1. drj0n3z's Avatar
    I had the jump program from T-Mobile, and my previous Nexus 5 died at the beginning of the week. I went into the store, and the lady there said that there would be a $150 deductible. I said screw that and bought a LG G4, (which I like except for the screen sensitivity issue, which is something else). After thinking about it, I called the t-mobile customer service, who told me the lady was an *****, and of COURSE they would replace my phone for a $5 fee. They sent the phone to me overnight and now I have my LG G4 and my new Nexus 5. My question is this: Should I take the phone in and make them take the phone as a Jump trade in (basically saving me the 130 bucks I still need to pay on the phone) or sell the Nexus 5 online? I see phones out there listed at 250 to 300 bucks, listed as new and unlocked. My research shows the Nexus 5 ships unlocked, but are these phones online unlocked AND rooted? I dont know squat about rooting a phone, and really am not in the mood to frag a brand new phone bumbling about, this making it unusable and out of warranty for t-mobile. So, any suggestions?
    07-31-2015 11:48 AM
  2. Aquila's Avatar
    The phones ship SIM unlocked. They do not ship with an unlocked bootloader and are not rooted out of the box.
    07-31-2015 12:27 PM
  3. drj0n3z's Avatar
    That's what I figured it meant. I suppose the best thing to do would be list it on a few sites with the caveat that it is SIM unlocked but does not have an unlocked bootloader and is not rooted. If I can get more than 130 bucks out of it, I'l end up making money.
    07-31-2015 12:43 PM
  4. tadpoles's Avatar
    Rooting a Nexus device is almost comically easy. As I learned this week. I used a program called Wugfreshes Nexus Root toolkit to root my new Nexus 5. It unlocks bootloaders, makes backups, the works. You could unlock the bootloader before listing it.

    from the Elegance
    07-31-2015 01:30 PM
  5. drj0n3z's Avatar
    If it so easy, do you think it would affect the value at all? Because if I can't sell it (it's a brand new phone, but it is the phone only, no cords, ect) and it is rooted, wont T-mobile tell me to gtfo? Thanks for responding to my thread, by the way!
    07-31-2015 01:49 PM
  6. tadpoles's Avatar
    If it so easy, do you think it would affect the value at all? Because if I can't sell it (it's a brand new phone, but it is the phone only, no cords, ect) and it is rooted, wont T-mobile tell me to gtfo? Thanks for responding to my thread, by the way!
    You can use the same tool to unroot it and relock the bootloader and TMobile would be none the wiser.

    from the Elegance
    07-31-2015 03:27 PM
  7. srkmagnus's Avatar
    The choice is really up to you. If you need the cash then sell it. If you had previously tinkered with the device (installed ROMs and Kernels) then maybe it's worth keeping it. It might not be a bad idea to keep it as a backup if you want to.
    tadpoles likes this.
    07-31-2015 10:46 PM

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