Motorola RAZR Developer Edition, with unlocked bootloader

In a rather odd development, Motorola has finally done something to help those Motorola RAZR owners who would like to see the phone’s bootloader unlocked so they can fiddle with the OS files – it’s releasing an entire new edition of the phone it’s calling the Motorola RAZR Developer Edition.

It’s a hard move to understand, as the Motorola RAZR owning masses are hardly likely to buy ANOTHER version of the same phone. They’re far more likely to chuck it in the bin, slag Motorola off on the internet and buy a Galaxy S II instead. Here’s Motorola’s explanation:

We have some news for the community of people interested in unlockable/relockable bootloaders. Today, we announced a step forward in Europe with the availability of an unlockable version of our most in-demand product: the Motorola RAZR™ Developer Edition. This solution allows us to continue meeting our carrier and regulatory obligations, but also meets the needs being expressed by our developer community.

That’s not the “need” we’ve seen RAZR owners expressing.


But anyway. If you’d like a version of the admittedly rather awesome Motorola RAZR with an unlockable bootloader, it can be ordered through the Motorola Shop for €499.

Thanks to reader “Beefyburt” for the tip.

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  1. Peter

     /  January 30, 2012

    Is it even legal to sell something with no warranty.

  2. Meister_Li

     /  January 30, 2012

    … Or I could just buy a regular LG/Samsung/Nexus phone and unlock it with warranty intact and carrier discount.

    This is doing nothing except for pissing off regular Motorola RAZR owners.

  3. Rob Tomson

     /  January 30, 2012

    They shoot… they score! Another fantastic own-goal from Motorola! Why not just allow people with SIM-free phones to unlock the bootloader?

  4. beefyburt

     /  January 31, 2012

    Doh! I have a Milestone 2 and i love it as i like qwerty keyboards. BUT, its not reliable, has been repaired twice, and replaced my Milestone 1 which was also unreliable.Plus it takes forever for Mot to release any updates. I know there is a Milestone 3 out in the USA, with a 4 spoken off, but i cant wait for Moto Europe to get its act together, or hope if released they are reliable, or hope they get the latest Android( Razr launched with 2.3??? ). Right now the only qwerty alternative is the HTC Desire Z, but thats not much better performance wise and there is nothing else rumoured. My contract runs out end of Feb, and am tempted by the big Galaxy Note, knowing its gonna get ICS.

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