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Verizon HTC One Bootloader Unlock Bounty Reaches $1500

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While we were happy to see the HTC One on Verizon compatible with HTCdev’s bootloader unlock tool at launch, we also knew that the party would be a short one. Early adopters of the phone (read: those who purchased it early on day 1) were able to take advantage of the tool before Verizon and HTC eventually shut it down. It was indeed a brief window of opportunity. And since it was such a brief window, there are more than a handful of owners of the One who want the same freedoms that those early adopters enjoy. That want has led to a bounty. 

Over at XDA, a thread has been put together to raise funds in hopes that a developer will eventually find an exploit that will lead to a bootloader unlock. The bounty currently stands at $1500 after a few short days, but it will likely rise pretty quickly as more One owners learn of its existence. There is no better motivation than money. If you own a One on Verizon and want your bootloader unlocked, you may want to participate or at least follow the thread we have linked below, closely.

We should point out that there are no guarantees that locked bootloaders on devices like this will ever be unlocked. At this point in the wireless game, you should never buy a phone with the assumption that someone will eventually unlock it. Sure, we’ve seen it happen time and time again, but holes are being patched by the day and these OEMs are tightening things up from a security standpoint.

Look no further than the Galaxy S4 bootloader unlock bounty which now sits at around $4,000 after almost two months of pledges (would be higher but the thread is locked). These things seem to be taking longer than ever.

HTC one owners, we’ll keep an eye on this situation.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Daniel and George!

  • Jim
  • Jim

    S-off has been achieved now. And the pledged amount is much higher

  • Azaraith

    This is why I ditched Verizon and bought a Dev. Edition. No funny business, no carrier restrictions – it’s my phone as I like it.

  • anuga karthik

    Buy HTC One online in India at themobilestore.in, Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait
    300, Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). Best
    Price, EMI option available.

  • Mrpicolas

    just my 2 cents but i believe this will be much like the thunderbolt in terms of cracking it somewhere someone will need to find an unsigned or development bootloader and replace the current one..which will involve some adb skills for the early adopters as always.

  • Sporttster

    Good for them! And another big thing to do would be to contact Verizon directly and let them know in no uncertain terms you are NOT happy with the decision to block unlocking the bootloader!

  • whats the point of unlocking bootloader? sorry my newb question but isnt CM 10.2 alrdy out for s4?

    • Skittlez

      yea, but thats because it was unlockable until an official update locked the bootloader up for good. so everyone that purchased an S4 after the fact needs it to be unlocked so they can run custom ROM’s and change radios and all that.

      • oh wowow so if i bought an S4 right now I wouldn’t able to root, unlock, and flash CM 10.2? @disqus_x6KYcIh32j:disqus

        • Sporttster

          I was considering the S4 as well. IS it rootable and CM’able?? Or did Verizon screw the pony on that one as well? Jagbots…

          • C-Law

            It is rootable but you can’t install roms bc of the me7 update. You would need to buy a used one that is still on mdk. The problem is there aren’t many bc from what I read, Verizon did an auto update to me7 and you couldn’t deny it. People who only had root had to enter airplane mode and freeze the update app to stop it

        • Skittlez

          you’d have to wait for a bootloader unlock. or you could just fork out the $650 for the Dev Edition that comes with the unlocked bootloader

  • ben

    not to be that guy, but maybe can we not report these things on a major android site until it’s done so it doesnt get patched right away?

    • Higher_Ground

      don’t worry, I tend to agree with you to some point. Back when SBFs tended to disappear soon after DL posted about them, it seemed like we were shouting from the rooftops “Come fix this!”.
      But at this stage, unless they are just being lazy, I would imagine they follow some of those unlock threads as well as blog sites.

  • schoat333

    The devs that would have been releasing the bootloader unlocks are just going to tell you guys to buy a dev edition instead. They simply are not interested in the rooting/hacking/unlocking part of it anymore.

  • BAM1789

    I would imagine revone S-OFF would be able to be modified so phones can be granted S-OFF and Unlocked status. They did it once. Does anyone know the HBOOT version for the phone? The latest GSM is 1.54 I believe.

  • Butters619

    Remember folks, when somebody cracks it, PAY YOUR BOUNTY! Don’t be one of those asshats that doesn’t pay up. Devs spend a lot of time and money (bricked phones) trying to figure this stuff out. Make it worth it for them so the awesomeness can continue.

    • LOL @ you thinking someone is going to crack it

      • Butters619

        People figured out the One X root after it was changed. Took months. I even had an already rooted phone and still offered (and paid) $20 for the bounty. I give devs the benefit of the doubt.

        • Cracking a bootloader is not anywhere in the same league as gaining root on a device.

          • Butters619

            Yes, but once you crack root you can change the CID and use HTC Dev to unlock the bootloader. The way most Devs are going to approach this locked bootloader is to find a way to inject Super CID.

  • Michael

    I wonder with the Moto X bootloader will get up to!

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      I still haven’t bought the damn thing because i’m shivering about the bootloader. I can imagine what devs will do with active display.

  • flosserelli

    I don’t have a One, but I am contributing to support the project and give VZW the middle finger.

    • Jon

      Give them the ultimate finger and jump ship to T-Mobile. (If the coverage area allows)

      • Unfortunately T-Mo’s coverage pails in comparison to Verizon…

  • matthew

    Hacked in. 3,2,1

    • Maxim∑

      Yeah 3,2,1 + 2 months

      But I have a Nexus 4 so thats what you get

  • MichaelFranz

    how about a Droid Maxx bounty 🙂

    • kixofmyg0t

      Its not really needed. Development for X also works on Ultra. So when the Verizon X gets unlocked so will Ultra.

  • VATO

    IMAGINE if Verizon allows HTC to allow the One to be unlocked through HTCdev again and claims the bounty for themselves. I could see them doing that.

    • Ian

      Nah, they hate us too much. Need a few more zeros on that bounty.

      • CHRIS42060

        They hate us, but they LOVE revenue!

      • CatherineWilliams

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        • Kaar_Vooj

          liar,going to jail soon, i reported you.

    • Tyler Durden

      Lol that money is nothing.

      • Allow it. Claim bounty. Lock it back up. Slide on shades. Verizon.

      • athom07

        You got downvoted, but seriously $1500 is pocket change to Verizon

        • michael arazan

          Surprised an HTC software engineer hasn’t autonomously leaked a work around

          Also, I thought there was an HTC One Developer Phone for Verizon, why not just get that one

    • Kanaga Deepan N

      Possible only if the money is 1500 BILLION $ and not 1500$

    • MichaelTilton

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      • Kaar_Vooj


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  • jnt

    This is a great phone… forgot how nice it was (tried it briefly when we tried T-Mobile briefly). Hopefully they can do this, but if not, still one of the best Android devices out there.

    • seajay0909

      I agree; the phone is pretty incredible. Sense 5 isn’t perfect but it’s a massive improvement over the versions I have used in the past.. This allows me to accept the fact that the bootloader is locked and I can’t root..

      However I’m sure I’ll be pissed when key lime pie is released and there is a ROM for every phone except for the One. Add that to the fact that we’ll have to wait at least 6mo to get the official HTC Version on VZW…

  • sirmipsalot

    Cryptography. How does that work? Miracles.

    • Butters619

      The idea isn’t to crack the cryptography. The idea is to find a way to get your phone root (whether temporary or permanent) and change your phone’s CID to SuperCID and use the official HTC unlock tool. And devs have come up with some pretty creative ways to do this.

      Cracking the cryptography is nearly a pointless endeavor, unless HTC really dropped the ball with implementation. How many years did they try it on Moto devices with no luck? Even if you somehow managed to figure out the key for your phone, a phone manufacturer isn’t going to use the same key for every phone.

      • sirmipsalot

        Actually, the idea isn’t just root nor a specific method – it’s to literally unlock the bootloader. I was being pithy about it because the sort of approach you’re talking about is fundamentally temporary – it works until it’s patched. Actually unlocking the phone for all implies a permanent solution, which is why I was talking about cryptography.

        And yes, looking at how successful these bounties are and for how long any methods work, there’s a mixed track record at best. The moto devices weren’t uncracked because of “no luck”. They remained locked because the cryptography is sound.

        • Butters619

          Well yes, I didn’t mean with no luck like that. They had no chance.

        • Sporttster

          I’m wondering when is it going to get to the point that someone just develops a total workaround to this where you send the phone in to them, they rip out the nasty chip put in a replacement that can be unlocked and wala, there ya go….or something to that effect. Just a total KMA replacement deal or addition to work around this….KMA= kiss my….

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  • Destroythanet

    Gotta love the dev community!!