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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by i.mac, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. i.mac

    i.mac Member
    Thread Starter

    I'm looking to jump back on the Android bandwagon.

    The Atrix looks like a wicked phone! I was wondering how the carrier-unlocking of Motorola's Android phones has been? Because, Bell Canada is getting the Atrix but I want to use on Rogers.

    All I hope is that Motorola doesn't be a spoil-sport and lock the bootloader.

    Thanks!
     



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  2. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    The bootloader will be locked but crackable (eventually).
     
  3. i.mac

    i.mac Member
    Thread Starter

    I was more interested in know if I would be able to carrier-unlock the phone and use it on Rogers. I know it's hard to tell because if isn't even out yet but how had it been historically with Moto's phones? Do they use unlock codes?
     
  4. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Yes they do, but i don't know any more details than that honestly.
     
  5. =KLRS=ZERO

    =KLRS=ZERO Android Enthusiast

    you might be able to get a sim unlock code from att, but its very unlikely.. the other option would be to buy one from the unlockr or some other website.
     
  6. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    T-Mobile (USA) gave me the unlock code for my Defy, no questions asked. It works on AT&T's 3G (850) band.
     
  7. lsutigers03

    lsutigers03 Android Enthusiast

    AT&T doesn't give out unlock codes like T-Mobile does. Not even if you've completed your contract.
     
  8. OrangeYouGlad

    OrangeYouGlad Lurker

    Does this not apply to the Motorola Atrix? Would this be considered an exclusive AT&T phone?

    Answer Center | AT&T
     
  9. tsanuri

    tsanuri Android Enthusiast


    Don't count on it. There have been work arounds for the other phones with the locked bootlaoder but none of the moto phones have been cracked.
     
  10. colnago

    colnago Android Expert

    AT&T gave me the unlock codes for both of my AT&T branded Motorola "Q", and Motorola v365.
     
  11. s.m.knipe

    s.m.knipe Android Expert

    Umm... Koush over at xda cracked it back in mid-august on the Droid X, originally with a work-around and interrupt in the boot sequence, now the only thing he can't touch yet (that i know of) is the kernel. You should check out his blog and clockwork recovery app if you are interested in rooting/flashing (i see you're running a droid x).
     
  12. vinay427

    vinay427 Member

    For my past At&t phones I just bought an unlock code from one of the many sites that provide them for about $10 USD (prices vary). I'm not sure, but mu hunch is that just about all GSM phones that are not factory-unlocked work similarly.
     
  13. fjleon

    fjleon Lurker

    can you recommend good, safe sites that sell unlock codes?
    i have seen lots but some of them look shady and prefer a recommendation.

    globalunlock dot com seems safe and already asked them when are they getting their codes.

    i live in venezuela and if i can get the phone for 500$ i will ship it down here but of course need the code.
     
  14. bee55

    bee55 Lurker

    Hi, I want to unlock the phone too, so if you get a reply about when they will have the codes, please post it here :). Also if anyone knows a trusted site that already offers unlock codes for the atrix I'd appreciate if you posted it here.
     
  15. evilbastard

    evilbastard Well-Known Member

    This isn't true, I have gotten unlock codes for a few of my nokia phones, once I had them for over a year. Maybe it depends on how nice the person you are talking too wants to be (The last one I got from a chat session with an AT&T customer service rep.)
     
  16. tsanuri

    tsanuri Android Enthusiast


    That is not cracking the bootlaoder that was and still is a work-around. Carcking the bootloader would mean custom kernels and that is not here and may never be here on the locked bootloaders. I have an X so I know full well what has or has not been done. And right now the next release on the X P3Droid can't even get rooted from what he has said.
     
  17. HyperM3

    HyperM3 Android Enthusiast

    In the last year I remember reading something that the carriers have to give unlock codes without question to people who request it.

    Ive always done the whole "Im traveling over seas with this phone so I need it unlocked" speech and got unlock codes with no problems.
     
  18. colnago

    colnago Android Expert


    x2
     
  19. mrcamp

    mrcamp Well-Known Member

    Totally false! I have received the unlock code (upon request) of 7 phones from AT&T within the last 2 years. On 3 of the occasions, I got the code in less than 5 mins on the phone. The other 4 they had to contact the manufacturer for the code, and I received it in 48 hrs. Actually AT&T is better than tmobile in this regard. Because, they do not have the limitation that tmobile has, that you can ONLY unlock 1 phone in 120 days. You can unlock 10 phones in 1 day if you want. Heck, the phone does not even have to be on the account. You just need to have an account in good standing.

     
  20. dsmoot

    dsmoot Newbie

    Actually if you read that user agreement thing you clicked through in the pre-order it spells out exactly their unlock policy.

    Basically if your account is in good standing and you have been paying your bill for a certain amount of time then you can ask for an unlock code. They will give it to you if they can or they will ask the manufacturer for you but no promises.

    I'm going from memory so I may have it wrong but it is funny how obvious it is that nobody read the user agreement stuff :).
    David
     

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