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I have a HTC Magic+ from Rogers, called the MyTouch in the US. I have the Universal Androot app to give me root access. My phone is running the Rogers/HTC Android 2.1 OS. I'd like to know what is the advantage of Unlocking my phone. Is the sole purpose of unlocking so I can use it on other networks?

I want to get more out of my phone. I installed a WiFi hotspot app for my phone, which needed root access. Works great. What else can I do with this? I don't want to risk bricking my phone, so I think ROM changes are out....

Thoughts?
    
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Yes. Unlocking usually allows phones to be used across different providers. The rooting of a phone lets you do pretty much whatever you want with it:
  • Uninstall bloatware
  • Use custom ROMs
  • 'Sideload' or install programs that aren't in the market
  • Some kernels in custom ROMs have the ability to be overclocked/undervolted, thus saving on battery power and boosting performance
  • And a myriad of other things...

Is this your phone:



Or this one:

Edited by Demented - 8/1/11 at 4:07am
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Yes. Unlocking usually allows phones to be used across different providers. The rooting of a phone lets you do pretty much whatever you want with it:
  • Uninstall bloatware
  • Use custom ROMs
  • 'Sideload' or install programs that aren't in the market
  • Some kernels in custom ROMs have the ability to be overclocked/undervolted, thus saving on battery power and boosting performance
  • And a myriad of other things...

Is this your phone:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Magic

That's my phone. No slide. All touch.

Is there some sort of secret to remove bloatware? Rogers has a lot of crap install on this thing
    
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As long as you have Root, you can get Titanium Backup from the market. It will allow you to remove 'System' apps. (Bloatware)

It's also a great idea to pay for Titanium Backup, as it is a great program!
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Sweet. I'm going to check it out now. Oddly enough I only have about 3 apps installed. I'm such a lame geek.
    
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Sweet. I'm going to check it out now. Oddly enough I only have about 3 apps installed. I'm such a lame geek.
I tried looking for your exact phone over at xda-developers.com, but I couldn't find it. Still, it might not be a bad idea for you to check them out. They have a lot more resources and info on these phones than we do here.
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I've been there a few times; especiall when I had my old HTC Touch. A lot of their talk is waaaay over my head.

Thanks for the push in the right direction though!
    
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Well I bought Titanium Backup. I blew out a bunch of Rogers apps. The phone is MUCH faster now. It's like a new damn phone!

    
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See, even one simple app can help unleash the true Android beast!
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You're right!! I'm also using Handcent too, beats the HTC messaging.
    
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