Motorola Tells Customer to “Buy Elsewhere” if They Want Custom ROMs

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  1. Preach2k

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    Motorola Tells Customer to “Buy Elsewhere” if They Want Custom ROMs




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    Motorola has taken a strong stance against rooting and custom ROMs, but a remark that popped up this week from their YouTube account manager is somewhat shocking. When the subject of avoiding the new Atrix 4G because of a potentially locked bootloader was brought up in the comments of one of their new ads, they responded with a not exactly positive and basically said anyone who is wanting to feel like the real owner of their device, to look “elsewhere.”
    Here is the Tweet:
    @tdcrooks if you want to do custom roms, then buy elsewhere, we’ll continue with our strategy that is working thanks. – motorola 2 days ago
    by Kellex
    Source Droid Life
     
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    Motorola already cleaned the posts they did some serious back pedaling but I am sure they are true to their stance against unlocking the efuse/bootloader. I understand why they lock it, I just am more against it being locked and loaded down.
     
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    Ouch, what a slap to the face.

    I wonder if Moto will start to panic when original droid owners possibly switch to HTC... to have a good UI instead of a half assed blur
     
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    This does not surprise me..

    The reason being. Those of us who hack our devices are fully resposible for them.. if you mess up and brick or soft brick your phone. dont turn it in as ahardware issue.. the amount of people that do that is incredible.. if you dont beleive me read the forums..

    i messed up on sbf so i sent my phone back etc.....

    the manufactures have no choice but to do this.. if people would take more responsiblilty when they hack.. when you root you are viloating your warrenty. end of story. if you fry your phone spend the 600 and get a new one.

    if you cant afford that then leave it the hell alone..
     
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    I was thinking of sticking with Moto, man I wish the Nexus S wasn't on T-Mobile's network. :(
     
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    All I want in life is a happy family, friends, good job, house, and a phone that is capable of what my D1, that is now over a year old, can do ..Sure 1 year.. not much.. unless you are Android..

    Oh well.. locked boot loader sucks, but could be worse.. They could lock down completly and not even be able to root.. Now with all of us out there I really don't see that happening ever, but it could be worse...

    Guess I will look more closely to the others then.. HTC? Maybe, but TB would really have to pull something out.. like replace the insides from what was shown at CES and just really blow us away.. or just hang on to good ol trusty D1 for now... only time will tell..
     
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    ya i would probably switch to htc just for Roms.
     
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    that is a disappointing attitude coming from a company that was on the verge of obsolescence not too long ago. but, unfortunately, the population of rooted users, installing custom roms, makes up but a fraction of their customer base. so, they can "afford" to take such a hard-line attitude.

    but what i don't understand is the rationale. they say they are locking their bootloaders because it is "what works." that implies that an unlocked bootloader doesn't "work" (meaning that it somehow hurts Moto). the D1, with its open system, has hardly "hurt" Moto. in fact, i would say the opposite - the D1 put Moto back on the map. i'm not saying there is a direct correlation between the success of the D1 and the fact that it's bootloader is unlocked. but, the success of the D1 certainly counters against any argument that an open bootloader somehow doesn't "work" for Moto.

    i'm still holding out hope that the Bionic (and rumored Solana) will allow for installation of custom roms. i've seen it hypothesized that because the dual core T2 is relatively new for Moto mobile devices, it will most likely be unable to effectively lock the OS down. i have no way to confirm or rebut this hypothesis, but it would seem to make some sense. or maybe it's just because it's what i want to hear... :)
     
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    i feel like even though it is locked people will find ways to hack it
     
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    Moto is going to be locking down their devices even harder now. The Moto Droid 1 is truly one of a kind. A collectors item if you will.

    This is life guys. It is what it is. I don't like it but this is the wave of the future.

    Don't be surprised to see the other manufacturers following suit.
     
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    root it yes...unlock the bootloader? Not a chance.
     
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    I LOVE my D1, but I'm going to vote with my wallet.