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Best custom Rom for T989 (T-Mobile) Galaxy SII?

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I recently upgraded from a limping Samsung Dart to a Galaxy SII (T989 Hercules) from ebay.

When I originally got the Dart it was through Wal-mart so i could get T-Mobile's $30/mo Unlimited text/Data +100min Voice Monthly 3g/4g prepaid plan. when i originally got this plan that $30 included Tethering, and while T-Mobile later introduced an added $15 fee for tethering or hotspot use, The old Firmware of the Dart still allowed me to Tether without spending that extra $15 (as long as I used FF or Chrome on the tethered device of course, due to the browser UA).

Fast forward to today, and I needed a phone with better performance/app compatibility and my Dart was having issues (Loudspeaker died, so i couldn't use the Alarm or hear incoming calls).
The GSII that I Received came with ICS 4.0.4. Originally I did not plan on looking into custom ROMs as it seemed the current software on the phone would work fine for what i needed it to.
However I found that it has a "tethering Provision" app that keeps you from turning tethering/hotspot on unless you are paying the extra $15 fee.
I Found that under 4.0.4 you can force exit and disable the "Tethering Provision" app without root access and thus use tethering again without paying the fee, However the latest updated rom, JB 4.1.2 removes that ability.
I still Have 4.0.4 on the phone currently and would like to keep it that way, unfortunately i have encountered another problem:
"Device Management" has picked up the update and wants to update the phone to 4.1.2. as I am sure others know, there is no option to decline the update, only to postpone it. and there is no way to exit or disable the "Device management" app. I could just tell it to postpone every time but that will get quite annoying.

I wouldn't mind paying the extra $15 for tethering if I had the money to do so and was using the tethering feature more often (or if the plan was true unlimited, not soft-capped) , but currently I am on a tight budget so it is out of the question for now. (it was hard enough getting the phone)
So it comes to this, Ive got two questions here:

1. If i Reset the device back to original again (the home button didn't work when i got the phone so i had to reset it then) and then go into the "Software update" under settings, can I disable the update check/automatic updates in any way? Device management was trying to update the phone before i reset it initially as well. I don't have much on the phone right now so I could stand starting over if this will work.

or:

2. If that cannot be done then I would rather put a custom ROM on the phone than update it to TMO's 4.1.2, So what are some great ROMs to look at putting on the phone in that case? Someone in another thread linked me this one, is it any good?

Also, eventually i would like to get a decent case with a belt clip, if anyone can recommend one that would be great

Thanks!
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I would go with a Custom rom.

With somehting like This . Does the phone have a Custom recovery? (I think not since it wants to update.)

I have always used Custom Roms, no matter the version and NEVER paid for tether. And I use that feature daily.


Edit: If you decide to flash custom rom. DO A BACKUP! thumb.gif


Edit 2: Go with ClockWorkMod Recovery.
Edited by RussianC - 11/19/13 at 11:12am
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Hey thanks, I will look into that one biggrin.gif
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Finally went through all that, though im not sure i like how the UI on AOKP works. main issues are the lack of custom fonts and how it does background setup with pictures. It also seems to be limited to only one type of lock screen (eg no pattern/pin) Any ideas?

Edit: while AOKP doesnt have a built in font changer like the original 4.0.4 that was on my phone, i found an app to do that. and after a bit of searching i got most of the rest of it under control.
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