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Topic # 112908 26-Dec-2012 23:43
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Heya,
After buying a sony tipo on boxing day and purcashing a sim unlock code, I cant seem to be able to unlock the bootloader. I was wondering If their was a way around this or if skinny could give me a hand here. I have followed the instructions here as you would with a normal xperia device, http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/ And my Boot-loader Unlock Allowed says no. Do I have to pay for an additional unlock code for the bootloader. I find it hard to beleive that this wasn't documented anywhere on the packaging, terms and conditions and the skinny site. Any help would be much appreciated.
Thanks, Henry

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  Reply # 737544 27-Dec-2012 00:01
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This is something to take up with Sony, not Skinny.

I am moving this to the Android forum where it belongs and where you can gave a better chance of a reply.




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  Reply # 737556 27-Dec-2012 07:38
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Out of curiosity, whatcha looking at doing after getting the bootloader unlocked? Are you going to root it?




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  Reply # 737612 27-Dec-2012 10:55
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Oh, I manage servers so having access to busybox, root and the like is essential :)

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  Reply # 737616 27-Dec-2012 11:11
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Don't most of the Sony's have locked bootloaders that you can get unlocked on the Sony developer site?

As for Skinny making no mention of this I don't see it being a Skinny issue. You're making changes to your phone that immediately void the warranty and support, something 99% of people don't do. I would expect that a buyer of any product (not just phones) would fully research a product they were buying if they were planning on making modifications to it. You wouldn't go and buy a house planning on adding a 2nd story without checking that the council would allow a 2nd story!


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  Reply # 737624 27-Dec-2012 11:22
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http://unlockbootloader.sonymobile.com/instructions

This should help... but becareful and fully read up on this website's other areas and general google searches.

Edit: Personally I have an xperia S however a few more months to go on warranty so Im not wanting to 'tinker' with it yet ! (who knows I may just need the warranty)! 





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  Reply # 737627 27-Dec-2012 11:30
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As i said in the original post, sony make phones bootloader unlockable, but skinny deny being allowed to unlock the bootloader, I cannot enter fastboot mode. when i type the acess number into my phone, it says bootloader unlock allowed: no .. this is because skinny disabled it so people couldnt bypass sim locks ect. after paying for a sim unlock iwould hope the bootloader would be unlockable. my issue is that skinny has made this impossable for me and I dont know what to do.

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  Reply # 737634 27-Dec-2012 11:35
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When you say you paid for an unlocked sim, was this the $30.00 that skinny quote on their website?

Heres another method....
http://tips4droid.com/how-to-unlock-bootloader-on-sony-xperia-devices-officially-and-easily/

You have to do a bit of pre work prior to using the codes in step 1.



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  Reply # 737637 27-Dec-2012 11:36
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How annoying, its in the supported phones list but they say

"It will only be possible to unlock the boot loader for certain releases of the following phone models." 

without indicating what the certain releases are.



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  Reply # 737638 27-Dec-2012 11:37
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yes I paid skinny :) ill have a look

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  Reply # 737639 27-Dec-2012 11:37
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Have you tried this (from skinny website)

Unlocking handset

How can I unlock my phone?

You can get your unlock code for your handset right here for $30. Your unlock code will then appear on your account page or it will be sent via e-mail if your phone is a Nokia.

Once you have your code you can unlock your phone by putting another provider's SIM in and entering the unlock code when prompted. Be very careful though to get the number spot on or you may hard lock your phone.

If you're sure you've got the code right but it doesn't seem to work, call us as soon as possible. Do NOT try entering random numbers!

Please note we can only help you with phones or devices you bought from us via Skinny.co.nz. If you got your phone from a shop, please approach them. If you got it off a mate, down the pub, on Trade Me or from Parallell Imported, try Google!



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  Reply # 737640 27-Dec-2012 11:38
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That site also requiress bootloader unlock required: yes .. how do i make it say yes?

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  Reply # 737643 27-Dec-2012 11:42
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henyobarker: As i said in the original post, sony make phones bootloader unlockable, but skinny deny being allowed to unlock the bootloader, I cannot enter fastboot mode. when i type the acess number into my phone, it says bootloader unlock allowed: no .. this is because skinny disabled it so people couldnt bypass sim locks ect. after paying for a sim unlock iwould hope the bootloader would be unlockable. my issue is that skinny has made this impossable for me and I dont know what to do.


Purchasing an sim unlock and expecting an unlockable bootloader are completely different things, and also a fairly unreasonable expectation IMO.

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  Reply # 737645 27-Dec-2012 11:48
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Might be refund or trademe time !

Sony xperia a great phones... however depends on what you wanna do with them !


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  Reply # 737647 27-Dec-2012 11:49
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This link is more promising for you...

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1896553




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  Reply # 737649 27-Dec-2012 11:50
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Why is it ireasonable? I want control over the devicei brought. im happy to pay for a bootloader unlock or the like, I dont want to exect anything, I just want to be able to use my product :)

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