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The difference between rooting and unlocking?

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Hey guys, I'm not sure how to get this to work if it's possible.
From my understanding, unlocking allows you to use a different carrier while rooting allows you to customize your screen and apps and whatnot.
Here's my question:

I have an old smartphone HTC Aria that I upgraded to an iPhone. If I place my mom's LG Expression phone SIM card in, would it work? Would I have to root it first or unlock it or does it not work at all? There is no data plan on it and that's okay because my mom doesn't need data but she does want a real touch screen.

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You will not have to unlock if you are on the same carrier. If you aren't then you will.

Edit: If it doesn't work, which I am fairly sure it will, it least it is worth a shot. You shouldn't do any harm
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Would I have to pay for the data plan? I think you do. If that is the case, it's not worth trying.
    
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root has nothing to do with unlock

root is like being windows admin, you can do advanced stuff on the phone that noobs canĀ“t
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You may have to I am not certain. It might just limit it.
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Unlocking
there are two types of unlock

1. Unlocking the bootloader - most phones today require a unlocked bootloader in order to root
2. Unlocking the Carrier subsidy lock - unlocking this allows you to use any carriers sim in your phone (THIS IS ILLEGAL IN THE US)

Rooting

Rooting allows you to obtain privileged control (known as "root access") within Android's subsystem, gaining root modifies also the permissions in your phone. In some ways it increases security, but puts you in more control. Gaining root includes deploying an app called either Superuser or SuperSU (both do the same thing). Every time root access is requested by an app, SuperSU/Superuser will prompt you to either grant or deny that app. While customization without root is very possible, root allows for much deeper customization and theming.


Unlocking the Carrier subsidy lock requires Root because you need to access the android system in order to unlock.


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