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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by gwhitevt, Sep 26, 2010.

  1. gwhitevt

    gwhitevt Member
    Thread Starter

    Apr 19, 2010
    I have a rooted Droid Eris, Running Kaos Froyo. I have a new phone now and would like to sell the Eris. I already did a data wipe and format of the SD card.

    My question - any reason to remove root? Will a new owner have any problem activating this through Verizon as is?

    The phone ran Kaos for me perfectly for a couple of months prior to getting my new phone, just wondering if anyone had any issues with this type of thing.



  2. I'd un-root prior to selling my Eris, as we've seen mixed reports on success with activation of a rooted device.

    Having the new user dial *22899 could work.. I wish I could post a "yes" or "no" to your question, but it seems to be in a grey area, thus my choice to bring the device back to factory settings before turning it over to someone else.
  3. Familyguy1

    Familyguy1 Well-Known Member

    May 9, 2010
    Gallatin, TN
    If I may interject here, is it as simple as pressing a button?
  4. jsuh

    jsuh Well-Known Member

    Apr 30, 2010
    I wrote a tutorial on how to unroot your Eris before you return it to Verizon.

    You can find the article at Unroot Your Droid Eris (How-To) | JonSuh.com
  5. driverx125

    driverx125 Well-Known Member

    Apr 5, 2010
    I sold mine rooted selling koasfroyo and it activated just fine. twice to be spicific
  6. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2009
    The deactivation/activation process a mixed bag that depends on your ROM, frankly.

    Yesterday I experimented a little (actually unrooted and re-rooted my phone several times in the process); here's an uncomprehensive look at things:

    It seems nearly impossible on any phone with Amon_RA on it to wipe the activation state of the phone - that is because the "Factory Reset" in the OS Settings area relies on the stock recovery to perform both the wiping of /data and the wiping of activation data. The Amon_RA recovery will do the filesystem wipe of /data and /cache, but it does not touch activation data.

    Granted - your question is about activation, not de-activation. (The reason that I mention unrooting is that in order to test activation, I wanted to de-activate the phone first - so I had to go back to an unrooted phone to do that).

    When it came time to activate the phone, I tried it with a Froyo ROM - Tazz 2.0. I could manually make the call (*228), but could not for the life of me get a dial keypad to appear. (Pressing "Menu" while in the call brought up a menu, one item of which was "display keypad" or similar - but it didn't work.) Argh.

    OTOH, after a few rounds of nagging me to press press a key, the VZW *228 call eventually went through the activation process (without me having ever pressed a key!).

    To the OP - I would feel a lot more comfortable about selling a phone that had it's activation status wiped. And right now, unrooting and performing a factory reset are the only way to insure that. Granted, if you notify the carrier that you are selling your device and no longer want the ESN/MEID associated with your phone number, you are unlikely to have troubles. But, until you have unrooted and performed a factory reset - your activation data is still in the phone.



    This ROM (XDA) will reset you back to factory, including restoring the recovery partition to factory.
  7. doogald

    doogald Well-Known Member

    Jan 7, 2010
    For future reference, long-press of the menu should pop up the keyboard, and from there you can switch to the numeric keyboard. Or you can dial *22899 to try to do an automated activation and PRL update.
    erisuser1 likes this.

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