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Virgin Mobile Might Dislike Skins, But Hates Root

Last Friday we were practically praising Virgin Mobile for disallowing manufacturers “skins” on their mobile devices, stating that the end user should have the freedom to customize their phones to their liking without all the mess. Well they have now rephrased their feelings of just how much an end user should have power over, in this statement:

We do not endorse in any way end users using a non-officially tested operating system nor do we approve of ‘rooting’ devices.  This constitutes a violation of our terms of service and puts our network in jeopardy. We endeavor to provide users a customizable Android experience within the limits of the tested and network approved Android OS.

We appreciate their willingness to keep the bloat off of our phones, but it almost sounds like a plea. Be sure that this has only been taken as a challenge by the developer community at large. This won’t be the last time a carrier tells us not to root their devices, but let’s be real, the US Government supports us.

Via: PCMag

  • http://twitter.com/WaltPartlo Walter Partlo

    Does this all but guarantee a locked bootloader?

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

    How does Virgin Mobile’s policy towards unapproved OS versions sound like a plea?

    They are not begging people to leave their phones as stock.  They are stating their policy.

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  • Turd_Ferguson

    how is it against their TOS to root your phone? I understand if it just voids the warranty, but constitutes as a violation? What happened to that court ruling making it legal to root/jailbreak your devices, isn’t this going against that court ruling?

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  • Rossl

    Wtf how does it put their network in jeopardy? The only thing it puts in jeopardy is their income.

    • Djstar2k2

      well cut them some slack dirt cheap plans on the back of sprint cdma network.  if they get a ton off ppl tehering its a wrap for their network think about it 

  • RW-1

    Awww, too frackin bad that you don’t manufacturer devices, you are a carrier. Pass the data and calls and let us decide what we wnt ont he devices.

  • RW-1

    Awww, too frackin bad that you don’t manufacturer devices, you are a carrier. Pass the data and calls and let us decide what we wnt ont he devices.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CCWKROGUHLGWMEKGZCUFYPJ4WI Garey

    the us govt supports us ? Thats scary, the us govt is an idiot
    just sayin

  • Anonymous

    its OK for you to run your PCs on the internet and such but as soon as its a mobile network, having control of your device is dangerous!

    • Anonymous

      plus i can tether my laptop, which i definitely have root access on, but as soon as the computer is a “phone” its bad to be root. THIS MAKES NOSENSEBRAINASPLODE

    • Anonymous

      plus i can tether my laptop, which i definitely have root access on, but as soon as the computer is a “phone” its bad to be root. THIS MAKES NOSENSEBRAINASPLODE

  • Mr. Joe

    Good for them!

  • Mr. Joe

    Good for them!

  • Anonymous

    this phone looks like the supposed picture of the Bionic from the motorola website leak

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=789014095 Ron Kurkowski

    If people root the Boost Mobile android phone this one should be rooted in a few days 

  • http://twitter.com/nashmax73 TomAss (TA)

    Well then.  I guess Debbie Downer Mobile (aka Virgin) should go sell i*hones…

  • Misphit917

    Well I would never get a virgin mobile phone anyways.

  • Anonymous

    In their defense, there is a lot less reason to root their phones anyway. They dont gunk them up with useless apps we cant uninstall or obnoxious Vendor UIs we cant get rid of. All things considered, I like their way better than Verizon’s way. 

  • Rich

    And that is why you won’t be a good competitor in the cellular industries….

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Frankly… who gives a shizz what any phone maker or provider has to say on topics like this

  • slappynutz

    Who in the hell uses there service anyway?

    • Anonymous

      My brother does. $25 for unlimited data is a good deal. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_B2QSIC2M72JOFETTNGSRQFCFRY EricS

        The $25 plan is good for unlimited data & texting, but is pretty weak for talk time.  300 minutes is not enough.  The $40 plan with 1200 minutes of talk time is a good deal if you make an average amount of calls each month.

  • gregmr

    Without a BS skin, people shouldn’t have much reason to root

    • EC8CH

      your phone can’t dispense bacon unless you have root.

  • Interstellarmind

    jsut to be clear (and play a little bit of the devil’s advocate)… how would rooting endanger the network? by allowing us free tethering? or is there something else?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, I guess, since they’re already borrowing Sprint’s network for service and supposedly coverage isn’t too great, so if people use tethering to consume more data more quickly it might overwhelm what little they have.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Well at least they’re not stuck with MotoBlur

  • EC8CH

    Please don’t root our Virgin phones?


    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

      You win a cookie!

      • EC8CH

        Is it in the shape of a VZW GSII?

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

          Yes! With bloatware chocolate chips!

          • EC8CH


    • T Hall

      So if you root, is your phone no longer a virgin?

      • EC8CH

        Depends on how you root it.  Go ask some Catholic girls what I’m talkin bout.

        • Anonymous

          Your in TOP TOP form 2day EC….thanks 4 the laughs

  • Ron Paul 2012!!!

    motorola is trying to be like apple.

  • jnt

    I guarantee you it’s a plea – their data network really struggles at times.

  • Goblueboy

    So they don’t like root but that’s just like saying neither does any other company. Until I see lawsuits against people who root I am just going to keep on rootin on

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