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Speaking of Lockdown

July 16, 2010 12:02:57.240

With all the ink (real and virtual) spilled over the iPhone and how it's locked down, the DroidX should get some notice. While Apple doesn't like Jailbreaking, they don't break your phone if you do it. Motorola, on the other hand:

The eFuse is there to verify what's called a bootloader—the very first process to load filled with important stuff encompassing the core software of the phone, like firmware. And if the eFuse doesn't see specific, pre-programmed code within Motorola's guidelines, it will essentially short out and the Droid X will cease to function at all. (To resuscitate the phone, you'd need specialized hardware only found at Motorola.)

That's completely ridiculous. If that's how they plan to do things, the phone should come with a big "Rented, not Owned" sticker.

Now, why does that matter? Well, further on in the article, Gizmodo notes that the phone comes with Android 2.1 (not the latest) - and many Android users would like to upgrade the OS themselves. Well, if that's you, you're SOL with this phone :)

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