Motorola makes good on promise to release bootloader unlock keys for certain Motorola Moto X models

Motorola makes good on promise to release bootloader unlock keys for certain Motorola Moto X models
Early last month, Motorola's VP of Product Management, Punit Soni, said that the Motorola Moto X released by Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Rogers would come with an unlockable bootloader, locked out of the box. Soni said that using Motorola's keys, owners of the device purchased from those carriers would be able to unlock the bootloader on their Moto X. Making good on that promise, Motorola on Friday posted bootloader unlocks on its support site for the Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and Rogers branded models as well as for Moto X units launched in Latin America. Motorola says it will eventually add the keys to unlock the T-Mobile version of the Moto X as well as the Developer Edition of the phone.

To get the appropriate unlocking keys for your Moto X, click on the sourcelink and follow the links for your model. Unlocking the bootloader allows you to install custom ROMs, personalizing your smartphone. But once you obtain the unlock code, your phone is no longer covered by the warranty. Therefore, before you attempt to unlock the bootloader on your handset, make sure you know what you are doing.


Even Motorola says that this process is not for the faint of heart. If you understand the risks involved and feel confident that you know what you are doing, you may proceed.

Motorola releases unlock keys for the bootloader on several Motorola Moto X versions

Motorola releases unlock keys for the bootloader on several Motorola Moto X versions


source: Motorola via AndroidCentral

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18 Comments

1. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Well, hey, look at that. Motorola has made good on a promise in a timely manner. Seems a CERTAIN SOMEONE would be really, REALLY goddamn stupid to come on here and bitch about Motorola's past of not following through on promises in light of this, wouldn't it?

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Timely? Actually they were supposed to have this done some time ago. But thank you for trying to get me riled up.

13. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The phone launched on Friday the 6th for Sprint and US Cellular. Moto provided unlock keys the same day. So you think they should have released the keys before the phone was even available for sale? Not sure how much more timely you can get when they release it the same day the phone launches.

16. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

The phone released on AT&T in August and they haven't got an unlock bootloader, not like it will either, no key for those models I suppose.

18. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

At&t and vzw like their phones to be locked down with no possibility of parole. That's why there's no unlock code for the at&t or the vzw Moto X. As far as I know their network didn't crash for having the Nexus or the developer editions devices.

2. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Their failure to be dev friendly is the reason Google will lose their shirt on the Moto deal in the long run. Good riddance to bad rubbish, Moto. Thanks for the original RAZR.

3. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You're kidding me, right? This article is ALL ABOUT Motorola and Google being dev friendly by posting the bootloader unlock shortly after the phones were launched. I mean, really, are you kidding?

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Yes, let's just conveniently forget that, as always, they half-assed it and gave it to two nobody networks, instead of ones that sold, you know, more than ten Moto X's? If you call this "following through on a promise," then your expectations are pretty low.

5. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

A move like this doesn't always happen all at once. Note that they're soon going to follow through with the T-Mobile and unlocked versions very soon. Did it ever occur to you that the versions they released the bootloader for were just ready earlier, and they didn't want to make everyone wait when some of them didn't have to? And they never promised that the AT&T and Verizon versions would get that unlockable bootloader. Knowing those carriers' histories, it's obvious why. So yes, so far they're making good. Sit tight, Captain Asspants. You seriously need to chill.

6. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

They have no history of ever completely following through, so they don't get the benefit of the doubt.

7. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Oh? They've never completely followed through? I seem to recall every single one of their 2012 models getting Jelly Bean. I'll agree that in the past they've had some issues with following through on updates and bootloader unlocks, but it was more a matter of cold reality not lining up with what they wanted to do. Anyway, thus far they've done enough good with their new phones I'm willing to give them leeway. If you don't want to, that's your business. Just be prepared to admit when you're proven wrong later. And to be clear, the conditions of you being wrong involve bootloader unlocks being released for all promised models of the Moto X.

14. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

That would be AT&T and Verizons fault...not Moto. Why would Moto release for some but not others? Possibly because the other carriers want to keep their locked down? Not sure why this would come as any surprise with VZW. Don't give non-dev friendly carriers your money if you don't like it. Until it makes a difference in their bottom line they will continue to do this on future releases.

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Someone needs a chilling pill.

8. gh0s7

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

They're making good on their promise. Apparently you didn't read the article posted here on PhoneArena on August 2nd about T-Mobile, Sprint, Rogers, and US Cellular getting unlockable bootloaders while Verizon is getting a "Developer Edition" and AT&T, until this point, won't be officially unlockable. It all boils down to Carrier politics.

15. techguyone

Posts: 214; Member since: May 18, 2013

No, I'm not Sniggly just (yet another user) sick to death of your negativity, especially around motorola. Yes we know you don't like motorola.. (boy don't we know) I don't especially like Apple hugely, but I don't sit there poised like a vulture gleefully waiting for an article about Apple so I can launch an attack on it. I dunno, how about try... growing up? Don't like Moto, fine, don't read the articles, and don't post bs comments. Simples.

17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Mxys Trolling never stops. He lives under the android and Motorola bridge.

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