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    Default Questions about unlocking boot loaders on Sprint

    I was excited to get a Dev Edition for Sprint. I got a $100 off code and everything. Now, I find as I'm sure you know, there isn't a Dev Edition for Sprint. I checked with Moto, and unlocking boot loaders does void the warranty on the Standard edition. I'm on a GS4 now, and I know that's a pain to avoid tripping the Knox flag. If I unlock my boot loader on a MotoX, will they really have a way to see that I did it, even if I relock before sending it in? I'm just wondering before I potentially buy this phone.

    Tl;dr, do the root/unlock the bootloader methods trip any flags on the Standard Edition that Moto can see if I unroot/relock?
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    Default Re: Questions about unlocking boot loaders on Sprint

    Qe status will show whether you've rooted the phone.
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    Default Re: Questions about unlocking boot loaders on Sprint

    Dang, but these don't work then?
    [Q] Unroot via factory reset? - xda-developers mentions [GUIDE][VIDEO] Moto X - Return to 100% stock (using RSD Lite OR manual flash) - xda-developers which is said to put the flag back to 0x1, as well as That Pesky QE « AOSP

    Just checking, as I don't want to switch from Sprint. I don't really need a custom ROM, just Root, so I can make it truly my phone, and do Nandroids, and Xposed (if compatible).
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    My plan is to unlock the bootloader and root after the warrantee expires. I may not get around to it, but I feel like this time I won't get trapped with non-upgradable old hardware/software, because after they stop supporting the phone, they will let me unlock it.

    That might not suit your needs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Puzzlegal View Post
    My plan is to unlock the bootloader and root after the warrantee expires. I may not get around to it, but I feel like this time I won't get trapped with non-upgradable old hardware/software, because after they stop supporting the phone, they will let me unlock it.

    That might not suit your needs.
    Yeah, that's different. The real reason I want root is for a nandroid backup, basically an exact duplicate backup, which requires root. As well as the Xposed framework, to get it working how I want it to.
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    My warranty showed up as void as soon as I got the unlock code from Motorola. I don't think it matters if you actually use the code.
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    Why would you get the code until you are ready to unlock?
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    There are ways to root the phone without having to unlock the bootloader, look it up at xda. There is also a modified recovery mode that is specifically for locked bootloader that can be used to make nandroid backup.

    If you don't need to install custom rom and just need root you don't have to unlock the bootloader.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ttenpas View Post
    My warranty showed up as void as soon as I got the unlock code from Motorola. I don't think it matters if you actually use the code.
    that's what I figured.
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    Quote Originally Posted by someguy01234 View Post
    There are ways to root the phone without having to unlock the bootloader, look it up at xda. k
    Currently there is a way. Whether or not there will be a way in the future if you accept the 4.4.2 OTA will depend on whether the current exploit has been closed or not. And if it has, then a dev will need to find a new exploit for you to be able to root again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    If I unlock my boot loader on a MotoX, will they really have a way to see that I did it, even if I relock before sending it in? I'm just wondering before I potentially buy this phone.
    Short answer.. Yes. Moto can tell you unlocked your bootloader.

    this is not like the old Motorola XOOM where you could just fastboot oem unlock... and it would unlock. This one you must specify the code which is uniqe to your Moto X, which moto gives you. When requesting the bootloader unlock code via the moto web site, they ask for some unique numbers from your phone, and issue a code that can only be used to unlock the bootloader on that phone. So I would imagine they keep a data base of which phones the bootloader unlock code has been requested for.

    Also, the wording on the agreements you accept when requesting the code says your warranty is void as soon as you request the code.

    If you just want to root and are worried about warranty... use SlapMyMoto process JCASE came up with and root. If you need to later, you can still use RSDLite or fastboot to flash back to "stock." That being said, any future updates may or may not be rootable, and unlocking your bootloader to root via custom recovery may be the only way. Only time will tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark_Venture View Post
    Short answer.. Yes. Moto can tell you unlocked your bootloader.

    this is not like the old Motorola XOOM where you could just fastboot oem unlock... and it would unlock. This one you must specify the code which is uniqe to your Moto X, which moto gives you. When requesting the bootloader unlock code via the moto web site, they ask for some unique numbers from your phone, and issue a code that can only be used to unlock the bootloader on that phone. So I would imagine they keep a data base of which phones the bootloader unlock code has been requested for.

    Also, the wording on the agreements you accept when requesting the code says your warranty is void as soon as you request the code.

    If you just want to root and are worried about warranty... use SlapMyMoto process JCASE came up with and root. If you need to later, you can still use RSDLite or fastboot to flash back to "stock." That being said, any future updates may or may not be rootable, and unlocking your bootloader to root via custom recovery may be the only way. Only time will tell.
    I really just want root, don't need the bootloader. I thought there were ways to unlock the bootloader without the official unlock, that wouldn't tell anyone who couldn't see the phone visually to see the flag. Ok, thanks.

    Edit: I'm still a little hesitant to get the MotoX as not sure about Lenovo, but I'm also in a Sprint Spark area, and want to test them out with an N5 or a OneMax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    I really just want root, don't need the bootloader. I thought there were ways to unlock the bootloader without the official unlock, that wouldn't tell anyone who couldn't see the phone visually to see the flag.
    no, there is no way to unlock the bootloader without the code.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    Edit: I'm still a little hesitant to get the MotoX as not sure about Lenovo,
    it's a non-issue with the Moto X as it is already out and 6 months into the upgrade cycles. The deal hasn't even been approved yet, so Google is still in charge and will be for quite some time.

    Now with the Moto X2, you would have a point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cozume View Post
    no, there is no way to unlock the bootloader without the code.

    it's a non-issue with the Moto X as it is already out and 6 months into the upgrade cycles. The deal hasn't even been approved yet, so Google is still in charge and will be for quite some time.

    Now with the Moto X2, you would have a point.
    Didn't know there was only the official route. Guess no one is working on an unofficial when the official is easier to get.

    I guess the Lenovo thing is just my paranoia. Yes, Google has said that it doesn't send back for this, and the other companies could be "always listening" just knowing that the X is, and is now in another country that iirc has ties to their Government as well... Yeah, just a little perturbed. Been looking for someone to do an traffic analyzer on an X to get concrete proof, but it's just that little bit creepy tbh.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    Didn't know there was only the official route. Guess no one is working on an unofficial when the official is easier to get.
    The Verizon and GSM unlocked Dev Eds qualify for the unlock codes. The US Cellular and Sprint branded devices qualify for the unlock codes as does the unbranded "TMobile" Moto X. Only the Verizon non-Dev Eds and ATT branded devices do not.

    Motorola bootloaders are very hard to crack and in the past some have not been cracked. There isn't a huge amount of dev support for the Moto X to begin with and couple all of that with the fact that so many of the phones qualify for the unlock codes and you can see why no one is trying to come up with a way to do it.


    Quote Originally Posted by bobbob1016 View Post
    I guess the Lenovo thing is just my paranoia. Yes, Google has said that it doesn't send back for this, and the other companies could be "always listening" just knowing that the X is, and is now in another country that iirc has ties to their Government as well... Yeah, just a little perturbed. Been looking for someone to do an traffic analyzer on an X to get concrete proof, but it's just that little bit creepy tbh.
    I don't understand your point.

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