Backlash from Motorola RAZR Developer's Edition results in petition from Operation: MOSH

Backlash from Motorola RAZR Developer's Edition results in petition from Operation: MOSH
Talk that Motorola is going to be offering a special edition of the Motorola RAZR coming with an unlocked bootloader out of the box has drawn criticism from a group of current Motorola users called MOSH. This group, whose title is an acronym for "Make Ourselves Heard" first gained attention by protesting that Motorola was not releasing products with unlocked bootloaders. The manufacturer eventually caved and promised that bootloaders on all Motorola devices would be unlocked by the end of 2011. 

The Motorola RAZR Developer's Edition is in essence, a device being used by the manufacturer to placate those who screamed that Motorola did not follow through with its promise. But when Motorola made the device official, the plan backfired. Now, Operation: MOSH members are trying to get people to sign an online petition seeking unlocked bootloaders on all Motorola smartphones. Furthermore, considering the recent announcement about the Motorola RAZR Developer's Edition, the group wants "To let Moto know that this ‘Developer Edition’ had better be available either as a trade for our devices, paying the difference, or not at all, since we all bought our devices in hopes that they would keep their word in the first place."

So the request is simple. Operation: MOSH says that they bought their Motorola phones with the idea that the manufacturer would keep its promise about unlocking the bootloaders on them. Since that has not happened, and the RAZR DE will come to market with an unlocked bootloader, the Operation: MOSH members feel that they are entitled to a trade in of their current Motorola device for the unlocked RAZR. And yes, the group says that they would pay the difference in price.

Motorola could end up with a public relations problem. This is slightly different from the person who buys the Motorola DROID BIONIC and then complains when the Motorola DROID RAZR is released. In that case, the person bought the phone with no promises attached. In the other scenario, buyers allegedly relied on a promise from Motorola that they would unlock bootloaders on new and on some past models. As we've noted before, HTC has done this on some of their older handsets. Soon, Motorola Mobility will be part of Google and we would imagine that Google will want this resolved before the letterheads have been changed.

To sign the petition, head over to the sourcelink.

source: Operation:MOSH via Phandroid



1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

I'll sign, even though I don't root and therefore could personally give less than a s**t about having an unlocked bootloader for myself. Motorola DID promise to have the unlocked bootloader solution done, and since then has at least backed out of that promise for Verizon phones, saying that Verizon said they wouldn't let bootloaders be unlocked. So what REALLY needs to happen is to petition Verizon to stop being a d**k about its bootloader policy. That would probably be more effective.

2. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

Its Not only Verizon.... the milestone, milestone 2 , pro, defy, defy +, atrix, among others outside US have their bootloader locked and they said they promised to have a solution for all those phones. HTC has a bootloader tool, so does SE and others... not fair foe those who want a good feeling on their devices and a cool custom rom

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Yeah, Motorola has dropped the ball on the bootloader issue. I mean, it might have to do with issues like the Google purchase, the Bionic launch delay, and then the development of the Razr. But I don't want to make excuses for Motorola.

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i think these people are entitled to something.

5. TreyTreyTaylor

Posts: 728; Member since: Dec 21, 2010

Why I opted for the nexus instead of the razr. Tired of motos BS. Unlocked the boot loader and flashed a rom and kernel the first day on my nexus.

6. theBankRobber

Posts: 682; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Yea I read that my Photon can be unlocked with a program and a few steps. I haven't dug into it since im no fan of custom roms ether. I do say im not a fan Motorola's Applications skin (aka blur with a fancy name) but I just for some reason feel real comfortable with the phone itself as is. But I hope others get what was promised to them.

8. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Photon was really the last phone to come out with the lower quality interface. phones like the Droid 3, Bionic, Atrix 2 & Razr come with really nice skins.

7. Exofuji

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 25, 2012

#OPMOSH. Set my Bionic Free. Making a Dev Edition is kind of a slap in the face to everyone that was hoping for Moto stay true to there promise about the bootloaders to begin with.

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