After MoDaCo's recent report that HTC's Bootloader Unlock tool didn't work for AT&T's One X variant,  The Verge reached out to the Taiwanese manufacturer, and received a reply which suggested that the device has "restrictions" which prevent its bootloader from being unlockable:

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."

Evidently, HTC has no current plans to unlock the bootloader of AT&T's One X, despite their persistent claims in the past that all future bootloaders would be unlockable.

An important point to consider, as MoDaCo points out, is that it may in fact be AT&T behind the device's "restrictions." The Verge points out that HTC may not have much say in that case, but it is still possible that a bootloader solution will emerge, official or otherwise.

Source: The Verge

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  • moelsen8

    really..? what? no way. if so, f* htc.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

      I'm thinking that we might be needing to blame AT&T. They have never been too agreeable to this kinda stuff. Look at their record on sideloading.

      • moelsen8

        totally.. blame both. htc for giving in, after unlocking even the eris' bootloader.. or at&t for starting to act like verizon [scary].

  • Jordan Lu

    HTC just bends over for any US carrier.

    • http://profiles.google.com/scottoldfield Scott Oldfield

      Agreed! But so does Samsung. Look at how they let Verizon screw up their version of the Galaxy Nexus.

      • moelsen8

        the us carriers are ridiculous

      • sgtguthrie

        At least their bootloaders are unlocked ;-)

    • sssgadget

      AT&T is HTC's customer and not you. AT&T dictates how the phone should be and what all goes in that phone.

      • cryop

        and in turn we are HTC's customers. They have to choose between either satisfying ATTs demands or ours. Let's hope they value the customer more than the carrier

        • manlisten

          Except that the people who have a problem with are a very small minority. The vast majority of to-be AT&T One X owners don't know and don't care about a locked bootloader.

          • Tyler Cameron

            Yes they do. Everyone knows and cares. We're not a small minority, we're the majority. Manufacturers have bent over for carrier demands for years, the most notable ways are removing front facing cameras FOR NO REASON AT ALL and defacing the faces with carrier logos. THIS is the sole reason the iPhone is so popular. Cause Apple refuses to bend over.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            @google-bcfdbe9ef911df31444197b93a63bf9f:disqus I think you're comparing Oranges and Apples (no pun intended). You are talking design elements and consumer oriented features (like the camera) which are visible and relevant to the average consumer.  The average consumer isn't flashing alternate roms to their phones.  The highest estimate I've seen puts the number of rooted phones as high as 20% (notice, that's rooted, not flashed).

            While we aren't the majority, in a way you're right.  We are a VERY valuable minority.  How many times have you affected the buying decisions of your friends?  We may be the few, but convincing one of us to buy a phone (and making us happy) is tantamount to convincing 50 other people to buy that phone or brand.

        • aiden9

          AT&T is a bigger customer to HTC than we are. Think about all those subsidies, where do you think they're coming from? Do you think HTC is just eating $300-400 because you sign a contract with AT&T? Nope, its just coming from AT&T. Lets use the One X as an example: $549 off contract, $199 on contract. So when you pick up that phone from AT&T HTC gets   $199 from you and $350 from AT&T.

          While HTC certainly wouldn't stick around for long if we didn't buy their phones from AT&T, HTC wouldn't sell too many without AT&T's subsidies. 

  • shokwaav

    Isn't the HTC One XL the same, but unlocked?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      The XL is pretty much the same thing in Europe, the difference is AT&T's version is sold on contract with a significant subsidy, and will be therefore purchased in large quantities by the folks here in the States.

      • net

        I think its AT&T worrying about money they don't want us to have free hotspots,tethering, they want to charge for it.. boils down to money..

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      In addition to what Artem said, it's also worth noting that there's a different SoC inside...Tegra 3 on the international version instead of the Snapdragon S4 in the AT&T version (which also supports LTE)

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Note the XL - the XL also has S4.

        • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

          Am I a victim of HTC's terrible naming?  So 
          the International One X is the Tegra 3 and the International One XL, Evo 4G LTE, and AT&T One X are running the S4?  If that's right, I think it's safe to say that HTC just launched themselves passed Samsung for terrible naming conventions.

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

            I am fairly sure that's correct. Anything LTE is going to be S4 due to incompatibilities between LTE and Tegra 3 and Exynos 4.

          • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

            The LTE stuff I already had straight, I had the two international versions reversed because the AT&T version is named 'X' while it matches the 'XL' spec.  The AT&T version should have been named 'XL' or just been given a completely different name.  This stinks of being intentionally confusing...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Correct. The One XL is literally the exact same piece of hardware as the AT&T One X - there are zero differences (aside from the AT&T branding and carrier bloat).

  • ABS

    If the AT&T version is sold with a big discount and is network locked, that's probably the reason they don't allow unlockable bootloaders: it would be an easy step towards the network unlock, and then you can use the device in any network.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      There are other HTC devices on US networks that are unlockable, plenty of those.

    • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

      Network locking isn't even that big of a deal. Just about 12 hours ago I pointed a friend of mine to one of several sites offering the carrier unlock codes for the AT&T version of the One X. Let's be honest, at a cost of $20 (give or take) you can already jump networks...In any practical sense, this has little to do with people jumping networks (the contracts and ETF already insure that), this is about AT&T preventing people from removing the bloatware, turning on wifi tethering for free, and generally getting features out of their phone that AT&T deems costly or a loss of potential profit.

    • BakeMcBride21

      Not really in the U.S....it can only do Edge data on T Mobile's network....wouldn;t work on Sprin tor Verizon...you can use some crappy small time carrier I suppose that uses AT&Ts fruquencies...but you'll have awful service.

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  • Eric Liou

    There's a protest going on..
    Do wat you can guys :)

  • ericl5112

    Does this include the Rogers One XL? I am on AT&T, but don't have an upgrade. I'd be buying off contract no matter what. I like that the Rogers One XL is LTE enabled on AT&T, without all the branding.

    Then again, if AT&T can't easily unlock theres, that's a huge pool of devs that won't be able to do stuff. Might not get the support it deserves.

    • cryop

      i believe the phones are exactly the same aside from the lack of branding and the ability to unlock the boot loader on the Rogers version

  • Havoc70

    The REAL devs will get it unlocked i have no doubt, screw the carriers

    • ericl5112

      The Vivid on AT&T lost a lot of dev support because it took forever to get bootloader unlocked. I can see the same happening here.

  • chris125

    Isn't this the same thing they said for awhile about the verizon devices and then eventually unlocked them??