Hi Ben, why do you ask? Manufacturers such as Motorola (except in the US!) sometimes lock the flahs on their phones so that custom ROMs cannot be loaded, however this approach is flawed for a number of reasons... 1. There is no real need to prevent people doing what they want with their own property 2. It's generally fixing a problem that doesn't exist, unless there are huge numbers of people returning phones which they have broken, why bother (and if they are returning phones that they have broken then they either wont be covered by warranty or will be easily fixed using manufacturer flashing tools). 3. Hackers generally find a way around any security anyway so why would a manufacturer increase their costs (losing competitive edge) by implementing such a thing 4. It makes the phones less popular, people will simply move to the next new manufacturer who doesn't lock their phones. It has been noticed that some of the newer Orange San Francisco phones have had the ability to get into the Bootloader by holding down Vol + when powering on removed, is this a first step towards it? If so I hope that ZTE will reconsider this move, the whole point of Android is that it's open to encourage innovation, just look at the Blade now, we already have Gingerbread running on it and there is even a Honeycomb port up and running, this is all great news for ZTE! Regards Rob To: sebastian.robinson@xxxxxxxxxx CC: ztebladeopensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ztebladeopensource] About Flash Lock From: ying.ben@xxxxxxxxxx Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 11:20:02 +0800 Hi guys, is there anybody know Flash Lock? That means smartphone with locked ROM, and users cannot flash their smartphone with customized rom? -------------------------------------------------------- ZTE Information Security Notice: The information contained in this mail is solely property of the sender's organization. This mail communication is confidential. Recipients named above are obligated to maintain secrecy and are not permitted to disclose the contents of this communication to others. This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. If you have received this email in error please notify the originator of the message. Any views expressed in this message are those of the individual sender. This message has been scanned for viruses and Spam by ZTE Anti-Spam system.