Hi, this is my first post here and I am a total newb about cellular service (have nothing right now) so I'm in need of some advice before I commit to my first phone. Please try to avoid acronyms if you reply since I see a lot here that I don't yet understand.
The HTC Desire has me drooling so it looks like I have to go with Telus. I don't want to commit to a long contract, or any contract if possible, so I'm willing to buy the phone outright. I also want to be able to upgrade the Desire to FroYo 2.2 as soon as it's available (this weekend in Europe possibly?) and not wait until Telus gets around to releasing it. I believe that it is possible to upgrade the OS if the phone is unlocked. Can anyone confirm this?
If I buy the phone with no term will I automatically have the right to unlock it? If yes then what must I do to get it unlocked?
Thanks for the links.
If I understand correctly, a 3rd party service wouldn't be able to unlock a phone at release would it? If Telus requires some amount of time then they would be subject to that time period just as I would. Perhaps they have an alternate solution. I'm not sure if Telus has any reason not to provide an unlock code for a fully paid for phone.
If I can get the Desire unlocked then I should automatically get the Android upgrade over the air then? That would be very nice. I thought I might have to do something.
Carrier unlocking and Rooting are 2 different things.
Unlocking will allow you to use the phone on other networks (Bell, Rogers, Fido, etc...). This will NOT allow you to flash other ROM's like FroYo being released in the UK soon.
Rooting will give you access to the phone so you can load up any ROM designed for the phone. Rooting will NOT unlock the phone from Telus.
2 different process to achieve the results you are looking for. At least the rooting portion is free (see link below). It is not known at this time if the phone can be rooted using this process. When the Telus HTC Desire actually gets released ?tomorrow?, we'll know for sure if this method still works. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't though.
HTC Sensation - CM10
HTC Desire - *SOLD*
HTC Magic - CyanogenMod 6.1.0
How can I get the official HTC rom? Can I get it OTA if the phone is rooted or will I have to do it the hard way?
If you want to change it that isn't hard at all. Check out this site and read through it. Most who root will be on this forum. Here is the link for the HTC Desire http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=594
Edit: If you mean that you what to have the official Froyo 2.2 then you would have to wait for Telus to put it out our you can root it and get if before that.
If I root the phone what are the steps to have the phone install 2.2? Will I have to download the rom and install manually?
It seems like there are a ton of issues reported with 2.2 on the xda forums. Perhaps it isn't even worth it to upgrade.
Ultimately this is going to be YOUR Android experience and from the sounds of it, you aren't too familiar with Android (I hope I'm not making to much of an assumption here). My advice would be to grab the Desire, carrier unlock it (if you aren't staying with Telus) and play with 2.1 for a while, keeping an eye on the 2.2 developments as you go. When you become familiar with Android and "outgrow" 2.1, then look at 2.2 (which may be available OTA by then).
I wouldn't be surprised if the Telus un-Desire-able* ships with 2.2 anyway.
*undesirable because it's coming 9 months late to the party and far better Android devices are out now.
But what "better" Android devices are available in Canada? The Galaxy Vibrant is coming but that's all ... it's really too bad we don't get the Evo 4G or Droid X.
@lexcyn: The Samsung Galaxy S is available now, I played with it for a bit today at Best Buy. Awesome screen, super smooth but the user interface was too much iPhone, not enough Android. Tempting @ $499.99 but my heart is set on the Desire. Also, I don't think that the Evo 4G has much over the Desire as the internal bits are mostly the same (Desire has more RAM which is important for Android) and the Evo 4G has that massive screen (same resolution).