Motorola says no bootloader unlocking for older devices

August 23, 2012
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It’s been close to a week since Motorola launched its user-friendly bootoloader unlocking tool, but we haven’t seen any changes in the list of supported devices yet. If you own some of these older devices, there’s a likelihood that your devices may not be supported at all.

According to a Twitter exchange between Motorola and a customer, the Google-owned company isn’t currently planning to make the tool compatible with the Droid 3, Bionic, and Droid X2. If these models aren’t supported, we have to say that the prospect isn’t good for the older ones.

As mentioned, the list of supported devices on Moto’s Unlock My Device website is only populated with a single item so far, the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE. The company promises to add additional devices “progressively,” though the process is apparently subject to network approval.

As found on the FAQs portion of the website:

HOW DO I TELL IF MY DEVICE HAS AN UNLOCKABLE/RE-LOCKABLE BOOTLOADER?

First is whether the device ships with a bootloader that is capable of being unlocked or re-locked. Second is whether the wireless carrier that sells the device allows the bootloader to be unlocked, as each of our operator partners has their own policy.

Sprint is evidently on board in bringing out devices with unlockable bootloaders. We’re just not sure where Verizon stands on the issue. What do you think?

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