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Motorola Photon 4G Bootloader Unlocked – Hoping This Means The Bionic Has A Chance

Huge news for Motorola fans today. The Photon 4G’s bootloader has just been unlocked, and everyone is still celebrating. We are expecting not too many people here actually own a Photon (since we usually only cover Verizon related phones), but what this could possibly mean, is that the DROID3, and even the Bionic have a chance of an unlocking. All these devices are different, but we definitely have our fingers crossed.

If you are interested in unlocking your Photon 4G, then head on over to XDA and try it out. If you are more interested in congratulating the developer who made this possible, give him a shout out on the thread. We need all the hard working developers we can get with an expected Bionic announcement sometime soon.

If the Bionic was going to have an unlocked bootloader shortly after release, would you forget about all the other phones?

XDA Thread

Cheers Jigga_Z!

  • pravakar das

    I am the big fan of Motorola brand one week before i purchased Motorola photon 4g though I am not satisfy its blue coloring screen but since two days I am facing problem on talking, when i am using earpiece I can’t hear voice properly.

  • Anonymous

    I just won a Photon 4G from Motorola’s Lightening Hour on facebook, Is there anyway I can unlock it for use on  Verizon? I am a proud owner of a Droid X, and now a Photon 4G. Or will this just become a Android Touch for me?

  • Emily

    With the HTC Vigor news I’ve forgotten about the Bionic. What is it?

  • Jay City

    Oh great….way to brighten up my day….

    - Droid 3

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SRARBD3SUONIDIVWFP5UNW4QLU Deborah Clemons

    I just paìd $22.85 for an ìPad 2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.78 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $625 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.còm

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BidsFirst.com

  • faber

    Unlocked moto?….can feel my moto hate die just a little….so confused…..

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BidsFirst.com

    • Anonymous

      blocked for review and permanent ban anyone? anyone? ANYONE?!

      • Davros

        I second the motion!

  • Anonymous

    Why has the Photon 4G been having such an easy a quick time getting root and an unlocked bootloader? Is it just because of the laptop dock introducing vulnerabilities and making it easier to hack (unlikely since the Atrix has a laptop dock and it has taken awhile to get root and an unlocked bootlader) or is there something different in the software that makes it easier to root?

    Because the DROID 3 could really use some of this love…

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

    Plz bring it to the Droid 3!!! That’s the only thing I want on this phone!!!

  • http://twitter.com/kirilv Kiril

    The original droid got lucky (and by that, I mean it was the only android phone worth anything at the time), but I really really really don’t want to buy another non-Nexus phone, and I will avoid it as much as possible.

  • Anonymous

    By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
    Here is the website we use to get it all from, BidsFirst.com

  • Anonymous

    I just got an iPad2-32GB for $ 24.53 and my girlfriend loves her Dell laptop that we got for $ 35.46 there arriving tomorrow by UPS I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 42 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 655 which only cost me $ 61.79 to buy.Here is the website we use to get it all from, Grab Penny.com

  • James_Ever

    I don’t think this will happen especially when the xperts on the Motorola forums are saying its not gonna happen anytime soon, some even are proud of how locked the Motorola devices are. If its on Verizon don’t get your hopes up toom uch as we on the Droid3 forums have been discussing this since the device came out. You can always hope though.

  • TheCastleGuard

    I have a doubt that the Bionic will be unlocked.  Lets looked at the 3 latest developments from Motorola on VZW.  Droid 3…… no root.  Droid X 2.3.3……. no root unless you SBF back and get the pre-rooted update. Droid X2 …… The same as the DX,  Do you really think they are going to turn around and say “OK we will unlock the Bionic for you!”  I don’t blame Motorola as much as I blame VZW anymore.  VZW needs to become the iPhone network and let us all go to developer friendly service providers.  

  • Txbeaner

    Would be nice to unlock the phones that are already out too…

  • J Dub

    If the Bionic comes unlocked I will give it a hard look. I have learned from the D1 that an unlocked bootloader on an Android device is the only way to get through a 2 year contract. My OG is still very much alive and well. Sure there are phones out with much better specs, but what phone can live up to the OG? 

    The only thing is that Sprint is a little more lenient with their phones which might be why this happened. 

    • Guest

      DO YOU FEEL YOU UNLOCK DROID 1 ITS BETTER THAN A DROIDX2 LOCK GET THE F OUT OF HERE DROID ONE WAS JUST SPECIAL BECAUSE THERE WAS NO OTHER HOT PHONE AT THE TIME DROID X IT IS THE BEST MOTOROLLA PHONE I WILL SAY ATRIX AND PHOTON NOW OWN THE THRONE

      • Pennywise

        PETE SAMPRAS HAS MILD VOICE IMMODULATION…

  • Anonymous

    A big step in the right direction for Motorola.

  • strizz

    Great news for any sprint user and the rooting community!

  • 1BaD69Z28

    Good sign for Moto and hopefully the Bionic will be unlocked, BUT I think Moto is a little late with all of the other devices coming out.  Bacially Moto has short changed themselves. devices are now coming out with 1,5ghz the Bionic will have great specs but from a stand point of That should’ve been ready earlier this year.

    Bring on the 1.5ghz devices the Bionic took WAY TOO LONG!!!

  • Davros

    I would be happy for those Motorola users but until they issue a public apology for treating us the way they have (all but telling us to go F ourselves) I will not consider another phone from them and can’t wait to dump my DX.

  • http://twitter.com/strifejester Justin Ellenbecker

    At this point it would almost have to be unlocked Moto’s software lately has been absolute shit.  They either need something like the OG Droid or the XOOM without all their “tweaks”.  After having to send back numerous DXs and finally getting and X2 I am pretty sure it will be my last Motorola until they are out of the box unlockable.  Once rooted and killing moto blur the hardware is great.

  • Anonymous

    That Photon is one good looking phone. Too bad the picture is ruined by all of that Motoblur crap.

  • K6tcher

    Verizon will not allow Moto to sell unlocked phones on thier network. 
    Even Moto themselves said that they would only unlock bootloaders where “carriers allowed.”

  • K6tcher

    Verizon will not allow Moto to sell unlocked phones on thier network. 
    Even Moto themselves said that they would only unlock bootloaders where “carriers allowed.”

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Then why does verizon sell all those unlockable phones

      • Anonymous

        Probably because those carriers refuse to bother locking them in the first place.  Might also be why Verizon seems to favor Moto over the rest.

  • Alec Bush

    I thought the Droid3 already had custom roms and clockwork already?

    What does having an unlocked boot-loader do for you?

    • Anonymous

      Custom Kernels

  • Anonymous

    This uses a different processor from the D3 and Bionic meaning its relevance to unlocking those is zero.  Moto would have to leak another unlockable sbf.

    • Anonymous

      What does processor have to do with the bootloader. I think it is more internals rather than processor that has to do with the bootloader.

      • Anonymous

        The method of encryption is dependent on the processor used.

  • Hmm

    If the sgs2 has been announced as an LTE phone I might consider waiting, but Moto hardware is reliable and I am really tempted

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

    The Droid 3 doesn’t even have an SBF file still. A lot has been tried as far as rooting goes, but in all honesty we’re no closer than we were on day one, other than knowing all methods for other phones won’t work on the D3 and this thing is locked down far better than anything released prior. A lot of devs have been trying, too, including P3.

  • Dave Norris

    I just won one of these through motorola, to bad it won’t work on VZW and I’m going to have to sell it… I’m still tossed up on holding out for the SGII or just getting the bionic!

  • Anonymous

    This is great news, indeed!

    I still won’t be able to upgrade until March 2012, unfortunately, but I’m still hoping I’ll be able to win a Photon 4G via Motorola’s Lightning Hour contest before the end of Aug.

  • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

    Lets hope this happens so everyone can stop bashing motor for that

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      with the CWA on strike I wonder if it will effect release dates for phones?

      • James_Ever

        I wonder that as well. Several big cities don’t even have the Droid3 in stock and I believe its due in part to the strike so there may be some delays upon the launch date.

      • http://www.facebook.com/bryanpwilliams Bryan Williams

        Why would it?  There are no Verizon Wireless employees that are part of a union.  Won’t have an affect on them.

      • Anonymous

        why would the union strike affect the wireless community? the strike is for vzw’s landline division

    • Anonymous

      Until moto stops encrypting their bootloaders I don’t think people will stop bashing moto. That and get rid of blur, well motorola applications platform lol

      • Guest

        JUST LIKE LIKE 100 PEOPLE DOES NOT LIKE BLUR NOR LOCK BOOTLOADER THE REGULAR USER LOVE IT AND DONT CARE ABOUT CUSTOM KERNEL I AM ONE SPECIALLY I USED TO ROOT BUT NOT ANYMORE WHY ROOT WHEN THESE PHONES ARE COMING WITH DUAL CORE GOOD RAM EVERYTHING ON IT ROOT ARE FOR CRY BABIES

  • http://tristanleawesome.tumblr.com Tristan the Marine

    Motorola announces release date of Bionic is pushed back in 3… 2…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1332240301 Dan Graziano

    This is great news. In my opinion nothing beats the design of a Moto device. The one thing that I disliked was their bootloader policy. 

    My old man has been looking into Sprint (Yes I am on a family plan, makes my payments a hell of a lot cheaper) and I was looking into the Photon, so naturally i’m ecstatic over this. 

    • Guest

      MOTO ARE THE BEST PERIOD EVEN IF THE DUMB PEOPLE IN HERE KEEP HATING ON THEM BECAUSE OF THE BOOTLOADER

  • Anonymous

    Still samsung, lg, and htc is in the process of unlocking still make it less of a hassle than to worry about if a “leak” will come out to unlock it.

    • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

      Yea understand but at least it gives us all some hope you know

      • Anonymous

        Yeah some hope yet the d3 isn’t unlocked yet so maybe this means it will take a different method for the d3 and bionic.

        • http://twitter.com/binglut9 Brian

          We can dream

  • kuboo99

    The depressing thing is that with so many new phones coming out, the Droid X and other “old” phones will probably never, ever be unlocked.

  • kq

    mysterious leak of an unlocked sbf….sounds to me moto leaked it on purpose to test out the waters for future bootloader unlocking….

  • Bigsike

    It will be Bionic’s only chance to make it.

  • BTGGTR1

    This is great news, but it’s on Sprint…a phone on Verizon gettting unlocked is a whole different ballgame. Verizon isn’t too high on having their bootloaders unlocked. Don’t know why they have to be such bitches about it compared to AT&T and Sprint.

    • Anonymous

      No it is only moto. Look at samsung, lg they are all unlocked on verizon moto is the only one who locks their bootloaders.

    • cocknballz

      AT&T is def the worst with their history of blocking side loading apps, uber lame.

  • Goblueboy

    It’s always been up to the carrier. Photon was never on Verizon. I hope for the best but I don’t see it happening. 

  • Rubust86

    This is great news! Hopefully, Moto will consider unlocking their older devices (i.e the Milestone and its successor, etc.). Moto is the only company I consider due to their excellent mic quality, reception, and overall build quality, so I’m looking forward to seeing a Droid 3 with an unlocked bootloader, despite the fact that I’ll wait for a Droid 4 if they ever make one (my contract ends in 2012)

    • Guest

      I AM GLAD THAT YOU AGREE THAT MOTO ITS THE BEST I DONT KNOW WHY PEOPLE CANT UNDERSTAND THAT IN HERE BUNCH OF STUPID CRY BABIES

  • http://profiles.google.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

    We are expecting not too many people here actually own a Photon…
    You mean the best phone currently on Sprint? Possibly the best Android phone currently available on any carrier? Their final argument from EVO3D owners was always “Yeah, but at least I can root my phone!”
    Yet another strike against “bragging rights of EVO3D owners” everywhere. 

    The Photon is an incredible phone. Of course I own the Photon!

    @kstagg

    • Anonymous

      You have to understand we are not all that pleased that Sprint has better phones then Verizon.

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      We usually cover Verizon phones, and sometimes peak at other carriers. That was the point I was making. I’m not saying its a bad phone. Ya dig?

      • Mr.Joe
        • http://www.facebook.com/bryanpwilliams Bryan Williams

          That would be great, Mr. Joe, except that website hasn’t been updated since March.

    • Lakerzz

      I think what he meant was that most people on this site are with Verizon. I don’t think he was “ragging” on the Photon in any way. (At least I hope not)

      • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

        Exactly :P

      • Guest

        yea i feel verizon paid the developer in here so they can just talk about verizon phones they have not given the photon a lot of hype

    • Guest

      the photon and the atrix is the same phone different carriers of course the photon its better it has bigger display and more megapixel kickstand and running on sprint

  • TheDocB

    SGS2 has stolen my heart.

  • Andrew Akker

    This looks like it was unlocked using an SBF…that means we’ll need a leak for the Bionic as well if we want to have it unlocked. This doesn’t give me any more hope than before.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Cheng/1402836859 Ryan Cheng

    HELLO!? MILESTONE 2!?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, I would consider it but the GS2 is looking rather nice

  • Rob Meyer

    The mere concept that the photon was unlocked on a so so popular
    carrier, whereas the d3/bionic are and will be more popular and receive
    more dev attention.Unlocking of the d3 and bionic are inevitable. If
    thats the best moto has, resistance is futile!

    • http://www.droid-life.com Tim-o-tato

      Always a good attitude to have!! :)

    • Anonymous

      Yup fingers crossed for D3 news soon!

  • Rob Meyer

    The mere concept that the photon was unlocked on a so so popular carrier, whereas the d3/bionic are and will be more popular and receive more dev attention.Unlocking of the d3 and bionic are inevitable. If thats the best moto has, resistance is futile!

    • Anonymous

      Moto has held out pretty well with the Droid X.

      • Guest

        THE DROID X WILL ALWAYS BE ONE OF THE HOTTEST DEVICE EVER :) DROIDX2 ITS AN AWESOME DEVICE AS WELL AND SUPER FAST DROID X BRANDING WILL DOMINATE JUST WAIT AND SEE

        • Anonymous

          LOL, yes the Droid X is a great device but you missed the point. 

          Rob said that resistance is futile to unlock the bootloader on the Bionic. I said that Moto has managed to prevent the X from being cracked. 

          But if it makes you feel better yes the X and X2 are really nifty awesome phones… lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=792144454 Tyler Jacobs

    Even if the Bionic gets unlocked GS 2 already has CM7 and a dev community.

    • Anonymous

      yeah the international version does but the us one will be different for every carrier hence each will need their own development like last year with sgs1.

    • http://profiles.google.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

      Seeing as how the Photon is on Sprint, which allows you to uninstall any bloatware off of the 2.3.4 that comes on the phone pre-installed (any bloatware on the phone is extremely minimal by the way), what advantages does having CM7 have over what’s already on the phone? 

      • tanknspank

        A lot more than need be explained in a single post. If you don’t know already, you probably don’t care to.

        • http://profiles.google.com/kstagg Kevin Stagg

          I’ve used CM before on my EVO4G. Not like I’m a stranger to rooting a device. Yes, there’s the obvious tethering advantages and not having to pay the $30/mo if that is a need. But you’re right – don’t want to start  a “advantages of rooting” thread here.

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

            I hope that the photon now can be used in US GSM carriers! Of course with a hack!

            I’d love it!

          • Guest

            us the regular users dont mind about rooting the phone already coming with a nice task manager specially for the moto phones. the carriers will block the people stealing data there is no advantage in rooting i used to root and i like my phone the way it comes better love the new motoblur ROOT NO THANK YOU

          • Anonymous

            Ok whatever you say.

          • Non_perishable1

            Obviously working for Big Red or similar interest, Rooting is the best thing you can do to your phone besides applying Invisashield…..

    • Anonymous

      good point

    • Anonymous

      By the way, I just paîd $21.87 for an îPad 2-64GB and my boyfriend loves his Panasonîc Lumîx GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS.I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $657 which only cost me $62.81 to buy.
      Here is the website we use to get it all from, http://BidsFirst.com

    • Anonymous

      like it

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=710530141 Tyler Buchanan

        no one cares about your ipad… or your spam… but I’d be willing to bet most here hate your apple products more than your spam :)

      • Anonymous

        Die in a fire.

    • DroidRules

      I’d buy the Photon 4G if it were on Verizon, even with the impending release of the Bionic.  The shape is awesome and it has a kickstand.  I can’t believe Motorola is giving Spring better phones then Verizon.

      • Anonymous

        I paid $23.88 for an i Pad 2 32-GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumiix GF 1 Camera that we got for $ 38.41 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $ 635 which only cost me $ 61.74 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it al from,
        EgoWin.com