HTC Vivid

HTC has updated their Developer site's bootloader unlock page, and the news is good:

All HTC Android devices launched after September 2011 are unlockable. The website will be updated accordingly to reflect this in the coming weeks. We continue to work on models launched prior to September 2011, please check back often for the status of older devices.

We've verified this with the HTC Vivid, which does not appear on the "official" list. Same goes for the HTC Rezound. This is a big step in the right direction, and HTC has made good on their promises.  Thanks, HTC!

HTC Developer. Thanks everyone who sent this in!

 
There are 27 comments

sniffs says:

HELLLOooooooooooooo Motorola.. If Verizon's the one to blame for the locking, why is the HTC Rezound being unlocked on Verizon's network?!

Get with the program and allow us to unlock OUR HARDWARE. You no longer own these devices. This is the same as if Dell sold you a laptop but locked you to only ever able to run Ubuntu. If this happened, the world would revolt yet we allow phone manufacturers to get away with it! WHY?????????

KrsWon says:

About exactly what I was going to say. Except I was going to put all the O's at the end of Motorola. Ha

Nirvana328 says:

because consumers are idiots and ALLOW the carriers and phone manufacturers to do this to them. Instead of switching carriers, boycotting companies, telling their friends to avoid certain brands or calling/writing to the companies, they just complain instead and continue to give these irresponsible companies a pass and buy their products.

The sooner we as consumers wake up and realize we have rights and options and a voice the sooner these companies will shape up and remember that they are serving us, not the other way around. Otherwise anything else is just encouraging these companies to screw their customers while reminding them we will happily take it AND pay them to be abused.

Dutchmasta says:

this is all very true. However, you said that consumers allow this to happen. you know why? because most people don't really care as long as the phone works and does what it is suppose to do. when i was looking to buy a new phone back in the early summer i remember there was a big flair up of complaints due to HTC saying they were going lock the boot loader and keep it that way. sooo many people made a big deal of it. i almost started to care. they did eventually reverse that decision though... but when i got my E3D and started using i really didn't care about rooting. the phone works fine; it does what i want it to do stock. that is the mentality most people have... many people got their first smart phone this year and the phone does wayyy more than they expected, rooting is their last concern... most people don't see it as being screwed, they are ecstatic about their fancy new hardware and think they are hot $hit cuz of it i.e. all first time smart phone owners that have the iphone 4S (man they are annoying)

xgunther says:

I'm super happy to see this! I was skeptical at first, but I'm really proud of HTC for following through.

nuggsfan9 says:

yeah, following through on NEW devices.. Where is the unlock for the thunderbolt already?? Bullshit!

gall0wz says:

The thunderbolt is not a "new" device... sad... I know... but true.

And it has S-OFF... Rezound does not.. its just "unlocked" with S-ON.

Not sure why you're crying.

FrankXS says:

Will this enable developers to create ROMs with essentially OTA-style-non-destructive installations with no loss of existing data?

-Frank

Gekko says:

what does this all mean and why it is good for customers?

Kekoh says:

Now I want a Rezound :(

noszero says:

I keep trying but normal phone users are sheep. Just like most iPhone users they just do as their told. YOU OWN THE PHONE PEOPLE, would you let Ford tell you where to buy gas or what oil you use? No. But Verizon locks YOUR phone and you just bend over and say thank you. Drives me crazy. They discounted your device but your NOT FREAKING RENTING IT. It belongs to you. Take ownership of your property away from the carriers. Stop being sheep.

RETG says:

Just because a person could care less if a phone is locked or unlocked does not constitute they are 'sheep.' Personally, I could care less. If you want an unlocked phone...great. However, if I don't give a damn, why should you?

Get off your drugs, dude and face the fact that the majority of smart phone users don't give a damn! The only reason we visit sites like this is to try and obtain some knowledge about the reliability, features, etc., of a phone prior to purchasing it.

So, if you have a problem with a manfacturer of a phone; don't purchase that phone. Because if you do, you are really the sheep in the family.

As for your statement, "would you let Ford tell you where to buy gas or what oil you use?"
Get your information correct before spitting it across the internet. Ford, as do other vehicle manufacturers, does tell you what oil you must use to keep the engine in warranty. Read the warranty booklet and the owner's manual, you will see a statement on the grade and specification for the oil required for your vehicle. So, in effect, they are telling you what oil you must use to keep it in warranty, they just don't tell you what brand or where to purchase it.

vinvino says:

the misuse of a statement oft negates its intent. an example as pertains to this thread follows.

the correct expression is: "i could NOT care less"

to say "i could care less" is NOT correct in this instance.

in circumstances when "i could care less" i am implying that i care at least a little and for whatever reason have decided not to care less but acknowledge that i could care less if i were to at some point choose to do so.

in circumstances when "i could NOT care less" i am implying that i already care as little as i possibly could and even if i wanted to care less it would simply not be possible.

having stated the above, i now couldn't care less for anyone's opinion in reply to my assertions.

vinvino says:

i recently read that somewhere near 65% of all commercial food items made with 1 or more byproduct of corn contain genetically modified grain. i wonder how many of those products you consumed without knowing the corn wasn't natural? once you buy the corn, you own it "NOT FREAKING RENTING IT." shouldn't you know what you are buying? i am curious what is your stance on this topic? i enjoy the irony that insects are mutating resistant to the grain. who'd have thought that could happen? perhaps corn-eating sheep knew. hmm.

However, when I eat at Taco Bell I do consider it "renting" their food.

gall0wz says:

Well sure... because eventually you poop it out, where it is flushed, and then recycled as beans in their burritos.

alcantarvf says:

Are unlocked phones as good as s-off?

newboyx says:

Not quite, you have to jump through an extra hoop to flash kernels but you can still do all of the fun stuff.

Kaptain75329 says:

Any chance there's an extra hoop for the radio? With S-On, the radio cannot be changed according to HTCdev. I'm guessing the answer is no, but not a total loss.

Even if it's not possible, everything else is: custom ROMs, full backups, ect.. this is how HTC is going to keep me coming back for more.

hmmm says:

Plus you lose your warranty. Not even close to as good as s-off found by developers in my opinion. This just gets developers to quit really working for true s-off. HTC knew exactly what they were doing when they implemented this.

It is better than an encrypted bootloader but not nearly as good as independently discovered s-off that can be reversed for any warranty claim.

jiggaman says:

Just used this for my Rezound (worked like a charm)then Rooted it!! Today is a good day!!!!!!!

MthII says:

When I hear people say "I could care less" I too want to smack them in the head and show them how dumb they make themselves look. But then i realize that I would look like an even bigger dumb ass by taking time and effort to not only point it out but to do so with condescension. So I stop myself and just say a prayer that they find hooked on phonics one day and continue on living my life. Take it easy eh?

noszero says:

I used to work for a dealership as a service manager. I recommended products for the customers of new vehicles but never told them what they had to buy or how they were to use the vehicle that they paid for. People like choice when it involves their money and property. Rule number one was to respect the customers opinions even if they were wrong. Its their car. I don't comment much here because of the need some people have to attack others for having an opinion. If you come to this website you are not one of the sheep IMO. More likely your very much in the know about android and the one who helps your friends with their phones.

davidcox6 says:

It seems this works on phones not on their supported list. Anyone try this with a Thunderbolt yet?

fstbck6706 says:

My next phone will be a HTC

cmiquel says:

HTC DEV - USELESS

I completed the boot loader unlocking process twice. Twice the last step indicated that an email was sent with final instructions plus a code that I would need.

NEVER RECEIVED THE F...... EMAIL AND NO WAY TO CONTACT THE MORONS AT THE SITE.

Carlos
carlos@cmmartinez.com

cmiquel says:

COMPLETED THE BOOTLOADER UNLOCK STEPS AT THE HTCDEV SITE.
RECEIVED THE EMAIL INDICATING A BOOTLOADER CODE.BIN WITH FINAL UNLOCK INSTRUCTIONS. ALL STEPS 1-10 COMPLETED.

THE LINK IN THE EMAIL TAKES ME BACK TO THE SAME BOOTLOADER SITE AT HTC.

XDA DEVELOPERS INDICATED THAT THERE WAS A STEP 11. THERE IS NO FUCKING STEP 11 ASSHOLE.

I TOOK THE DAY OFF THINKING I COULD FIGURE THIS OUT. LOOK FOR A CHEAP HTC VIVID ON EBAY. I HAVE A SPRINT ACCOUNT. WILL PICK UP THE HTC EVO WITH EASY ROOT SO I CAN ENJOY THE ADVANTAGES THEREIN.

FUCK YOU HTCDEV
FUCK YOU XDA DEVELOPERS