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Motorola Atrix Bootloader Can Now Be Unlocked

Whacky reports starting flying around last night when a leaked and unlockable engineer build of Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) found its way onto a consumer Atrix.  Some were quick to think that this would happen in mass to everyone’s Atrix going forward through an update, but we’re standing by our thoughts that this unlockable build was never meant to see the light of day.  To our knowledge, Moto had no plans to unlock this phone yet.  

No matter what though, the damage has been done and the fantastic developers in this great Android community of ours have found a way to unlock everyone’s Atrix using files from this new build.  That’s right, everyone running 2.2 can enjoy the freedoms that come with an open phone.

All I can say to this, is that I hope Motorola sees the amount of positive press this has given a device that for the most part underachieved in sales numbers.  I hope they realize that if they want to sell millions and millions of devices like they did with the original DROID, that they should watch the next few weeks of this device’s life very closely and see just how popular it can become.  CM7 for the Atrix anyone?

And how about that DROID Bionic?  This sure would be a great way to make a big splash, especially after so many delays.  Let’s do something big Moto!  /fired up.

For instructions on how to unlock your Atrix, head over to RootzWiki.

Credit for the files goes to XDA.

  • glenroy ellis

    too late

  • Zero

    I wonder if this unlock the sim card to use with other carrier.

  • Anonymous

    http://www.androidcentral.com/motorola-have-new-bootloader-policy-come-late-2011
    “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.”

    You dont even do research before your childish rant. They have to get specific permission on a device by device basis to lock or unlock.
    Cause guess what..if the phone company doesnt like something on the phone…they will jsut not carry it…moron. Hence the manufacturers are at their mercy.

    And i USE free thether..did you even read my article. I didnt say tethering was bad..i said that is what CARRIERs think. Idiot.

    And names mean nothing..the FINE print means every thing in the world of business. Why they all advertise “unlimited” and then u read the fine print and see its 5gb..or what not. ALl business over exaggerate and then get into the real details in the small print which no one reads.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steve0mac Steven Cornea

    lets hope the droid x gets some love

  • Hr

    As a company that depends on these carriers they “officially” have to do what Verizon and ATT request, otherwise its bye bye mass market. Maybe this is a round about way or unofficial answer to all the requests.

  • Anonymous

    oh man I can only hope the D2 and Dx get unlocked too *sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Definitely going to give this a try tonight! I’ve been waiting for this to happen since I first bought the phone when it came out.

  • http://twitter.com/tyleralane Tyler Lane

    ANy chance that the awesome DX hackers can take the old bootloader/new bootloader from the atrix and figure out the how to unlock the bootloader of the DX?

    • Nkmett15

      Any chance that they can do the same for the X2???!!!

  • Slllllyyy

    OK. The atrix is unlocked….now what. lol

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      Nothing. This only give you the ability to have a pure AOSP rom, which are just so so. Like having a clean unbloated install of windows XP over Windows 7.

  • Knightcrusader

    I was told by an AT&T Rep who attended a meeting with the head Android people that the Gingerbread update would allow the bootloaders to unlock… and sure enough, looks like he was right.

  • Anonymous

    So, I’m about to set up a new account w/Big Red in preparation for my move back to the states so I can have unlimited data. Which of the 3 4G phones should I get? Revolution, Charge or TB?

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Charge I don’t know they all suck

  • Svan71

    Finally the ” CARRIERS ” gave in huh Moto ?  I will skip a few phones from you out of spite for what you did to my X     HTC thanks again…

  • J Dub

    Think I am still looking towards the GS2. Watched the review on here and the only gripe was the buttons. We all know though from the leaked shots of the AT&T phone in the cradle that it looks like there will be 4 touch buttons on the US model.

  • Djstar2k2

    being unlocked is cool but nuttin can beat coming out the box vanilla. as much as I love cm7( thank u kind sir) I know my of is old( longest I’ve kept a single phone) rooting can be a pain and roms are still a lil buggy. playing with the nexus s 4g I wish Mr motor would release d3 stock and keep slurr in a downloaded fasion or at least let end users order direct from them stock

  • Anonymous

    OMG…i am getting mad at these articles. Guess what…MOST manufacturers dont care if the phone is locked or not. They like people tinkering with it cause it makes people love their phone and talk about it  to friends which may spur more sales.

    Like most of these companies said..htc..motorola..samsung…that they dont mind coming out with unlocked or easily circumvented bootloaders…wait for it…as long as the CARRIER allows it.

    Believe it or not, its the carrier that has more control over this then the manufacturer. They dont want people getting FREE tethers cause then people wont pay for their plans..they dont want people circumventing things like hacked versions of netflix whichs sux bandwidth..etc.

    Motorola doesnt give a crap if the atrix is locked or not…but they cant allow it till they get permision from the carrier.

    So stop bitching about motorola and start complaining to At&t or verizon..etc..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Actually, they do care. They bitch about higher return rates due to people messing with their phones that don’t know what they’re doing. Is this true in reality? Probably to a small degree, but not as much as they make it out to be. They probably still see more phones returned due to water damage than root/flash failures.

      • Rick

        Im more interested in the insurance carried by thousands of subsribers that is never used or the fee they charge to use the insurance once needed.

    • Steve

      Much B.S. In your post, a real rant only you have no facts just your opinion,
      Moto locked there bootloader on the Droid X not Verizon. HTC did not encrypt
      there loader, last time I checked they are on verizon too. You buy an unlimited
      plan you have the right to teather hence the name unlimited. I love how FREE
      teather pisses you off but verizons UNLIMITED leaves you unphazed…

      • Anonymous

        http://www.androidcentral.com/
        “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.”

        You
        dont even do research before your childish rant. They have to get
        specific permission on a device by device basis to lock or unlock.
        Cause
        guess what..if the phone company doesnt like something on the
        phone…they will jsut not carry it…moron. Hence the manufacturers are
        at their mercy.

        And i USE free thether..did you even read my article. I didnt say tethering was bad..i said that is what CARRIERs think. Idiot.

        And
        names mean nothing..the FINE print means every thing in the world of
        business. Why they all advertise “unlimited” and then u read the fine
        print and see its 5gb..or what not. ALl business over exaggerate and
        then get into the real details in the small print which no one reads.

      • http://www.hammyhavoc.com Hammy Havoc

        Ironic that you should post such childish drivel on another website after calling me a troll for pointing out that someone was posting something old as news. Get a grip of your life.

  • RW-1

    So placing a title appropriate to the situation like “Atrix bootloader hacked”  didn’t come to mind?

    We know Moto isn’t going to do this on their own … Remember, they have to SHOW us, not tell us.

  • Chuckg73

    When and if the Bionic comes out…It seems all we have been doing is waiting.  “The end of waiting….”  Nice going moto.  An unlocked bootloader and the best phone ever would make up for it though  :)

  • Nemo_Eht

    wait if we got a hold of this and the droid x is supposed to have the same bootloader right? I’m probably wrong but i would think you might be able to kinda use this same unlock maybe. i haven’t read about how to unlock the atrix but I’m just throwing that out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/patfactorx David Pat

    Roms using the laptop dock are bout to go nuts

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    1) Unlock the D3.
    2) Add LTE.
    Then I will have my new phone. {{-_-}}

    • http://twitter.com/Rocko9999 Rocko Smith

      3) Use Sense 4.0

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ioannis-Stasinopoulos/741775706 Ioannis Stasinopoulos

    Locked Bionic LTE or Unlocked Galaxy II 3G?

    • Anonymous

      That is the question.

    • Anonymous

      Dude going 3g when 4g is available is not wise… I’m assuming that you must have not yet used an LTE device (in an area that gets it) or else you wouldn’t be asking this question.

      • SprottheDestroyer

        I get almost the exact same speeds as they advertise on lte. But I’m only 3g. Almost exact same speeds! What’s the difference? Speed is the same, what’s any other difference?

  • Anonymous

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  • Anonymous

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  • Tyler Cunning

    COME ON SHOW SOME DROID X LOVE!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Correct me if I’m wrong but this is even a Unlockable/Relockable bootloader so assuming your phone still works it could be easily reversed right???? If this works for the D3 then I finally got a new Droid…

  • Anonymous

    This almost makes me want to get an Atrix to match my Transformer :D 

    Custom Roms + Dual Core processor = beast of a device.

  • http://thisisjohncoffey.com GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    Now the question is: Will Verizon Wireless stand for the MotoGrinch Who Stole Android’s heart finally growing 5 sizes? {{-_-}}

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      It wasn’t my heart that grew 5 sizes when I read the headline.

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit… this is big…

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      That’s what she said.

      • Anonymous

        Perfect setup :)

      • Lakerzz

        I WISH!!! (Lol…no, really, LOL!!!)

  • Anonymous

    I hope Moto does the right thing here as Kellex and the rest of us have cried out for years now. Stay true to the OGFroid and they will come!!!!

    Moto are you listening?? I willnot hold my breath or be hopeful like so many other let downs. Yeah, we’re looking at you MOTOm and our credit cards are looking at other OEM;s as well. So Step it up Moto and let see if you can FINISH WHAT YOU STARTED WITH THE OG!!!!!!
    I

  • SleeveofWizard

    Droid X next?!

    • Anonymous

      Would love to see this happen.

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • Stephen D

    Too late. Galaxy S2 is my next phone. VZ better get it soon. 

  • EC8CH

    Whatever Moto…

    Get your sh!t figured out before the vzw gsII launch and then you might stand a chance

  • Flip74k

    Now the x2 please.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KTGKBDMFNMTHTXUT3ILVEUOKEE matts

    The only way I buy the Bionic is if it’s unlocked.

  • David

    PLEASE MOTO UNLOCK THE BIONIC!!!!!!!!!

  • Goblueboy

    No droid x love still, THANKS.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      They don’t even have all of the versions of the Atrix unlocked yet. Calm down and give it a few days.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

    This will go down as the day that *WE* fixed Motorola.

    • Anonymous

      This.

    • Inkster09

      How about vzw next? How about we do that next. I looooved vzw absolutely loved their service and devices I’d go back in a heartbeat if they would change their whole concept with android phones. Heartbeat.

  • Emeraldjun

    The D3 looks almost the same as the OG Droid. Not smooth like the D2, but rugged like the OG one. If the D3 was unlocked, I would get all nostalgic. :D

  • GotSka81

    If they follow through with the D3, I may actually purchase one.

  • Slllllyyy

    Now the DroidX……….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Forte/542650247 Michael Forte

    Damn I hope Moto really sees how happy this makes everyone. I’m still pretty sure I’m getting a Bionic.

    • Anonymous

      …yeah, what you said!

      • Inkster09

        Ditto

  • Anonymous

    Sweet, maybe this phone will actually be worth a damn now. I was hearing that this was available online unlocked for as cheap as $300, may need to pick one up to replace my Vibrant as a backup phone/PMP.  Got to reread some reviews to see how it stacks up.

  • Codyjames408

    awesome!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Retrokid223 Demar Bryan

    hopefully this leaves hope for the bionic ! i will ditch my thunderbolt so fast for that device!

    • Ckoch0125

      Me too. They can stick blur and that on if they unlock the bootloader or atleast make it uunlockable

  • Unexpected62

    Didn’t see that coming! Forget the bionic… I’m hoping D3 is unlocked…

    • Bob

      God we can only hope. If the D3 followed in the footsteps of the D1 as far as being unlocked, that would be magical.

      • Inkster09

        I’d come back to vzw if D3 was Like the original.

    • Anonymous

      Stay tuned. :)

      • Silksmooth12

        Don’t be a tease!!!  Give us the goods!!!

      • http://twitter.com/BSikes1989 Brandon Sikes

        Does this mean you know something? Is this going to blow reader appreciation week away?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        I’m guessing this may mean what I said might be true. As in this might be a universal unlock method.

      • Silksmooth12

        You answer us Kellex!!  By the power vested in me by the state of Texas and the municipality of Dallas we, the DL readership, demand that if you know something (particularly about the D3 or Bionic) that this information be disseminated without delay!

      • Unexpected62

        I just got sooooo hyped right now….

      • Anonymous

        Damn it Tato, your smileys compel me to smile.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KXHAR7EH2B4FJE5PJX332GI5F4 Zero Barrier

        You tease….

      • Brandon Davis

        HYPEBEAST!

      • tjhrulz

        You and your trolling hypebeasting kellen, HOW WILL WE LIVE. 

        Even with it it is still best website ever

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

      Too late to release it out of the box, since I imagine if it’s hitting shelves on the 7th then they’re probably off the assembly line and being boxed now. That is, unless this engineering build can be applied universally. Which would be about as epic as epic gets.