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Lucky Motorola RAZR Owner Notices That His Bootloader is Unlocked, Devs Get to Work on It (Updated)

A fortunate owner of a Motorola RAZR (not the the DROID version) jumped into fastboot to find that his device’s bootloader was showing as being “unlocked.” He claims that he has not unlocked the phone himself and would also not offer many other details as to how his phone got this way.

From what we have read, he has already sent off the bootloader to devs to see if it can be used to unlock other devices. By no means does this mean that we will all have unlocked bootloaders on the U.S. DROID RAZR, however, it is at least worth looking into. We will likely know more within the next few days. Try not to get your hopes up too high just yet, but feel free to cross a couple of fingers and that something good can come out of this.

Update:  It looks like devs have already done quite a bit of work on this and came up empty. You can read more here. (Via @LeviSnuts)

Via:  XDA

Cheers Keith!

  • Javed91214

    m new from India.
    recently i hav buy verizon droid RAZR .
    i wanted to use GSM sim on this phoe. if possible plz guide me.

  • 12HLKKFJBEA I like it very much!

  • Guest

    Do they realize that if the Unlocked their bootloaders no one would ever buy another phone?

    • Josh Groff

      I dunno, I am quite fond of LG/HTC, and t-mobile doesn’t offer motorola phones anymore it seems. So, people will still buy other brands.

  • Anonymous

    I want to stay anonymous for it is a breach on my contract with certain corporate companies out there. I have kept in touch with certain devs here in the states as well as our EU partners across the sea. All I can say at this time is the owner of this phone would be #17 to have notice his unlocked status. Motorola has mistakenly release pre-manufactured handsets to the public and has been an issue internally and out. I applaud for whom ever had the privilege to observe and learn from such a magnificent device. I guarantee in the next few hours you will have the public checking their handsets to confirm if they have a locked bootloader or not. I leave with a side note, I am on Verizon, I am running on official ICS 4.0.3, and to my knowledge 15 other handsets are in the same state as mine. I have nothing further to say.  

    • Sporttster

      Uhuh….yep….sure….. you’ve got ICS on your Razr and you’re probably unlocked and you wear a red cape and fly and….

      • Josh Groff

        And works for motorola… So he has access to all those privileged files before they become official (OEMs need to get the software approved, that takes the majority of the time)? Makes sense to me.

  • This is what I like to see, a Droid user helping out other Droid users in a BIG way! Way to go man, thank you!

  • reyalP

    Feel sorry for the people who bought the bionic, razr or xoom!

    • xoom is unlocked. it’s a developer device.

      • Anonymous

        Dont tell him that! The kid is on a roll! Hes just being the uneducated hipster anti-Moto scene kid. 
        I doubt he could even properly explain what a bootloader IS. 

        • Anonymous

          That made me snort a little milk out my nose…. Headed to the doctor now.. Wasn’t drinking milk. 🙂

          • Anonymous


            I can’t stand that. Stupid little hipsters listen to one of their “friends” who knows a guy who lived down the street from a girl who was pen pals with a babysitter of a kid who’s uncle had a Motorola phone……yet all of the sudden they’re an expert.

            I see that crap all the time.

            “enjoy signing into MOTOBLUR with you bionic” *actual quote btw*

            Whats even better was some stupid skinny jeans wearing kid scoffed at me for having a Xoom. His exact words

            “Ooo man sorry bro. I could never have a zune*. I like rom’s”

            *Yes he pronounced it “zune”.

          • reyalP

            Lol.  You sound bitter!  I really feel sorry for you.  Quit being so bitter, its all subjective.

          • Anonymous

            Hes not being bitter. He’s just fed up with idiots thinking that they know what they’re talking about

          • Anonymous


          • Josh Groff

            And say haha, your bootloader is locked, and own an iPhone, non jailbroken of course, cause that’s just too mainstream. 😉

    • Anonymous

      Don’t feel sorry for me, I love my phone

      • Josh Groff

        Loved my Atrix, swapped it for jailbroken iOS (so I could use it on t-mobile, came pre unlocked from a friend), Still have rooted cyan on my G2X and AOSP on my sensation. Motorola makes great phones, a bootstrap helps a lot, but with lack of a stable cm7 rom, I’d rather stay away for now. However, I would buy another in a heartbeat (their customer service and build quality is extremely reliable.)

  • J Dub

    Hence why I will continue to pass on Moto devices. The reason I got the OG was that fact it was wide open, devs were flocking to it, and it shipped with the most recent Android version at the time. Not to mention it was pretty much vanilla. I don’t see why VZW and Moto couldn’t get it right on every other Droid release.

    • Anonymous

       pretty much vanilla? That was the nexus of its time. Verizon let Moto do its thing and Moto let Google save its ass from bankruptcy.  Then from that point on Moto got a big ego and ruined everything.

  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/showpost.php?p=21280773&postcount=32
    Devs have explained further, the Holy Grail is still out there.
    TL:DR – This device does not help unlock the BL.  Sorry all 🙁

    • Tony Allen

      *le sigh*

  • Anonymous

    Motorola can kiss my left butt cheek.

    Sent from a fully unlocked Samsung Nexus.

    • Anonymous

      love it hahaha

    • bob

      Don’t get me wrong I love my Nexus as much as the next guy but there are a few bugs that get under my skin…see what i did there.

      Firstly, I am continuously messaging, tweeting, or doing anything that requires the onscreen keyboard to pop-up. 100% of the time without fail that the keyboard is on screen, i click the home button and it takes they keyboard an extra second to close out. Recently it has been making its own calls to a U.S Cellular number and when i hang up it automatically redials. Not fun. Lastly, every once in a while i will be doing my thing and up pops a G-Mail email composition that i never created. If any one is experiencing any of these issues and knows a way around them holla at me.

      • Anonymous

        Your mixing Apples and Androids.  The issue at hand is locked bootloaders.  The end user/developer community can fix these issues that take OEM’s forever to look at.  No telling when Motorola will fix an issue or which phone receives the fix first.  What do you upgrade first; Bionic, Razr, Droid 3 or Droid 4?  
        Last summer I got screwed by a Motorola droid x upgrade that caused my phone to reboot when listening to music.  People were swapping out their phones left and right on Motorola forums.  I had to jump through hoops to downgrade my ROM because of that damn locked bootloader.  Screw Moto and anyone else that continues to lock down bootloaders.  

      • Anonymous

        OMG, that was so clever. There is one way, however, to avoid all those buggy Galaxy Necrosis (OMG, see what I did there): DROID RAZR™. (Two ways if you count DROID RAZR™ MAXX).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know if this will help or not but it would be awesome if Razr owners could get that thing unlocked.  It would make it a really great phone.

    • Anonymous

      It already is a great phone… If it gets unlocked it could be the greatest

  • Bbraaten

    I thought the moto razr was unlocked by default, it was just the Verizon Droid Razr that was locked?

    • MrWolf

      This is correct.  People need to stop getting pissy with Moto, and start getting pissy with Verizon about the locked bootloaders.

      • PC_Tool

         I keep hearing that…but then I thnk back to my heavily modded Fascinate and my Google Nexus.

        ….and somehow, I just can’t see blaming it *all* on Verizon…

        • Boblank84

          +1, that argument is played out.  Look at HTC and Samsung, both have unlocked bootloaders on VZW.  It is all moto imo.

          • Theres a differenece between the Rezound and Galaxy Nexus being unlockable and the US RAZR not. With HTC, it voids your warranty so people can try to pull a fast on ny locking and relocking. And then the Nexus — I’m positive money was invloved for Google to make sure the Nexus stayed a Nexus. Motorola does not have a similar tool as HTC, and the money/power as Google — or they just dont care to defend it. As more devices come, you’ll see how Motorola offers the phones to be ulockable.

          • Josh Nichols

            Unlocking your bootloader voids your warranty on all manufacturers.

      • That’s absolutely not true. How would every other OEM unlock their bootloaders then? And they definitely have.

      • Tony Allen

        This is incorrect, all of the retail RAZRs in the world have signed and encrypted bootloaders, except for this one apparently. Not just the ones on Verizon.

      • Sporttster

        BS! Explain to me how HTC, Samsung and every other fking manuf out there can have a unlocked BL on Verizon EXCEPT Moto! I don’t buy that shit….it’s Moto that is preventing it.

      • Josh Nichols

        The European version is locked. The HTC Rezound is unlocked. Please tell me again how this is Verizon’s fault?

    • Anonymous

      I believe the moto RAZR is locked, but unlockable, while the Droid RAZR is encrypted.

  • Urugami

    Another trick by Koush, or whoever that was?

  • Anonymous

    here’s hoping that motorola just uses the same RSA key for all of their phones… 😛

    • Butters619

      I really doubt it.

  • HerroMoto

    It’s the Original RAZR the RAZR flip 😛

  • huge news!

  • *know

  • 4Freese

    And let the c&d that’s start rolling in. good eye though.

    • 4freese

      Letters that is…Swype got me on that one^^^

  • Anonymous

    Moto and VZW devs are working quickly to resolve this issue. Battery life and ICS updates can wait.

  • wow! that’s awesome! Maybe I should have hung on to that Bionic…. nah!

  • Anonymous

    I wonder what that would sell for on Ebay….

    • QtDL

      I know right. You could say it is somewhat of a limited edition collector’s item exclusively from Euro Moto.

  • Anonymous

    Might be good to get a FAT RAZR with an unlocked bootloader. GNex alternative, anyone?

    • Josh Groff

      That battery is intense, just saying. Finally some manufacturers realize we don’t want to charge our phones mid day. 😉

  • Spiros Zangotsis

    could be fake

  • KevinC

    It won’t help at all.  It just means the bootloader was never locked originally, or someone had the encrypted private key to unlock it.

    The bootloader in an unlocked state won’t have any help in trying to break 128-bit encryption.

    • Butters619

      Exactly what I was thinking. 

    • Butters619

      Exactly what I was thinking. 

  • Lethalprophet

    I’ve got every finger I own, and a couple I borrowed from a friend, crossed……

  • Baked14

    We will likely Know*…. not no

  • I’m assuming this is the RAZR flip phone we’re talking about? Not sure how that can help unlock Motorola DROID phones, though since the original RAZR is an old phone.

    • Anonymous

      the VERY reason i came here to post. 🙂 what kind of RAZR?

    • Anonymous

      This made me lulz.. It’s a none VZW RAZR.

    • Really?

      • Anonymous

        haha im hoping he was being sarcastic O.o

  • Anonymous

    “no more”
    That’s my feeling towards Moto

    • John

      love those typos 😉

    • Azndan4

      Motorola is run by a bunch of liars.

    • Sporttster

      Yea, I’m done with em too. Gonna let those I know who like them know what they’re doing and how they lied. Hope it spreads like wildfire…..

      • If I only knew it was like this I wouldn’t had got the RAZR and would of waited for the Galaxy Nexus (which Im desperately trying to trade for right now). I had a G1, Samsung Vibrant, G2 and now this…I want to flash ROMS goddamnit. The ROMS for the RAZR right now are not my cup of tea. The RAZR has superior specs IMO but means nothing with this locked bootloader. 

  • Really kellex? “we’ll likely no more?” know*

  • Michael Forte

    Motorola already said that non US versions would be unlocked. No surprise there. Hopefully it can be used to unlock the US versions but I highly doubt it.

    • Anonymous

      no. big surprise. non of the European retail razrs have an unlocked bootloader. none.

  • tbaybe