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Last Updated: September 6th, 2013

The Canadian Moto X on Rogers is the latest addition to Motorola's Bootloader Unlock program, a growing list that already includes the RAZR HD in Canada and American devices such as the Photon Q 4G LTE on Sprint and the developer edition of the Droid RAZR M on Verizon, among others. No American versions of the Moto X have made the list yet, but Motorola says that support is coming for devices on US Cellular, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

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With this program, Motorola gives users their blessing to root their devices and flash custom ROMs, but those who choose to do so still void their warranty. The company is pretty explicit that it will not cover devices that have been unlocked, even if whatever goes wrong is seemingly unrelated to unlocking the bootloader. Still, it's comforting to see more devices added to the program, saving people from having to purchase more expensive unsubsidized developer editions.

There's currently no timeframe for when future devices will be added to the list, so hang tight for now. They're coming.

Source: Motorola

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • TY

    And that's the beauty of Nexus devices: unlocking them does not void your warranty forever (hint: relock the bootloader)

    • Justin W

      I'm not so sure about that - I'm pretty sure they do void the warranty either way because it allows you to make changes to the software on board, which violates the warranty.

      • TY

        Technically yes, but ifyou flash stock rom and relock the bootloader, there's noway they can tell you've unlocked the bootloader.

        • AA

          Aren't you giving them your IMEI when you're unlocking the phone? That's what I had to do with an old Xperia of mine.

          • TY

            You don't do that on nexus devices. It's as simple as typing a line of command.

        • Justin W

          http://www.lg.com/us/support/products/documents/Nexus4_SafetyAndWarranty_USG_Print_V1%200_121008-1.pdf

          Page 46, #2 - Defects/damages from... alteration.

          Also, when you unlock the phone and relock the phone, you don't reapply the same "lock code", so yes, they can find out if you unlocked it and then locked it again (99% of the time they won't, but they still can).

  • TomStieger

    Has anybody looked at Moto's legal terms for unlocking the bootloader? https://motorola-global-portal.custhelp.com/ci/fattach/get/494208/1347040964/redirect/1/filename/Boot.pdf

    4. Devices that have been unlocked are for your personal use only. Once you unlock the device, you can only use it for your personal use, and may not sell or otherwise transfer the device.

    How do they expect to prevent us from selling something we own??

    • Lucas Laws

      Relock the bootloader and return it to stock...

  • TSON1

    Uh, did you just say the DROID RAZR is officially unlockable?

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