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Moto X Bootloader is Locked (Updated)

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As of this moment, the bootloader on the Moto X is “not unlocked,” according to Motorola. I know that this news is going to disappoint many of you, but with the phone being tied to carriers, I can’t say that I’m exactly surprised by this move.

There is also no word on a developer edition, however, we were told that an unlocked (as in SIM unlocked) version of the phone is in the works, however, it will be specific to AT&T’s LTE.

Motorola’s Punit Soni has clarified the bootloader status of each variant. Hint, it’s good news.

  • CuriousCursor
  • Skittlez

    saw a hands on where the guy said there will be a developer edition

  • Ray

    No real surprises here. I was hoping for something great but this is just a normal Motorola phone with a few extra customisations available. Meh… big deal!

    Not available anywhere except in the US and only if you’re with one of the big carriers.

    What a huge let down. Looks like the Nexus is still the best option for me.

  • kselby

    Game, Set, Match.

  • Xcalibur1011

    This is just like when I found out about the Xbox One restrictions, only difference Moto can’t do a 180 with this. Nexus five here I come.

  • RBI411

    Always fun when a NOeaster rolls in so you can get buried in 4.7 inches of NO.

  • RW-1

    Bwahahahahaha … and you fools were expecting an open bootloader that you would unlock? Think again, has nothing to do with carrier, it is moto plain and simple. Evidence: all the other unlockable phones out there, and of course, if you are willing to pony up $$$ for the “dev versions” (Someone should check for laws broken here -payying to get a device that is unlocked, when thye say unlocking compromises other customers on the network, if so than NO phone should be unlocked, they cant keep this line of BS)

  • Freezer

    Meh.. I wait a few months until it’s pure Android or at least without all the bloatware from the contracts and that it’s available in Europe for low.

  • Chippah

    I hear horns….

    • EC8CH

      boo boo badoooooooo

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    ” It’s important to note that all custom models sold through Moto Maker will ship four days from the time of order (made possible by the Ft. Worth, TX manufacturing facility) and arrive with unlocked bootloaders. If you choose to go the carrier route, only T-Mobile and Sprint will be offering unlocked models from the jump. Additional developer versions, plus an unlocked Google Play model will be made available at a later date.”


    Please GP version…

  • beng8686

    Biggest let down of the century… Especially all the att exclusive BS. I’m going to steer as many people away from this POS as I can. I hope their factories burn to the ground.

    • SemahjLam

      kinda messed up considering its giving americans jobs

      • beng8686

        A whopping 500 people. WOW! That is messed up! I’ll tell you what’s messed up, this POS phone in every way. Its not an iPhone killer, its an iPhone imitator. At least iPhone gives you storage options on ALL carriers.

        • SemahjLam

          Does not matter if it’s just one person, that’s 500 who can go home and put food on their table

          • beng8686

            Micky dees is always hiring.

  • Chippah

    Ok Enough of this device, bring on the Note 3 baby!

  • EC8CH

  • fillyo75

    Galaxy S4 is still the phone to own.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Agreed, and will be my next phone! August 16th(Upgrade Day)!

      Screw the unimpressive Moto X, it’s all about the SGS4 from here on out! At least for this year anyways.

      • Dale

        LG G2 reveal next Wednesday. This will be my final decision maker, it’s down to G2 v S4.

      • hkklife

        I am holding out hope that the G2 is the sleeper hit of the 2nd half of the year, just like how the G Pro was (IMHO) the best Android release of the first 6 months. Other than that and the new N7, this has been a horrendous year in general for Android!

    • Lou M

      Just make sure it doesn’t have the most recent update! No bootloader as of yet.

  • EvanTheGamer


    BOOM goes the hype train!

  • 1MPR0BUS

    Well this is a definite no go for me.

    No unlocked bootloader means no widespread dev support means crappy stock software = ain’t care.


    • Nick

      No, it doesn’t. It means the bootloader comes locked, just like all other phones, including Nexus phones. The key is whether or not it’s easily unlockable, or if it’s signed or encrypted.

      • 1MPR0BUS

        You are way more optimistic than I am. With Motorola’s track record I wouldn’t get your hopes up. Its probably not unlockable unless you purchase the ridiculously overpriced Dev version. It seems that Google’s open source state of mind hasn’t influenced Motorola and the carriers they deal with very much.

  • Eduardo Cruz

    Haha here comes all the whining and bitchin

    • Ian

      Thanks for starting us off.

      • Eduardo Cruz

        Haha I bet your one of them

  • Shaunwin

    Anyone who thought otherwise was fooling themselves! But it may be unlockable as was the GNex.

  • addicuss

    LOL this was such a huge disappointment. This was supposed to be the messiah phone. Looks like it’s just the Pat Robertson phone.

    • michael arazan

      And it wants money for nothing just like Pat Robertson

  • Adam Collins

    I came in with high hopes, but then reality struck with seeing that Verizon customers are yet again getting f*cked in the *ss

  • ceejw

    Did anyone really thing this phone would have an unlocked bootloader on Verizon?

  • Detonation

    The Galaxy Nexus boot loader is “not unlocked” either until you do it yourself. The real question is if it’s encrypted and can’t be unlocked.

    • Kane Desousa

      It’s Motorola. That bootloader will be LOCKED down for good and hard to exploit. See: almost every other Motorola phone

      • Ian

        Source: Moto’s bootloader history PRIOR to google intervention.

        basically, don’t assume.

        • Kane Desousa

          Yeah and the phone was going to be 300 off contract like we all assumed since googles intervention. Also proved wrong. I’m just using what I know, Motorola is still Motorola

          • Skittlez

            Nexus 4 was $199 on contract as well. No off-contract pricing was announced yet. Might wanna wait til you can say something is proven wrong.

  • AnotherAndroidKid

    Detail that is no longer relevant after pricing came out. Who cares if they lock a phone no one will buy.

  • JJ69Chev

    +taylor Wimberly reporting a Google version comming soon

    • Charlie R.

      Which might not be available on Verizon.

      • beng8686

        Won’t be available on Verizon. Source: every other GPE phone.

  • Maniko (Meister_Li)

    Let’s just wait and see if there’s a official way to unlock the bootloader on some carriers. I am hoping for a HTC-Like situation here, where there is a way to unlock it, if you’re willing to part with your warranty.

    Then again, I am also hoping for a European version, so I may be foolishly optimistic.

  • Verizon

    Being lied to pisses me off.

    • SemahjLam

      who lied? lol

      • Verizon

        I was fuking lied to. Someone gave me info (who I thought was a friend) and he was obviously full of it. I’ll be seeing him later.

        • Jeremy Martin

          is your friend Bionic or Sarge?

          • Verizon

            Fuk you! I love you little sh!ts coming out of the woodwork. I’ve been told for the last 2 days that I am some sort of troll, but the funny part is that you a$$hats are trolling like crazy. I have nothing to do with either of those idiots.

          • Jeremy Martin

            hahaha calm down…I’m calling Bionic a troll…just poking at you as well for fun. But when you make a statement such as you did and then it fails to happen you have to expect backlash…no matter who your sources are it was you who delivered it. Take your lumps and move on.

          • Verizon

            As I said before, I accept that the guy was full of it and lied to me. I accept the backlash for it, but it doesn’t mean I have to be nice about.

          • Veriz0n

            Calm down bro

          • Verizon

            You can fuk right off!

        • Eduardo Cruz

          What a fucken crybaby get over it seriously.. Smh

          • Verizon

            I’m not crying douche nozzle, I’m pissed at being lied to. I’m not sure what you do when your are mad, but I certainly don’t cry.

        • Sherlock Holmes

          “I’ll be seeing him later”

    • Veriz0n

      Quit trying to cover you a**. You’re just a nobody that has to invent rumors to get likes. Me, I’m just a troll that has nothing better to do until school begins.

  • TheRunner024

    That sucks…

  • Kane Desousa

    Let me guess its running MOTOBLUR also HAHAH what a disappointment.

    • As far as OEM skins go, Motoblur is by far the best.

  • JonathonFlores

    Ok on to the neXt one.f*** @$$ $h*t @$$ *** ****88 sdkjhfsdih!!


    A phone should never come unlocked. It’s a security issue. Is it unlockable?

    • JoshGroff

      This is the real question.

    • Kyle

      I agree and would like to know as well

    • EC8CH

      Please find this out.

    • jdhas

      I highly doubt it.

  • Delta_46

    Man I was so excited…. Now what. I have an upgrade ready. This is going for the same price as the GS4 and HTC one which have MUCH better specs. Sorry Motorola…

  • Booyabobby

    Not surprised

  • Zach B.

  • sc0rch3d

    i pressed F5 all day for this?!?!?!

    • New_Guy

      I was uncertain, but now I officially pass…

  • Aaron H

    Seriously? Complete disappointment. Time to wait for the next Nexus…

  • This just gets worse and worse… I BLAME BIONIC

    • JoshGroff

      *Grabs pitchfork and torch*

    • Nathaniel Newman

      I have a Bionic anyone want to smash it to bits! I’d rather have no phone than THAT phone!

    • Sherlock Holmes

      I blame Verizon. At least Bionic had the decency to delete his account before he started to get trashed. Verizon was fairly confident about the bootloader and price of the device…well he was wrong. Guy is a troll.

      • Verizon

        Says the nameless faceless guy trolling hard and coming after me. I was lied to and it caused me to, unfortunately, lie to others. I feel bad about it because I hate it when people do that crap. I was willing to offer the information because I trusted the source, as he WAS a friend and neighbor. I’ll never make that mistake again though.

        If you wanna hate me for trying, then hate me. I come here for the info, to have fun and try to make people laugh. Some hate me for making jokes (the internet is serious business after all) and others hate me just to hate. Either way, do what you gotta do. I’m sorry the info turned out to be garbage, if I could take it back I would, but that is what I get for trying I guess.

        Hate on!

        • Guest

          flame on!

        • mrbirdman

          i had the perfect gif to respond to this sadly disqus wont let me use gifs.


        • Guest

          Keep on lying. You’re just trying to cover your a$$. If only the actual Bionic was here too so we could have another target besides you.

          • Verizon

            Eat a bowl of d!cks.

          • Guest

            I would but I’m actually allergic to ducks.

          • Verizon

            Then eat 6 whole ducks.

      • Mitch Joa

        Had the decency to delete his account? That doesn’t seem very decent to me…seems kinda pansy but whatever. Are you really hating on Verizon for being wrong on something? Just think about how silly that is.

    • Philip A. Kaiser

      Almost bought a Bionic yesterday. Amazon had some in the wherehouse deals. $75. Docks were like 3$. I could get a pimped out setup for under $100. Just for fun…. Maybe give it to my mom, she is over 60 and wouldn’t know the difference. 🙂

  • James

    Well played, Verizon. Well played.

  • jose

    I saw on the news today that the sky is blue. mind=blown.

  • Jeff Helget

    I think you should correct this to say VERIZON Moto X bootloader is locked. Other sites are saying when you order them from Motorola they arrive unlocked.