1. sjenkins1009's Avatar
    Bought the S4 full retail at a Verizon store because I didn't want to lose my unlimited data. By the time I was interested in getting around to unlocking the bootloader and throwing custom roms on it, Verizon already released the update that squashed that hope.

    Now today I randomly rebooted my phone due to having a SD card issue and it is showing the little unlock symbol and the word Custom at boot.. As far as I am aware I never took the steps to unlock it... Anyone see this before?
    10-24-2013 08:10 AM
  2. DINGSTER1's Avatar
    All newer Verizon phones have to come unlocked now FCC rule about spectrum


    Sent from my iPad
    10-24-2013 10:56 AM
  3. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    All newer Verizon phones have to come unlocked now FCC rule about spectrum


    Sent from my iPad
    OP is referring to the bootloader being unlocked, which is different.

    To the OP, I'm honestly not sure...I know different things can trigger that screen, but if you truly have not modified the phone (rooted it, installed custom recovery, etc), then it probably isn't anything to worry about.
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    10-24-2013 11:15 AM
  4. Mark_Venture's Avatar
    All newer Verizon phones have to come unlocked now FCC rule about spectrum


    Sent from my iPad
    But that would be a SIM unlock, not a bootloader unlock. And the LTE phones never "tell you" they are SIM unlocked.
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    10-24-2013 11:15 AM
  5. sjenkins1009's Avatar
    Thanks guys. A few more reboots and the issue seemed to resolve itself... no more unlock and custom on my boot screen... weird..
    10-24-2013 11:26 AM
  6. tech_head's Avatar
    The "Custom" and unlocked padlock are the result of the phone thinking something is non-standard.
    Multiple things can trigger it.
    My phone rooted, with xposed framework installed along with a bunch of other stuff has never thrown up that screen, FWIW.
    The screen doesn't mean much. You can be rooted and not have the screen or be un-rooted and see the screen.
    I don't know what the formula is.
    10-24-2013 03:15 PM

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