By Alexandra Burlacu | Sep 08, 2013 10:04 AM EDT
Moto X fans who plan on purchasing the smartphone from Sprint, US Cellular, Rogers and Latin American carriers will be able to unlock the handset's bootloader.
Unlocking a device's bootloader allows users to root their handsets, install third-party ROMs and tinker around, but it's generally not recommended.
For those who do want to unlock the Moto X bootloader, however, Motorola has posted bootloader unlocker tools on its My Moto Care portal. Keep in mind, however, that the procedure is not the easiest tasks and it comes at a cost.
Those who choose to unlock the bootloader must first of all be aware that doing so will immediately void their warranty. Users will have to agree to this condition if they want to proceed and unlock their phone's bootloader. Moreover, users will also need to agree not to sell their smartphone after unlocking the bootloader and consent to arbitration in case of any civil claim. In other words, Motorola offers you the tools, but you have to take all responsibility for going forward with this procedure.
It's ultimately up to device owners to decide whether they really want to unlock their Moto X's bootloader or not. It's just necessary to know all terms and conditions entailed before going through with it. It's also recommended to go forward with this procedure only if you know what you're doing. Otherwise, curiosity may not be worth voiding one's warranty.
The AT&T and Verizon Wireless versions of the Moto X, meanwhile, will continue to keep their bootloaders locked. That means that Moto X fans who want to stay on AT&T or Verizon while also getting the smartphone with an unlocked bootloader will have to get the Developer Edition of the handset, which in turn involved paying the full price of the device.
Motorola promised to start offering a Moto X Developer Edition soon, but that version is yet to make its debut. In the meantime, customers who want to get a Moto X with an unlocked bootloader can do so by agreeing to all conditions when purchasing the smartphone from Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Rogers Canada and Latin American carriers.
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