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.

source: +PunitSoni via AndroidCentral

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Moto X
  • Display 4.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Dual-core, 1700 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2200 mAh(13h talk time)



1. nobelset

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Open source ftw.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

3. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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?

4. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

5. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

6. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 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.

7. alila2

Posts: 171; Member since: Nov 01, 2011

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

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