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May 1 2013   12:44PM GMT

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S4 is Bootloader Locked

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

Guys, when will you get it in your head that only the people that WANT to mess around with their phone will install a proper recovery platform like TWRP (Team Win Recovery Project 2.5, or twrp2 for short, is a custom recovery built with ease of use and customization in mind.) People who don’t know what I am talking about (90% of all phone users) really don’t care. But 10% is a lot of people, I am one of those 10%. I have an HTC One, and I already unlocked the bootloader and installed a custom ROM onto it, called CleanRom 1.5. What CleanRom does it remove the bloatware that companies like AT&T put onto their phones. So when my phone’s OS crashed and I cannot use my phone, I can use TWRP to restore my OS to a point in time when it worked properly, that easy, if its a hardware issue, as long as it boots and works as designed, they still replace the hardware, easy as pie… So as I mentioned, the 10% that know enough to unlock the bootloader and load their own OS, should know enough to take the proper precautions to protect themselves…

over at XDA Developers states,

I can draw two conclusions:

  1. You have some of the worst contract reviewers and negotiators on the planet when it comes to dealing with US carriers.
  2. You are indeed turning a page in history and have started going down a path where developers and hobbyists are not really welcome anymore.

The path you are taking right now is likely #2, as you obviously can spend a pretty penny on half decent lawyers (based on recent wins against Cupertino’s finest). In fact, it seems to me that you are turning into what you claimed to despise the most. You have absolutely, positively, nothing at all to gain from locking the bootloader (and neither does AT&T for that matter), and in fact, you are simply losing a good stream of bug reviewers and people who can discover pretty serious flaws in your code.

Wake up and smell the coffee, Android is an open and flexible OS, stop locking people out of their right to modify and tweak as they please…

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