AT&T’s HTC One X Bootloader Locked Up – Other Variants Get Off Scott-Free

Looks like the AT&T version of the HTC One X differs from the international version in more ways than just the processor found inside. Paul O’brien and friends over at MoDaCo have uncovered an interesting bit of news about the AT&T One X that could pose a problem for those looking to flash custom ROMs onto the device.

According to Mr. Obrien, he and a few others are being greeted by a “MID ERROR 160″ when attempting to unlock the bootloader on the AT&T One X through HTCDev. Again, this error hasn’t showed up when unlocking the Euro or Canadian version of the One X and seems to be a unique issue only to the AT&T version. There’s a wide range of reasons why a carrier would want to go through the trouble of requesting a device’s bootloader remain locked and it’s also very possible that a future update could fix this roadblock. But as it stands today, the HTC One X on AT&T is currently un-unlockable.

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  • Marsg

    Ahhhh shit, its about to get real >.>

  • Covert_Death

    no surprise, ATT loves to lock their phones when others don’t

    • JulianZHuang

      verizon motorola.

  • Marsg

    You know they really put a lot of effort into locking these phones down, i mean they are just going to be unlocked again in a very short amount of time, its inevitable. they might as well make it as easy as possible for us to unlock

  • Hien Nguyen

    HTC -> Failed

    SGS III, comes to papa

    • bluevoodo

      AT&T fail

    • Chris Chavez

      Just wait until AT&T gets their hands on Samsung’s bootloader O_o

    • Covert_Death

      lol this has nothing to do with HTC, this is ATT screwing its customers again… a favorite hobby of theirs

      • rustygh

        haha att: “screwing w/customers is our hoby!” Yup

    • vioalas

      Just wait, the AT&T GSIII will get locked too.

      • vioalas

        And every other AT&T phone.

  • matt

    Do you mean unable to be unlocked?

  • Tim242

    I think you mean not unlockable.

    • Chris Chavez

      @tim242:disqus @8e26a460938e6478aa0c57ee49b5a20d:disqus Oops. Forgot an extra “un” in there. Lol Thanks xD

      • Tim242

        As a former at&t employee, I can tell you that the correct way to say this is “not unlockable.” Un-unlockable just sounds silly : )

        • Butters619

          Well maybe he is just trying to express his un unsilly side.

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant


        • Chris Chavez

          I am a silly person.. :p

  • Bret

    Isn’t this great? This is why I love android. *popcorn.gif

  • Corey

    It’s actually scot-free.

  • vioalas

    Duh, that’s just AT&T shoving a pole a bit deeper into everyone of our asses. And I’m sure we’ll get some “GSIII FTW!” comments, but don’t worry, AT&T will mess you up too.

    • DYNK

      yeah but Samsung keeps their Galaxy S line unlocked…at least

  • nsnsmj

    I don’t understand why carriers and manufacturers do this. The amount of people who unlock the bootloader, root, and flash custom ROMs is so small compared to those don’t, so why do they even bother with this BS?

  • David Pat

    XDA will work around it just like they have with every phone

  • higgins

    I give XDA 2 weeks give or take.

  • lordmerovingian

    Hahahaha. Sorry. Hahahaha.

  • TimTheK

    People talk about Verizon being bad….. and they are…. but I think AT&T is on par if not worse.

  • Aeires

    Guess the T-Mobile version aint so bad after all.

  • moises1204

    Oh oh!! and get ready to pay more for your rate plan, at&t need to re-coop the 3 billion they just lost to tmobile fail merger, Sorry for the bad news at&t customers, at&t keep on given it to ya and you just keep on coming back for more.

  • Butters619

    I’m already set on this phone, but hopefully this changes sometime in the near future. I don’t think I’ll mind Sense 4.0, but 2 years of it?

    • vioalas

      We’ll have something on XDA. Don’t worry.

  • dan4patriots

    no one is forcing you people to buy it so quit complaining, if you dont want to deal with this then buy the international version

  • DYNK

    locked Bootloader
    locked battery door & No MicroSD Slot

    = FAIL

    (for me)

  • Jeff432

    This is just one more reason to avoid AT&T.

    I was hoping that they would stop butchering their Android phones.

  • http://Phandroid deh2002

    I was planning on getting this phone next month, guess I’ll wait and see what happens with the next nexus. The line it takes to get it unlocked the less dev support there will be for it. Maybe the sgs3 will come to att with the quad core, if not I’ll pass on it also. Not a big fan of tw but atleast it will get tons of support.

  • RobMorris

    Maybe they can juopunutbear working on this

  • Magnus100

    HTC One series is really nice but they’ve shot themselves in the foot with the locked battery and no Micro SD card support, with the bootloader gate it’s just now an absolute deal breaker, no way no how… I’m sticking with my SGSII until the SGSIII comes to the USA. Let’s hope the Bootloader stays unlocked.
    OAN, why do these idiotic US carriers always mock about with the phones that come to the US, the international versions stay pure like the manufacturers intend, but the US versions are always defiled with all manner of carrier abominations.

  • phinn

    Here we go again.

    Phone meh, until bootloader unlocked, and CM9 is supported.

  • NightHawk877

    If AT&T locks the GS3, I’m sticking to my Captivate until an unlock is found.

  • Tim B.

    The best way to send the message to AT&T and HTC is to return them in your 30 day window. Re-buy it once it is unlockable.

  • RaviShah

    i hate carriers. im honestly considering switching to prepaid and buying my phones unlocked internationally. using my nexus s without any restrictions is amazing.