ATT Locks All Bootloaders

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ATT Locks All Bootloaders

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I became customer October 2012 purchasing Galaxy Note 2.

Ive found ATT Coverage  , CS  , store experience to be the BEST but there is some bad news.

ATT no longer supports Android consumer freedom & will be locking down ALL future device bootloaders they sell.

 

http://www.androidpolice.com/2013/08/02/att-to-android-users-we-dont-support-unlocked-bootloaders-so...

 

With this being the case I will make move to T-mobile for Galaxy Note 3 release.

 

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My wife and I both want Samsund Galaxy phones (S4 Mini for me and Note 3 for her). Should we go Verizon? I don't want to try to learn how to root my phone.

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pcunite wrote:

My wife and I both want Samsund Galaxy phones (S4 Mini for me and Note 3 for her). Should we go Verizon? I don't want to try to learn how to root my phone.


I don't get it.  If you don't want to learn how to root a phone, why do you care if the bootloader is locked?  Or is the difficult of said root that you are referring to?

 

In any case, Verizon is just as bad at trying to keep their phones locked down.  So I don't know why you think Verizon is a better option.

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>> I don't get it. If you don't want to learn how to root a phone,

>> why do you care if the bootloader is locked? Or is the difficulty

>> of said root that you are referring to?

 

I'm guess I'm referring to how AT&T does not supposedly release updates for their phones and I might have to root it.

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I understand AT&T does not support unlocked bootloaders - but if I move to a different carrier they say they will "unlock" - doesn't that include the bootloader?

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No, SIM unlocks are only to use devices on another carrier (Example: Use AT&T devices on T-Mobile etc).

You would have to check with the device manufacturer to see if they can provide ways to unlock the boot loader or via another method.

HTC does allow their devices to have the bootloader unlocked via their developer website.
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AT&T is Locking Boot Loaders on Android phones. The beginning of the end.

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Do NOT buy a Galaxy Note 3 or ANY Android phone from AT&T They can NOT be ROOTED. AT&T: Unlock OUR Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Bootloader!

 

What does it mean for the average user? Less freedom. Less resale value (Used phones that cannot be rooted are undesirable. What does it mean for "Power Users" and folks that love to have the best of everything? It means these phones cannot be modded. In any way. No Boot Loader unlock means no root. No root means no custom recovery. No custom recovery means no custom ROMs. no STOCK ROMS with performance tweaks. No ROMs of any type.

 

It means that anyone who cares a lot about their mobile device should start looking elsewhere. Like T-Mobile, where they still value their customers. I am taking 5 lines of service over to T-Mobile SPECIFICALLY because of this bone headed move. AT&T: WHAT HAPPENED? 

 

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Well Im still an ATT customer skipping the Galaxy Note 3. I could of went out of my way purchasing T-mobile with sim unlock bootloader crackable to run on Death star but I found GN3 build quality not so great compared to GN2 so I took a pass.

GN2 bootloader is unlocked  ,device  works well Im sticking with it.

 

This bootloader lockdown is a nightmare for many also affecting ATT GN3 sales.

Everyone has a friend that recommends smartphones  , Usually that friend is a smartphone geek aka rooter  ,moder , rom builder.

When the geek is locked out of their device they let it be known to friends , family etc pushing them away from it aka ATT brand.

Android sites all over the net are advising customers to steer clear of ATT due to bootloader lockdown.

This will hurt ATT new custmer sign up as well as currents

 

Some current customers will buy Bootloder unlockable device from different carrier such as Tmobile to use on ATT network , While buying some will sign on with T-mobile due to less expensive rate plans dumping ATT.

 

ATT better wake up or the loss we be felt in near future

 

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