The bootloader was locked per the carrier, in addition to meeting security, safety and regulatory guidelines.
We're not quite sure where regulatory guidelines come into play here, but we understand the carrier wants it locked as well as the safety aspect (even if we don't agree). Luckily, it looks like Verizon will be offering another phone for those of you who want to unlock and fool around with the inner workings of your Android phone's software, and we should see it in about eight hours. Android -- something for everyone.
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