Let us all let out a collective sigh as Motorola continues to publicly hate on all of their rooted users. We’ve already brought you coverage of the shady Motorola practice of giving out Atrix 4G handsets that cannot be unlocked. Now the time is coming for the Motorola Photon 4G as well. The dual-core Motorola device, which also happens to be the only dual-core Motorola device on Sprint, has an update coming up that will lock the bootloaders and prevent the flashing of SBF files. While this likely won’t affect the current rooted community, new devices and replacements will likely come with this update preinstalled.
XDA Senior Member Lightsword1942, who was nice enough to tip us off about Motorola’s continued campaign against unlocking bootloaders, has also posted a thread that details the Photon bootloader, and has begun the all too familiar process of making prior unlocking methods work on the bootloader. It’s been determined that when attempting to flash an SBF file to downgrade to an older bootloader in an attempt to make the bootloader unlockable once again, the SBF checks out the ReservedOdm values. If these values do not match up, the SBF fails much in a similar fashion as the Atrix 4G. If these values can be bypassed, it very well may be possible to downgrade these devices and unlock the bootloader once more. For the time being, though, Motorola has everyone stymied.
While campaigns to get Motorola to understand the enthusiast community in past have failed, do not let that stop you from letting them know what you think. If you feel the need to tell Motorola that you should do what you want with your phone, it may be wise to start on their Facebook and Twitter pages. Don’t forget to use the #unlockmoto hashtag if you do. Hey, it eventually worked for HTC users…kind of.
For additional info about the Motorola Photon 4G problem, you can find it in the Photon 4G thread and if you’re looking for more info about the Atrix 4G problem, you can find it in our original article.