This one came out of left field -- Sony Ericsson is going to offer their 2011 Xperia line with an unlockable bootloader via the fastbook command. They say only SIM unlocked versions of the
Xperia Play

Xperia Arc

Xperia Pro

, and
Xperia Neo

will be eligible, so carriers should be happy as well as developers and advanced users. The big question of how this will affect the
CDMA Xperia Play on Verizon

is unanswered, but I hope they have an equivalent solution. They also go over warranty concerns and possible additional costs for service at their blog, so be sure to read the source link to get those details.

This is a big turnaround from their policy with the
Xperia X-10

, which will remain locked due to legal reasons. It shows that
Sony Ericsson is listening

to their end users and allowing the owners of their oh-so-sexy hardware complete control of it. Let's all hope other manufacturers see the benefit in this and offer similar solutions. Now to decide between the Arc or the Neo as my next phone. [
Sony Ericsson Developer Blog


Sony Ericsson offering a bootloader unlock solution on 2011 Xperia line

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