I for one believe it can be accessed but needs a little bit of time and research on getting it done.
This thread is aimed for brain-storming for ideas and collecting them for us to try out,
You can de-brand your phone by flashing the software from this thread
thanks to scott4 for the first upload mirror on page 3
Any ideas on getting the bootloader up and going on locked devices please put them in here
We now have root access thanks to Chainfire's gingerbreak apk which is here
If your getting "could not extract assets" from gingerbreak
cool, finally I rooted my xperia ARC
these are very simple steps(copied from different threads):
1. Install the attached apk: Gingerbreak-v1.00
after installing most people getting this error - "could not extract assets".
TO OVERCOME THIS, just copy the attached ADB.zip and extract it on your laptop (windows)
goto above path in your cmd promt and types these lines (your phone should be connected to laptop in debugging mode)
E:\mobile_Xperia\ADB>adb shell rmdir /data/local/tmp
E:\mobile_Xperia\ADB>adb shell mkdir /data/local/tmp
NOW JUST INSTALL THE apk file again and click on ROOT
Blagus has kindly opened up this thread here
We need people with a SIM-FREE phone with a LOCKED bootloader to help us all out, so if thats YOU !!!
Help us poor sods with branded handsets please.
Blagus Has come out with his release (As the man who can)
Omnius for SE v0.23 (30th August 2011)
Added unlocking of S1 MSM7x30 GSM/UMTS phones (testpoint connection to GND is required.)
Added bootloader unlocking for S1 MSM7x30 phones
Anyone who donated (+punk... sorry forgot username, the OP ), contact me for free unlock.
For rest, contact for price (cheaper than at official Omnius resellers).
TESTPOINT INSTRUCTIONS PROVIDED BY mooxie FROM XDA FORUM:
1 turn of the phone
2 take of the backcover
3 remove the battery and sim card
4 take of the plastic covering the test point it's a bit stuck there but the gentle if you can.
5 Find something flexible like a wire or so i used steel wire. Make bend it so you easily can put it on the test point and the ground since you need to hold it there and press the powerbutton in the next step.
6 put in the battery
7 put the wire on the test point and the ground keep it there and press the power button for a few seconds. You wont get any confirmation that it suceeded.
8 Plug in the usb cable in the phone. Windows will now search for a new driver.
If it doesn't install automaticly. Go into the device manager of windows and look up something called SEMC_HUBB think it was that name. Choose update driver and browse to your omnius\driver folder. You will get a warning that the driver isn't signed but press okay and it should install.
9 Now if everything is done right the flashing will start and you should soon have an unlocked phone :)
Also side note i had problems with
qhsusb_dload driver not installing correctly.
if this is your case right click update and point to the omnius folder and choose update. worked for me.