I want to have a phone that I can root. Today, I'm trying to purchase one. I want to know if my phone can be rooted in advance. The selections of phones from my provider, Softbank, is limited and the phones are all outdated. But I have a discount, so I want to get one of them. The Arrows 201F is the phone with the best battery life, so I want to get that one. But first, I want to know if it can be rooted? Can it? And if not, how do I check the other phones at Softbank to see if they can be rooted?

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    You could check our rooting index to see if it's listed, and has a rooting solution mentioned. Searching the web, especially XDA is another good approach. No guarantees, however, for any results :) – Izzy Jan 13 '14 at 7:49
  • @Izzy Good comment, man. I threw up a post for the 201 and 301 on XDA. They're looking into it. I've found I need to learn some basic stuff about rooting phones. For example, can roms for one phone be used on another? Can sudo-access programs be run on similarly-modeled phones. Of course, I had already checked the index prior to asking. Naturally, the phone I've mentioned isn't listed. – Wolfpack'08 Jan 14 '14 at 0:08
  • @Izzy Read this post: it's an offshoot of the link you gave me: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2239958. The guy says: 'Just try it! If it doesn't work, shoot me an image of the issue! Hand me a PM!' – Wolfpack'08 Jan 14 '14 at 0:11
  • We have plenty questions on those topics as well. Recommendation: Check the corresponding tag-wikis and frequent questions, e.g. on rom (short answer: ROMs are device-specific due to hardware and driver issues). Superuser and SuperSU on the other hand are not device specific. // And yes, there are several rather generic rooting methods, also listed in our rooting index :) – Izzy Jan 14 '14 at 0:11
  • @Izzy You know, man: I don't even know if I want to root it. I just want to be able to run stuff as a sudo user. Like, I want to be able to read and write in memory, for example. And I want to be able to programmatically turn on GPS.... – Wolfpack'08 Jan 14 '14 at 0:12

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