I have had an idea for safely unlocking Motorola devices on Verizon’s network since all of the efuse business started floating up. I figured no one would care or listen, so why bother bringing anything up about it. It’s starting to look as though the efuse/locked bootloader may not ever be cracked which changes things quite a bit for Android, Verizon, Motorola, and the Android community that has made the OS what it is today. It is my belief that Android wouldn’t have taken off like it has without the underlying modding community. It is that community that got behind Android, strived to make it better, and spread the word about how great it could be. Motorola has taken the stance that they don’t want to deal with returns caused by problems related to unlicensed software and in turn decided locking down the system was the safest financial solution. I think that was true to a point and has worked until now. People were willing to give the Droid X and Droid 2 a shot hoping that it could be defeated. Now many users are looking to jump ship and sell their device and never return to Motorola. Sure this is a fairly small percentage of their overall business but why give up any business when the alternative of providing unlocked devices would ultimate lead to more business to both Motorola and Verizon. The people that don’t care about unlocking their devices would be none the wiser the community would be grateful for the opportunity and flock to what everyone is striving for. Finally, on to the idea for device unlocking. I would like to see Motorola work hand in hand with Verizon to provide a safe unlocking method for all parties involved. This could be achieved by a fairly simple Verizon app. The app would give a disclaimer that unlocking would void your manufacturer’s warranty and prevent you from receiving any future official software updates. Once the disclaimer is approved it would match the MEID/Serial Number of your device to your account, record it Verizon system as a voided/unlocked device and send an SMS with an unlock code for your device. A custom OTA update from Motorola would then be initiated with a fully rooted, unlocked rom image. As part of the initial system setup one of the screens would require you to enter the unlock code you were sent to verify that you went through the process and didn’t just download a leaked version of the unlocked rom. This would allow Verizon to keep track of unlocked devices in turn allowing fewer returns from unlicensed software related issues satisfying their security needs. As the customer, we would enjoy immediate unlocking the day of a device launch without having to wait weeks or even month for a method to be developed. When people see that one of the largest Android vendors and the Verizon network have teamed up to support Android development, I am certain business from other carriers would transfer over. Sorry for the long drawn out post, but I think that is starting to look like presenting this type of option to Verizon or Motorola may not be any more of a long shot than the methods we are presently trying. If something isn’t done soon both Verizon and Motorola are going to lose a substantial amount of business that could be easily avoided. I know that this isn’t the type of openness that everyone is looking for but if it is a necessary compromise, I am willing to officially forfeit my warranty to have my device the way I want it to be.