I see that people have had sucess rooting this tab with kingoapp. That is great for enabling some root only apps, but I would really like to enable the stock dialer, unlock the SIM and remove the ATT bloatware. I may have actually enabled the stock dialer already. I used QuickShortcutMaker to give myself a "Factory Mode" shortcut that opens up a dailer. I don't know if that dailer can be used by aftermarket dailers to call 911 now or not. Would I have to run that Factory Mode shortcut at every boot to enable it? I don't have an active SIM to test it with right now. (I'm thinking of ordering a SIM from Cricket btw)
I've read that ATT had the bootloader locked on this device (Is that different than on the 217S and 217T?). I understand that means that I can't flash a new ROM, but have seen xposed mentioned as a way to get rid of bloatware. Has anyone figured out how to unlock the bootloader yet? If I mess something up does having the bootloader locked mean that I can't flash a recovery backup? That sounds risky and is the reason for all these questions.