That didn't take long. A collaborative effort between numerous Android hackers just managed to crack the Thunderbolt's bootloader wide open, successfully booting a custom recovery image. They also incidentally discovered a new root method in the process. Credit goes to jcase, jamezelle, and scotty2 (and all of andirc) for working out the details, and ProTekk and Trident for putting their shiny new Thunderbolts on the line. Here's the visual proof:

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Image credit: Trident, ProTekk

We'll keep you apprised on the situation with instructions on how to go about unlocking your own Thunderbolt as we get more information.

David Ruddock
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  • aj

    Welcome to the wonderful world of Android! :D

    Crackin shit fast.

  • b1ll

    Nice!!!!! Amazing work, guys!

  • SiliconAddict

    *sings* Did you ever know that you're my herrrrrro, and everything I would like to be? I can fly higher than an eagle, 'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

  • Kenneth P


    • crasher

      Lol, a little extreme?

      • Kyro

        not extreme enough i dont even have the TB yet and i jizzed lol

  • http://www.forcv.com forcv

    WOW! I just ran a speed test with Speedtest.net app and found out that Verizon's 4G LTE is faster than my Comcast home WIFI:
    08:08am 4G LTE: Download = 13.21 Mbps; Upload: 26.78 Mbps
    08:10am Wifi: Download = 0.99 Mbps; Upload: 9.27 Mbps
    See results in this picture: http://twitpic.com/4b1ovr

  • commentguy2010

    thank you thank you thank you

  • pandabear

    BOOM! THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT! Big ups to the Devs!

  • tim

    fail. upload is never faster then download. Flawed results.

    • http://briansantero.com brian

      It has to do with the T-bolt's upload caching. Speedtest.net should have a fix for it soon. If you tether it and then run a speedtest on a laptop or something, you'll get accurate results (which are still AMAZING)

    • Oliver

      Upload caching. But, there ARE some mobile networks that do have faster uploads than downloads...

  • Brad Ganley

    Big thanks to Justin for this. I can resume planning to buy a Thunderbolt.

  • Asphyx

    What I want to know is if this bootloader can be hacked in a day why has it taken so long to crack the Moto Bootloaders?

    • HonestEnd

      Because the Motorola bootloaders are locked, signed, AND encrypted.

  • http://boomshot.co.uk Jackson Jackerly

    trident is the man, thanks to him and all the other devs! this is awesome!

  • snowbdr89

    Someone please just say cm will be able to run on the tbolt.

  • Steve

    The Engadget version of this story is extremely innacurate. They tried to claim that this phone wasn't even fully rooted and that HTC signed the bootloader.

    Thanks AndroidPolice for the accurate story.

  • jackdawg

    YES!!! I don't kno much about unlocking phones, but will u be able to change it 2 metro pcs? I wanted the evo at first but now i want this one :)(:

  • kemar

    I was tryin to upgrade my g1 from 1.6 to 2.2 and now am stuck with 1.0 can some1 tell me step by step exactly what I need to do to upgrade from this 1.0 to 2.2 plez