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I have the option to do the over the air 3.0 update from AT&T for a HTC Inspire 4G.

Will I lose root?

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Didn't you miss to put an important information in your question? The device for example? – Flow Aug 22 '12 at 20:08
Why would there be a Honeycomb update for a phone, since it's only meant for tablets? – onik Aug 23 '12 at 4:35
@onik: The 3.0 probably refers to the at&t/htc version (and not android) – ce4 Sep 10 '12 at 11:34

Generically speaking, if you've only rooted the device and haven't actually installed another ROM, you should be able to apply the OTA update, but you will lose root because of it. You can always root again.

This is mentioned on several forum threads:

As one can see by the posts on each one of the above threads, there's a device agnostic consensus. Users report that OTA updates are possible on rooted devices, but root is always lost.

The reason behind this is that updates essentially replace or add system files, and the permissions on these files that the rooting process has changed to give you root access, are changed to the ones that come with the update, that don't allow root access.

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You can also try using an app such as Voodoo OTA Rootkeeper to protect your root. On supported phones, it can preserve root through an OTA update. It must be installed and set up before you apply the OTA update.

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