After giving up on saving my old Optimus V, I went ahead and called VM and they have a replacement unit that'll be in my hands sometime today! I wouldn't be shocked if it had someone else's MSID and ESN numbers on it and that it's running 2.2.2 and that new radio firmware... I got two questions. 1. Can you root the device without activating first? 2. This is related to the first. The reason I want to root it first is to delete the bloatware, install Link2SD and then install Titanium Backup and restore my apps and data (I backed up everything). Can you do that, or is it not good to overwrite say, the existing edition of Gmail with the one in my backups because it's a system app? Any feedback, advice and/or suggestions would be great!