HTC Sensation 4G

Just a little under a month ago, HTC gave us a bit more insight into how its bootloader unlocking process will work, saying that a software update would be rolling out to the global Sensation this month to prep it for the unlocking, with the T-Mobile Sensation 4G and Sprint EVO 3D to follow. Late last night HTC posted another update on the unlocking process, explaining exactly how the entire thing will work. HTC plans to launch a web tool this month that'll do all of the dirty unlocking work for you, although you'll only be able to use the tool after providing your email to HTC, getting an unlock code, and then clicking the "I Agree" button on the legal disclaimers that'll tell you that unlocking your device's bootloader will void some or all of your warranty. After jumping through all those hoops, you'll need to plug in your handset, install the Android SDK, type in your unique unlock code, and then BOOM! Your beloved phone will be ready to be tweaked to your heart's content.

One other thing to note: HTC has said that it'll continue to ship its devices with locked bootloaders. This is because it feels that unlocking the bootloader "provides extensive control over the device" and that some mods could cause major issues when it comes to security and device operation. If you know what you're doing when it comes to hacking your handset, though, the unlocking tool will be there for you.

Overall HTC's unlocking process sounds pretty painless, and it's pretty awesome to see the Taiwanese-based firm working hard to please its hardcore users that want complete control over their products. How many of you plan to unlock the bootloader on your HTC-made phone when you get the opportunity?

P.S. If all of this bootloader talk sounds like a bunch of gibberish to you, Taylor's got a nice write-up of precisely what a bootloader is and what unlocking it means to you that can be found right here.

Via MobileBurn, HTC

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Arturo Salazar
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Trevor Sawyer
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Gabriel Freeman
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Mike Pfeifer
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Michael Morabe
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Lee Grip Gresham
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Sachin Swami
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James Vincent
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Joel Diaz
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Taylor Chase
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Felix Gomez Yes it is worth it!!
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Sunny Patel Always worth it... mytouch 4g 2.3.5
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Ryan Lampkin Rooted every phone I have had and I'm going to keep rooting my next one and the one after that. So yes, definitely worth it for me.
Diego Pereira
Diego Pereira Yes. Rooting unlocks potential.
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Ben Broyles Rooted my Droid x and running miui Rom. Its just fantastic! I use to change my phone all around every couple of days cause I'd get bored with it and I'd have a crap load of launchers and apps that would do different things. But since rooted I can just flash whatever I want! And run my phone at 1.3 gig instead of stock. So yes absolutely worth it to me.
Eugene Borodin
Eugene Borodin Yes, until manufacturers start producing roms with no bugs and optimize them properly (yes, I'm looking at you HTC and LG!) If my stock rom would work the way it supposed to work , I wouldn't even think about rooting my Sensation.
Jason McClellan
Jason McClellan Richard ameen, it isn't our fault you aren't smart enough to root and flash a custom rom on the nexus s. why would any one just "accept" what they had? I didn't accept that me evo had 215hp stock, now it had over 600 awhp. I didn't accept that I was making 45k a year and now I am making 75+ k a year. Why would you accept less than you want? You won't achieve anything in life that way...
Dawude Esa
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Matthew Burchett
Matthew Burchett Its the only way my htc dream is still running...thank god for cyanogen
Mark Hartzel
Mark Hartzel As a disgruntled Motorola Cliq XT owner, I'm much happier now that I rooted and installed Gingerbread
Jason McClellan
Jason McClellan Those who say it isn't worth it to make your phone run smoother, have better features, longer battery life and get rid of the programs that you will never use and take up space, have never rooted a phone or are plain ignorant.
Richard Ameen
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Gerard Hyacinthe
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Anh-Tuan Le
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Roney Desousa
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William Robles
William Robles Yep
John Murchison II
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Seth Price Yes
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Ryan Hunter Yes
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Quentin Hickman Wat is "rooting"
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Alex Dunbar
Alex Dunbar No
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Terry Knab Its not just that, but I want to get crap like Amazon's stuff off my phone that I have no intention to use.
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Christopher Wesley
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Nick Lush 100% worth it!
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Josue Cifuentes
Josue Cifuentes If your a noob no... Yes it I rooted my G2X :)
Micah Madru
Micah Madru Yes.
Rene Wisler
Rene Wisler Interesting that you have to provide some information to HTC to use the unlocker. I wonder if they will some how be forwarding this information to the Carriers
Chris Mcnug Michniewicz
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Fallon Rivera
Fallon Rivera No
Robert Zurita
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Mike Miller
Mike Miller If you don't root, your locked down, and can't use your phone for all it's worth
Jeffrey Ly
Jeffrey Ly yes, to delete the crapware
Terrance Murphy
Terrance Murphy i wish i was able to root my phone:'(
Xue Xiong
Xue Xiong New phone ...
Hector E Craig
Hector E Craig Yes it is tether custom roms all the good stuff.
Nate Riley
Nate Riley Yes!
Xue Xiong
Xue Xiong Yes it is .....its like having a whole
Dre Ill
Dre Ill Of course, but the people that ask that question usually own a IPhone!
Roger Schubert DeOliveira
Roger Schubert DeOliveira Eh I'm happy with stock android 2.3
Victor Rios
Victor Rios If you're an impatient person who has a device that lags to recieve updates and you know what you're doing then yes it is worth it
Juan José Sebastián Garcia
Juan José Sebastián Garcia Rooting is worth it, and custom ROMs are amazing.
Ricky Rodriguez
Ricky Rodriguez So worth it like you get everything from it
Amir James
Amir James Yes, the pros outweigh the cons, and you can undo it.
Moaz Bambi
Moaz Bambi no, S-OFF + Rooting is worth everything!!!!
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Danu Carrión Perales
Danu Carrión Perales hell yes it is!
Edward Madera
Edward Madera Heck na!
Joel Neil
Joel Neil Yes it is
Don Ovan
Don Ovan ask your mom -.-

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