HTC has turned on the Wayback Machine and is now offering a bootloader unlock solution for the Droid Eris, the HTC Hero, the HTC Legend, and the T-Mobile myTouch 3G and 4G flavors.  It's a move that surprises most of us, as we never expected HTC to go back that far in their device lineup to do the right thing.  Most of us have moved past these devices, but I can't be the only one who wants to get a little nostalgic and break out the phone we used before the phone we used before the phone we're using now and give it a go.  Do note that the Hero unlock tool is for the GSM versions only, and you may have to flash a new RUU (HTC-speak for a full OEM ROM) to do the deed.  

But, hey, they were great phones for their time, and they deserve the same treatment as todays great phones do.  Thanks, HTC!  Hit the source link to get your unlock on.

Source: HTC dev; via +HTC


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HTC now offers bootloader unlock for Hero, Legend, Eris, myTouch 3G and myTouch 4G


Since when does Android Central know what the Hero is?

From the AC Dictionary:

Hero: An HTC phone released as the Droid Eris on Verizon. Also known as the G2 in Europe. Is different than the Sprint Hero.

No listing for the "Sprint Hero." It was released before the Eris.

I have pointed this mistake out so many times, and they still haven't fixed it.

My current phone is actually a HTC Hero (only 13 months left on my contract with Telus!). I rooted it and installed Cyanogenmod on it long ago. I haven't kept up on all this technical mumbo jumbo like bootloader unlocking because it rarely involves the Hero. Simply put: will doing this make my phone more awesome than it already is?

Your already rooted before the locking of the bootloader. This is for stock phones wanting to flash recoveries and roms. You already have the bootloader unlocked

If you have CM on it, it's already unlocked. The Hero...awesome? UmmmmK lol glad you like it. It was my first Android phone, in Oct. 2009. It was slooooow. That was before I started doing custom ROMs. Maybe CM works miracles with slow processors haha

That was said with tongue firmly in cheek. ;) I got it in March 2010 on a 3 year contract before I knew much of anything about Android. Sometime around October of that year Telus released an Eclair update which made the phone unbelievably sluggish, so I rooted it and tried a couple of custom ROMs before finally settling on CM. I wouldn't say it works miracles, but let's just say that the phone is much more usable with it than without. I'm definitely looking forward to upgrading my phone, hopefully later this year when I can do so without a penalty.

Hold on a minute: The Eris???? Since when did the Eris have a locked bootloader? All I had to do to install AOSP roms on my sister-in-law's Eris was get the one-click root from the market, and then use rom manager to install a recovery.

But I applaud HTC for providing an official way to void the waranty on a phone that is probably worth about negative $25, lol!

wow, had to post. HTC is officially the first manufacturer that "gets it". seriously, mad props, and serious consideration for my next phone.

I'd like to know what kind of crap they did to the EVO Shift 4G. Seems like they're unlocking the bootloader on everything before and after the Shift.

Its good to see them really getting this done and unlocking even older phones which isn't even on the market no more.