How to Do It: Sony Ericsson’s Bootloader Unlocking Website Goes Live

This is how things are supposed to be. Sony Ericsson has locked bootloaders on its phone. Why is this a good thing? Because it keeps people from messing up their phones. However, if you do want to mess up your phone (and if you’re reading this you probably do) the website, as promised, has just gone live giving you the option to unlock  said bootloader in the name of freedom. And also some kickass mods. Some stipulations are in place, this will most likely void any warranty you have as well as possibly decreased performance and a non-functioning product. If you’re willing to look past all that (and please good devs do) the link below is all you need to get started loading up some custom software on that new gameconsole Xperia phone of yours. More opinion after the break.

Link: Sony Ericsson Bootloader Unlock

This is exactly what I’m talking about! You have the option to stick with Sony Ericsson’s official software, keep your warranty, all the DRM goodies. But you also have the CHOICE to unlock that pesky bootloader and set up your own custom software. Sony lets you know all the risks and pitfalls, and if you’re still up for it, they walk you through how to unlock it. Granted, this really is for advance users. One quick glance at the instructions let me know I wasn’t ready for it yet (aside from the fact that I don’t actually have a new Xperia phone, but I digress). It’s nothing too major, just enough to scare regular Android users out of that URL faster than a jack rabbit on a hot greasy griddle in the middle of July. My point being, regardless of your back ground, Sony is giving you a CHOICE. You can do things the regular phone way, updates as Sony pushes them out and consistent customer support. Or you can blaze your own trail and see where the wonderful world of custom ROMs takes you! Possibly to Bricktown or Paperweightville, but that’s the CHOICE you made. I personally applaud Sony Ericsson for giving people this option. I really hope their sales go through the roof. It shouldn’t be too long that there’s a great dev community behind these very nice phones. Other companies will hopefully take note. It won’t kill your reputation if you give consumers the option to unlock their phones. There’s nothing wrong with that! In fact, its a great CHOICE to make! Here’s to hoping Sony Ericsson’s gamble takes tread and more manufacturers join in.

You stay classy, World Wide Web.

Source: Sony Ericsson

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