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Want Motorola to Unlock More Bootloaders? There is a Petition for that.

Locking bootloaders is about to become a common subject that spans beyond the walls of Motorola, so to hopefully cause enough of a stir to either slow down this plague or eventually stop it, a petition has been launched.  With over 2,500 signatures in just a short couple of weeks, it’s time we flex a little DL community muscle and see if we can’t help this thing really move forward.

This is one of those battles that probably has too much money involved for us to really make a difference, but that isn’t going to stop us from trying.  While Motorola and the rest of the phone manufacturers would have you believe that they are locking bootloaders to protect consumers from themselves, we all really know that they are protecting the contracts they have signed with software companies and carriers.  This is a business after all, right?  It is, but there are other approaches that can be taken that have been successful without making customers feel like they don’t truly own a device they just paid $600 for.

So what do you say?  Should we all get to signin’?

Sign the petition.

  • Custom Colonel

    What a complete and utter waste of time. I’m sure that Motorola, a company that has sold millions upon millions upon millions of customers is going to listen to 2500 people. Let’s be super generous and say that Moto has only sold 1 million phones (which as we all know, they have sold millions more than that)

    To get 1% of 1 million they will need 10,000 signatures. Clearly you can see that this is a complete waste of time.

  • Anonymous

    As an Atrix 4G user I signed this thing long ago. I hope that since its now getting a lot of media coverage Motorola might actually pay attention!

  • Ryan C

    signed it! number 4223. i said:
    Dear Motorola,
    We eventually just get the bootloaders unlocked anyway, so keep them unlocked and save yourselves the trouble. Keep them unlocked for us all who wish to have them that way for open development and customization.

  • Ryan C

    signed it! number 4223. i said:
    Dear Motorola,
    We eventually just get the bootloaders unlocked anyway, so keep them unlocked and save yourselves the trouble. Keep them unlocked for us all who wish to have them that way for open development and customization.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_I7J4Z55BLI6W3OMFGRZZFNVLQA John

    just buy htc phones

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    you realize that in 2 hours it got 500 people to sign after me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Emaw-Kennedy/504157652 Michael Emaw Kennedy

    you realize that in 2 hours it got 500 people to sign after me!

  • http://twitter.com/hijackerjack Rohil Thopu

    I remember when I created one of the earlier petitions when the DX came out. Made it to 1400 sigs, then people realized that it wouldn’t do anything. I really hope these guys have more luck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Josue-Aristy/540455542 Josue Aristy

    sign it now!

  • Dodgesityballer

    I want to add this topic to my facebook and twitter so all my friends and followers see the topic and sign but then again i dont want all my friends knowin where i get my information from lol. Hmmmm decisions, decisions……..

  • Sesawyer3127

    Funny how I have been saying this since day one and most on this site stood up for and gave excuses for Moto LOL

  • Anonymous

    Done/signed/commented…..obv its a looooooong shot, but the # of sigs on the petition is very impressive none the less

  • Garrett

    I am the proud owner of the 3500th signature on that petition.

  • Anonymous

    Voted but, not buying anymore motorola shit unless this happens.

  • johnny_bob

    got my vote

  • http://twitter.com/arman_g arman g

    signed, like a boss

  • Anonymous

    /signed

  • Proprietary_Android

    unlocked bootloader and an option to get an optimized stock Android installation instead of their proprietary version of Android.

  • Proprietary_Android

    unlocked bootloader and an option to get an optimized stock Android installation instead of their proprietary version of Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1524978355 Mario Gagliardi

    I signed it, it’ll never happen, but I signed it.

  • Anonymous

    The DL community was apparently too much for that site and it is now struggling to function. Stay with it though, we’d like to see how many signatures we can get.

    • Chris Nimon

      I just signed it, # 3062 :)

  • http://profiles.google.com/originalme8 Christopher S. Bates

    Signed and commented. Very unlikely they will listen, but we can hope right?

  • )v(urphy

    Signed, sealed….now let’s hope they can deliver.

  • Anonymous

    Michael_NM I was expecting a really good letter from you on this topic LOL Your slipping man, what’s up LMAO!!! :)

    • Anonymous

      Yea, was def expecting our designated DL letter writer 2 b all over this…..out of all the posts, this is the 1 he sleeps on????…..come on MICHAEL_NM, im a bit disappointed

      • Anonymous

        Dear 1bad69z28 and CORYK333,

        Please accept my sincere apologies for missing the boat. I’ll try not to let that happen again. :-)

        Best Regards,
        Michael_NM

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  • Coaster36

    Signed but when I upgrade im going somewhere else. They wont care about a few thousand “advanced” users.

  • Anonymous

    True, but take a look at Apple and why so many of us rebel against the control of *phone products. We maybe 10K in numbers which is realtively very small users to thier grand scheme in things vs the massess of hundreeds of millions of users out there.

    Apple is known for their tight and strict control of their technologies and yet they have a very large following that are loyal to the core. Kellex would have to do some massive scale advertising to reach out to the massess about why they should care about locked bootloaders IMO :) Your thoughts

  • Anonymous

    THERE SHOULD BE A PETITION FOR “UPDATES” EVERYONE GET IT THE SAME DAY!!! AND TO IMPROVE BATTERY LIFE!!!

    • Anonymous

      No, that would literally be unreasonable. They still have to put work into doing the updates. Having the devices we pay for and own be unlocked is actually reasonable and attainable.

  • Rizzidy

    Online petitions do about as much good as pissing into the wind.

    • Anonymous

      okay i see where you’re going with this but you aren’t going to get pee on your shorts from signing an online petition :P

      • Rizzidy

        I’d rather have pee on my shorts is my point.

        • Dodgesityballer

          How bout i just pee on you while i’m signing this online petition? yes/no

          • Rizzidy

            How are you going to do both at the same time? Do you want me to hold it?

          • Dodgesityballer

            I only need hands wen its time to shake lol. but u cant start the water and lather my soap for me thanks. lol

    • http://twitter.com/RobbThundr Robb Manlapaz

      making statements in the comments sections does about as much good as pissing into the wind

    • http://twitter.com/arman_g arman g

      take a look at the online petition against the CRTC’s decision for UBB in canada. not only was the decision to implement UBB delayed, now they are changing the structure, still a bad thing, but something happened, BECAUSE of an online petition.

      • Rizzidy

        lolcanada

  • Interstellarmind

    signed

  • Roberto Taylor

    Looks like the site is getting hammered because it keeps timing out on me…lol

    • http://iamandroid.co/profile/rocktoonz Rocktoonz

      yeah same for me

  • Risenequinox

    Post it on your facebook wall if you have one, maybe more and more will sign the more we put it out there.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/RXFWXDUWRRHCGFV6NP2SDZ7YLU Ray

    I signed

  • Anonymous

    I agree and even though Kellex is proablby right about how much money and cost the OEM’s have invested into locking down the bootloaders this petition might not see the light of day, but it’s worth a shot.

    In regards to “While Motorola and the rest of the phone manufacturers would have you believe that they are locking bootloaders to protect consumers from themselves” Only my wife would agree to that statement in protecting me from to much usage of my phone lol

    Maybe I might need some protecting “hmmm” :P

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t the carriers that are dictating locking the phones? Shouldn’t there be a petition to Verizon instead

    • Anonymous

      I agree with this.

  • Mth2134

    I agree with cokain….. motorola already knows there are 10,000 or so unhappy advanced users. So I would aim this more at average end users to inform them that the bloatware and crap is behind motos shroud and aim to incite the masses. Most people may not want to modify their phone. But I would bet most would like to know they don’t have free control over the product they bought. Generally masses unite for a personal freedom or belief.

    • Anonymous

      Did you know there was a study done that showed that the “average” consumer felt like the “crapware” they were getting was an enticement? Yup, that’s right, those BS games we all have to clear off of a newly purchased machine, is “a reason” to buy it according to John Q. Public. The same thing holds true with SmartPhones. I know people that “brag” that they “got” NFS Shift and Madden on their phones “for free”

      So no, the “average consumer” is not in your corner on this, and still aren’t going to ask for “open bootloaders” they are just going to sit there and nod as you try to explain it, until you notice that their eyes have glazed over and they are no longer paying attention to you.

  • Jim Dandy

    Somebody cue RATM’s “Township Rebellion”.

  • Kevoskee

    Got to sign it but 2500 signatures is a minority I would think

  • Andrew Hewitt

    Definitely should leave this up at the top for at least the rest of the day.

  • Anonymous

    Done and done!

  • Anonymous

    I have no delusions that this will work, but it still made me feel good to sign it.

    Free Our Phones! Free Our Phones! Free Our Phones!

  • Alvinm 77

    Even though I left Motor for HTC (again) I will sign. Love the hardware, just hate having my device locked down. If they do unlock a good device, they’ll see my money again in the future.

    • http://twitter.com/jdomann jdomann

      Now that HTC is starting to lock the bootloader, I’m starting to think Sony-Ericsson is a good choice since they’re promising no locked bootloaders on their SIM-unlocked phones.

  • Anonymous

    RELEASE ” THE BOOTLOADER”,

    Sorry I just had to say that lol Maybe it sounds better with “Release the Cracken” :P

  • Anonymous

    Better idea, don’t buy a Motorola product again. They care more about $$$ out of their pocket than an online petition.

    What you already bought a Xoom?? Guess you failed to speak with your $$$.

    Then you’ll say you only bought it because of the unlockable boot load. Motorola will attribute the higher sales to it being a new cutting edge device. Not because of that.

    • Max

      Or do both and we can show them! O,o

    • Rizzidy

      Exactly. F Motorola.

    • Anonymous

      Except anyone who cares about the bootloader likely only makes up like 0.01% of Motorola’s customers.

      • Anonymous

        Except that you’re completely wrong.

  • Anonymous

    2nd!

  • Gnostic

    SIGN THIS NOW!!!