x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.
  • Home
  • News
  • Most U.S. carriers will offer Motorola Moto X with unlockable bootloader

Most U.S. carriers will offer Motorola Moto X with unlockable bootloader

Most U.S. carriers will offer Motorola Moto X with unlockable bootloader
One day after the introduction of the Motorola Moto X, the company's VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, revealed some further information about the phone. According to the executive, the version of the Moto X that will be released by Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Rogers will come with an unlockable bootloader that will be locked out of the box. However, using Motorola's tools, the bootloader can be unlocked.

You might notice the absence of AT&T and Verizon from that list of carrier names. That would seem to indicate that the version of the phone for both operators will be equipped with a locked bootloader that can't be unlocked. But Verizon was named by Soni as one carrier that will be offering a special Developer Edition of the phone which will presumably offer an unlocked bootloader. There also will be a North American Developer Edition which should be an unlocked GSM model with AT&T compatible bands. 

Those looking to flash custom ROMs and join the hacker and modder crowd with the Mototora Moto X are going to want to be able to unlock the bootloader on the device. Thanks to the two Developer Edition models, it looks like all of the carriers offering the phone in the U.S. will have a model with a bootloader that can either be unlocked, or will come unlocked.

Motorola's Soni explains the bootloader situation on the Moto X

Motorola's Soni explains the bootloader situation on the Moto X


source: +PunitSoni via AndroidCentral

7 Comments
  • Options
    Close




posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:00 3

1. nobelset (Posts: 265; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


Open source ftw.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:06 1

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5645; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Not surprise by AT&T not giving the BOOTLOADER as always

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:12 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Did I miss something? In another thread, didn't T-Mo say it was not going to be stocking/offering the X? Have they (T-Mo) changed their mind?

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 21:42 1

4. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


T-Mobile will not be selling the Moto X from their own stores (for now), but you can still buy a T-Mobile subsidized Moto X from Motorola's own website through Moto Maker. Kind of weird, but as long as I get customized hardware I couldn't care less about whether it's in stores or not.

posted on 02 Aug 2013, 23:35

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5282; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Where/How do you get technical support for the T-Mo edition of the X? Like if the hot-spot function no-workie? I doubt a call to T-Mo Tech Support will be terribly helpful, given that they (T-Mo) aren't selling the X.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 07:58

6. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3657; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm sure they'll have the usual spot on the online forums for the Moto X for support. I'm sure it'll have it's own product page on T-Mobile site as well, but when you want to buy one it will redirect you to Moto Maker.

posted on 03 Aug 2013, 09:50

7. alila2 (Posts: 117; Member since: 01 Nov 2011)


well thats good news , the att exclusive motomaker made me pass on this phone , not any more.

Want to comment? Please login or register.

Latest stories