Motorola Photon 4G (MB855) OK to root before BYO(S)D?

Hi all.

I just bought a used Photon 4G that I want to BYO(S)D to Ting.  I also want to root it though, and am wondering if the order in which I do these things will matter.  I've read that getting the MSL can be tricky if you aren't on a stock ROM, so I'll do that before I do anything else.  Any of you Ting'ers who have BYOD'd the MB855 have any advice, or other "gotchas" to look out for?

TIA,

Bill

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  • I was the first BYOD and it was in fact an MB855. I was rooted but stock otherwise. The MSL isn't easy to get to whether you are rooted or not. None of the easy methods work with the MB855 getprop or any of the MSL apps. I will dig up what I used. The easiest method will be to call Ting. They should be able to query the Sprint database for your MSL. You will need to provide the ESN/MEID for the phone. I would leave the phone unrooted until you are activated unless Ting can't provide the MSL.

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  • Thanks for the info Zarthan.  I had planned on using RadioComm and the instructions found here:  http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1365058 but I'll probably just wait until Ting is ready to BYO(S)D my phone and let them get the info for me.  Are you planning on staying stock?  I've been running CM10 on my Nexus S 4G and really like it, but don't see many Photon folks running it.

    Thanks again,

    Bill

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  • I do think I used Radiocomm but it was a while ago. Even though I already had the MSL Ting folks sent me an email and included it so I know they can retrieve it. 

    If I keep the phone I will want a newer ROM. I don't usually like heavily themed ROMs and I replace the launcher with Halo or Nova. I am pleased with JB 4.2 on my Nexus 7 and I guess CM10 isn't a bad alternative. 

    Have you had an email from the Ting beta team. You did fill out the latest BYOD form. 

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  • I have done the survey but haven't heard from Ting yet.  I'm trying to be patient, as I'm sure they're swamped.  I'm ok with the Nexus S I have for the moment, but since I "donored" it on, I don't have 3G, which is pretty limiting.  FWIW, CM10 on the Nexus S (which can't be considered a speed demon these days) is very stable and responsive. 

    Did you root your Photon while on 2.3.4 or 2.3.5?

    Bill

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  • It was some time ago but I think I was on 2.3.4. BYOSD will give first preference to those phones on the list, and that aren't active and that have the MSL. You might want to give a try to retrieving the MSL and reverse applying. 

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  • Good to know about CM10

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  • Hi again Zarthan.

    I did pull my MSL using RadioComm, and rooted my Photon just to make sure it would work.  Can you tell me what you mean by "reverse applying"?

    Thanks!

    Bill

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  • @Bill

    It was probably Swiftkey "correcting" my typing. It should have been re applying to the beta BYOSD list since you now have ALL the information for an ideal prospective device.  

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