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HTC One on Verizon unlocked bootloader now denied

Under: HTC, Mobile Phones
By:Debbie Turner | August 24th, 2013

Many people waited for some time to get hold of the HTC One on Verizon, but if you didn’t grab the phone already you will now be denied the chance to unlock the bootloader. This is bound to come as a blow to many potential customers of the device that were about to purchase the device this weekend.

The HTC One on Verizon launched with an unlockable bootloader via HTCDev.com, but it seems that Verizon was not very happy about this, as the carrier has now cracked down on this possibility. The ability to unlock the bootloader has now been disallowed, so this option will only be available to you if the developer community comes up with something.

If you were one of the fortunate ones who chose to buy the smartphone as soon as it released on Verizon Wireless and have already managed to get the bootloader unlocked, then you’ll be well pleased with yourself. However, some new purchasers may be disappointed that they missed out.

If you want to check out what people are saying about this, head to XDA here. If you are still going ahead with purchasing the HTC One on Big Red you may also want to check out our article about pricing of this phone at Verizon and Wirefly.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on this development. Were you one of the lucky ones who managed to buy Verizon’s HTC One and get the bootloader unlocked before the crackdown? Maybe you’re just about to purchase the device and are frustrated that this option will not be available to you now through HTCDev? Share your thoughts on this with other readers via the comments section.

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  • David

    The don’t have the right to deny access to that feature. When you buy the phone it’s yours to do what you want with. Now they can choose to deny you access to their network if you abuse it, but the hardware belongs to the purchaser.

    • Tony

      I wholeheartedly agree but that has never stopped Verizon before. They use the BS excuse “If users attempt to alter their device and damage it in the process our tech support lines would be flooded with complaints.” 2 things; 1) That’s horseshit bc they have already stated that it voids your warranty if you alter the device from it’s factory state and 2) Verizon has themselves stated the developer community is such a small portion of their user base they don’t feel the need to cater to the devs at all. Number 2 renders number 1 moot. XDA will get us there and Verizon can shove it up their Big Red a$$

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