AT&T Shuts The Doors On Ability To Unlock Bootloader For HTC One X Smartphone


We know the AT&T HTC One X is one beast of a device, but could AT&T’s policies deter the masses from buying the LTE variant of the smartphone? Apparently AT&T is being conservative with the device by not allowing owners of the phone to flash any type of ROM onto the device. Curious wizkid Paul O’Brien at MoDaCo recently attempted to flash a custom ROM onto the device, but was denied the ability to unlock the bootloader. Specifically— when he reached one of the final steps before unlocking the bootloader, he was greeted with the following “MID ERROR 160” notification:


As you can see, the action of unlocking the bootloader is clearly “not allowed”. Of course this could be a minor gaffe or snaffu on AT&T’s part, so we could very well see an update from HTC addressing this like it has done with its other devices— especially considering the European and Canadian versions of the LTE smartphone don’t have a locked bootloader. The battle of unlocking AT&T One X smartphones continues for now as AT&T owners of the HTC One X won’t be able to flash any type of ROM on their device.

source: MoDoCo
via: Phandroid

About the Author: Roy Alugbue

Conceived as Spock’s 4th cousin, Roy has had quite the life. He was born in beautiful San Jose, California, raised in Los Angeles, California and now resides in the greater New York City area. He has always been fascinated and obsessed with technology, especially the continuous advancements of mobile platforms. He was a Blackberry slave since his undergrad days at the University of Southern California until realizing in Feb. 2011, there were greener pastures in the land of Android. His first Android phone was the Motorola Atrix 4G, and he hasn’t looked back. He currently works in corporate media, enjoys following media and technology trends, reading a good book, weightlifting, playing on his XBOX 360 and conversing with total strangers.

  • pdaddy29

    Fuck AT&T!

  • Therealestmc

    Great phone but I will be getting the s3. ATT sucks.

  • Lawrence D’Oliveiro

    Only in the US, it seems, is your choice of phone dictated by your choice of carrier. Just about everywhere else in the world, you can buy a phone unencumbered of any carrier ties, and switch carriers just by swapping SIM cards.

    Which phone markets are more competitive: those where the authorities have mandated GSM as a standard, or those where they simply sat back and “let the market decide”? You tell me.