2011-11-23 10h03_00

Update: Steve Kondik (Cyanogen) himself verified via his Google+ page that TeamDouche was not involved in the project.

I guess you can finally buy a phone with something that resembles CM on it. Unfortunately, our team wasn't involved in this.

Under normal circumstances, I find unboxing videos to be pointless and boring. However, this isn't what I would call normal circumstances. A beta tester for the new Republic Wireless service received her phone yesterday and decided to do an unboxing for all to see. When she powered the phone up, it's clear that it's not running stock Android - it appears to be running CyanogenMod 7 (or some variant of).

It's pretty obvious that the owner of said phone isn't the biggest Android enthusiast, so she probably didn't even notice the differences between this phone and stock Android. Right out of the gate, though, you can see the famous CM7 bubble lockscreen; once unlocked, ADW Launcher is clearly gracing the homescreen. Later in the video, as she pulls down the notification shade, you can see that this device is also sporting the CM7 notification power widget.

All signs point to yes, this phone is running CM7 out of the box, but, unfortunately, she didn't open the About phone menu, so we didn't get a glimpse of any details that could verify whether or not this is indeed CM7.

Either way, there is one thing for sure: this phone is not stock. If it's not running CM7, it's definitely running something based off of the CM source. Very cool.

Anyone out there with the Republic Wireless Optimus One care to shed some light on the missing details for us? We'd love to get some verification.

[via Phandroid]

Cameron Summerson
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  • Lenny

    I'll be able to tell you on Friday. I'll look for the "CyanogenMod settings" errr "RepublicWirelessMod settings" in the menu

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Chances are it is a CM7 source-based build, so for most people that menu contains way too many traps, so it is highly doubtful that it is there. It may have some features though.

      Try swyping to dismiss a notification. And the about menu.

      • Lenny

        ya, i was kind of joking about that. it will be interesting to see how similar it is to cm7

  • Indirect

    That is CM7, hopefully it has an unlocked bootloader too?

  • hm

    I'd say that was some sort of fake unboxing.
    Notice how wireless is on, the only way that could be possible is if there was an available open wifi around and even then, the phone should ask if you want to connect to it.
    I'm guessing she flashed cm before and then staged this unboxing.


    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Or she simply unboxed it and used it ten minutes before. Don't know how she managed to get that Republic app on there if she flashed it and staged it.

      • superkrrk

        she said sth. like "you need to charge the battery before using", so I think she set it up before.

  • http://android-zone.tk George

    I too want to see the about phone, although it doesn't take a genius to edit the build.prop and edit out cyanogenmod!
    Bootloader will probably be unlocked aswell!

    don't live in US other wise I would give this a go!

  • http://phorq.com phorq

    more importantly, can this ROM be put on a different (higher end) Sprint phone? I'd consider buying a GSII outright and putting this ROM on it if I could use it contract free for $20 monthly... My Republic Optimus isn't scheduled to arrive until after the new year... :-/

  • Lenny

    i guess you could call it a fake unboxing since she probably opened, installed the battery and played with it a little. i doubt she flashed any roms because then she wouldn't have had the republic wireless app

  • Kyle

    also i mean lets face it, if she managed to get CM7 on there herself i will be throughly impressed, she seemed confused by how the phone worked let alone how to flash it and then still get the republic app and startup wizard on there

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    That isn't ADW, that is the stock launcher. Looks like they pulled in the bubble lockscreen for sure from CM7 though and the notifications. :)

  • dmunkie

    "Welcome to the Alina Show. My name is alina, and this is my show" Seriously? WTF!?!?!

  • Hans-Erik

    GeeksPhone Zero comes out with Rom Manager on it plus an easy CM7 upgrade out of the box. Would take that phone over any other from that perspective.

  • MrHanMan

    "the infamous CM7 bubble lockscreen"

    The CM7 bubble lockscreen is infamous? Why is it infamous?

    • Kyle

      prash and the cm team talked about it like 50000 times during the Big Android BBQ panel.

      • Cameron Summerson

        Yeah, but 'infamous' is a negative term. There's no negative associate with the bubble lockscreen - that was a typographical error.

    • Cameron Summerson

      I believe I typoed the word "famous" somehow and it corrected to "infamous." Thanks for pointing it out. Fixed.

  • Kyle

    i would be interested to see if it has the theme chooser on it

  • Paul

    lol. If Republic Wireless really installed a modified CM7 on the phone as 'stock' I'd be quite happy. CM7 is fast, stable, and easier to update. It also offers a consistent interface across multiple phones. I love CM7 and to find a 'stock' phone come with CM7 is icing on the cake. I'd consider Republic Wireless if I wasn't such a heavy user and wasn't crazy about my AT&T Galaxy S II. I'd recommend it to family though if the performance is comparable. Time will tell.

  • Waazzupppp

    Republic did post this to their Facebook page as the "First Official Unboxing Video" a bit ago... So, it must be for real...

  • sic789

    ive never seen a phone ship with the battery already in it so yeah she messed with it before the video

    • BJN714

      Ever seen an iPhone? Fairly certain its battery comes inside already. Oh an the Droid RAZR. Lol sorry but I had to. Mean no disrespect as I understand what you mean. Cheers!

      • hugobosslives

        i've had a couple ship with it inside

    • rsh1029

      Just got the same phone from net10 and battery and micro sd were both pre-installed.

  • http://www.christiantechsaz.com Aaron

    Well, here is Steve Kondik's take on it:


  • Jacob

    She confirmed it as CM7 through the Mod Version easter egg with a comment:
    @ciwrl well, it seems like TeamDouche and a little bird on a boat

    • Cameron Summerson

      A comment... where?

      • Jacob

        The video. Where else?

      • http://www.theandroidsite.com Ben Marvin

        If you look at the YouTube comments, she was asked to check in the About Phone screen and apparently it's confirmed to be CM7.

  • Vi

    OK guy's lets follow up with any info on how well it works. We've all been in the dark on this!

  • Rudy

    I just received my Republic Wireless LG, it's running a custom Republic Wireless ROM/Kernel based on Android 2.3.5.

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      So it sounds like they probably just cherry picked CM7 features (that are almost essential to have on AOSP) from source and built their own. I just wonder how much of their service is integrated into the framework or if it just runs as a system app...

  • Rudy

    It has a Republic Wireless APK that upon starting the phone request to connect to wi-fi.

    kernel version: anders@box2 #15

    Mod version: republic-wireless-ga-1.0.6

    Build number: republic/1.0.6

    • http://twitter.com/#!/brandonjnunn bjn714

      Not that most people getting this service will do it, but root. I can't imagine they patched up root holes, so I bet one of the existing tools will work, if it is even necessary. For all we know, the BL is unlocked and all that is needed is superuser and busybox. Fun stuff. I guess we will see.

    • Connor

      Is there any way you could create a Nandroid backup for me? I am in need of one to fix my phone.

  • Rudy

    I rooted my LG with SuperOneClick.

  • Lenny

    So the swiping for notifications works. Custimizable power control is exactly the same as cm. They definitely took some things from cm. Annoyed right now because forwarded calls from google voice aren't ringing.

  • repub beta tester

    i have the repub wireless. phone ships with battery in it ready to go. looks like republic wireless recieves from sprint and reloads it with there firmware. the battery was good to go for 3 hrs, before i had it charge it, out of box. was looking into rooting and running the "jailbreak" stuff but if you guys are saying it's true then i will stop here.
    about page:
    Model LS670
    android 2.3.5
    baseband version : unknown
    kernal: 2.6.32-9-republic; anders@box2#15
    CPU: armv6-compatible processor rev 5(v6l)
    mem info: 230mb/421 mb
    mod version: republic wireless-ga-1.0.6
    build version: republic 1.0.6
    hope i didn't give otu anything that would get me kicked out of the beta. can any confirm if this si a running the canyanogen mod already?

    edit: btw the first thing it askes for when you turn it on is to set upa wifi network, as that was part of the deal for the contract with republic wireless. so far it's pretty awesome.

    • bjn714

      As far as it running CM7, that seems not to be the case. It looks like they git cherrypicked for the features they wanted to add (notifications dropdown, lockscreen, tweaks, etc). It is not the same as having CM7 but it does have some of the things that make it better than aosp.

      If you don't have the need to run root apps, you may leave it or root it. Just not sure what is out there for help with that yet.

    • http://www.consumertechblog.com John S

      How is the voice quality with calls? That is one thing that I am torn on, but if I can get a decent review on that aspect, I will be getting one soon!

      Let me know!

      • Lenny

        Only had two calls so far. First call was a little inconsistent with a few dropped words. Second call was extremely clear but I noticed a very slight lag. It wasn't horrible but reminded me of some other experiences with voip calling. The first call was routed through google voice so it is possible some of the lack of quality stemmed from gv.

        • http://www.consumertechblog.com John S

          Ok. That does help a bit. Were the calls routed via GV by your choice or is that how the phone is setup to take calls via Wi-Fi? I have experienced GV Wi-Fi calls and they are kinda iffy, but I thought maybe the republic hardware/software combo might be a better experience. Thanks for the info.

    • Connor

      Is there any way you could do a Nandroid backup for me? I am in need of one to fix my phone.

  • Lenny

    I did the gv callback for the first one. When you just make or receive calls it routes them over wifi by default and you don't have to do anything. It just has a little wifi tag when you are on a wifi call.

  • Infostack

    Two questions:
    a) is handoff from wifi cell to Sprint macro cell (ie data channel) seamless? Or is call dropped? We were doing this seamlessly back in 2006 with a service from ATS, which shut down. So at least it should be doable for Republic/bandwidth.com

    b) does anyone know what type of roaming agreements does Republic have with wifi hotspot operators and networks? I presume the 60% they are referring to is home and office use, as well as some open public hotspots?