Apologies in advance if this has already been posted (but i did search.) My intent is to root the device to [semi]permanently disable cell functionality (until a restore/unroot.) At the moment I have no desire for a data plan and just wish to use wifi. While I have turned cell/3g/4g off and set it to wifi only, and removed icons relating to cell use, I would like a more permanent solution so as not to result in any accidental data usage (though not sure how this might be possible as i have not activated my device. can't be too careful?) I'm assuming I'm on the right track by following these steps? Regarding rooting I have a few questions: will the current UI still be there (or do i at least have the option of keeping it?) Do i need to make a backup prior to rooting (for all whopping 3 apps i've installed. And i want to keep the games and movie that supposedly ship with the device.) (The IT major in me says yes.) Do I need a special/specific ROM for disabling cell functions or can i choose? How do I go about disabling cell functionality after rooting? I could probably figure it out on my own, I just don't want to take a chance with the new device, so it'd be nice to have an idea of what i'm doing/where i'm going before I actually do it. Thanks.