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Motorola Eases Up on Locked Bootloader Stance, Plans to Unlock Portfolio in 2011?

All the talk of locked bootloaders over the last few months has been a little depressing, but today’s word out of Motorola may finally mean that all of our persistent attention to the matter is paying off.  Everyone remember the Motorola bootloader petition that made its rounds almost a month ago?  Well, the man behind it (Irwin Proud) has made several attempts to contact Moto over the issue and finally received a response that I’m sure you’ll enjoy…  

“In terms of your question – we completely understand the operator requirement for security to the end user, and as well, want to support the developer communities desire to use these products as a development platform.  It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it.”

Talk about the ultimate PR response.  While this may not be a definitive, “We’ll unlock everything,” it is at least a positive acknowledgement from Motorola and it also takes the pressure off of them and puts it squarely on the carriers.  We’ve pointed the finger at carriers for months now even while others thought we were out of our minds, but this is about as clear of a statement as you’ll find from a phone manufacturer blaming them.  “Where carriers and operators will allow it.”  Now there is the real battle.

Again, it shows that our work as a community is paying off, but that doesn’t mean this battle is over.  So, who’s starting up the “Carriers, let them unlock the bootloader” petition?

Via:  AusDroid

Cheers Picolas!

  • Tb110895

    So this means current devices like the Droid X/2 or ATRIX aren’t going to be unlocked?

  • nick bohl

    The problem with Verizon is the abuse of the WiFi tether app… People need to suck it up and stop using it. That wouldn’t fix the problem, but it would go a long way.

  • Anonymous

    They are saying it is Verizon’s fault. So now bring the venom to Verizon and see what they say. Either they have to own up to it or call Moto a liar. If they own up to it maybe it’ll be a PR failure and help the cause. Keep the glass half full….

  • Anonymous

    I think this is just a PR response to get the pressure off their shoulders. I doubt we’ll see an unlocked bootloader for the Atrix, or any of their locked up phones. I’m not going to get excited about this until I see proof that they’re going to do this

  • RW-1

    Hmmm … Ok Moto, could you be a little more PR vague? Nothing more than a BS statement that I myself could have made to both nullify carriers scared that I might not lock ‘em down, and the community I wish to entice to purchase before still locking them down.

    Let’s see Moto demonstrate this ability but before we get the devices, and with the current line already out, one can unlock them via OTA just as easily as they can lock them down.

    Unlockable/relockable … all that means is when people get something they’re not supposed to get, such as tethering (usb/wifi), carrer screams, moto relocks, end.

    Really not worthy of spreading this crap around.

  • fish1552

    I suspect that when Motorola starts to see the positive affect of sales due to this decision, it will only strengthen their stand on leaving devices unlockable.
    It may or may not have much of an affect being only 1 person, but I sent an email to the company showing my appreciation at least for the new stance they have taken. I let them know that I was now getting the Xoom instead of waiting on the Toshiba tablet. It couldn’t hurt to let them know we appreciate them and for supporting us, we’ll in turn support them.

  • MK17

    Maybe if a carrier tells Moto to lock it down they will, but there is always a loop hole and now there will be a working version for the phone that is unlockable leaked somewhere…

  • fish1552

    At least this gives me hope of maybe buying another Motorola phone again. Still on my Droid 1 and this might be just in time for my next purchase.
    And to show my appreciation I’m going to get the Xoom next month instead of waiting for the Toshiba. Thank you Moto!

  • http://twitter.com/dfitz52 Dan Fitzgerald

    I’m sure the way our dev community is, that if they do release a bootloader unlocker to customers on one service that they will be able to get it to work w/ other phones on other providers… I dumped my DX and got an HTC TB as soon as my upgrade was available because it could be unlocked. If you hurt a company’s bottom line then they will stand up to Verizon, I’m sure I’m one of many to abandon Motorola for that reason.

  • Anonymous

    GREAT SCOTT!

  • Arthur

    Verizon proved they could push Google around by killing the concept of the Nexus One. It wasn’t long after till they started locking down and bloating out all there Android phones, after they took the fight out of Google, Moto rolled over as well, then Sammy and HTC. Verizon hated the idea of not being able to profit off there bloated service charge based app model (scam). More freedom meant less need for Verizon crapware, we’re lucky they don’t still try to lock up the GPS and make us pay for VZ Navigator. Honestly I think they’re trying to punish Google for trying to free the consumer from carrier bloat.

  • Anonymous

    I know that Verizon is probably largely to blame for this, but I also feel that Motorola phones bring a lot of money in for Verizon, so Moto should have some decent leverage if they really want to make this happen and go toe-to-toe with the carriers. Or, this could just be a PR stunt and nothing really will change (except my next phone becoming an HTC…).

  • Anonymous

    “Where carriers and operators will allow it.”

    That pretty much nullifies everything else they said.

    • John

      Exactly.

  • cowdog

    my gut says, “pr cover, nothing more.” Sure would be nice if true and actionable.

  • PRGuy

    The more bad press locked bootloaders generate for Verizon, the more likely they are to finally stop requesting locked bootloaders from manufacturers. There’s nothing a company hates, more than bad press. Well, unless you happen to be Apple, because they’re just douchey like that.

    • Anonymous

      No Steve just says ‘THAT’S NOT TRUE!!” and thats it. Bad PR gone to them.

  • Anonymous

    Fingers crossed for unlockable bootloader on Bionic.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gregory-Poe/1126894244 Gregory Poe

      Well… we can certainly dream, can’t we?

  • Anonymous

    There’s the problem…. “where carriers and operators will allow it.” Non-story.

  • Verizonsucks

    Everyone head over to the Verizon Customer Support webpage, stat!

    Let’s make sure they can hear us now!

  • Rt

    OK so I hope you can read really well… because this won’t help our situation any… As you can see moto said and I quote “It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it” which means since VZW is pushing for it to be locked, moto will in deed lock it down probably for the VZW service since VZW is telling moto to do so… since moto is stuck with VZW for now, i think it is safe to say it will be locked…

  • Rt

    OK so I hope you can read really well… because this won’t help our situation any… As you can see moto said and I quote “It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it” which means since VZW is pushing for it to be locked, moto will in deed lock it down probably for the VZW service since VZW is telling moto to do so… since moto is stuck with VZW for now, i think it is safe to say it will be locked…

  • Rt

    OK so I hope you can read really well… because this won’t help our situation any… As you can see moto said and I quote “It is our intention to enable the unlockable/relockable bootloader currently found on Motorola XOOM across our portfolio of devices starting in late 2011, where carriers and operators will allow it” which means since VZW is pushing for it to be locked, moto will in deed lock it down probably for the VZW service since VZW is telling moto to do so… since moto is stuck with VZW for now, i think it is safe to say it will be locked…

  • http://www.osu.edu monolithic

    I will stop buying Android devices if the manufacturers refuse to unlock their boot-loaders. Being able to customize my phone the way I want to, is one of the main reasons for me to own an Android phone.

    I’m the tech/gadget version of the guy who likes to work on his car in his driveway every night or on the weekends, tinker with it, improve it, customize it, etc. Take away my ability to do that with my phone and you’ve lost me as a customer.

    M.

  • http://www.osu.edu monolithic

    I will stop buying Android devices if the manufacturers refuse to unlock their boot-loaders. Being able to customize my phone the way I want to, is one of the main reasons for me to own an Android phone.

    I’m the tech/gadget version of the guy who likes to work on his car in his driveway every night or on the weekends, tinker with it, improve it, customize it, etc. Take away my ability to do that with my phone and you’ve lost me as a customer.

    M.

  • Tesseract 3

    We need to pressure verizon as hard, or harder than we pressured motorola. Petition, email them constantly, send them twitter messages constantly. Blast their facebook page with our message. This is what we did to motorola, nearly every response on motorola’s facebook page to every update was someone telling them to unlock the bootloaders. The petition was huge, they were bombed on twitter, and of course constant emails. I say keep up the pressure on moto, but slam verizon as hard as we can.

  • Tesseract 3

    We need to pressure verizon as hard, or harder than we pressured motorola. Petition, email them constantly, send them twitter messages constantly. Blast their facebook page with our message. This is what we did to motorola, nearly every response on motorola’s facebook page to every update was someone telling them to unlock the bootloaders. The petition was huge, they were bombed on twitter, and of course constant emails. I say keep up the pressure on moto, but slam verizon as hard as we can.

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    Hot.

  • http://twitter.com/aaronhurt Aaron Hurt

    Hot.

  • EC8CH

    What I hate the most is that they (VZ) load their phones with bloat and then lock it down so we can remove it. It’s like pissing down our throat and holding our mouth and nose shut.

  • EC8CH

    What I hate the most is that they (VZ) load their phones with bloat and then lock it down so we can remove it. It’s like pissing down our throat and holding our mouth and nose shut.

    • Anonymous

      And it is like they tell you they are going to do it, then you pay them to do it… and then complain about it.

      You have voted with your dollars that you are willing to take a phone with crapware loaded.

      • EC8CH

        I love bloatware apologists.

  • http://blog.amwmedia.com Andrew Worcester

    translation: we can’t make it TOO easy to circumvent paying Verizon for tethering and other services, but we’ll see what we can do.

  • http://blog.amwmedia.com Andrew Worcester

    translation: we can’t make it TOO easy to circumvent paying Verizon for tethering and other services, but we’ll see what we can do.

  • Moe

    GET RID OF MOTOBLUR (nuke from orbit), UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER, RULE THE LANDSCAPE.

  • Moe

    GET RID OF MOTOBLUR (nuke from orbit), UNLOCK THE BOOTLOADER, RULE THE LANDSCAPE.

  • Anonymous

    We’ve heard this before. I’ll believe it when I see it. Talk it cheap.

    I will be buying HTC or Samsung for the foreseeable future. The Droid 1 will be my last Motorola phone.

    • Anonymous

      HTC has started locking their bootloaders, so you may want to cross them off your list, but then again Sense is pretty darn good, just not as good as stock.

      • Anonymous

        They are, but I unlocked mine with ease so… no big deal :) thanks to adb and all the devs…

      • kurttrail

        LOL! Never saw a custom kernel for the D2 and the Dx, but been running custom kernels on my new TBolt.

        Comparing locked bootloaders, MOTO’s is like a door to a bank safe, and HTC’s is like a screen door.

  • Devi8

    HAHA, when hell freezes over they will.

  • Anonymous

    If Moto was actually commited to this they would just put the unlock code for the devices on their site. You would go to your device page on Moto ‘s website & downloaded straight from them. Very easy & no need for carrier involvement.

    • Emily

      There is need for carrier involvement. If Motorola wants to sell phones then they’ll have to go through the carriers so their phones don’t cost consumers $600. The Verizon wants the bootloader locked. I’ve been with VZW my whole life. They do everything the can to squeeze extra money out of people. Why do you think the Thunderbolt came out locked when every HTC phone to come out before was unlocked. HTC didn’t just decide to start locking down phones years later.

      • Anonymous

        I was talking more of distribution then politics of the unlocking.

        • Emily

          that is the politics. Moto goes behind verizons back and give out unlock codes then vzw doesnt contract any new motorola phones. They aren’t going to piss off the company that brought moto mobile back to life.

    • Anonymous

      Except I figure VZW would be none too happy with them doimg that

  • http://twitter.com/JsinLegacy JsinLegacy

    The biggest problem I believe carriers have with unlocked devices is the use of tethering. If they can end tethering when rooted I think they wouldn’t care as much .. just my opinion

    • Anonymous

      Oh yeah, pretty sure tethering or “theft of data” is number 1 in their books.

      • Tesseract 3

        tiered data plans should put a stop to it.

      • MikeP

        I just don’t see why with a standard plan, I don’t have like 50MB of tethered data. Every now and then, internet drops out and I need to send a couple of emails or files. I tether up and send them real quick. No way am I turning tethering on for that month, paying for it, then remembering to turn it off for a simple network outage.

        Oh, and I also allow lots of AT&T devices to wirelessly tether to my Verizon phone when AT&T service sucks. I figure that’s just me giving good marketing, and they shouldn’t be looking to hunt me down for that.

    • http://geekwarrior.net/ trackerk

      Moving from “all you can eat” to tiered pricing plans should alleviate qualms over tethering. As long as they get paid by the gigabyte they shouldn’t care.

    • AnimateDroid

      but they constantly remind us that we’re like 00.01% of their customers and are insignificant. Honestly, tether requires root and even that is probably still less than 1.0% to them. I have tether on my phone, but Iv tethered less than 500MBs in the 1.5yrs Iv had my phone. it’s an option rarely utilized for me, and probably the case for most ppl who tether.

      if they do care abt blocking tether, then theyre wasting more money on prevention than actual loss revenue. an extremely small percentage of tetherers will actually pay for tether srvc.

      I dont think tethering is the problem (at least it shudnt be), especially since tether only requires root, so they can still tether w a locked bootloader. Unless the corp heads think a locked bootloader actually prevents root, which is likely also. Theyre probably all iph0ne/ip@d users w little understanding of what they sell

    • AnimateDroid

      but they constantly remind us that we’re like 00.01% of their customers and are insignificant. Honestly, tether requires root and even that is probably still less than 1.0% to them. I have tether on my phone, but Iv tethered less than 500MBs in the 1.5yrs Iv had my phone. it’s an option rarely utilized for me, and probably the case for most ppl who tether.

      if they do care abt blocking tether, then theyre wasting more money on prevention than actual loss revenue. an extremely small percentage of tetherers will actually pay for tether srvc.

      I dont think tethering is the problem (at least it shudnt be), especially since tether only requires root, so they can still tether w a locked bootloader. Unless the corp heads think a locked bootloader actually prevents root, which is likely also. Theyre probably all iph0ne/ip@d users w little understanding of what they sell

    • Tesseract 3

      And they are already working on a solution for that, tiered data plans, and no more unlimited. That should eliminate the tethering problem, which should fix their main problem with unlocked bootloaders and then we can be free!

  • http://twitter.com/Beezzzzy Basil Mahmud

    Why not just release the crack for current devices? Come on Moto you know its not hard to release one little code.

  • http://twitter.com/CamDroid CamDroid

    alright verizon, its your turn. wake up and smell the gingerbread!

  • http://profiles.google.com/matt2783 Matthew Seth

    I’ll take this to mean absolutely nothing. “where carriers and operators will allow it.” is all that needs to be read here. There will be no more Moto/Verizon devices with an unlocked bootloader.

  • YourMomsLooseTwaht

    where carriers and operators will allow it.”

    There is their out. “Well Verizon won’t allow it’ sorry boys.

  • http://twitter.com/RaymondK RaymondK

    Eh, I hate to rain on everyone’s parade but Motorola did a nice job of covering their ass with the “where carriers and operators will allow it.” They will simply blame the carriers for not allowing them to relese their phones that way. And it will be consistent across the big carriers. Nothing will be any different in 2012 than it is right now. I just wish HTC would make more Nexus devices, as I loved the N1. Samsung’s stuff feels cheap and plasticy. I don’t mind sacrificing a few ounces and a few millimeters for a device that feels solid and well built.

    • Jake

      Yeah, it’s like Sofia Vergara saying, “sure I’ll sleep with you, where my husband will allow it”. :(

  • http://twitter.com/JasonAGrier Jason A. Grier

    Next step, take it to the carriers! Any petition, group, etc. that is contacting Verizon to make sure that they keep their open bootloader stance?

  • Anonymous

    I’d say there’s a better chance of me buying a unicorn at the local pet store than there is of Verizon allowing the bootloaders to remain unlocked or be unlockable. Sadly for us, they have the final say.

    • Anonymous

      I liked your comment but I don’t “really” like your comment … if that makes sense

      • Emily

        yeah, I know what you mean. I really want a unicorn pet too.

        • EC8CH

          It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!

        • EC8CH

          It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!

      • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

        I agree with the both of you. Big Red will put their foot down on this one me thinks.

    • Anonymous

      I disagree about Verizon having a decision in creating the locked bootloader. if that was the case then all other manufacturers would be forced into it. I’m certain they’re very happy that the man. implemented it, and I’m certain they would put pressure on the man. to continue it. But if moto is losing business to all other manufacturers due to locked bootloaders or is experiencing larger volumes of costs due to locked bootloader with legit developer issues, then Moto wont care what Verizon says. More to come I’m certain.

      • AnimateDroid

        on the contrary i think there were major battles trying to get android onto Verizon because verizon wanted to lock down and control the software. Eventually Android gave in.

        i think droidlife had reported on this w the article about how Android saved Moto (+vzw)

      • Anonymous

        Your logic falls apart in the fact that HTC has stared that some of their phones would be locked because of “carrier demands. “

        • Anonymous

          Hmmm. I dunno, I kinda like my logic.

      • pill

        So what!!!the majority of Droid phone owners dont mod their phones Ite use custom rom’s and kernels….IM SURE WE ALL KNOW THAT NO MATTER WHAT SOMEONE WILL FIND AWAY AROUND THESE LOCKED BOOTLOADERS…I HAVE A CUSTOM ROM ON MY DX SO DONT YOU GUYS THINK THATS PROOF ENOUGH THAT A LOCKED BOOTLOADER DOESNT MEAN JACK?…SURE IT WOULD BE GREAT IF. IT WAS AS OPEN AS THE OG DROID BUT HEY THIS TENDS TO HAPPEN WHEN U UPGRADE TO THE NEWEST VERSION OF A MILITANT CLASSIC….AND TO THOSE. COMPLAINING ABOUT BIG RED VERIZON:QUIT WHINING …AT LEAST WE HAVE THE BEST SERVICE AND NETWORK AND HANDS DOWN THE BEST PHONES…..WE ARE TAKING A HUGE DUMP ON ATT TMOBILE. SPRINT AND ALL OF THE OTHER BS CARRIERS….. BE HAPPY WITH WHAT U GOT…IT ISNY LIKE YOUR PAYING FOR APPS…..-HELLO$$$$@@@@@!!!!!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000776861512 Tom Burke

          They arent “true” custom ROMS. They’re basically glorified themes with blur removed and some extra features. The device still cant run a specific android OS like GB unless Moto releases it (or leaks it like a few weeks back) That is why it cant run CM7, MIUI, or any of the other well known custom ROMS and it cant utilize some of the features that those ROMS have. Yes, a locked bootloader does mean jack to some people; speak for yourself.

    • ramifications

      This at least means there is potential for unlocking. A step in the right direction, although they should go further.

      Right now, my next device is looking like the VZW galaxy S II, but if Motorola can get this unlocking business ready, then I will be forced to consider their phones again.

    • Mr.Joe

      OMFG!

      It’s not just VERIZON it’s ALL OF THEM!

      OMFG I swear Android fans are just as brainwashed stupid as Apple folk.

      • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

        Wow now calm down…. this is Droid Life… talking about Verizon phones… if we were talking about AT&T Life we would scream at AT&T we are all smart enough to know that everyone does it. AT&T even blocks side loading. Keep your field of view in check.

        • Mr.Joe

          I’m sorry but that’s pretty hilarious. If memory serves isn’t there a review of the Nexus S running on AT&T here on DROID life?

          My point is even if this is about vzw (which half the time it aint) it’s stupid to go around saying “OMG VZW IS LOCKING MY BOOTLOADERS I H8 THEM!”. When it’s all the carriers.

          Come on folks SHOW SOME LOVE?

          • Tesseract 3

            Again, everyone knows its all the carriers. But most of the people on this site only really care about verizon, because that’s their carrier of choice. And this site is mostly about verizon phones. Don’t throw the AT&T nexus review around as if that changes anything, either. That was the exception, not the rule, and you know it. This is a verizon android site, get over it.

          • Coaster36

            I think this is more of a Droid site, and since most android powered phones are on the verizon network it gives the impression its only about verizon. If Verizon was the original iphone carrier and ATT was the android dominated carrier it would be an ATT dominated site.

          • Tesseract 3

            But this site was also originally made by kellex to specifically cover verizon carried android phones. There is another site called android life, that is rarely ever updated anymore that was supposed to be for android phones that are not verizon carried, also made by kellex.

          • Coaster36

            I know about androidlife, both sites are bookmarked. My point still stands. The only reason this site may lean toward verizon is because verizon sales are dominated by android phones. If att went android it would lean toward att. This is more of an android fan site then a verizon fan site.

            Ive been around since the early days. A few months after the OG droid was released.

          • Tesseract 3

            To a certain extent I see your point, and you make sense. But then going along your opinion, wouldn’t that sensibly explain why people want to go after verizon as opposed to other carriers? Because they carry the most android phones and are thus the most relevant target?

          • 2ceedz

            H8 to feed the troll, but there is ”Droid-Life” and ”Android-Life”. So how many Droid branded phones are on any other carriers? If you find me one, then you can keep talking about the carriers that have Droid branded phones. Until then, keep this as much ”Droid” related as possible, imho.

            You sound like my best friend who has an Evo 4g and keeps swearing its a “Droid”. No, sorry m8, its an android phone, much like the Droids, but it is NOT a Droid. I promise!

          • 2ceedz

            “This is not the Droid your looking for.” .. Keep that in mind when mentioning other carriers here, as they are NOT Droids, but devices that run the Android OS.

          • Coaster36

            Unless you know kellex personally(even then) I wouldnt put words in his mouth. He developed this site for the reasons he did. You and I cant say why unless hes made those reasons public.

          • Tesseract 3

            Im pretty damn sure hes stated the purpose of the two sites and how that purpose evolved over time many times. Not putting words in his mouth, if you’ve been around that long id think you would have seen him mention the purpose of his site at least a couple times. Its not like its secret private knowledge, like you make it sound.

          • Calculatorwatch

            From the About page of this site:
            “Things you’ll find on the site include general Verizon and Android news, rumors, tips, tricks, videos, reviews, products, apps , but our expertise is anything directly related to the newest lineup of DROID-branded devices.”

            So yeah he made the reasons pretty public.

          • tjhrulz

            If you have been around here long enough you do know kellen

          • Anonymous

            That Nexus S review was to show off the latest of the vanilla Gingerbread updates, and nothing else…

            Gotta read the article dude..

          • Anonymous

            I’m pretty sure Kellex explained this extremely well but… the Nexus S is there to keep us up to date on the lastest releases of AOSP because most roms are built off of AOSP… but there you go since you obviously didn’t actually read the review :)

        • Anonymous

          droid=android not just verizon. smh

          • Anonymous

            No, droid doesn’t equal android. Droid orignally referred to the Motorola Droid, and then to the other Droid branded phones that were all released on Verizon.

          • Anonymous

            for most people droid=android ask any non techie and thats what they will tell you. Although yes droid did start with the Moto droid but this site isnt solely for the “droid” line

          • Tesseract 3

            no of course its not just for the droid line, but its tilted pretty heavily toward android phones from big red

          • Anonymous

            This site IS mostly dedicated to the Droid line, which is why there is another site called Android life. I don’t know that most people equate droid with android, but they aren’t the same, and they’ve mentioned this in several stories on this site. You can see by most everyone’s response, you’ve got it wrong, no offense.

          • Emily

            for most people droid means android because vzw ads were that effective. But even verizon has android phones that aren’t Droid branded, such as the Fascinate and the LG Ally.

          • Youranidiot

            omg you are an idiot

          • http://profiles.google.com/bhinson15 Brandon Hinson

            an.droid-life.com

            I know not much gets posted there. and things other then just Verizon news gets posted here. But unless im mistaken the above url is for android. droid-life.com is for the Droid line of phones.

            Kellex please correct me if my wrong.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

            Negative sport. Droid is a brand created by Verizon. There are no Droid phones on AT&T. Droid and Android are not the same thing. Droid is a brand, Android is an operating system.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000776861512 Tom Burke

            Droid = Droid and Android = Android. They aren’t the same. Droid is a phone or line of phones and android is a mobile OS

      • Blayne

        He’s stating that Verizon would be one of the most difficult to convince.. Or really the one that matters the most lol.

      • Blayne

        He’s stating that Verizon would be one of the most difficult to convince.. Or really the one that matters the most lol.

      • Tesseract 3

        Of course its all of them stupid. But this site is mainly about verizon and verizon android phones. As such our focus is probably going to be on verizon.

        • Mr.Joe

          WOAH. Language plz.

          • Tesseract 3

            The word “stupid” is bad language? What are you, ten?

          • http://twitter.com/bd7349 bd7349

            He was obviously being sarcastic.

      • SugaShane

        Someone sounds like a t-mobile user…

      • Anonymous

        agree lol atleast verizon allows sideloading of apps unlike at&t and im pretty sure it doesnt have to do with the carriers I think the manufacturers have alot of deciding factor since it is their products.

      • Anonymous

        http://www.droid-life.com/about/

        “About

        Welcome to Droid Life, which according to Google, is the only unofficially official blog for the DROID smartphone community on the planet! Does that make us your “go-to” source? Well, we’d sure like to think so. We’ve broken more stories on the DROID lineup of phones than any other site in the business.

        Things you’ll find on the site include general Verizon and Android news, rumors, tips, tricks, videos, reviews, products, apps , but our expertise is anything directly related to the newest lineup of DROID-branded devices. To put it simply, we love these phones and bring them to you like none other.”

        Herpaderp.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

        Joe, have you ever considered xanax?

    • EC8CH

      Yes, so maybe we just should be asking Moto to do a worse job of locking their bootloader ;-)

      • Tesseract 3

        Kind of like HTC? Where they make it really hard to please the carriers, but still make it possible to get in if you really work hard? I get the idea that HTC tries to make it look like they are really locking stuff down hard to please verizon and such, but really wants the devs to be able to work their way in, so leaves a few holes on purpose.

        • EC8CH

          ;-)

          exactly

      • Tesseract 3

        Kind of like HTC? Where they make it really hard to please the carriers, but still make it possible to get in if you really work hard? I get the idea that HTC tries to make it look like they are really locking stuff down hard to please verizon and such, but really wants the devs to be able to work their way in, so leaves a few holes on purpose.

      • Tesseract 3

        Kind of like HTC? Where they make it really hard to please the carriers, but still make it possible to get in if you really work hard? I get the idea that HTC tries to make it look like they are really locking stuff down hard to please verizon and such, but really wants the devs to be able to work their way in, so leaves a few holes on purpose.

    • Anonymous

      LOL

      I believe we can stand a better chance of having easier unlocking mechanism thanks to this new scheme ;)

  • Anonymous

    I hope they do something similar to what Sony is doing. If they want us to consent to voiding our warranty if our device is unlocked that’s fine. Everyone who wants to unlock their device wants to do so to run custom software, which always runs the risk of bricking the device and possibly not being fulfilled by warranty replacement. I just want to finally have CyanogenMod on my D2.

  • Blayne

    “Late 2011″

    New years Eve probably

    • Rain_king46

      why would carriers not allow it? really, what do they care?

      • Burkett375

        it leads to things like unauthorized tethering which they’re trying to charge for

        • AnimateDroid

          tethering only requires root access.. u can still tether w a locked bootloader

  • Anonymous

    YES! IMy next pone is officially a Motorola phone. I love my HTC Thunderbolt but nothing beats Motorola’s quality. I can’t wait for November. :)

  • Mike

    “Where carriers and operators will allow it” which Verizon will most certainly not allow so we’re still screwed.

  • http://twitter.com/dewguzzler Jesse Perkins

    see it when i believe it

    • Noble Four

      I think you mean the other way around.

      • Anonymous

        I’m sure he meant, “When I see it, I’ll believe it.” ;-)

    • Baked14

      beleive!!!

  • http://twitter.com/vannmann vanhicksjr

    I’ll sign it!