HTC offers tools that let users unlock the bootloaders on many of its phones. This makes it possible to install custom recovery tools or custom ROMs or make other changes. Unlocking the bootloader will void your warranty, but if you’re cool with that, HTC is cool with letting you do it on about 45 handsets.

Unfortunately the AT&T version of the HTC One X smartphone isn’t one of them.

HTC bootloader unlock

While you can unlock the international version of HTC’s new flagship smartphone — the one with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, you cannot currently unlock the bootloader on the AT&T version that goes on sale in the US today.

This model has a dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and supports AT&T’s 4G LTE network.

MoDaCo noticed that the AT&T version couldn’t be unlocked and reached out to HTC for comment — and was basically told that while the device maker remains committed to offering customers the option to unlock their devices, sometimes there are “restrictions” that prevent it.

HTC hasn’t specifically said that the restriction in this case is AT&T… but that certainly seems to be the implication.

This doesn’t mean it will necessarily be impossible to unlock the bootloader. We’ve seen hackers find ways to open up devices that are closed by the manufacturers in the past. But it looks like the official HTC tools won’t work on this particular device anytime soon.

via Droid Life

Brad Linder

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