I have a sinking feeling that this is a stupid question... but there's a Play Store app that essentially gives the developers a couple bucks and they come back at you with an unlock code. "GSM" is written in a couple places... but I was assuming that I just didn't fully understand the intricacies of unlocking a 4G phone. (perhaps I have solidly proven myself right?)
That app --> "Unlock Your Moto X" play|google|com [slash] store/apps/details?id=com.unlockunit.moto_x&hl=en
If indeed that app is irrelevant to Sprint owners, I must admit I am then further confused. Hopefully someone can give me a more technical level of explanation than the few tidbits I've googled-up?? Like "agusaidu" before me, I purchased a bad-ESN sprint phone (off of eBay last night) because I'd just read that Motorola had released a (bootloader) unlock for only (in the US) Sprint Moto-X's and I thought I was home free from that point, and would just be able to flash whatever rom I wanted, then pop in my Verizon sim. Am I totally stupid?
Bootloader unlock news blurb --> www|androidcentral|com [slash] motorola-posts-bootloader-unlock-moto-x-sprint-us-cellular
- Is there actually effectively 2 software (layers?) of unlocking at play here? One for bootloader, and one for sim?
- If there is an independent sim unlock, what mechanism keeps it locked after flashing a different rom onto the thing?
- Admission: I haven't actually done a lick of research as to Moto-X roms. Cough, cough.
Thanks for any answers! Much thanks for carefully detailed answers!
I've rooted/rom'd several Thunderbolts so I have experience, but am very unconfident in my knowledge depth.