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Verizon HTC One Bootloader Currently Unlockable Through HTCdev

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According to at least two three members over at XDA, the bootloader on Verizon’s version of the HTC One is currently unlockable through HTCdev. I say “currently” because we have seen this happen with Verizon HTC phones in the past on launch day, but before long, they are removed and locked up tighter from the world than babies named North West. For now though, you can head over to HTCdev.com with your brand new HTC One, follow the steps that accompany their bootloader unlock tool, and begin to enjoy your phone the way it was meant to be enjoyed.

Now, it is my understanding that HTCdev only partially unlocks the bootloader. We aren’t talking full S-OFF here, but you can still flash ROMs and get dirty with it through a couple of work arounds that you wouldn’t see with it fully unlocked. Still, this is major, assuming it stays open.

Via:  XDA | HTCdev

Cheers @Dibears and @BloodiedWraith!

  • Go

    If i bought my Verizon HTC One the day it came out can i still root it?

  • bban157


  • StrattHacks

    Just tried it, MID blocked. Just under 24hrs and they blocked it. Wow.

  • muffnman

    I unlocked via htcdev, rooted, and installed TWRP last night. All working great over here.

    Others confirmed it was working as well:
    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2416002That said……



  • nsnsmj

    I wish Samsung would offer a dev site to unlock the bootloader, like HTC has done. I would gladly void my warranty to be able to put a custom ROM on my device.

  • sgoldwa

    I was a long-time VZW customer, and now with T-Mo for a variety of reasons. S-OFF (at least in the GSM world) can be achieved through a tool called revone. Not sure if it’s compatible with CDMA though, so be careful not to brick it! HTC One DOES have NFC but none of the other versions support (Sprint, T-Mo, AT&T, Intl version) support Google Wallet precisely due to the lack of proper secure element. The ROM known as “Android Revolution HD” is highly recommended IF if becomes available for Verizon. In general this is an awesome phone, and BoomSound blows me away every day!

  • chris125

    So HTC one or moto x if you were on Verizon kellex?

  • BOB Dudek

    BEEN waiting..AND now the New MOTOS just dont do it..MEH looks and for the $ and features not exciting.

    ..AND the new LG..well thats a a 299 dollar phone..

    JUST DID mine via THE online MY VZW.

    Ordered just now ..done..easy and the chat person gets some $ props when you/he stays on while doing the order process..give him the confirmed # and hes a happy camper.

    .THE Store pickup never ( as of 1 hour ago) an option offered.. …I can wait 2 days..besides with all the discounts and the _____- promo code..-$89 off the bottom line

    AS IT’S replacing my solid HTC REZOUND..I think this HTC1 device is STILL the best bang for the buck…in all areas..of what we want in a SP device. AND its not a Motorola !

  • samosa king

    Love the North West comparison. 😉

  • Sporttster

    Tell ya what….this is one NICE phone! Went and looked at it today and the Droid Maxx. The One’s build quality is totally unsurpassed. It is amazing, feels amazing. Sucks that it wasn’t a ‘true’ Verizon store where I could actually see the screen. They had one but it wasn’t turned on. Wish it had a sd slot, though. What size internal storage do these have available? Man, NICE phone though…

  • MetroGnome711

    So new to HTC Dev, would this allow for Root as well? (assuming a method is found soon)

    Edit: Root already found if xda to be believed.

  • Skittlez

    i remember when HTC was going to release a phone with a locked bootloader on verizon, and everyone complained on the facebook page, and they changed their mind. just take to facebook if it happens. *fingers crossed*

  • muffnman

    Root & recovery WIP posted: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2416273 – can’t wait for work to end.

    • Skittlez

      can this get us s-off?

  • Steven Cornea

    honestly, droid life….take this post down, the less verizon knows the better it is for us lol

  • Steven Cornea

    come on verizon, just make this last 1 more week before I pick up mine

  • Bassdj

    Dang, wish I could get the One today…

  • Byron Galvez

    The sky is falling!!!!! the sky is falling!!!!

  • kuboo99

    If this stays unlockable (even partially) I may have just found my upgrade for my Galaxy Nexus.

  • InvaderDJ

    This sealed the deal for me (well this, the $50 off, and the fact I could do an alternate upgrade on my other line meaning I get this at the subsidized price on my unlimited data line).

    I ordered online and will have tomorrow. I’m hoping this stays open until then. I’m a little worried since on the HTC Dev site I don’t see an option on the drop down for the VZW HTC One, but I also don’t see an option for any HTC One so I think it just hasn’t been updated for awhile. I don’t even see last years One X.

    • jose

      I ordered online too. Used two codes and came out to $139.99. I added a new line so I could keep unlimited data.

      • Greyhame

        You added another line to keep unlimited?? A $10 per month line so that you could use that upgrade? Would you mind elaborating how this deal works? I have a dumb phone line with an upgrade… is it then possible to move that line’s upgrade to my line AND keep unlimited?

        • jose

          I currently have two lines on my Family plan for my wife and I, both with Unlimited data. I added a new line for the One and chose the 2gb/$30 data plan.

          When I get the One, I’ll activate one of my old dumb phones on that new line and remove the data plan, selecting some ‘pay as you go’ crap. This phone will never get used.

          Then I’ll just pop the SIM from my current phone into the One and presto! I’ll just have to continue paying the $10/month charge for 2yrs on that new line. Still cheaper than the $599 full retail price.

          I still have the upgrade eligible on my current Unlimited line. So if I wanted to, I could transfer that upgrade to the new line I just created and upgrade again then give the phone to my wife, all the while keeping unlimited data on hers too.

          • Greyhame

            Nice! Thanks for the info!

          • Sporttster

            Ok….I’ve got a single line unlimited plan presently. My daughter is wanting a cheap smartphone. I checked out their plans and the only way I can add a line to the acct now is by the share everything bs and I lose unlimited doing that. How can I get this to work for me?? There is no ‘add a line’. They want you to share everything. Was hoping to get her a cheapo phone, buy a One,activate the one on the cheapo line, then activate the cheapo on that line, THEN reactivate the One on my full unlimited line. Possible???

        • jose

          But to answer your question…upgrade the dumb phone line, don’t transfer it! Choose the cheapest data plan, $30/2gb. When you get the phone, activate it on the dumb phone line. This is an important step!!!

          THEN, activate the dumb phone again back on that dumb line and remove the data plan selecting pay as you go.

          NOW you can activate the One on the line that has Unlimited data.

          • Greyhame

            So if I’m understanding correctly:
            1) Don’t transfer the upgrade, but upgrade the dumb phone line.
            2) Activate the new phone on the dumb phone line. (this was the confusing step… I need to initially activate the new phone on the dumb line?)
            3) Activate the dumb phone back on the dumb line, cancel data.
            4) Activate new phone on my line.
            5) Profit.

            Thanks again!

    • Greyhame

      Wait…. please elaborate.. I can take an upgrade from another (non-data) line, switch it to my line, and upgrade WITHOUT losing unlimited data?? That sounds too good to be true. How did you pull this off? Thanks in advance.

      • Tim242

        Yes, that works. I did it once on my account last year. You upgrade, or add a line. That will add a $30 2GB plan to that other line. Once you swap the phones and you no longer have a smartphone on the other line, you drop the data from that line. Easy.

        • Greyhame


      • InvaderDJ

        No, not a non data line. That would be cool. I have two lines with smartphones and both are actually used. The line that had limited data had an upgrade so I used that. When my phone comes in tomorrow I’m going to activate it on that line, then take the SIM out and activate it on my unlimited line (once I confirmed that the phone shows up on the other line on the VZW website, that step might not be needed).

        This will get me the phone for a subsidized price while being able to keep my line with unlimited data.

        • Greyhame

          Ah I see. Thanks a lot for the feedback!

        • BOB Dudek

          YOU WONT HAVE TO DO THAT. You want to upgrade that line.. ..So when you receive your new device then you make a call to Customer Care care team and have them switch it over for you at 1-800-922-0204 or *611 from your Verizon Wireless phone from 6 AM to 11 PM EST

          • InvaderDJ

            So you’re saying instead of activating on the limited data line I can just call VZW and have them switch the phone to my unlimited data line?

            Want to confirm because I had read that you need to activate the phone at least once on the limited line so that when you put it on your limited line you aren’t registering it for the first time.

          • BOB Dudek

            It’s worth a phone call..

          • InvaderDJ

            Yeah, I’ll definitely try it, but I’m definitely going to double and triple check with them before pulling the trigger.

  • Christian Trevor Clauss

    Not for long it won’t be!

  • RaptorOO7

    And there you have it folks. Another reason NOT to buy this phone. If you can’t get a Developer Edition or unlock it then why buy it.

    • PhillipCun

      yeah why buy it? shoot, why sell it at all?

  • chuckfu

    Has anyone done this yet? If so, do you select ‘All Other Supported Devices’ on the HTC site? I don’t see the One listed and want to be sure I’m using the correct procedure.

  • bkosh84

    AT&T/HTC said they were going to lock out the One from getting an unlocked bootloader at HTCDev but they haven’t done that yet.. Just saying..

  • Alexander Garcia

    I was gonna buy the Maxx yesterday, but I played with it and really didn’t like it’s shape and size and how it felt in my hand (That’s what SHE said hardy-har-har!) so I’m gonna wait to play with the One and the Moto X side by side and make my decision then.

  • blakjakdavy

    Does anyone know if the Verizon One has an NFC secure element?

    • Spider210

      comes with nfc card . supports isis. not sure if that what you looking for

  • schoat333

    That won’t last long.

  • StargateNH

    I currently Root/ ROM a GS3 on VZW. Can someone explain what is meant as a “partial unlock” on the HTC One?

    • Tim242

      No S-Off.

      • StargateNH

        And you can still put ROMs on the phone that way?

        • Tim242

          You can, but there aren’t as many. No S-off prevents kernel changes, I believe.

          • StargateNH

            Ah. Thanks. Wish it wasnt so difficult. Should I not have the choice? Encrypted bootloaders, S-Off, etc. I ahave been running custom ROMs on a VZW GS3 but fortunately when it came out it took no time for someone to release unlock and decript methods. Which were patched by VZW later on. Wonder if the newest update of the GS3 could be rooted/ unlocked. But thats for a different thread.

          • jose

            Read the comment by Greg above. Looks like HTC has a new procedure which essentially allows kernel changes when Unlocked/S-on

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    Pretty sure this was absolutely not intended, and probably a snafu on the website’s part.

  • TheWenger

    Shut up. You’re lying.

  • Jason Downing

    Hmmmm… this creates a problem for me… I don’t know what phone to buy!

    • MichaelFranz

      my dilema as well. I either get this and unlock it quick and live with it. Wait to see what moto x and motomaker are like, just sell out and get the maxx for battery life…see if note 3 changes my mind…or wait until nexus and possibly leave vzw all together

      • Jason Downing

        Sadly, I’m not really excited about any of them. I think I’m still headed in the Moto X direction though. I don’t want capacitive buttons which rules the One out and the Droid series doesn’t appeal to me either.

        • MichaelFranz

          i can deal with the buttons. I just dont like when they are not set up like stock android, (GS4, HTC One). This phone tempts me because of its potential unlockability and quality build….but the button setup kills me and actually is annoying in my eyes. Im sure after a day or 2 you can get used to it.

          i honestly think i wouldnt throw a rom on a moto x/Droid device because i would think you lose that X8 computing and alos the cool software that you can use.

          and until samsung stops bloating with useless software i dont know if i will get one. Like i said, the note 3 may change my mind, but i doubt it.

  • Shadowstare

    As a Droid DNA user, Verizon WILL be closing up that loophole soon. So be VERY careful with any updates from Verizon.

  • jnt

    Verizon closing that up in 3…2…1… !!

    • Guest

      Verizon, can go su…k my big co…k if they do that…

      • Weber

        I c what you did there…

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          The conspiracy theorist in me thinks that you set yourself up for that….

          • Weber

            haha nah, I’d have better grammar than that, TRUST ME…

    • Paul Hansen

      Lol, I was literally about to post the exact same thing.

    • fritzo2162

      Hoping that they have so many phone releases in the next two weeks that they forget about it 🙂

    • Darren David Brooke

      Aaaaaand it’s gone.

      • jnt

        yep 🙁 Some awesome devs were coming on board – hopefully this doesn’t sway ’em too much

      • Ron

        I need clarification, can the Verizon HTC One still be unlocked via HTCDev?

        • Darren David Brooke

          It cannot.

    • Sankyou

      It’s closed already. Thanks VZ – we love you. Switches to TMobile.

  • hfoster52

    Maybe Verizon has softened their stance on boot loaders…. I almost said that with a straight face.

    • Unknown2124

      I think Verizon has a way to block the wifi tethering when the phone is rooted and even when that phone have a custom rom in it… Obviously the point of locking the bootloader is find a way to avoid the wifi tethering….

      • Seth Hoke

        If they had a way to block it when someone was rooted they would’ve blocked me a lonnnggg time ago

      • C-Law

        Umm, simply NO! There are so many ways to tether without an unlocked bootloader. There are apps like foxfi that don’t even need root to work! My Droid M is rooted but still has a locked bootloader and all I had to do was a few commands in SQLite to edit a file and now I can wifi tether with the official verizon wifi hotspot app! I don’t have a tethering plan because I have unlimited data and I sure won’t have verizon tell me I have to pay for my same data twice when they are already screwing me

  • moelsen8

    better hurry up and jump on this

    • Lucky Armpit

      Absolutely 1000% agree. You know that Verizon is going to close this loophole as soon as possible, now that the cat’s out of the bag.

  • Eric Whitaker

    I’m having such a hard time picking a phone. Moto X, HTC One, GS4. I will root anything I get. I just wish Verizon would announce when we can use MotoMaker.

    • Molly Housel

      I’m in the same exact boat

      • Weber

        Why is everyone in boats?

        • Molly Housel

          Google it

      • samari711

        That’s not a boat, that’s a schooner.

    • MatthewSimmons

      I’m in the same boat but I think this article has made me decide on the One.

      • Chris Bailey

        This… makes it interesting to say the least. *IF* this stays open for a while and *IF* they can flash GPE ROM on it… well… that makes a huge difference.

    • aQuickBit

      Didn’t they say November?

      • Eric Whitaker

        I don’t think I’ve seen anything official from Verizon on that.

    • Adam

      You forgot the Note 3.

      • T4rd

        That’s still months away (on Verizon).

        • RaptorOO7

          Not necessarily, it could come out pretty soon after announcement, we don’t know yet. The G2 is due out a day ahead of AT&T so anything can happen.

          • T4rd

            They have a launch date on the G2? I didn’t see that. The Note 2 and GS4 was out a month or 2 after the other carriers, so that’s what I’m basing it off of.

          • mrwufpack

            Yeah, but didn’t G2 already go through FCC in Verizon guise some time ago? With all these phone releases, I may be confused. But if that’s the case, knowing Verizon, it will take 1-2 months after it goes through FCC.

      • Greyhame

        I wish I could get into a phablet.. they’re just too big for me to lug around in a pocket (no, it’s not cause of skinny jeans:). Damn shame too cause I’d love that battery life.

    • trixnkix637

      November is when the rest of the world can use Motomaker

      • RaptorOO7

        Moto, thinking ahead by not allowing users to get the benefits of a custom phone now which WAS the point of the Moto X. I’m sure AT&T paid them a bunch of coin but how lame.

        • trixnkix637

          Oh it’s simply one of the biggest business blunders I can think of. Let’s take a major selling point for this device and make it exclusive to one segment of the market for at least 3 months.

      • marko358

        Where has this been officially confirmed? I’ve only seen rumors.

        • athom07

          Come on now, the source is literally at the bottom of the article…

      • mrjayviper

        you meant rest of the US? since moto x will never be available outside of the americas and only the US gets motomaker

        • trixnkix637

          Nope I meant the other carriers outside of AT&T. It’s a play on words.

    • RaptorOO7

      So far you CAN’T root the GS4, HTC One, Moto X on Verizon so really why even both getting any of these phones?

      • Eric Whitaker

        I thought root was achieved again. I could be wrong?

        • Brandon Schlack

          Root is achieved on Verizon GS4, but not an unlocked bootloader or bootloader bypass, like what was available before the the newest update

          • Eric Whitaker

            Well… Now I have even less idea of what to do.

      • sauce

        i just bought a verizon htc one and unlocked my bootloader, other people have rooted

    • ramifications

      Then why not the LG G2? That’s what I’m getting. Bigger battery and better processor hopefully meaning better battery life. And a camera with OIS. Also, LG is widely known as having the best screens in the business. And if you’re rooting, then you don’t have to worry about not liking LG’s skin. Seems like a winner to me.

      • Greyhame

        This phone is probably at the top of my list currently. Looking forward to trying one out. The X intrigues me, tho I wish the camera was better.

      • duke69111

        That’s been my thought all along if I stay with Verizon. Buy it for the hardware; root, rom and move on. I don’t understand all the hate towards the lg skin, most people on this site slap a rom their phones anyway.

        • Greyhame

          I do have one question tho.. how is the dev community for LG phones? Has Verizon had a high end LG phone?

          • duke69111

            I have wondered that myself, but I would have to think with this phone having the best specs available, it will get picked up.

          • ramifications

            Yup, I agree with duke. LG has never had a really high end phone besides the Nexus 4 so this will be something new. However, if enough people buy it, I expect that devs will work on it.

      • chris125

        Because look at LGS track record for updates. Yeah I can root and ROM but I shouldn’t have to because they won’t update their phones. Those specs are awesome and all but I and past the constant flashing new Roms all the time.

    • jose

      I wanted to want the X but the MotoMaker debacle killed it for me. I can’t wait ill November/December for a new phone. Aside from the custom colors, the X really isn’t that much different than the new Droids.

  • Greg Morgan

    It’s only a partial, but HTC fixed it so you don’t have to flash the boot image separately, which is helpful for noobs.

    • Oh, that’s awesome. Didn’t realize it had changed.

    • Unknown2124

      Wait a second… So noobs will be able to flash custom roms easily or not?

      • aQuickBit

        Heres To Changing my ROMs 😛

      • Greg Morgan

        easier than it used to be

      • PhoenixPath

        Yes. Unlocked S-on through HTCdev allows kernel flashing normally through recovery whereas this used to be problematic.

        It’s as good as S-off for virtually everything but downgrading firmware.

  • thedonxr

    Viva Movil!

    • All day long.

      • Jonathan Williams

        Que bueno!