MoDaCo noticed that the AT&T version of the HTC One X ships with a locked bootloader that isn’t unlocked by HTC’s bootloader unlock tool. The Verge picked up on this story and reached out to HTC, which confirmed that the One X for AT&T is not participating in the bootloader unlocking program.
“HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.”
If AT&T is indeed behind this restriction as The Verge claims, it’s disappointing that the carrier would limit one of the best Android handsets on the market. Hopefully, the Android hacking community can work around this restriction and figure out a way to unlock the bootloader without HTC’s or AT&T’s help.