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DROID RAZR Test Unit Up for Bid on eBay, is It Unlockable Though?

A DROID RAZR test unit has appeared up for bid on eBay yesterday and you can imagine the excitement it caused in the dev community. Could this be an unlockable device? Many test units are, but since the seller claims to have no knowledge of “how unlocking works,” there is no guarantee that it will be. They also claim that this was a phone given to Motorola employees for “engineering” and software testing purposes, so who knows. If it is, could it be the device that would provide devs the tools to unlock them all? Only bidding, winning and digging will get you that answer.


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  • Droidbionic

    i would think twice before bidding, he already sold this and had to return money for faulty device, original post claims device is unlocked but new post claims he doesnt know better, link to first sale http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&_trksid=p4340.l2557&item=140694456826&nma=true&rt=nc&si=a5Ri%252F2tL903POoAaMMRHlY2pMGw%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc#ht_500wt_1111

    and look at feedback left 
    link: http://feedback.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewFeedback2&userid=2011hnm&ftab=AllFeedback&myworld=true

    He agreed to return my money for a product that was faulty, very good.PositiveBuyer: lima.importer ( 35) Mar-30-12 09:40Feedback was revised on Mar-30-12 12:53 Motorola Droid RAZR 16GB Black Verizon cell Smartphone -CLEAN ESN- Unlocked (#140694456826)

    • up2bKrzy

       No surprise to me as  Engineering devices are NEVER top notch hardware and almost always have issues somewhere.  9 out of 10 times Engineering are not made on production lines to begin with they are built in the lab using preProduction hardware long before all the bugs are worked out

  • Butters619

    First, test devices are locked to a phone number so it won’t work.

    Second, Motorola uses a unique bootstrap key to encrypt each boot loader. So each phone has a different unlocking key.  This isn’t going to help.

  • up2bKrzy

    Device wouldn’t do squat to help unlocking others who have consumer units. Engineering units are setup different and don’t always have the same hardware in them. To further add they DO NOT use the same software as a consumer unit becsaue they are unlocked from the get go. I’ve had my share of UNSECURED Moto devices so i know this for certain. And keep in mind Moto uses 2 different types of unlocked devices as well. One can in fact have custom kernels built and installed on them, the other can not it is only partially unlocked.

    As for knowing what the device is it is very simple. All the person needs to do is power off and boot into the bootloader and see if is says S ( for secured like a consumer unit), SE, or NS. If it is an NS unit it is fully unlocked including the bootloader.

  • Asuriyan

    Incoming lawsuit.

  • Interesting that the menu icon on this phone is different than the release version…. wonder what else is different?

  • zepfloyd

    Auction to be pulled in 3…2….1….

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  • Ralphie

    “Restricted Property: Not For Sale” ….enjoy your wait in the unemployment line

  • Does it matter if it’s unlockable? The ship has sailed.

  • How long before Moto has it taken down?

    • boybert

       Right – wish this person would have offered the device up to XDA or some devs… now it’ll just be taken down and repo’d by Moto.  Ooh!  MOTO REPO could be a good new phone name.

      •  Well they cant “repo” it since they have no idea who has it.

        • boybert

           They could easily make the argument to eBay that it’s stolen property and have eBay cough up the user’s info.

          • well im sure there is a lot of stuff in their ToS agreement that prevents such things from other companies. That would have to come from the police, not Motorola/Google. 

          • boybert

             Riiiight.  Sorry to have left out every detail of how Moto could get their phone back – lost to the sake of brevity.  Bottom line is: this auction will be taken down and Moto will probably (at least try to) get their phone back.

          • Noyfb

            if it was before the razr came out they would want it back or something, but the razr has been out for 6 months so i doubt they care anymore.

          • boybert


    • up2bKrzy

       Highly unlikely they will. I’ve seen boatloads of these types of Motos on eBay in the past. And at this point with the device being released its not that big of a deal to them.

      Now if it were a unit NOT public yet then yeah S*#t would be hitting the fan that is for sure.

  • Droidzilla

    If it was a testing phone, I would assume it has the retail software on it as that was the final build. Maybe I’m just a pessimist.

    • its possible. I deal with a lot of testing phones and they usually dont have the retail software on them.

  • Chris W

    I have a unlockable developer unit.. it’s called the Samsung Galaxy Nexus! 🙂

    • Droidzilla

      Bro, your story is totally cool.

      • cool story bro – dont reinvent the trolling wheel to look like a cool troll….

        • Jonny

          wtf…if I were you, I wouldn’t be getting into too many battles of wits

          • 😛

          • Jonny

            “No reference to ‘wits’ in my post…”    exactly 🙂

          • Jonny

            I are no how to use edit buttonz :p

        • Dr_Buttballs

          Don’t get your jimmies all rustled because someone isn’t as dedicated to browsing 4chan as yourself.

          • haha, no jimmies rustled here, just poking at trolls trying to be cool by being trolls that can only think of re wording a troll to be cool! And sorry to say I’ve personally never been to 4chan… ever… unlike yourself?

          • Dr_Buttballs


          • cizzlen

            there is no need to be upset 

          • Dr_Buttballs

            I control the jimmies, I control the rustling.

          • cizzlen

            You cannot even imaging how unrustled our jimmies are. 

          • Dr_Buttballs

            Shh. No tears, only jimmies now.

    • Dr_Buttballs

      Come to RAZR post, gloat about your Nexus. Droid-Life logic.

    • Levi

      The nexus isn’t the only phone lol

    • Ralph Puerta

    • Josh Groff

      There’s this magic developer unit going around, it’s called the One X or something, have you seen it? I hear it tore the Nexus a new rectum.

      • Jonny

        Did you also hear that you have to buy out of contract, overseas, and go LTE-less to do so…..

        • Butters619

          Did you also hear it’s coming to AT&T in less than a month?

          • Jonny

            Still with only a dual core…chief

          • Butters619

            Still tears the Nexus a new rectum….chief

          • Jonny

            The MSM8960(one X dual core) performs 30% better than the OMAP 4460(nexus dual core). I should hope so considering the nexus has held “top-tier” status for 5 monthsnow. By no means is there any rectal tearing going on tho…..buddy

          • Butters619

            With 28nm technology and integrated LTE it should also be significantly more efficient with power.  Sort of left that out.