If you were considering the HTC One X that is headed to AT&T, not only for its power, but also because of HTC’s commitment to unlocking bootloaders, you may want to look elsewhere. Early adopters of the device noticed a constant error when trying to unlock it through HTCDev’s bootloader tool, prompting the media to ping HTC for a comment on the matter. What did they have to say? Here you go:
HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.
“Restrictions” or better yet, a PR person’s way of saying, “the carrier” is the reason for this phone to remain locked. This is a sad turn of events in HTC’s journey to appease the developer community. Last May, HTC’s CEO Peter Chou announced via Facebook that after an overwhelming amount of customer feedback that they “will no longer be locking the bootloaders” on their devices. He didn’t say “where carriers permit it” or anything of that nature, so this move is a bit shocking. We watched HTC provide unlocking tools for all of their Verizon devices, leading us to believe that the stand they had taken was going to make it.
Only one way to tell if the dark days are on the verge of returning, and that’s to see the status of the Incredible 4G LTE when it gets released in the next couple of weeks.
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