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Promoted 03-09-2014 by yuugotserved at 12:28 PM View Original Post
Target Stores [Store Locator] has Boost Mobile Kyocera Hydro Waterproof No-Contract Smartphone on sale this week for $9.99. Thanks delhidada

Note, offer is valid in-store only. For more information, refer to page 3 of the Weekly Ad

Specs
  • 1GHz Processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 2GB Internal Memory
  • 3.5" 480x320 HVGA IPS Display w/ 3.2MP Camera
  • 1500mAh Battery
  • Android 4.0 OS
Deal Editor's Note: This budget smartphone is perfect to use as a backup in case of emergencies. - yuugotserved

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Edited March 9, 2014 at 09:08 PM by widgit
Starting today, at Target (see flyer), the Kyocera Hydro Android 3G phone will be at $9.99 (Reg. 59.99). I know previous deals from Radioshack have hit the front page.

For more details, http://www.target.com/p/boost-kyo...A-14782670

Besides the phone, this can be used for other uses (see http://slickdeals.net/f/6559288-kyocera-hydro-prepaid-smart-phone-9-99-at-target-b-m-70-off)

Cheers!
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Last Edited by jplee3 March 19, 2014 at 06:03 PM
Looking for custom ROMs for your new Hydro/Hydro Edge? Well sign here and hopefully developers will be able to make some sooner. [change.org]

This phone will not work on AT&T, Verizon, or T-Mobile. It only runs on Sprint's network and is locked to Boost Mobile.

For those with R+ (ringplus phone service) question:
R+ does NOT officially support non Sprint branded phones. Some have luck activating on R+, some reported they have been kicked from R+. I do know for certain that R+ now contains better database of phones model, which previously it didn't. So, checking esn on R+ will label it as Boost Hydro xxxxxx yyyy, which will be listed as part of your R+ account profile/"Device Details" if activated. Currently, unable to modify the device details. It maybe or NOT be even activated now. Even if activated, you may/may not be kicked out of R+.
So do it at your own risk.

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Specs:
Phone Arena [phonearena.com]
GSM Arena [gsmarena.com]
Phone Scoop [phonescoop.com]

1GHz Single Core: Qualcomm MSM8655 Snapdragon
Internal Memory: 2 GB <<<--- Kyocera Event has 4 GB
RAM Size: 512 MB
3MP camera
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Guide to root [androidforums.com]
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Super Simple rooting:
1) Download and install the proper drivers.
32 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x86.msi
64 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x64.msi
2) On your phone,go to Settings>Developer Options>Check "USB Debugging".
3) Download Root Wizard. (Click the green button): http://www.shuame.com/root.html)
4) Plug in your phone (Ignore any prompts on your phone). Launch Root Wizard. Follow the directions (they're in English).
5) Open something cold, wait about 5 minutes. You'll get a confirmation that it's rooted.
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~No PC Root Method is here: http://forum.xda-developers.com/s...?t=2307306
~Much faster for me...no waiting, no pc required.
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Hydro EDGE users - the no PC root method can be found here: http://androidforums.com/hydro-ed...-edge.html
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~To nix hands-free activation nag: (must be rooted, and superuser privileges granted to file manager app [ES File Explorer (1.5 Cupcake) works])
~In /system/app, change extensions of (1) Mms.apk, (2) Phone.apk, and (3) TelephonyProvider.apk to .bak.
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To complete disable the cellular radio...
*#*#4636#*#* (to be entered in the dialer) is the phone testing menu. Choose the first sub-menu. Then scroll down to turn off the radio.
Or Turn on Airplane mode FIRST, then Wifi on to use for apps that need data.

What else can you do with this:
Please add to list (hacking, and other uses):
Make it a chromecast - https://play.google.com/store/app....cheapcast
Make it an IP WebCam - https://play.google.com/store/app...pas.webcam
Make it an excellent cheap offline GPS: https://play.google.com/store/app....mapviewer
Make it a wifi home phone: https://play.google.com/store/app...csipsimple
Make it a money maker (Assorted gift cards) https://play.google.com/store/app...abs.perktv
Make it a money maker (Assorted gift cards) https://play.google.com/store/app...bile.views

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Price Match @ Radio Shack and you still get a 6 months free Netflix code

Target Inventory Checker
http://m.target.com/fiats/t-14782670

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It would be awesome to get Cyanogenmod for the Hydro and Hydro Edge. If anyone can contribute to that by developing or getting the word out, that would be awesome!

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#1951
Anyone else having delays with the Netflix code? I received a confirmation email on Mar 15 saying I would get the code within 48 hours, but 3 days later, nothing. Sent a support request that also claims to reply within 48 hours, waiting on that.
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#1952
On the rain check, it says "Note: This item has limited availability and may not be replenished."

I've also checked the stock on different target locations, CA, NY, TX and they were out of stock. Does that mean the hydros are really going to be discontinued this time? whats the point for kyocera or boost to have different hydro models?
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#1953
does anybody here have this activated on ringplus and have gotten a warning? I used to have mine on ringplus but I removed it out of fear of being disconnected.
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#1954
[QUOTE=Khord;66858260]Anyone else having delays with the Netflix code? I received a confirmation email on Mar 15 saying I would get the code within 48 hours, but 3 days later, nothing. Sent a support request that also claims to reply within 48 hours, waiting on that.[/QUOTE

I am in the same boat. I plan on calling tomorrow.

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Anyone else having delays with the Netflix code? I received a confirmation email on Mar 15 saying I would get the code within 48 hours, but 3 days later, nothing. Sent a support request that also claims to reply within 48 hours, waiting on that.
Just went through the same process. After waiting 48 hours, for 2 of my netflix codes, I e-mailed support and I got my codes within 48 hours of e-mailing support.
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#1956
Quote from sdlife View Post :
I am in the same boat. I plan on calling tomorrow.
Quote from MikeW710 View Post :
Just went through the same process. After waiting 48 hours, for 2 of my netflix codes, I e-mailed support and I got my codes within 48 hours of e-mailing support.
Thanks, good to know it's not just me. Will wait out the support 48 hours then call in if necessary.
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Quote from annestrauss View Post :
I am not capable of rooting this phone properly. Without rooting it am I going to keep getting; activation notices & what's your mobile number, every time I go to Pandora? Is there an easy way to stop those messages?
Thanks Anne

I am in the same boat. I've rooted the device successfully, and also turned off the cell radio to extend battery life. {though this resets after I power off - am I doing something wrong???} However, I am brand new to Android and tablets, so I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what they mean in the wiki regarding turning off the really annoying reminder popup that comes up each and every time I turn the unit on.

Here is what I don't understand:

>and superuser privileges granted to file manager app [ES File Explorer (1.5 Cupcake) >works])

I need more detailed information. How do I grant "superuser privileges to a file manager app" ? I found ES File Explorer 1.5 cupcake on Google Play.

However, it seems to be saying NOT to install if using Android 2 or newer .... why is that?

Anyway, this isn't clear to me, probably because I just started using Android. If someone could add a few more steps to the wiki, or here, for us newbies, it would be appreciated. Thanks!
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I am in the same boat. I've rooted the device successfully, and also turned off the cell radio to extend battery life. {though this resets after I power off - am I doing something wrong???} However, I am brand new to Android and tablets, so I'm having a hard time figuring out exactly what they mean in the wiki regarding turning off the really annoying reminder popup that comes up each and every time I turn the unit on.

Here is what I don't understand:

>and superuser privileges granted to file manager app [ES File Explorer (1.5 Cupcake) >works])

I need more detailed information. How do I grant "superuser privileges to a file manager app" ? I found ES File Explorer 1.5 cupcake on Google Play.

However, it seems to be saying NOT to install if using Android 2 or newer .... why is that?

Anyway, this isn't clear to me, probably because I just started using Android. If someone could add a few more steps to the wiki, or here, for us newbies, it would be appreciated. Thanks!
1.5 Cupcake = a old version of Android the only reason to use it was for rooting with Poot? Uninstall and grab the full version of ES File Explorer for ICS.

Open App > Menu Soft Button > Tools > Scroll down to Root Explorer > Toggle On > Authorize Superuser > Proceed with caution to delete/edit files.
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Last edited by Chi88 March 19, 2014 at 10:04 AM
#1959
So i'm posting this here to let you guys know that this deal is not dead!. It seems that you can use your rainchecks to still get the substituted edge phone if the store has not received any yet. This is YMMV on the manager still if they allowed it in the first place but i had no issue. Technically they didn't even use my rain check as they never asked for it.

I've blotted out the specific store in order to stop a dozen people going to this store only and ruining possible future deals like this
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1.5 Cupcake = a old version of Android the only reason to use it was for rooting with Poot? Uninstall and grab the full version of ES File Explorer for ICS.

Open App > Menu Soft Button > Tools > Scroll down to Root Explorer > Toggle On > Authorize Superuser > Proceed with caution to delete/edit files.
Actually.. I don't know why they need version 1.5. I just used the regular ES File Explorer version you can find from the Play Store and you can do everything the same. You just need to enable ROOT access from the menus, and then be able to mount /system to be read/write.

My guess is that the tutorial is old which is why it said to use that version.
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This might help Ann, slugbug and some others. Think some detail is missing in the wiki about rooting and changing the apk extensions to stop the activation. Hope the below helps.

You're stuck with activation unless you a)activate the phone. Can even do the daily plan for $3. That's the simplest way. And if you ever need the phone in an emergency it could be an easy way to go in the future to pay $3 for the day. Option two below is the other way, and I'm leaving out the computerless rooting method so do not bother downloading the cupcake version of es file explorer. Don't see how that method is simpler unless you don't have access to a computer.

The 2nd option is the rooted option. I've rooted two Hydros via the Root Wizard method. It is very easy as long as you just follow simple directions which I listed below from the wiki.

-Install the drivers first for your computer. Download the appropriate one from the links below and install.
32 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x86.msi
64 Bit Windows: http://www.kyocera-wireless.com/s...up_x64.msi

-Enable USB Debugging in Settings->Developer Options

-Download http://www.shuame.com/root.html [Root Wizard]. The site is not in English. Just hit the big green button to download. The program itself is in English.

-Launch the program, connect your phone and follow the directions.

You then need to go to the play store and download two apps:
BusyBox [google.com] and Superuser. I like SuperSU from Chainfire. [google.com]

These two things were missed in the wiki I believe. Superuser (SuperSU) is what grants your apps permission to have root access and make system type changes you don't have access to if you don't have root. You're basically getting additional functionality by having root access. And apparently these two things aren't needed. Probably more habit than anything putting these on. Has been standard with all the other phones I've rooted. So disregard the two above files if you like.

Now you're fully rooted. Now you need to download a file explorer with root capability. My one of choice is ES File Explorer [google.com]. Don't use the cupcake version. That was only for that computerless rooting method. Download the normal version and delete the cupcake one if you have it.

Once that is downloaded, open it up and hit the 3 dot menu capacitive button on the phone. You get the menu on the left side.
-Go to Tools and scroll down to Root Explorer and turn it on. I think you'll see the grant superuser priveleges.
-Now press on Root Explorer and you'll get a pop up menu. Press on Mount R/W
-go to /system and press on the radial button under RW. That gives you permission to make changes in the system folder.

So now we're going to get rid of the handsfree activation. This is done by disabling (not deleting) the apps that activate the activation. You're essentially going to rename the .apk extension to .bak. This way if you wanted to use it as a phone you could go back and change the extensions back again. So here we go...

In ES File Explorer, at the top bar it probably has you on / sdcard. You want to hit the back slash so it says Device at the top. Then go to system -> app.

Now you want to find three files:
Mms.apk (has the message icon)
Phone.apk (Phone icon)
TelephonyProvider.apk (also the Phone icon)

Long press on each one (only one at a time), hit Rename and change apk to bak and hit ok. That should do the trick.

Restart your phone and you should be good to go.
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Actually.. I don't know why they need version 1.5. I just used the regular ES File Explorer version you can find from the Play Store and you can do everything the same. You just need to enable ROOT access from the menus, and then be able to mount /system to be read/write.

My guess is that the tutorial is old which is why it said to use that version.
The cupcake version was used to do the computerless rooting method. It's not needed otherwise. I created my own little rooting and activation disabling tutorial and think it's a little more complete to help the newbs. Little things like downloading busybox and superuser along with giving the system folder read/write access seem to be overlooked.
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Quote from Rangerwolf View Post :
So i'm posting this here to let you guys know that this deal is not dead!. It seems that you can use your rainchecks to still get the substituted edge phone if the store has not received any yet. This is YMMV on the manager still if they allowed it in the first place but i had no issue. Technically they didn't even use my rain check as they never asked for it.

I've blotted out the specific store in order to stop a dozen people going to this store only and ruining possible future deals like this
Nice.

However, i guess u need a rain check still, even though they didnt ask for yours.

As u said..huge YMMV.
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This might help some others.
Thanks for the info.
I'm receiving a Hydro today and I'll put your updated tutorial to good use.

Thanks + Rep
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[QUOTE=dbpaddler;6688223 Little things like downloading busybox and superuser along with giving the system folder read/write access seem to be overlooked.[/QUOTE]

Thanks so much! It felt kind of good renaming files to *.bak - almost like I was back in DOS. Now there's no more annoyance on bootup!

- I got the programs installed, but now they are on the "main" page (desktop?), along with the games where my 5 year old could find them VERY easily. I'm going to let him play some of the games on our upcoming trip.

I have figured out that there seem to be 4 screens that you can scroll to left and right. For some reason SU installed to the screen farthest to the left, which is fine by me. I guess I'd like to put utilities and such that I wouldn't want my son getting into as much way over there. Is there a simple way to drag them over to that screen, instead of the main one?


*rest of my wish list:
a) change bootup screen
b) permanently turn off cell radio (seems to re-enable on bootup) to save battery
c) find a good version of MAME for this thing - assuming there is one
d) find a decent bluetooth handheld game controller (I just can't imagine playing Ms. Pac-Man, Dig Dug, Frogger, etc. without one)
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