Last week Sony Ericsson announced that it would start allowing its users to unlock the bootloaders on some of its Android phones, opening up a world of customization options. You’d have to own a supported phone (one of the newer models), not be carrier SIM-locked, and be willing to lose your warranty coverage, but there should still be tons of users lining up to get their smartphones unlocked. SE’s Karl-Johan Dahlström has posted an update on the efforts’ progress, advising that the unlock service should launch “in the upcoming weeks”.
In order to unlock your Sony Ericsson phone, you’ll need to connect it to the Android Fastboot tool and enter in a custom unlock code. In order to get yours, you’ll need to visit a SE website, enter in your phone’s IMEI, and if SE’s computers give it the go-ahead, the site will spit out the code you need. This is really the only thing standing in the way of letting you unlock your phone, as the rest of the tools are already in place, and according to Dahlström it will be launch soon.