said by jjoshua:
Why would someone need to root their phone? Is it not already "open" enough? I have one so help me understand why I might want to root my phone?
The Motorola Defy XT557 Dual-Band that is currently the phone that Republic Wireless ships ... has 380MB of internal storage and a 4GB SD card.
The ridiculous amount of internal storage is compounded by the fact that the bloatware that ships with the phone CANNOT be moved to the SD card, and once you reach 40MB of space remaining, the phone will not allow any more apps to be be installed until you make space available.
So essentially you have 340MB of usable internal storage ... which the bloatware that ships with the phone easily gobbles about 150MB, reducing that available storage to 200MB or less.
Many people want to root the phone to delete the bloatware and move the apps from internal storage to the SD card, along with purchasing a more realistic 16-32GB SD card.