When the Samsung Note 8 was new, my girlfriend and I both needed new phones. I didn’t want to stay tied to Verizon for another two years. So I went in to Best Buy, paid $2K in cash, and left the store with two Note 8 phones, commitment free and paid for. A few weeks later, I found out that Verizon wouldn’t insure those phones from Best Buy as I had planned, and that I couldn’t insure them through Best Buy after leaving the store with them. My girlfriend loses her phone a lot and I didn’t want to eventually lose that $1K that I spent on her phone. Meanwhile, Verizon offered a ‘buy one get one free’ deal on their new Note 9 model. So just a few weeks after buying two Note 8’s, I bought two new Verizon Samsung Note 9’s. Having a few extra Note 8’s on-hand has been handy a few times when she loses her Note 9. We just use the insurance to replace the lost phone. But the same day she loses her phone, we bring one of the Note 8’s in to Verizon and outfit it with a new SIM card tied to her phone number. That tides her over until the replacement Note 9 arrives and when it does arrive, we just put the active SIM card in to the replacement Note 9.
So I have two Note 8’s that have very little use on them and that I have no need for. They sit on a shelf. Once or twice per year I turn them both on, charge them up, and run through multiple updates to keep them current. I don’t want to sell either of them. I could do something with at least one of them and still keep the other one as a backup phone. But the Note 8 is getting to be an older model now. In the not-too-distant future, the apps will quit working on them as the OS version can not be upgraded. Does anyone here know a good use for these relatively unused Note 8 phones?
I thought about rooting them. If they’re anything like my old Note 2’s that we had several years ago, neither the boot loader nor the OS can be hacked or upgraded, no matter how good you are at trying to crack in. But I don’t know if the Note 8 is that way or not. If the boot loader can be hacked, I might try to do it. What do I have to lose? Right? But I don’t want an OS that I downloaded from some unknown source who I can’t trust. It would be nice to load something other than a googled-up OS, if possible. The more free the better.