[ztebladeopensource] Re: About Flash Lock

  • From: Robert Morgan <robertmorgan@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <ztebladeopensource@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <sebastian.robinson@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2011 07:54:15 +0000

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 
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!

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?
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