Anyone who’s tried to download ROMs and software from forums like XDA will most likely curse those bandwidth squating bastards.  Well luckily we have a NEW SOURCE for hosting all these ROMs with direct downloads and BitTorrent distribution for backup to ensure when NRG puts out a new ROM and crashes the servers (he stresses the multiple server point for reliability) users can still get at the thing through decentralized means.  He’s going to host Android and Windows Mobile ROMs so everyone worth hearing about is included.  This is going to be a hosting and release site, not a development site, so you won’t see tons of technical non-sense here but just ROMs, hopefully some rating system, and at the least always-on access to ROMs when we need them.  I’d still use XDA’s ROM rating site they started up a while back because it has fewer ads and an easier system for finding ROMS along with more variety.  This is just going to allow much quicker distribution and less waiting when things get busy in the world of the phone tinkerer.  If you’re a chef, you might want to look into this one and see if you can’t get some free hosting that doesn’t suck all kinds of ass.

7 COMMENTS

  1. Hopefully this guy is either really rich or there’s something about banner clickthrough payouts covering such bandwidth bills that I don’t know about.

  2. I see word has started to spread of my site! My bandwidth costs are going to be covered entirely by advertising and I have absolutely no plans for a premium service :)

    Just for those interested in my Server Setup, the site is being hosted across five different servers located in Dublin, Ireland so that US and EU users can get brilliant speeds. The site is currently however in BETA stage and may be buggy the odd the time but I expect that it will be finalised and fully stable before the end of June.

    In any case, feel free to visit and bookmark the site http://www.smartroms.com ROM developers and ROM users alike.

  3. Yay for someone figuring out how to host everyone’s rom without impossible feline captchas, countdown delays, weird slow bursting throttling and animated speedometers — while just breaking even using fewer ads than we have on this site. Right now I’m hosting a rom for the guy whose rom I’m using as a gesture and a dictionary file for someone’s wifi cracking thing and just to offer you a quick glance at my bandwidth as an example of what this guy is facing i’m pumping out fifteen megabits a second at the moment. That’s a lot.

    First time I’ve ever heard someone say something nice about rapidshare. Yeah, great service to pay for I suppose if your preferred source of porn is rapidshare links on 4chan. For all the hard work, the talent and time that goes into a lot of these roms and other software, it makes me a sad panda to see the developers have to relegate themselves to the likes of rapidshare. Glad to see someone other than myself with some bandwidth nutting up and trying to help, not to mention with measures tailored to our purposes (torrent backups for example) and I’ll be very impressed if he can continue to deliver as everyone piles on without the outfit morphing toward the direction of rapidshare’s setup.

    As for you and your friend, why wouldn’t you have just laid down a few bucks a month to do your thing through ftp?

  4. yay for making money off of hosting people’s roms! hahaha.
    jk man, you found a niche, congrats.

    You should offer a cheap premium without ads.
    Or I guess I’ll just have to bust out with my adblocker. hahaha.

    But anyways, Rapidshare is amazing. Get yourself a premium account. It’s not that expensive if you pay for the year service and share with a friend or two like I do.
    They have anything and everything on RS. You can even get a free collectors edition and use a certain program to generate RS Free User points in no time and be able to redeem those for a free premium account.

    So either nut up or shut up. lol.

  5. Hello there, the site owner of Smart Roms again. I would just like to let you all know that the site is currently (And has been for the past few hours) being migrated to vbulletin instead of the phpbb based system that it runs now. The move should be complete before the end of today but I expect that there will be the slight possiblity of slowdowns or errors on the main site until the move is complete. Please be patient :)

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