I figured I would pop this here as a general discussion, not really tied to any carrier, device, OS or user. Anyway, I was just sitting here thinking even more after AT&T trying to "buy" T-mobiles customers with up to 450 bucks. I am on AT&T and have been seriously thinking about ditching them, my mom is as well, and of course we are looking at T-mo. My reasoning is the boot loader side of things, that and the prices that AT&T has along with hidden fees and the fact the local shop started to roll their eyes at us when ever we walked in. Verizon started it, the locked bootloader fad (By locked, yes, all boot loaders are locked, I mean no user access with out serious work around(s) in contrast to a nexus device or the note II on AT&T where one can easily flash new stuff to the device). Forcing would be device tinkerers to flee to a GSM network, AT&T and T-mo. Or prepaid The AT&T decided to follow suit. Causing more people to flee, once again, likely developers and device tinkerers. The Verizon and AT&T galaxy note 3 have locked boot loaders where as the t-mobile version does now. What gives? I guess the pompous attitudes of the all high and mighty carrier? That and the fact people where messing up devices trying to do this stuff and trying to get a warranty return or something, so I can kind of see it, but still. But there is a Dev edition of the moto x that will run on verizon (I believe) as well as a dev edition of the Droid Razr. So what about magenta? What about t-mo? They are the third largest carrier (sprint may be, but I am not interested in them). They don't seem to have the customer base that the other two have so perhaps they welcome device tinkerers and lower prices so they can in turn make their costumer base larger, get their network on par with the larger brutes, and then what!? Are they going to cry fowl like verizon has stating basically that an unlocked bootloader and root access is going to harm their network!? If so, then what happens? How long before the open source that is android become closed? I am fairly certain Samsung is going to break away from android and google, I mean hell, they are trying to get their own eco system started! But back to the question, when the first new high profile device hits t-mobil with a locked bootloader, then what!? Granted, flashing roms and kernels is fun, but not 100% necessary and one still may be able to achieve root, but how much longer is that going to last? How much longer will I be able to opt to use my keyboard of choice? I mean, I already had to go into my samsung devices and use titanium to freeze the poor excuse stock keyboard app because it would keep defaulting to it after a reboot. Even rooting the newer Samsung devices (I am using samsung a lot because I have a lot of samsung devices so its my experience) trips knox with most root methods. Granted, most of this root and boot loader stuff is not going to effect most consumers, but it seems like those of us who don't like being told what we can and cannot do are starting to run out of options. ------------------- TL DR: What is going to happen if T mobile starts to lock boot loaders on their high profile devices?