When it was announced that the Moto X will come with a locked bootloader, there was a lot of backlash from the community. Power users were already disappointed with the device when it was announced, they didn’t need more bad news. Thankfully, it’s not all doom and gloom. That bootloader on certain models may be locked, but it will unlockable (just like with Nexus devices). Unfortunately, not all carriers will offer this.
Motorola’s Vice President of Product Management, Punit Soni, has taken to his Google+ page to discuss which carriers will allow an unlockable bootloader for their Moto X model. Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers, and T-Mobile will have unlockable versions, while AT&T and Verizon (as always) go against their customers desires and lock their phones down without any unlock method.
Even if you are on Verizon or AT&T, there’s still hope. For those who can buy off contract, there will be Developer Editions for both Verizon and AT&T, the latter of which will come as a general North American Developer Edition. This will allow those on the evil carriers to modify their phones, but at a high price. Despite being developer devices, unlocking the bootloader will still void the warranty.
As you may recall, there is also a Google Play edition of the Moto X in the works. We don’t know how that will work out, but we’re excited to see it and the features it will ship with. So don’t lose hope if your carrier is intolerant of freedom. There are ways around it. Does this change your opinion on the Moto X?