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ZTE Zinger aka Whirl 2, aka Prelude 2, aka Salem Z667, Z667G, Z667T ($10 Android GSM)

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By _ck_, Senior Member on 11th November 2014, 07:22 PM
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I cannot find a thread for the ZTE Zinger Z667T yet.

Maybe it is too new? Or am I searching badly?

Low end phone but it is a dirt cheap GSM ($10 !) yet fast dual core with KitKat 4.4.2

https://www.phonearena.com/phones/ZTE-Z667_id8985

The hardware buttons are WAY too bright and and haptic feedback is way too strong.

Hoping those can be addressed someday as well as reprogramming hardware buttons.

Framaroot and towelroot do not work on it. Bootloader rom replacement is probably a pipedream?

Apparently this phone is also sold as the "Whirl 2" same exact specs and internal model number (Z667G) for $10 at some dollar stores

This post is a must read for the possible future of these models:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/gene...8#post57312948

2015-05-13 Whirl2 has been partially rooted (adb shell root)
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12th November 2014, 12:52 AM |#2  
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I picked one of these up as well. I would be happy just with root, no need for a ROM here. I am curious how long it will take to get root access. I might play around with rooting, but really have no idea where to start at.
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I picked one of these up as well. I would be happy just with root, no need for a ROM here. I am curious how long it will take to get root access. I might play around with rooting, but really have no idea where to start at.

I have 7 of these! Would love to root them so I can run a VNC server on them.
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Originally Posted by _ck_

I cannot find a thread for the ZTE Zinger Z667T yet.

Maybe it is too new? Or am I searching badly?

Low end phone but it is a dirt cheap GSM ($10 !) yet fast dual core with KitKat 4.4.2

The hardware buttons are WAY too bright and and haptic feedback is way too strong.

Hoping those can be addressed someday as well as reprogramming hardware buttons.

Framaroot and towelroot do not work on it. Bootloader rom replacement is probably a pipedream?

Yeah, I tried Kingo Root as well. It ran for about 15 min and reset twice. Its doing something with it, but not rooting. I'd like vnc as well. Good luck guys!!
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The only chance at root for now perhaps is for someone to go through all the permutations that geohot allows inside of towelroot via modstrings:

https://towelroot.com/modstrings.html

Hopefully zte did not patch it after June 3rd because then none of the futex bug root hacks are going to work and we might have to wait a long time for another exploit to be found.

I'll happily send one of these phones to any established developer who has proven they can root other phones without known exploits, no need to return it, PM me.

Or better yet, maybe we all can somehow contribute to a "bounty" for rooting it, which might motivate talented people.
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count me in for a root also!
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13th November 2014, 04:09 AM |#7  
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+1 for root, I'd love it
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I'm not sure how to do this officially but I'll offer a 100K (100,000) dogecoin reward for any developer producing a working root for this device.

Note the reward is for the actual developer, not someone who just finds another tool that does it.

Less than 5% of dogecoin remains unmined so they are bound to increase a bit in value over time.

Maybe others can contribute to the reward as well.
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I'm not sure how to do this officially but I'll offer a 100K (100,000) dogecoin reward for any developer producing a working root for this device.

And another 100K (100,000) for an opensource unlock calculator (from imei).

Note the reward is for the actual developer, not someone who just finds another tool that does it.

Less than 5% of dogecoin remains unmined so they are bound to increase a bit in value over time.

Maybe others can contribute to the reward as well.

Awesome. Does anyone know if there is a better section for this?
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Where would be the best section to post so a dev would see this? I'm sure we can get a real bounty going.
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Picked some of these for Perk TV They run pretty well.

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