A group of people over at xda-developers has pooled resources and achieved permanent root on HTC’s EVO Shift 4G. Previous hacks were temporary only, so this new method represents a significant turning point for tweakers that own the gadget.
As always, this is a do-at-your-own-risk type of procedure, and there is always the possibility of turning your gadget into a pretty brick. That said, the instructions seem simple enough and confirmations are rolling in from people who have completed the hack successfully.
Head on over to xda-developers to see if it’s worth giving it a go yourself. A recovery image is coming soon.
UPDATE: See this XDA thread for a newbie’s guide to rooting the Shift.