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    HTC Thunderbolt Bootloader Locked?


    When Motorola began locking their device’s bootloaders, we were a little nervous and hoped no one would follow; well it seems we were wrong. The device we have been impatiently waiting for has finally made its way to the market, but the latest news from Androidpolice is that the device is locked. The Android blogs source says the device does not come with the usual customizability that HTC devices are known for, but actually is locked down like the G2 was at launch. The bootloader does not act as a normal HTC bootloader would, it always checks the ROM you have installed on it at boot and if it’s not signed by HTC, it will not allow you to enter recovering.
    This seems like something that might add to the reasons why you guys might not be interested in acquiring this HTC made device anymore, but we’ll let you decide for yourself.

    How it works (Explained by AndroidPolice):
    If you somehow manage to flash a custom recovery image to your phone, a failsafe (known as a signature check) will kick in on boot-up and examine the "signature" of the recovery image loaded onto your phone. If the known "good" signature (HTC’s key, basically) stored on the phone’s read-only-memory doesn’t match the signature of the recovery image, the phone’s bootloader won’t allow you to access recovery.
    Source: HTC Thunderbolt Takes A Page From Moto’s Playbook: Bootloader Is Locked | Android News, Reviews, Apps, Games, Phones, Tablets, Tips, Mods, Videos, Tutorials - Android Police
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    It's locked but not encrypted, already been cracked and phone's been permrooted; in other words, this is old news
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaWolf85 View Post
    It's locked but not encrypted, already been cracked and phone's been permrooted; in other words, this is old news
    Really? Don't you love the hackers we have.... Fixing problems before they show up.
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    I knew I should have waited a few more days. Then I could have voted with my wallet.
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    So wait, all this talk about how HTC is open and Thunderbolt is going to be the next most dev supported phone is false?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigMcGuire View Post
    So wait, all this talk about how HTC is open and Thunderbolt is going to be the next most dev supported phone is false?
    No, because the bootloader isn't encrypted, and thus, just like the G2, permroot had been achieved
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    i dont think this is old news. this was found out loading the custom recovery after perm root was established. birdman tweeted about it not long ago. but there hoping for a work around with not much work. there signed which makes them a pain still.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaWolf85 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BigMcGuire View Post
    So wait, all this talk about how HTC is open and Thunderbolt is going to be the next most dev supported phone is false?
    No, because the bootloader isn't encrypted, and thus, just like the G2, permroot had been achieved
    While I don't understand all the details this is a bigger deal then the G2 was only time will tell how it will turn out.
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