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Ordering Moto G phone without displacing my low-end cell phone

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I want to purchase a Moto G phone with my positive tab, but I don't want it to be put into service and displace my current cell phone before I root the Moto G and flash a new OS. Will Koodo automatically put the Moto G into service and displace my cell phone without asking me what I want?

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Nope, Koodo will send you the Moto G. And a new SIM card. You don't have to use the new SIM right away or at all. When you're ready just pop your old SIM into the G or activate your service on the new SIM. Oh and here is a link to remove the stupid unlocked boot loader warning: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2548530&page=1
Taking that boot loader warning one step further, you can customize what your boot logo shows. http://forum.xda-developers.com/moto-g/themes-apps/app-motorola-boot-logo-maker-source-t2848667
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Thanks, Chad, Damien. Being new to the whole smartphone thing, I think I may just live with a uncool logo for at least the beginning until I know my way around. Chad, you said SIM and service activation. I am thinking about googling the procedure for a CyanogenMod. Of course, I will back up the original OS, as per the best practice that I googled. Is the SIM unaffected by the OS change? Also, you mentioned either popping the old SIM into the G or activating the service for my new SIM. Is there any advantage for either of these options? My old SIM is on a simple cellphone, Samsung U410.
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andymhancock, The sim is indeed unaffected by os changes. If you have an older sim I recommend migrating your service to the new sim, there may be advantages like access to newer towers or future lte services. Also I believe the U410 uses a standard sim where the Moto G uses a Micro Sim. Migration to a new sim is simple via selfserve.
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I'm just curious as to why you're interested in flashing a different ROM (I'm unaware of the possibility of a different OS on the Moto G - very few phones are capable of such a transition) if you're new to smartphones? Most ROMs have way more bugs than stock and may require constant flashing. The Moto G ROM is fairly lean, so you're not likely to see any performance increase.
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Thanks again, Chad. Ivan, here is the info I've found on CyanogenMod for the Moto G: http://wiki.cyanogenmod.org/w/Falcon_Info The long story about how I ended up going the rooting direction is as follows. I'm from a geezer generation use to old Casio PDAs, crystal display dot matrix letters occupying a quarter of the device, and no connectivity at all. Before cloudware, I got use to managing all my Personal Information Management (PIM) info on the device, including confidential data and authentication data. I'm also of the generation which thinks a lot more of privacy of some personal info compared to the millennial generation, who largely don't mind publicizing a lot of info. I will not be going through the cloud with contact and notes information; currently, I plan to use CompanionLink suite of PIM apps on the PC & smartphone. However, calendar appointments and email are a bit of a lost cause as far as cloudware is concerned, since they get sent/received in the clear even if you don't store them in the cloud. With the Carrier IQ issue that arose years ago, I've asked around as to how anyone can be assured that such information is protected from ISPware, except for what's needed to work the PIM app itself. I would even want such protection for calendar appointments and email -- not just contact data and notes. Sure, the former are sent in the clear, but that's just from the sending email server (which might not be with one's ISP) to the receiving email server. Outside of that segment of delivery, I want the info to be accessible only to the user via the PIM app. Needless to say, there is a wide range of opinion out there as to the likelihood and degree of harm in such a risk (some of this being a generational perspective). Because of this uncertainty, I decided to go the cautious route, which is to replace ISP-provided OS with something more transparent. I may not be able to scrutinize the source, but compared to ISP-installed versions of Android, no one has visibility into all tweaks that may have been made in ISP provided OS. In summary, I am not motivated by sophisticated usage of the Moto G. In fact, my usage will be embarrassingly simple (a geezer style PDA that can surf, phone, and has FM radio). I'm motivated by eliminating the unknown associated with an ISP provided Android system. i welcome others' perspectives that may add context to the assessment of this risk.