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Via its Facebook page today, HTC announced some more details about how it will unlock the bootloaders of devices that are currently selling with them locked. The tool will be web-based, require a valid email address, a device-specific token, require consent to void parts of the warranty, but then give a code which will unlock the phone's bootloader permanently. HTC stated back in July that a bootloader unlocking process was coming soon, and has now given some specifics on the timeline and which devices will see it first.
Awesome.
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Wow, that IS awesome. Kudos to HTC for listening to the community and having the balls to support it, unlike most.

Just cos of this (and my Nexus 1), my next phone will definitely be an HTC.
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I wonder when Apple will do this...
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I like

Shame my desire is already unlocked as much as you can... I don't understand how the warranty side of it works though, my understanding is that if your phone begins to not work due to something else it still isn't covered. Someone care to enlighten me?
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I like

Shame my desire is already unlocked as much as you can... I don't understand how the warranty side of it works though, my understanding is that if your phone begins to not work due to something else it still isn't covered. Someone care to enlighten me?
I can't say 100% what part of the warranty is voided. However, from reading on XDA forums, I know that many idiots tend to flash new radio ROMs hoping to get better signal strength, and get impatient after a few minutes of their phone "doing nothing". And this is about the only way you can permanently brick a phone. Power loss while rooting could also cause problems but I don't believe that's permanent.

They say only part of the warranty is voided, so I would hope the warranty still covers the battery, camera, screen(from defects), speaker, etc. - basically all the hardware besides the memory, CPU, mainboard, and radio/antenna. IMO it'd make sense to cover anything that won't get FUBAR'd if the phone gets bricked.
 
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if only i hadn't already unlockd it......
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I'd like to see how people will react to Apple stopping HTC now that this is out.
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Just do it Samsungs style and ship it fully unlocked, HTC.

Still, better than Motorola.
    
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Just do it Samsungs style and ship it fully unlocked, HTC.

Still, better than Motorola.
Well, the thing is that more than 95% of people who will buy a HTC will never even consider rooting it, let alone needing the unlocked bootloader. I think this is better, viruses can't take full control of an average users phone this way
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I wonder when Apple will do this...
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Well, the thing is that more than 95% of people who will buy a HTC will never even consider rooting it, let alone needing the unlocked bootloader. I think this is better, viruses can't take full control of an average users phone this way
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