At exactly 11:35PM last night, members of XDA Forums gained permanent root to the HTC Thunderbolt. Yep, that was fast. We now await instructions, recovery from @Koush, and s-off.
Cheers Incredible and kly142!
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Just looked at the process for rooting the tbolt… seems pretty daunting. I’ve done quite a bit of tweaking my OG, but this might be a bit out of my league. I’m hoping a video walkthrough, or just a simpler method comes about.
Whats the word on the Bionic, Holding out for it
Damn!! Now I’m torn. I have a few months before I can use my last “New every two”. I’m still showin love to my OG Droid with PE 5. Do I wait and see what we get with the Bionic or even the X2 or D3 or just knee jerk to the Thunderbolt knowing I can root….
I have the Thunderbolt its a very good phone
It looks like that’s the way i’m heading! I’ll probably wait a month or so and see how everybody feels about it after the newness wears off!
I love the phone but there are apps that i dont want or wont never use. I tried different root for the phone but it was giving me a failed…ugh…hopefully someone can figure it out quick! Please let me know..personal email is [email protected]
Just got my Tbolt today. Im very happy with it. I played around with it for like 3 hours before it finally died. That was with me just putting the battery in and not charging it. My first Android phone. Loving it so far.
Glad to hear the good news. Now I can get the phone set up the right way, removing that bloatware.
http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/18/exclusive-how-to-root-the-htc-thunderbolt-instructions-by-team-andirc-v1-20110318/ enjoy guys
Gonna wait till there’s an easier Root method and one that will have a recovery and at least the kernal I have on it now.
my past month… droid x… iphone 4… thunderbolt…
droid for the win…
+1 – 5 + 999999= WIN!
question: what does it mean to root a phone? why would one want to do that?
ever go to a public/work/school computer and you need admin access to do anything really “cool?”
There are many things a rooted phone can do that a non rooted phone can’t, such as hotspotting, were you can wirelessly tether other devices to yours to use the internet connection, much like I am using my og droid to connect to the internet on my xoom right now. There are also other applications that require root such as titanium backup, which takes all of you applications and their data and saves it to your SD card, very benificial if you are into custom roms ( which also require root) because instead of starting over every time you root your phone you can do a quick restore of all previos applications with out bogging down your internet connect in and downloading everything from the market and then reconfiger each individual app to your liking. But my person favorite part about having root is the ability for any individual to go out and compile their very own custom from that no other person in the world has. But because this is not as easy as it sounds there are a few other options for getting a custom rom such as from manager which will have at least 10-15 different roms for each phone, and finally going in line withnroms comes kernels which control the sped of your device, and with overclocking and underclocking you can boost you phone to speeds never thought possible and if younar more concerned about battery than performance you can slow down the processor as we’ll. These arenjist a few of the most basic reasons to root, but in the endnit all up to the end user, root requires a bit ofnmaintaince sometimes but if you use its perks then its something that NO other system can provide. Hope this helps a bit.
thanks for the explanation.
wow, I assumed they would do it in like 8 hours… how disappointing it took so long
Anybody played Rock Band on it yet?….sweet.
I have I love it I hope they come out with dlc for it but do know if u gotta pay each month for it or is it a one time thing
if you purchesed the thunderbolt yesterday you get unlimited hotspot untill may 15
WAIT…only until the 15th?
fuck…ill have to root/use pdanet
im using that ish right now….
Holy lightening thunderbolt root Batman!!!!!!!!!!!
By unlimited he means unlimited. Why is it so difficult for people to understand the difference between data-only plans and phone plans?
Because my plan says unlimited and it means everything.
Awesome! I’m having a great time just enjoying the HTC Sense and speed of this phone. Then it’s only going to get better once I root it and customize it! It’s my first smartphone and it’ll be my first root job. Hope I don’t F it up!
I recommend waiting tell ther are stable ROMs out for a while and I way to go back to stock if you “brick” your phone.
isnt it ridiculously difficult to actually brick it? theres always reloading the stock sbf… (even tho it may be a bitch to figure it out at times)
Yeah, you can’t brick a phone just by changing the software. But you do however have to have the software to return to stock if there is a problem loading recovery. Like Odin for my Epic.
ahhh, so ill hold off until i can grab the stock software…good heads up, cc
Ya I’m definitely going to wait as I’m sure I’ll screw something up that will require me to retrieve all the stock options. I’m gonna be as safe as possible about it. I’m new to the techi world so I still got alot to learn.
Can’t wait to root mine!
…HTC Thunderbolt, $249.99
…unlimited 4G data plan, $29.99
…rooting your thunderbolt on the day after release and having unlimited 4g tethering at no additional cost, making VZ i*hone users everywhere totally sick about their hasty, bad decision….. priceless.
“Wait, I can still jail break!!!!”
Yeah dude, you enjoy that 3G. If you need me, I’ll be over here cruising around at the speed of LTE.
Do we know for sure either way if the bionic is going to have a locked bootloader or not? Might just have to jump on a thunderbolt now that it’s rooted.
…by unlimited, you mean capped at 5GB? I thought that only Sprint had TRULY UNLIMITED data.
…by unlimited, he means unlimited. Why is so hard for people to comprehend the difference between data-only plans and phone plans? Now, they probably throttle it… but these speeds are ridiculously fast. Every app I download pretty much goes straight to installing, and songs really take 5 seconds.
I guess b/c I’m not a Verizon customer, and every time I see a data package advertised on tv, it says something about a certain GB amount for a certain price. My mom had a wifi access point that was capped at 2GB, or I guess in your words, she bought the 2GB data plan? :/
the only thing im concerned about is that ive heard of them listing data plans as unlimited but then freaking out if you go over 5gb consistently… their data cards are NOT unlimited…
i feel bad for iphone users…i had that thing for less than 2 weeks and ate up over 3gb without tethering…
So yeah, just to clarify what I understand to be the reality of Verizon’s data plans. Someone keep me honest, as I’m no expert and I don’t work for VZ:
>> 3G / 4G / LTE Modem plans and tablet plans are NOT unlimited, and I don’t think they ever have been. These are priced as you’re suggesting, specifically with the xoom’s initial 3G (soon to be 4G) plans starting at $20 / month for 1 GB (which I can tell you from personal experience with my XOOM is NOT near enough… blew through 50% of that over 3G in 3.5 days)
>> 3G / 4G / LTE data plans for PHONES are indeed unlimited at the highest level — $29.99 for unlimited use. 3G has been this since the DROID was released in November 2009 (maybe even before that for RIM devices?), and there was all kinds of speculation as to what 4G plans would cost. For now, for PHONES only, it’s still $29.99 UNLIMITED, no caps.
>> Verizon did release a statement around the same time they welcome the i*hone 4 onto their network that they reserve the right to throttle data use for the highest consumers of data across their network on a given month. I think there was even a story here on d-l about that. Shouldn’t be surprised, right? Best place for any kind of news like this.
>> It’s widely speculated that the 4G phone plans will eventually increase in price and / or become no longer unlimited. And now, with AT&T cracking down on their users who they find to be “illegally” tethering, there is some worry that Verizon may try to ruin our party, too. You’d think that the throttling part would take care of this without pissing people off further, but … we’ll see.
Hope that helps. Verizon still has the best plans when it comes to unlimited data on phones. And now they seem to have the fastest. I mean, dang! 20-40 Mbps! I pay extra for AT&T uverse home internet that chugs along at a “premium” speed of 5 mbps down / 1 mbps up.
If the SMS rumors I’m hearing are true, I’ll be really sad. I’ve been seriously considering getting tbolt now that it has been rooted and appears to be phenomenally fast.
I can confirm that unlimited 3G was pre-DROID, I saw it on the Omnia and others before then.
same apps install in a matter of seconds. its incredible
The Bionic now has web top. It will be locked down tighter than the Droid X. No unlockable boot loader.
Source for Bionic webtop?
D’oh. I assumed it would get webtop as well, even when that was released as “exclusive” for the atrix. Makes sense, right? If you were moto, wouldn’t you want to have as many phones out there in the wild supporting webtop to encourage people to buy those crazily high-priced peripherals and accessories?
I mean, it definitely looks cool, but geez.
webtop is total absolute unmitigated fail. it’s the most ridiculous, dumb idea that’s already been tried and failed. RIM tried to launch a companion unit with keyboard and screen. no one wanted it.
Screw Moto, it’ll be locked. I’m waiting for CM7-RC1-stable-mecha.
Agree. Too bad though, right? Was hoping with the XOOM being unlockable, perhaps they had changed their ways….
Yeah, but that’s only their Google Experience devices (D1 and XOOM). The BLUR’d phones are locked :’(. The Thunderbolt looks awesome and the only bad reviews are for battery life (mine will suck anyway, 4G Wi-Fi tethering is a killer).
I’m drooling at the thought of 4G wifi tethering. Funny that you mention the XOOM and OG Droid.. those are still my only two android devices. Might have to use my non-contracted XOOM upgrade to grab a tbolt
@kkjdroid – Amen to that! So glad I’ve decided to ditch Moto, I will never buy another one of their products again! They cut corners, and now a locked bootloader??!! My Droid had been sluggish the whole time I owned it, and when I tried the Xoom I was not impressed as it exhibited the same hesitation. The only thing that kept me sane until TB came out was Cyanogenmod. TB = smooth as butter and fast! My Thunderbolt is even able to beat my cable modem speeds every now and then! That’s crazy! My friend with an i*hone is finally getting ready to bail on ATT and is going to buy a HTC Thunderbolt after I video chatted (Tango) with him using his Wifi and me going at the speed of LTE…so glad he finally sees the LTE! His son got a I wanna Touch 4G on Tmo, man was that a bad idea!
I’ll tell what’s even better, getting the the Thunderbolt for $199.99, I was at the Verizon store yesterday and they said with my business account I get it fit for $199.99, thank you Aflac.
i took the plunge and got a thunderbolt, overall i like it. very fast and overall polished. ill check out the bionic when it launches, but who knows with the battery life. i live in a 3g only area, however i travel all around the country and am in a 4g area for the next few days and it is just amazing.
also, if you have a 10,000+ ecpd (discount) on your account, it rings up as $200 i think – or some reduced price
Well damn, that was quick.
Nice!!!! Cant wait because I got to get rid of all this damn bloatware. Don’t understand why VZW puts all this on a device. I mean come on, who really pays monthly for City ID?
use that instead, it’s free and works just as well, it was taken off of the market though because cequint (the company that makes city ID) sued this developer for creating a free version. I made a torrent of it so people can still get it.
for some reason none of the trackers are working when i download the torrent. you mind uploading the .apk to dropbox or something? i would love the app
me too, I do enjoy seeing it!
Definitely going to give it a shot!
yeah, no seeders…id appreciate another way to grab it…
they got it there… (thanks google)
People who don’t have to pay their monthly bills.
This has an unencrypted bootloader, right?
In other words, this should be as easy to cook roms for as the og droid, right?
Correct! HTC does not screw their phones up like Motorola now does. With the T-Bolt you have the freedom that Motorola took away long ago.
Thought so, thanks for the confirmation Kleendroid. Wish I had skipped the Droid X for this very reason, lol
Holy “Thunderbolt” and under 48 hours, that was fast Batman
4g tethering im Jealous
Hello Everyone! I am new to Android phones (coming from a Black Berry) I am waiting for my Tbolt right now. What is this about rooting a phone? it is good to do so? Will that void the warranty or damage the phone in anyway.
you runthe chance of damaging it, although its a extremely small chance. and it does void your warranty.
What will a rooted phone do that I could not do in the original state. is this similar to jail breaking an IPhone?
Yes… jailbreak, root… same difference. You get SuperUser access to the phone with both.
yes that is correct you can install custom roms so essentially customize EVERYTHING about your phone, free tethering, and makes u feel good :]
lol +1 for making you feel good! =0)
When u said “is this SIMILAR TO jail breaking an iPhone” my Thunderbolt got mad and returned itself!
cant it be brought back to stock?
That was easy.
NICE!!! Too bad my wife won’t let me root her TBolt Oh well, I’m just glad to know that it’s already done. Didn’t really think that there would be any issues with it, though.
It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission, you know.
Ha! Classic. +1
haha bro start reading citizen renegade…
Great news…18 hours (since i purchased) is far too long to have a non rooted phone
My sister got a one yesterday, all I got to say is DAMN! It’s super sweet, I’m almost tempted to buy it, but I am going to wait for the Bionic or maybe if it’s true about the Targa being quadcore that’ll be my next phone.
But if you like to root and use custom roms waiting for the Bionic will do you no good with it’s locked bootloader. It will just be another nice Motorola phone with limitations. What upsets me is that the new Xoom allows its bootloader to be unlocked. Why not allow us the same options with their phones?
great news. i will buy this bad boy as soon as a rock solid stock 2.3.3 gingerbread build is out for it in rom manager. they had already rooted it in terms of the bootloader I believe before the launch
CM7 is on its way!
I can’t wait for the instructions to root this thing. Can’t let it go. My charger seems to feel the same way
Yeah. I know what you mean. I’m hoping the root gives it better battery life. I’m typing on mine and its at 70% battery and its been of the charger for only three hours. All I’ve done is light music, web and text.
4g tethering here I come
hell yea dude, screw hotspot!
Good thing you aren’t on AT&T.
I would say as fast as a thunderbolt, but we now know that Thunderbolts are actually very, very slow.
If you mean that the phone itself is slow then you are terribly mistaken
No he means like the launch of the phone
I got my wife a thunderbolt… she tells me that its super slow…. in 4g… she wants to take it back and swap it for a x
I’ll trade her I have a Droid X!
I’ll throw in the desktop cradle and car cradle and a case!
Y’all must leave in a bad coverage area because my Tbolt is BLAZING fast!!! I could never downgrade to my Droid X again.
Go dawgs! I sure do miss living in georgia, but will never be anything but a bulldog fan.
I have a dx and am willing to trade as well
You have to turn on the rapid boot under “power” in settings…then it is fast.
right over his head.
You’re not too quick are ya?
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