For those who don't know what root means, read here: Why Root - Android Wiki It's YOUR phone, YOUR property, and should be able to do ANYTHING you want to it. Here's the scoop: Developers have tried many known methods to gain root access for the HTC Droid Eris with little success. However, after exhausting many routes of gaining root with no success, the community has begun to take a more unorthodox method of gaining root. Exploits in the kernel need to be found, and as one would imagine this is difficult to do without source code. HTC has posted source code for other Android devices, but has failed to do this for the Droid Eris. Many folks over at XDA have sent emails to HTC but they have not budged, despite being in clear violation of several license agreements posted in the phone under Settings->About Phone->Legal Information So, if you'd like to see the Droid Eris rooted soon, email HTC here HTC Mobile Phones - Customer Service - E-mail Support and ask them for kernel source code to be posted like the rest of the devices. It takes only a few minutes, and the more people who do this, the better chance we have of getting root in the foreseeable future. Here's what I sent that you may use as a template. I give credit to apreichner, Goobalicious, and other XDA members for finding legal exploits and for writing awesome letters to HTC, from which mine was based on. Every email helps! Now let's get the Droid Eris ROOTED!