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People into rooting and modding should check out these Android phones

Rooting isn’t as popular as it used to be, but there’s still a vibrant community of modders involved in launching new ROMs. If you’re just getting started or are looking to delve back into the world of modding, the OnePlus 7T is still our favorite pick. We’ve included other options as well, so these are the best Android phones for rooting and modding.

Tinker away

OnePlus 7T

Staff pick

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The OnePlus 7T continues to be one of the best mid-range phones in 2020. The hardware still holds up just fine, and with the phone now on sale, you’re getting even better value. The fact that the OnePlus community has released dozens of custom ROMs for the 7T makes it an ideal option for modding.

$450 at Amazon

The 5G option

OnePlus 8

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The OnePlus 8 has many similarities to the OnePlus 7T, with both phones sharing the same 90Hz AMOLED panel. But you get the new Snapdragon 865 chipset with global 5G connectivity, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, better cameras at the back, and a sleeker design with a dual-curved panel.

$800 at Amazon

Pixel for less

Google Pixel 4a

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With the Pixel 4a, Google is bringing flagship-tier cameras to a much more affordable price point. The phone combines decent hardware with an outstanding 12.2MP camera at the back and the promise of three Android updates. Google also makes it very straightforward to unlock the bootloader and install custom ROMs.

$350 at Amazon

The flagship choice

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

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Samsung has a very active modding community, and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a great phone to test custom ROMs. The phone is packed with the latest hardware, comes in a gorgeous Mystic Bronze color option, and has much better cameras than previous generations.

$1,100 at Amazon

Power packed

POCO F2 Pro

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The POCO F2 Pro is the best value flagship in 2020, delivering the latest Snapdragon 865 chipset and a retractable camera module, AMOLED screen, and 4700mAh battery at an absolute bargain. POCO’s devices

$425 at Amazon

These are the best Android phones for modding

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Rooting your phone gives you finer control over every facet of the user interface. There are no shortage of great Android phones, but with the likes of One UI, MIUI, ColorOS, and even OxygenOS offering a skinned interface, you don’t get a vanilla Android look anymore. Rooting your phone gives you the ability to do just that, and you get to install frameworks like Xposed — which give you way more customization options than on a normal phone. The OnePlus 7T is still the best overall option if you want to try custom ROMs, with OnePlus making it as easy as possible to mod its devices.

There is a wide selection of ROMs available for the device, and should you break anything, you won’t lose out on the warranty. The hardware on offer with the OnePlus 7T gives you a lot of overhead for installing customized modules, and the active community means you’ll quickly find information should you run into any issues.

If you are looking to save some cash, the Google Pixel 4a is a good alternative. It’s easy to unlock, and there’s a healthy modding community that makes this a great choice. Manufacturers are making it harder to root phones and install custom software, but there are still a few decent options available in this area.

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Boost Mobile Buyer’s Guide (October 2020)

Just about everyone knows the names of the “Big Four” top-tier wireless service providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. But, for every one of these major network operators there are a number of others with their own rates, customer service, and phone selection.These prepaid Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) license towers from the big names in the space.Let’s take a closer look at Boost Mobile and learn about it the brand, its rates, and features.About Boost MobileFollowing the Sprint and T-Mobile merger, DISH has acquired Boost Mobile. Boost Mobile operates in the United States with a nationwide CDMA/LTE network for coverage. It offers pre-paid rate plans which means no long term contracts or obligations.Taxes and fees are included and include unlimited talk, text, and data. Additionally, the come with mobile hotspot capabilities and unlimited music streaming.What deals does Boost offer? Boost Mobile offers a four-line rate plan for $100 when switching from another carrier. Each line gets unlimited data, talk, and text and provides for up to 1GB of hotspot.Which major prepaid carrier has the best $40 rate plan?What are Boost’s rate plans?Boost does not charge for going over your allotted data and taxes are included in the cost. Each plan comes with unlimited data, but only a set amount of it is high speed.$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 3GB of high-speed data$35/month: Unlimited talk, text and 6GB of high-speed data (Walmart Exclusive)$50/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 12GB hotspot$60/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 35GB high-speed data w/ 30GB hotspotAlthough Boost offers multiple plans with “unlimited” data there are differences between each. Consumers can choose the option that works best for video and music, international calling, and customer service needs. For instance, some may not care whether video is streamed at 1080p or if audio is at 1.5Mbps.5 Plans Under $50Boost recently revised its plans to create five options which cost less than $50 per month. Each comes with its own amount of data and some of them are for new, in-store customers.$10/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 1GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$15/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 2GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New in-store customers only)$25/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 5GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot (New customers only)$35/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 10GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspot$45/month: Unlimited talk, text, and 15GB 4G LTE, mobile hotspotThe $HRINK-IT! plan rewards subscribers for making on-time payments. The price drops five bucks after three payments; it drops another five after six payments. In short, you start out at $45/month and get to $35/month after paying your bill on time for half of a year.SEE: How to unlock your Sprint phoneCan I do multiple line accounts at Boost Mobile?Customers interested in family plans or multiple lines can do so with discounted pricing. As of today Boost Mobile offers a $20 discount when adding a line to one of the unlimited plans.There are currently two rate plans which offer Boost subscribers unlimited data, one for three-line accounts and one for four lines.Other Boost features and offeringsBoost Mobile provides a handful of extras (Boost Extras) to its customers, most of which can pair with the various rate plans. Details include international calling, extra data, HD video streaming, and phone insurance.Boost Mobile offers a $25 referral credit for anyone you have sign up for its service. Both get an account credit once your friend activates, pays for an eligible monthly plan and registers their new number.A Boost Perks mobile app lets customers save money with partner brands such as AMC, Papa John’s Sams’s Club, Costco, and others.What phones does Boost offer?Take a peek at the current lineup of Android phones offered through Boost and you’ll find familiar names from brands like LG, Samsung, and Motorola. There are also devices from the likes of Coolpad, ZTE, and Wiko, too.As we often see with a lot of prepaid providers, phone selection is a mixed bag, leaning more more toward affordability as opposed to performance. With that said, we do recognize there are some incredibly robust and current models, including the Samsung Galaxy S20.For those looking to save money there are also a handful devices which are certified pre-owned, meaning that although they were once used by someone else, they come with a guarantee/warranty.Can I use my own phone with Boost Mobile?You can often use your current CDMA phone, especially if it was previously paired with Sprint. Head to Boost’s website to check whether your specific model is supported. Also, we’re seeing a growing trend of unlocked phones with support for Sprint/Boost bands.

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