How to remove "SprintWare" from your rooted Hero

Jerry Hildenbrand

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1. BACKUP though nandroid on the RA.
2. See #1

Plug in to the PC, navigate to SDK/tools/ and open the console

Code:
adb shell
su
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

Then
Code:
cd /system/app

To see a list of the apps installed
Code:
ls -a

To remove an app
Code:
rm Sprint_NFL.*
This will remove both the apk and the compiled odex binary for Sprint NFL

I would be very selective with what I remove. At first I basically wiped out anything I didn't want, and got many errors. Here's what I've removed with no bad result:

Stock.apk
Stock.odex
Sprint_NFL.apk
Sprint_Nscar.apk
amazonmp3.apk
HtcFootprints.apk
HtcFootprints.odex
HtcFootprintsWidget.apk
HtcFootprintsWidget.odex

I would imagine Sprint TV and it's widget could be added to the list as well, but I decided I may use them. I would be leery of removing peep, IM, Sprint_Nav, and Gtalk.

Discuss :D
 

moosc

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hope we can get this done on the moto droid.. love to remove some vzw bloated crud. any clue when this will happen?
 

Jerry Hildenbrand

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It's close. There is a kernel bug that SHOULD grant root access. Right now myself and about 50 other people are trying to build a little script to inject some code. Trust me...when it happens any website with the words Android Verizon or Droid will have it plastered all over it :)

Look for a 30 page thread at the top of the droid forum here when it does lol.
 

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Your certainly welcome. I've found tech support in general works much better if you try to explain it in easy to understand terms.

Glad I could be of help.
 

Jerry Hildenbrand

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im doing something wrong i think, when i try and remove an app such as nfl it says rm failed for sprint_nfl.*, read-only file system

Do you get an error when you try this:

adb shell
su
mount -o rw,remount -t yaffs2 /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system

That's the part of the above code that tells the device to remount the file system as read/write.
 

Jerry Hildenbrand

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I'm not sure why Peep wants to keep running. Until someone can verify what it's doing in the background, I don't see the need to pull it out.

The Market needs Gtalk to be working.
Gtalk needs part of IM to work.
I actually use the IM app so I haven't investigated which parts (there are 6) of the app are needed and which aren't, so I can't recommend removing any of it :)
 

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I was mainly just curious about IM. I'd like to use it, but it pulls an incomplete and out of date buddy list for aim.

Peep, on the other hand, I have found useless as a Twitter client simply because I prefer Seesmic.
 
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