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I've noticed that some apps say they require a rooted phone. Is it necessary to install a custom ROM in order to root a phone?

Edit: I should mention that I've seen this answer, but my phone isn't listed.

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Apparently you can root the Flipside using z4root (forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=835627), if you do so feel free to add the Flipside to that answer! –  Matthew Read Jan 26 '11 at 0:07
    
Thanks, I'll give it a whirl and report back. –  travis Jan 26 '11 at 16:21
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Cool I think it worked, I've updated that answer. –  travis Jan 27 '11 at 0:12
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Actually it's the other way around, you need rooting to load custom ROM! Happy to see you managed :-) There's an app to check if you're really rooted: market.android.com/details?id=com.joeykrim.rootcheck. Once you are permanently rooted you should see a "Superuser" icon among your apps. –  Stefano Apr 15 '11 at 12:48

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No. For the most part, custom ROMs are just cosmetic changes to official ROMs and may come pre-rooted, but nothing about rooting requires a custom ROM.

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