[GUIDE][18th Dec][4Noobs] Unlock The Xperia Play Bootloader
UPDATE (03th FEB 2013) This will wipe your internal storage (/data) but not your SD Card!
UPDATE (06th JAN 2013) : VIDEO TUTORIAL ADDED CLICK HERE
OK so i was looking around for a easy to use guide i could refer someone to and couldn't find one so i decided to create 1.
With this method you wont need to download the android SDK and instead can download a small package of files that i will upload. this saves around 1-2GB of bandwidth.
Firstly we should confirm your phone can be unlocked. To check if your phone can be rooted (most likely if it is not branded to 3, Vodafone etc then it can be)
Go to the phone dialer
then a service menu should pop up,
Tap Service info > Configuration > Rooting Status.
if it says boot loader unlock allowed then you are good to go.
if it says not allowed or no then you will need to pay to have the boot loader unlocked.
Now we need to get your IMEI to do this type in the dialer *#06#
another window will appear with your IMEI number write this down somewhere as you will need it later.
OK so now that you know your phone BL can be unlocked we will need to download and extract these files
Now we can begin. Turn of your phone. once the phone is off press and hold the search button while pluggin in the usb lead. the led at the top of the phone will be lit up BLUE. your computer should prompt you to install drivers for the new device if it does then select 'install manually' and browse to the location of the drivers, depending on your system architecture (X86 or X64) select the appropriate folder it should then install the drivers if you get any prompts about unsinged driver just install any way.
if something doesn't happen like it is suppose to please reply here or pm me.
Next we need to go to sony ericsson's bootloader unlock site
read through to confirm you understand what your doing then click continue.
Click "yes i'm sure"
ok now check both boxes and press i accept
now we need to fill in these fields (IMEI is the number you wrote down earlier if it doesn't work remove the last number and try again)
Press submit and you will see your Unlock Key copy it for later.
Finally after installing the drivers we will need to run the software called fastboot now to make it easier for you guys i have included a simple bat file which will load CMD at the correct location. so load run_me.bat and make sure the BLUE LED on your phone is still on. if it is then type this in to the new cmd window.
fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0xKEY
replacing KEY with your key. for example
fastboot.exe -i 0x0fce oem unlock 0x726802F75671552D
your phone should now be unlocked. check my next guide on how to install custom recoveries, kernels and most importantly Android 4.0 (ICS)