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[Guide] Unlocking bootloader on operator branded phones via omnius

6th July 2012, 11:45 AM |#1  
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Hi all,

If you have a locked bootloader on a branded phone (for example, from Rogers) normal BL (bootloader) unlocking methods will not work. Fortunately, there is a way to unlock your bootloader - it will, however, cost money.

I have a very good experience with Omnius. The program is simple and fast, and the whole process of unlocking the bootloader took less than 3 minutes. Here is how I did it:

go to Omnius downloads, and download Omnius for SE.
Install it. The installation includes all the drivers you need for this process.

Now you need to purchase credits. You can use any of the re-sellers listed here. I personally used GSMServer single unlock licence for 19 USD.

After about a day, you will get an email with username and password. This is your new Omnius account that has enough credits for one unlock. (I am not sure if it is only for BL unlock or also for SIM unlock.. It definitely works for BL unlock though.)

1. Now start Omnius. In the upper left corner choose your SE model.

2. In the server settings, enter the username and password you got from the reseller of your choice.

3.Next click on "Unlock", and select "Unlock bootloader". A picture guide appears that is super easy to follow - it tells you where the test point is, what to do, what to press, when to remove battery, everything. Few seconds later, your bootloader is unlocked!

Hope this worked for you guys!!

(I am in no way affiliated with Omnius, or any resellers listed on their website. I am simply summing up my experience, as I know that BL unlocking for branded phones is a bit of a problem. I hope I did not break any XDA rules by posting a guide involving a paid service!)
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6th July 2012, 12:22 PM |#2  
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Does it void warranty ?

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6th July 2012, 12:29 PM |#3  
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Yes it does. But I should have mentioned - this method LEAVES ALL DRM UNTOUCHED, so that by simply relocking BL nobody can find out you did anything with your phone I had my phone in repair 3 times, every single time with unlocked bootloader. I had no problem so far
6th July 2012, 02:51 PM |#4  
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I just rooted. Does it void warranty instead ?

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6th July 2012, 05:59 PM |#5  
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Rooting doesn't void your warranty. Only unlocking your bootloader voids it.


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8th July 2012, 12:58 AM |#6  
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Because Sony Mobile was protected

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8th July 2012, 02:38 AM |#7  
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Don't matter, Sony don't recommend rooting, but it will not void warranty.

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19th July 2012, 10:59 AM |#8  
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Best choise!
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Does this require any special cable to be used for the test point method? I have seen people just use a paperclip but then I have also seen people use a cable attached to their USB cable, so I am not 100% sure on what I need to use.
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Does this require any special cable to be used for the test point method? I have seen people just use a paperclip but then I have also seen people use a cable attached to their USB cable, so I am not 100% sure on what I need to use.

Nothing special; a paperclip will do.

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