Bad news, owners of older Motorola devices. According to a tweet from Motorola's official Twitter account, if you own an aging Moto phone—including the Droid 3, Bionic, and Droid X2—you will not be receiving a bootloader unlock tool. While newer products like the Photon Q, as well as developer-centric devices like the RAZR Developer Edition and the not-quite-Nexus Xoom are supported, Moto has no plans to add any of its older lineup to the supported list.

It is worth pointing out, of course, that this is coming from a Twitter account and it's not unheard of for the rep running the social media sites for a major corporation to go off-script. Still, it wouldn't surprise us in the least if it's true. More often than not, when a manufacturer makes a decision about locking the bootloader on a device, it sticks with it. Policy might change for future devices, but the unlocks tend to be the exception, not the rule. If you own an older Motorola device, it would probably be best to just buckle in for the long haul, because it looks like you're not gonna get inside that bootloader without some help from a diligent third-party.

Source: Twitter via Droid-Life

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  • Ron Amadeo

    Because lock/unlock is part of the negotiation when a device is being considered for a carrier. It wasn't discussed then, it will be discussed now.

    • grellanl

      Any Motorola device I've bought was off-contract, SIM-only. No carrier involved. There's no excuse for not unlocking those devices.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.roberts85 Timothy Roberts

    Droid x2 is only a year old, and it's already being abandoned? ...I know everyone out there will read this and dog me for still liking my Dx2, I can live with that. The fact is, it's been a great phone, and I feel it's worthy of a little love! Motorola is starting to suck!

    • http://www.facebook.com/joshua.coman.7 Joshua Coman

      I have an x2 laying around too, and it was a great phone for the most part. It would definitely benefit from some third party love though, and them leaving out the x2 and the droid 3 is unforgivable.

    • setspeed

      Starting to suck? Motorola have sucked big hairy donkey balls for a long time - they lie and lie, they can't code decent software for sh*t, and to be very honest with you if you own a Motorola product then you should just sell it and get out while you can.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tim.roberts85 Timothy Roberts

    Droid x2 is only a year old, and it's already being abandoned? ...I know everyone out there will read this and dog me for still liking my Dx2, I can live with that. The fact is, it's been a great phone, and I feel it's worthy of a little love! Motorola is starting to suck!

    • Stocklone

      Motorola is only going to get better. The sweeping changes Google made should pay off huge in the future.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tim.roberts85 Timothy Roberts

        I hope your right, I love my Dx2, but the lack of interest as far as development goes on Moto's end is frustrating to say the least! I feel like they are trying to force us into buying a new phone every three or four months, when the one we currently own is still very good....

        • Stocklone

          They are switching from 27 phones to only a handful of phones per year. That should help.

          • Guest

            I hope so, I appreciate your input!

          • http://www.facebook.com/tim.roberts85 Timothy Roberts

            I hope so. I appreciate your input!

  • http://www.facebook.com/awecz Martin Nedbal

    Well go fsck your self, Motorola. I will not buy new phone from such manufacturer again.

  • Horace Willis

    More reason to wait for a while before even thinking of buying a Moto device. HTC went all the way back to the Droid Incredible at the very least with their unlocking.

    • Jimmy A

      They actually went back all the way to the Droid Eris.

      • http://twitter.com/the_tides Chris

        They went ALL the way back to the Dream/G1, actually.

  • MicroNix

    This is ok. My D3 is collecting dust now. I have no plans to even look at Moto for the next 5 years. Samsung is so far ahead of them now they'll need a miracle to recover, Google or no Google. Motorola completely ruined the Droid brand by coming out with subpar phones every 2 months that they then never put any TLC into and left them to the customer like a 56 Chevy sitting in a field with the hood up and riddled with holes. Shame on Motorola for not sticking to your roots. As customers leave you, maybe you'll wake up and understand that *retention* is more important than the quick sale of a new product you don't support.

  • GraveUypo

    man i got myself a galaxy s3 last month and this month i bought a razr maxx for my father. and i have to say, i'm freaking jealous of his razr. i didn't know samsung sucked so much. sure, specs are better in every single way (except battery), but this freaking gs3 is so full of bs like not being able to install to sd card, issues with the stupid samsung update server, failing updates, freaking expensive hdmi adapter and such. so many headaches and hack apps (like 'directory bind' to work around the damn SD issue) running on my gs3 just for it to work properly, while the razr just works out of the box. not to mention it doesn't need a freaking $ 75,00 (in my country) adapter for hdmi, and it's webtop mode is just plain awesome. not to mention waaaaaaaaaaay better battery life. to be honest, i feel restricted by the gs3, much like a freaking iphone, except with way better hardware.

    maybe i should just sell this garbage for more than what i paid (i paid $800 for it and it costs about $1050 in my country), buy a much cheaper razr maxx for myself too and keep the rest of the money. well in two years i won't be getting a samsung, that much is certain.

    eagerly waiting a motorola nexus phone.

    • GraveUypo

      forgot to mention my brother's galaxy s2 home button just stopped working and it's a very modest $320 to fix it. nice huh? i paid less than that for the razr.

  • David Bullock

    I want to be mad, but I have no plans to buy a motorola device again. My Bionic will be the last.

  • adi19956

    They should unlock every device that was released 6 months before they originally announced they'd fix the problem (which was ages ago) they're arse holes

  • Rich

    I feel bad for those poor users who bought the Atrix HD...they can't even root the damn thing. When they heard this tool was coming out they got their hopes up....if this ain't a kick in the junk I don't know what is. Good job Moto ;) You just ensured I'll never buy another one of your devices until you chillax on the cryptic security that prevented the Atrix 2 from getting an unlocked bootloader and the Atrix HD from even being rooted.

  • Androidandwp7equalsPower

    Was anyone really surprised.

  • http://twitter.com/markmagnus Marko Marin

    I have Motorola Defy! Even with locked bootloader we have alot of development. Motorola Defy (devices before april 2011) were having Eclair, then official (and only) update to Froyo, the after that CyanogenMod (GB, ICS and now JB)
    My future device will be Nexus device!!!

  • Roger

    Let's start a hashtag #NEVER_BUY_MOTOROLA_AGAIN and make some noise on Facebook/Twitter, and watch what happens...

  • onpoint G

    so you're telling me that my MOTO Cliq XT will not be included

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=667020551 Jose Torres

    ...so that means my Atrix 4G may not see an official JB release? Thank GOd for CyanogenMod!!!

  • Slighter

    http://www.petitiononline.com/motoulbl/petition.html Staggering numbers in those public outcries. Wow less than 15,000 sigs. vs how many million uberphones sold. Pretty decent concession from Moto considering. Sometimes this community can be more infantile than gamers.

    (Photon, rooted and locked down tight)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1538859068 Jon Carey

    again this is why i'm going back to Samsung, I bought a Bionic as I drank the Kool aide Moto-hype.. but its been one let down after another..

  • Bob G

    Sorry Sony, I just found another manufacturer that will give me a purple phone.