When Motorola first announced their Bootloader Unlock plan it was all but certain to be a working from Google up above however, the line-up of devices that you could actually unlock were real scarce. Unsurprisingly there were no Verizon phones added and older devices were also, carelessly, left out in the cold. Which was a real shame to see considering HTC will let you unlock phones all the way back to the G1. Yes, really, they went that far back. Even HTC have troubles getting unlocked bootloaders past the carriers so we’ll give Motorola a pass for now.
They’ve just added two new devices to the line-up however, in the form of the RAZR HD and the RAZR i. There’s not a lot of good news for those of you in the states or on Verizon particularly, as these devices are the Global variants. Models that will be sold around the world free of carriers. Of interest however, is that there’s no documentation to suggest that you won’t be able to unlock the RAZR HD or RAZR i when on a carrier, either. I can attest to the UK in particular, being lax when it comes to bootloaders as the first day I got my One X I had unlocked the bootloader from HTC no problem. I even SIM-unlocked the device as well.
Whilst it’s disappointing to see Motorola not expanding its offerings to the US Market it is good to see them progress as it suggests that they’ll be sticking to it in the future.