The Verizon HTC One has already lost one of its perks as its bootloader can no longer be unlocked using HTC’s HTCDev website.
Yesterday, the Verizon HTC One finally hit shelves after months and months of rumor and speculation. The device saw a number of different release day developments including a deal that offered up a free pair of $99 headphones and the fact that its bootloader could be unlocked through HTCDev.com, something that came as a bit of a surprise.
While the deal for the Verizon HTC One remains, it appears that the bootloader unlock for the Verizon HTC One has already been done away with as Verizon HTC One users are reporting that the tool no longer works with Verizon’s new smartphone.
We knew it would only be a matter of time before the ability was taken away from Verizon HTC One owners though we just didn’t know how long it would take. Verizon is very strict about keeping its devices locked up tight, for security reasons, and that’s why yesterday’s new came as such a surprise.
Those who got the phone yesterday were able to unlock the bootloader in an effort to install custom ROMs but it appears that those who weren’t fortunate enough to buy yesterday are simply going to have to wait for another wait to break the chains.
Obviously this is a huge blow to those that were planning on fully customizing their HTC One but the Android community is resourceful and there could be a bootloader unlock method released at some point down the road. Of course, Verizon typically works to patch those methods up through updates so Verizon HTC One owners can expect a game of cat and mouse should such a method get released.
The Verizon HTC One has lost one perk but it still has plenty of others. It comes with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sense 5, a large 1080p display, a metal design, a massive 4G LTE network, and more.