February 20th, 2013, 11:25 PM
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Re: why lock bootloaders?
Originally Posted by TheAtheistReverend
This still doesn't make sense. Why lock it? Joe shmo doesn't care, so HTC should'nt care. Inspired community members are GOING to get it if they want it.
I maintain that it serves no real purpose other than to piss us off and make us not want to buy that brand because if it pisses us off, then we must want it unlocked.
Carriers have nothing to do with it, I think.
Carriers are the biggest reason unfortunately. They have the ability to dictate to android Oems because if they don't bend, the cdma carriers won't allow network access and will allow access to those who bend to their demands. The gsm carriers can't deny access, but they can refuse to subsidize it for the customers. Without the subsidy, most people won't buy it and the oem losses money.
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Current Devices: Nexus 5, Asus TF700, Google Glass, (2013) LTE Nexus 7, Logitech Revue, Chromecast
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