Hi guys, is there a way to use the T-Mobile portable hotspot or thetering free on the Galaxy S II without jail breaking/rooting the phone? I know rooting the phone voids the manufacturer warrenty, however, if the phone is rooted, will you still be able to get system/software updates over the air?
If you root, you also can unroot too.
Let's put it this way:
T-Mobile wants to be able to server your needs and interests. As a support organization, they can most efficiently support "known configurations." When people go around making changes to their devices, "unknown configurations" creep into the situation creating problems for the process of support.
If you do something with your phone that you shouldn't, you have to accept full responsibility for it. T-Mobile cannot and should not support you after making changes.
Think of it like getting a tattoo. It's one of those choices that only you can make for yourself. I don't recommend it to anyone and you can always reserve that choice for later. But once you make that choice, it's a hassle to go back.
Another way of looking at it is this: Are you a gear-head, wire-head or guts-and-innards type person? If no, then I say don't do it. Just don't.
Just because you get a "tattoo" doesn't mean you should be outcasted. Consider the fact that T-Mobile does support jail broken iPhones, yet none are sold by T-Mobile, but if you have a problem tech support is right there. This is a money driven decision to charge for tethering. Nothing more, nothing less.
And if you can change a tire and read, XDA developers is there for you.
T-Mobile does not support jailbroken iPhones, they just provide service for them, as they would with a rooted android phone. If you jailbreak an iPhone it voids your warranty just like it does if you root your android phone. Apple or AT&T or whomever will no longer honor the mfg warranty just as T-Mobile or Samsung won't either.
Tech support will try to help you in whatever situation - I'd think if you were having a problem with a rooted phone you wouldn't call and be like "so I just rooted my phone..." T-Mobile doesn't care if you root your phone, and they're not going to check, but they also can't legally honor the mfg warranty, it's pretty simple. They will, however, do what they can to make sure your service is working on their end of things.
@czarian, you shouldn't be asking how to sidestep T-Mobile protocols for paid tethering on a T-Mobile forum.
By support I mean they still allow them on their network. Generally speaking, most manufactor's warranty only covers 1 year if you're lucky. The thing I really don't get is if I pay for my phone (as I always do) I don't see why everone gets so uptight aobut me making modifications to it. It's like if I buy car, I can and should be allowed to modify it as I see fit.
You buy a car, you can do what you see fit. But, modifying certain things on the car voids certain things in the warranty.
True but it's definitely not frowned upon as much as it is here.
That's because this is a T-Mobile phone forum where we talk about phones all day; if it were a dodge forum I'm sure things would be different. I work at a car dealership and I see people come in every day who have voided their warranty by modifying things and while they're upset it's not covered, it's their own fault. They were free to do whatever they wanted, and if they were to have returned the car to it's normal, OEM operating state, I'm sure warranty would have covered whatever the issue was ...
This is "support.t-mobile.com" so it stands to reason that they have an interest in seeing that people aren't directed to do things which T-Mobile's policy makers do not approve of.
Party A gets a phone then gets some advice here on these forums... "support.t-mobile.com." Sounds official right? Great. But this advice is inappropriate and results in some horrible thing happening costing a lot of money or pain or suffering or the end of the world.
Party A is looking to blame someone for this because Party A, like so many people in the US, don't want to blame themselves for the things they do. And look! The advice came from an "official" t-mobile support site! Let's blame T-Mobile!! And then things just get worse from there on...
To T-Mobile's credit, they stand out by tolerating a lot of this. Instead of censoring and/or deleting advice they don't approve of, they simply add their comments to the discussion saying "this is not [whatever]" and respects the community. Honestly, it's a little surprising and refreshing. I'm not saying people can't go too far, because I'm sure they can, but you have to admit, they leave a LOT of negative things up here and if' that's not respecting free speech, I don't know what it.
I don't know about that. This is a re-boot of the original forum, which had a lot more people and was a lot more open. I stopped coming for a long, long time after the original forum was erupted and I had to re-register.
I can ask anything I want to on here as long I am not disrespecting anyone or breaking any rules. Those of you who think it is wrong to ask such question on here, it's your view and I respect it. As of the questions in the original post, no cell phone provider can detect whether a phone is rooted or not while the phone is in your possession. I had lot of phones with TM that I got unlocked codes for directly from TM with the unlocking instructions. Phones can always be rooted and unrooted.l am not going to send a phone back to TM or the manufacturer without resetting it to its factory settings. I just wanted to know if an unlocked or rooted phone can still receive a system/software update.
Now, you ask about hotspot. Why not go about it a legit way? And not cost you any more (unless you're currently on a 2GB plan)
smplyunprdctble, is there anything illegal about me rooting my phone and using the hotspot through the data that I already pay for? I will be glad if you can tell me where it is stated that rooting your phone to use a hotspot free is illegal please
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