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Cincinnati Bell Releases Froyo, And Needs You To Root Your Milestone

Cincinnati Bell is releasing Froyo for their XT720 Motorola Milestone, and what else are they giving customers? Superuser Permissions. Doesn’t look like they have an actual OTA program going, so they’re having users follow some mildly complex PC instructions for them to update their devices to Froyo, then giving them one click root. If Verizon did this, we would all be in paradise.

From what the instructions are saying, they’re giving users root due to the fact they lose all their data in the process of updating, so after installing a different firmware, you root, save your data, then flash the update. The instructions are about 23 pages long, and the step by step video guide only runs about five and a half minutes.

If you’re interested in looking it over (it’s very interesting) head over to the Cincinnati Bell website. Can we now all shout, “Verizon take note!”

Update instructions here.

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  • Anonymous

    lol if Cincinnati Bell had some of the goodies Verizon did I’d be on board, living in Ohio and all.

  • Anonymous

    “If Verizon did this, we would all be in paradise.”
    I disagree. If Verizon handed out a how-to for rooting and basically endorsed the idea by providing a one-click method, it would be a living hell for the majority of us. Do you realize how many noobs would give it a try, totally mess things up, and then flood forums with the same questions? Do you know how many “help, stuck in a bootloop” or “what ROM/kernel/theme is the best for me” threads are already out there? Imagine how many more we’d be looking at if Verizon followed the plan of Cincinnati Bell. The average smartphone user (which is the majority of them) has no need to root their phone. This would only cause headaches for everyone else. I sure would hate to work for Cincinnati Bell’s tech support right now.

    • I welcome it. I was a huge noob when i started. As dumb as this sounds android changed my life. Now im obsessed with technology and im about to be on my 3rd year at college doing computer science/program engineering. It all started with reading this website about cool apps for my OG droid 🙂

  • its probably just the fact that they are too lazy to get someone to actually work to get a OTA and this was the easiest way to do so, however i bet if you Root after the update your “warranty” is back to voided….very strange indeed.

    • Anonymous

      Or they didn’t want to put all that stress on their towers by having people use all that data. This is a local phone company that reaches cincinnati to columbus basically.

  • Vnvjeep

    No freakin way… it actually launches SuperOneClick! LMAO!

  • Mctypething

    What the heck is Cincinnati Bell?

    • Anonymous


    • I’mRIGHTyourWRONG

      A cell phone company in Cincinnati.
      What else would it be. 

  • JP

    Android fragmentation at its finest (and I mean that with all the love in the world for my OS of choice)!  Can you imagine what a clusterf**k it would be if Verizon recommended that all Android users root and perform this kind of upgrade?  Mwahaha!  There’s really good reasons that only power users and geeks root their phones and get SU.

  • Anonymous

    Well, that’s a first…


  • Nathan Wilkins

    Well, this is just awesome  

  • Unexpected62

    they tell you to unroot at the end lmao

    • Not gonna happen! 😛

      • Anonymous

        “Oh, here’s a Porshe…and the keys. Now, don’t drive it.”

        Never gonna happen…

  • hahah thats awesome 

  • It’s the big telco here in Cincinnati.

  • And they don’t. Tech support is horrible from Cin Bell. Management is even worse.

  • Guest

    As much as we like to see something like this, imagine a non tech savvy, everyday smartphone user trying to do something like this. Cincinnati Bell better have good tech support.

    • Anonymous

      I 100% agree. Verizon doing the same thing would be a horrible idea.

  • Anonymous

    The best part of those instructions is pages 16 and 17 where they clearly took a picture of the recovery screen using an iPhone. The apple logo is right there in the reflection, looking all jealous of the rooting going on.

    • Anonymous

      ***iPhone Voice*** – I want some Froyo tooooo (u_u)…

  • Hmm being from Cincinnati, if I didn’t hate Cin Bell (used to work for them) this would intrigue not to mention they need better phones. But yes, Verizon take a note.

  • TheAndroid1

    THIS is open, THIS is how android should be.

  • syrenz

    The funny thing is, right now it looks like CBW just took the froyo ROM we already had at XDA and reposted it as their own. Still has the issues we have in our ROM. Points for effort though… 

    • Anonymous

      That’s kind of lame, but I have to admit I’d think it’s cool if VZW let out an official “update guide” for the OG Droid that was really nothing more than instructions on how to install CM7.

  • Anonymous

    Almost foyst!!!

  • Goblueboy

    This is what android updates should be. The ability to save all their data in my opinion shouldn’t need to be a root feature. I think if all the root feature were on android without the need to root would put android over the top (even though it already is). I just don’t know how to make it more precautionary for those who are not tech savvy. 

  • shaman

    Now I just need to figure out what the hell Cincinnati bell is

    • Anonymous

      a phone company in Ohio?  😉

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