Rooting Your Device

If anyone can explain rooting for a non big carrier that would be helpful. Currently I'm with Sprint and my Galaxy S3 is rooted. My understanding is many people who root their devices who don't have Sprint, T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon need to take special care if they are on Boost, Virgin, Cricket, etc. Does Ting require something similar? I've never seen it mentioned in the XDA threads. Thanks.



  • Ting does not care what you do with your phone, since it's yours to do with as you please.

  • I don't care what ting does, I just wanted to make sure if the phone is rooted right and if there is anything I would need to do when rooting it. XDA has carrier specific sections for each device but nothing for Ting.

  • Ting = Sprint as far as rooted phones go. You generally won't have to do anything as long as your phone can be brought to Ting. If you have to factory reset the phone, you will lose root but you can re-root after activating with Ting. In the early days of Ting, some users and some phones seem to have fewer problems activating on Ting if they were factory stock and unrooted. Not sure if that is still the case. I rooted my Nexus 5 before activation and had no issues.

    William is correct. Ting doesn't care if you root your phone and does not discourage it.


  • Okay that's I was wondering. As long I'm rooted for Sprint I'm good. How is the Nexus? I'm thinking of upgrading to Nexus 6 from the LG G2 for my wife. I'm hoping to get a OnePlus 2.

  • The Nexus 5 is almost a great phone. Perfect size and works very well in all aspects but it has one glaring weakness for me as do many other phones including the Nexus 6. Lack of an SD card slot. I thought I could get by without one by taking advantage of Google's sync feature but it failed me big time. My first Nexus 5 failed one day. It just went dead and wouldn't turn on. Bricked. I received another under warranty and that's when I discovered I had lost much of my data. My contacts, calendar, etc were automatically retrieved from Google servers but even though I had checked the box to sync App data, I lost much of my data. Why? Because 3rd party apps have to be written to take advantage of Google's sync feature and the majority of my apps had not been (and still haven't). This cost me a lot of time in getting set up with the 2nd phone.

    The other problem that comes with no SD card slot is the way that Google treats your phone when connected to a PC. It doesn't connect as an auxiliary drive. It basically connects as a camera. Standard file transfers don't work, transferring is extremely slow compared to standard transfers, and the file transfer process resets the dates on files each time I transfer. The whole process makes it cumbersome to back up my data to my PC. Apparently, Google doesn't really want me to have control of my own data.

    The Nexus 5 also does not have a removable battery. A removable battery might have helped when my 1st phone died if the problem had been a dead battery (likely as the original Nexus 5s did have some known battery issues).

    My next phone (looking at Moto X Pure Edition) will have an SD card slot and I will not likely ever buy another phone without one. My current problem is finding a good phone of reasonable size. The Moto X is larger than I prefer but will probably work.


  • That was my other option for her. Her LG G2 doesn't have either of those things though so I'm not sure she even cares it's not there. Thank you.

  • Generally people that wish to root their phone do so for reasons of taking control of their device for particular reasons. I don't like a flood of ads interupting me all the time and that is one of the many reasons one would root it. Doing so also enables the user to remove any bloatware commonly added to devices. That could be an issue normally if you should remove an app of the carriers which could be an issue of their concern. However, to my knowledge Ting doesn't have those types of apps. When it comes to carrier specific devices sometimes you may lose functions of the phone in itself. I had an issue with losing wifi calling and your phone may act similar or lose some other function. Since if that happens and it's your device, Ting is not responsible in any way and it may be left up to you to correct the issue. So, I hope you know the risks that even XDA warns you of. There's little you can do in any kind of what we call "development" that will affect Ting. So, actually in my opinion, they have no reason to care if its not one they sold you and are under no obligation of contract. Rooting the phone when in contract voids the warranty as you may know. In turn, they may or may not help, but for me they have. Anyone can always ask Ting support whom is extremely helpful, but it also could depend.

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