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AT&T's HTC One X blocked from using bootloader unlock tool

News by Dan Seifert on Saturday May 05, 2012.

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The HTC One X for AT&T is due to hit shelves tomorrow, and while it is a fantastic smartphone through and through (seriously, check out our review, it's great), not all buyers will be happy when they get the One X in their hands. Apparently, the bootloader unlock tool that HTC provides for many of its smartphones does not work with AT&T's version of the One X, and it seems that the carrier is the one to blame here.

HTC provides a bootloader unlock tool for many of its devices that lets power users trade in their warranty privileges for the ability to install custom software on their devices. Without the tool, it is extremely difficult, or sometimes impossible, to install custom ROMs or other versions of Android on a smartphone or tablet.

Unfortunately, for owners of the One X that AT&T will offer, the bootloader unlock tool is unavailable. The tool does work with the international One X, and it even works with the One X offered by Rogers in Canada, which has the same exact specifications as the AT&T model.

HTC has released a statement concerning the matter:

"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."

While HTC doesn't admit it outright, reading between the lines of the statement shows that AT&T is likely the one behind the block on the bootloader unlock tool for the One X. The vast majority of users will never be affected by this, and will enjoy their smartphones as is. However, those that do wish to modify their smartphones might want to pursue another version of the One X than the one that AT&T will sell, perhaps even importing a Canadian model if it comes down to it.

source: MoDaCo

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