Originally Posted by quentin
That's not why phone's bootloaders are locked at all.
First off, it's virtually impossible to brick your phone using software methods only. It's very difficult, there are so many tools available to modders to recover their "bricked" phones. If we have those tools at our dispense, imagine what tools the manufacturer have. If you returned your "bricked" phone, they can easily return it back to stock...because, well, that's what they do.
The reason manufacturers are locking the bootloaders is to prevent root access to prevent unauthorized tethering, because that's the way the carriers want it.
You're thinking about ROOTING. No one has been able to crack the bootloader on the recently locked bootloaders. It doesn't look like anyone will by the way the community is.
And if they are using the same technology that motorola is using, they are, it's currently unbreakable. Unless you have the key, you will not unlock the bootloader. Look at the Droid X if you don't believe me (although there are semi-workarounds in place for the x). All phones are moving this way, and until this community steps up and gives a real attempt to tackle these locked bootloaders, they will continue to be locked.
Oh really, so the un-informed users that attempt to root their devices don't pose a risk for the manufacturer/carrier to have to deal with costs when some end user starts complaining about things?
It isn't virtually impossible, NANDs CAN die, hardware can go wrong after flashing. It is possible.
Just because the manufacturers can do so because "thats what they do" doesn't mean their isn't time and cost involved in doing so.
Also, why do you think carriers want locked bootloaders then?
Originally Posted by t3lancer2006
LG has a 3D phone also
Didn't know that.