Why is HTC ʺRestrictingʺ You from Unlocking the One X’s Bootloader?


Under pressure from the community, HTC announced they would begin to offer tools to unlock the bootloaders on “their” phones. Over the past six months they’ve made significant inroads and have “allowed” the unlocking of a great deal of “their” devices.

I know I’m being liberal with the quotation marks, but once you buy the phone, isn’t it your phone?

Neither HTC nor AT&T force you to call your mom for exactly 15 minutes every seven days, nor do they tell you that you can’t call your mom more than once a week. Absurd, you say? Why would a carrier or a manufacturer force you to do something with your phone — or prevent you from doing something with your phone, like calling Mom “too much”?

Ironically, that’s just what’s happening with the AT&T HTC One X: they’re telling you that you can’t unlock your bootloader. MoDaCo reached out to HTC. This was their disheartening response:

HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.

We know this isn’t an HTC limitation. Is it a One X limitation, or is it an AT&T restriction?

The only HTC device in AT&T’s lineup that has an officially unlockable bootloader is the HTC Jetstream tablet. It sure looks like it’s an AT&T restriction to me.

What’s next AT&T? Telling us we can’t call Mom on the weekends? Shame on you. You broke Mom’s heart.

But there’s good news! If you want to get a high-end HTC phone you can get the European, Tegra 3 version of the One X. It’s not on the official “unlockable” list, but you can. And you’re free to do whatever you want with it. Mom would be proud.

Quote Source: MoDaCo

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.