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i want to update my Milestone/Droid to a faster custom ROM. but im worried that i'll lose stuff with my carrier. like text, 3G, wifi and phone calling.. What will/can i lose, and what might i gain?
    
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You won't loose those.
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which ROM would you recommend that i flash to my phone?
    
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I don't have a Droid so I couldn't tell you. Basically try them out until you find one. No ROMs are the "best" ones, they are only "best" to you.
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UltimateDroid - My personal favorite. Just doesn't seem to have a stable 2.3.3 Gingerbread. *edit* I haven't tried UD's new 3.1.1 rom so it might be better now
CyanogenMod - I'm using atm. Stable 2.3.3 ROM
DroidForums.net - Where I started to learn all of my information on Android phones! Particularly the droid!

The custom roms will remove all the bloat that was installed by your carrier for example I have verizon so they install their navigation crap and tons of other stuff I will never use! Custom roms are optimized to run on your phone too. Wait until you install a new kernel for overclocking. It is literaly night and day difference. 100% noticeable and NOT a placebo effect.
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Also check out XDA-Developers.
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Also check out XDA-Developers.
x (whatever number you like)
You will lose most of the stock crap that takes up space (This is a good thing)
You will gain more possibilities than you know what to do with. Custom ROMS are rooted so you have more control over your phone.
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i want to update my Milestone/Droid to a faster custom ROM. but im worried that i'll lose stuff with my carrier. like text, 3G, wifi and phone calling.. What will/can i lose, and what might i gain?
Ok, everybody seems to be all over the place with their answers, although they are all right its a bit confusing.

1. Custom roms are, on the majority of phones a vast improvement over their stock counterparts.
2. If you changed to a custom rom you would lose everything, yes but there is a trick to get around that. We use something called titanium backup (on the market), you just set it to back up everything you want and ta da, you restore everything on the new rom and you pretty much have the same phone, just with lots and lots of improvements
3. At worst you will lose contacts or messages, but that would not be the phones fault The benefits are absolutely amazing, now that I've rooted my desire and have a custom rom on it I wouldn't go back.
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I just stuck a Desire HD ROM on my Desire. I'd done this previously, but it wasn't stable. This time I bothered to boot into Linux to properly set up my EXT4 and Linux Swap partitions and this thing is absolutely great.

You'll lose programs and possibly features, but not the ability to call or text.

Oh and the FIRST thing I do with any new mobile phone is debrand an unlock it. I'm already locked into a contract with my carrier and they're going to get a return on the subsidised phone they sold me, however, I'm not putting up with their firmware crap on my phone and on the off chance my friend reallllly needs to use their simcard to make a call (it's happened) or my GF wants to borrow my phone for a week, I'm unlocked and don't need to worry about that.
    
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I just stuck a Desire HD ROM on my Desire. I'd done this previously, but it wasn't stable. This time I bothered to boot into Linux to properly set up my EXT4 and Linux Swap partitions and this thing is absolutely great.

You'll lose programs and possibly features, but not the ability to call or text.

Oh and the FIRST thing I do with any new mobile phone is debrand an unlock it. I'm already locked into a contract with my carrier and they're going to get a return on the subsidised phone they sold me, however, I'm not putting up with their firmware crap on my phone and on the off chance my friend reallllly needs to use their simcard to make a call (it's happened) or my GF wants to borrow my phone for a week, I'm unlocked and don't need to worry about that.
1. EXT3/EXT4 partitions are a vital part of custom roms for some phones, there sometimes is ways around it (modified partition tables) but it isn't always necessary (reminds me, need to get rid of my EXT3 partition )

2. No, not with titanium backup. Make sure to backup your texts/contacts with titanium backup if your used to losing them when switching roms.

3. You get the same affect by rooting and installing a custom rom
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