easy and straightforward if you follow the instructions, which is all this other guy is going to do, anyway.


    Let me offer a word of caution about removing bloatware. Many apps provide services for other parts of the OS and if you remove them, you can disable certain features or make your phone unusable. More importantly, system apps are not easily restorable like simply installing an .apk file. And once deleted, even a factory reset will not recover them. You will have to locate and flash a stock rom image to get them back. If you plan on rooting and deleting those apps, please check back here first before you do anything so we can make sure it's safe for you to delete those without any negative impact to your phone.
     
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    rooting a skyrocket is done in one click...literally. not worth paying anyone else to do it for you, IMO.
     
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    I appreciate the feedback. I did not realize deleting bloatware could cause issues. Thanks so much! Do you think just removing the AT&T bloatware would cause issues?
     
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    It's difficult to say that removal of the AT&T branded apps won't cause problems. A safer way to approach the situation is once you root, use Titanium Backup to 'freeze' those apps and then hide the icon. If after a reasonable period of time yu experience no loss of function, then it would be safe to permanently remove the frozen apps, but it really isn't necessary once frozen. Other than the little bit of room they take up, there is zero impact.
     
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    ^ this

    If you need help rooting just let me know

    It really is super simple
     
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    Concur with everyone else above. If your Skyrocket is still on android 2.3.5 then you can use the SUPER simple One-Click method. My phone updated 2.3.6 and needed a slightly more involved method (which in reality was not bad at all, especially for me, someone who has never owned an Android device before). Don't let the craigslist guy steal $40 of your money for plugging your phone into his computer and clicking a single button.
     
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    removing bloat is safe IF you know what to remove. But as previous said, removing the wrong app can cause some major problems.
     
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    ;) As Guides are pointing out to you, jamiecakes, you can get the job done right here with their assistance, for free.

    I do understand the trepidation about doing something such as rooting having never done it before; we were all there at one time. :)

    I can also understand how a feeling of confidence in an expert out there can come about, especially if they are charging money for their services; makes it seem more "valuable," etc. That might be the way to go for you, but I can tell you that the expert's know-how in rooting can't be any more valuable than Staffers here at Android Forums. And again, it's free. ;)
     
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    I will even throw out there that if you are local to DFW I can help in person. I do it all the time.

    I can't fly to Korea tho :(
     
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    I had troubles w/ superoneclick. Traced them back to my screwed up java install. One click is kinda misleading. It's only one click if your java jdk is up to date and functioning properly, you have latest android sdk installed and updated (this could take awhile), and your phone drivers are installed and working properly. That said, it's not difficult, I did make a small donation to superoneclick developer, used it on other phones in the past. Removing atnt can cause problems when it's time to update. It's best to just splurge the $6 for titanium backup once you're rooted, and use that to freeze apps instead of removing them.
     
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    I think I'm going to take you up on this offer once I get that sexy galaxy note in my hands. :)


    I just wanted to thank everyone in this thread for offering me insightful information instead of just calling me a noob and telling me that google is my friend.
     
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    "google is your friend" <-- make you feel at home, now? lol
     
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    is there actually a guide on this forum? All links don't help me for beans lol. How do you get the samsung drivers to work? I installed them and nothing changed. So I tried to reinstall them and it says they are already installed. Aren't the drivers supposed to make it so your pc can see the phone instead of calling it a "removable disk". So unbelievably frustrating. I caution the OP that this is not easy. I have a20+ years with computers, a 4 year degree and a 140 IQ. This stuff is all about either knowing or not knowing. No amount of intelligence or computer knowledge will help you
     
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    Actually there are 50 of them, as well as moderators and other behind the scenes folks. We all do our best to keep the forums organized and helpful without the place turning into wild west anarchy. Sometimes the tough questions get missed or we get preoccupied with "squeaky wheels", but it's always possible to contact a staff member directly if your issue is pressing. Our inboxes are always open.

    Android for the consumer was never supposed to need special drivers. It was designed to connect as storage only for tethered file transfers. Drivers to access the phone's hardware, either to flash or debug was originally for manufacturers or developers, but as with anything open source, that became pretty much common knowledge on the interwebz.

    The problem for me began when phone manufacturers began including sync'ing suites that wanted to talk directly to the hardware wile the storage was mounted, requiring specific drivers, which should be included with the suite. Because they don't include disks anymore with handsets, it's up to the consumer to download and install the correct version for their device. While they try to make it easy, It's not really a no-brainer all the time.

    With 20 years of computer experience under your belt, I'm sure you are an old hat at troubleshooting techniques, especially device drivers and Windows. The same principles and practices apply to Android as well. If you'd like a little help getting yours installed, we can help with that, too.
     
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    Install Samsung Kies. For reasons I don't know, just plugging in the phone doesn't load all the drivers needed for connecting completely in order to complete root.
     
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    With the influx of people looking to root this weekend I will definitely try and update the root sub forum as early as tomorrow
     
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    Cover the airfare and hotel arrangements and I'll fly to Korea. Passport and 17lb of laptop in hand.
     
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    I, too, would like to rid rthe Skyrocket of the ATT bloat and thanks for the comments about potential dangers.
    Is there some kind of tutorial or users guide to rooting that I could read/study to help understanding of the structure and actually what rooting does?
     
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    Saw the sticky; I'll check it out, should pay better attention.
     
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    have you a way to root an AT&T Skyrocket (i727) w/2.3.6?
     
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    what method did you use to do the 2.3.6? Is yours AT&T model i727 ?
     
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    I am new to Android, have the att Skyrocket i727 and am on 2.3.6

    I followed the Odin method and rooted my phone last night. Also installed a custom rom. It was a piece of cake. Just follow the directions exactly and you won't have any issues.
     
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    I recently installed Titanium BU (free) on my Samsung Galaxy S2 Skyrocket

    1. I can not see where it installed (icon) yet my phone (in settings> Apps> managing apps) says that it is.
    Is it supposed to be 'invisible'?
    2. Is this (TBU), only for rooted phones (mine is not)?

    Never mind..I'll move this to the App section of the forum...don't see a way to delete this
     

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