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Bootloader unlock response from lg

jeffsga88

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This was LGs' response to my email asking about bootloader unlocking on the g5. They stated they will only unlock the European h850 model and they will do it this month... Here is the email:

"Hello,

Thank you for your interest in LG G5.

We are planning to support bootloader unlocking for LG G5 for the European market with model number H850 soon.
It will be available this month.

However, we currently have no plan to support bootloader unlocking for other variants of the G5.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

If there are any changes to the supported devices, we will let you know via our website.

Best Regards,
LG Developer site Team"

This is good news if you have that model unfortunately bad news for the rest of us until an exploit can be found and used.
 

djxn40

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So are the U.S. models screwed? I'm on the sprint variant. I've only had it two days and I love it but if there is no chance of unlock boot loader I will return it

Sent from my LGLS992 using Tapatalk
 

happyharrysco1

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great news for us over here in europe, but not so much for the rest of the world. though it looks like there are already working root's available so it shouldn't be long before wide availability, or maybe even the unlocked euro bootloader may point the devs to a solution for the other models?
 

raynan

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Does anyone know what bands the H850 supports? It could still work in the US for certain carriers if you don't mind the import fees and if you could find it anywhere that would ship to the US.
 
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Angie*

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Hi @raynan, here the GSMarena specs for LG G5's network:
Network Technology
GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
2G bands
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
CDMA 800 / 1900 - VS987, US992
3G bands
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - H850

HSDPA 850 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - H830, US992
HSDPA 850 / 1900 / 2100 - H820
CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - VS987
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100 - H860N
4G bands
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300) - H850

LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 20(800) - H830
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 12(700), 20(800), 29(700), 30(2300) - H820
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500) - H860N
LTE 2,3,4,5,7,13 - VS987
LTE 2,4,5,12,13,17,25 - US992
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps or LTE Cat9 450/50 Mbps, EV-DO Rev.A 3.1 Mbps

Hope this is helpfull !
 

Knowbody42

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OK, well now we just need to know if there are any H850 variants that aren't for the European market and therefore won't be able to unlock the bootloader.
There were some H815 models that couldn't be bootloader unlocked. You had to go out of your way to find specific H815 variants which could.

It's also nice to see the G5 H850 supports band 40. The H815 didn't. And the H815T wasn't able to be bootloader unlocked.
 
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tabish84

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OK, well now we just need to know if there are any H850 variants that aren't for the European market and therefore won't be able to unlock the bootloader.
There were some H815 models that couldn't be bootloader unlocked. You had to go out of your way to find specific H815 variants which could.

It's also nice to see the G5 H850 supports band 40. The H815 didn't. And the H815T wasn't able to be bootloader unlocked.
I am the one who owns a g5 h850 but cant unlock the bootloader because mine is from UAE. I had a g4 h815 before in which i unlocked the bootloader quite easily

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TheMadScientist

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This is the g4 all over again. Give it up and get a unlockable device while g5 value is still good. Lg is never going to unlock but the one model and thats it final
 

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This is the g4 all over again. Give it up and get a unlockable device while g5 value is still good. Lg is never going to unlock but the one model and thats it final
Yeah its a pity they persist with that. Only thing you can complain about.

Why just the euro market ? what is the official reason.

it's like they have their foot in the door, not ready to slam it shut or it could open wider.

Google does have a part to share in the blame here, they mandated with 6 that to root required boot loader unlock. Never the case earlier. Will it continue with N, don't see why not.
 

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Yeah its a pity they persist with that. Only thing you can complain about.

Why just the euro market ? what is the official reason.

it's like they have their foot in the door, not ready to slam it shut or it could open wider.

Google does have a part to share in the blame here, they mandated with 6 that to root required boot loader unlock. Never the case earlier. Will it continue with N, don't see why not.
Yea what sucks kinda is i just picked up a metro lg stylo and its got bootloader unlock from device on mm just fastboot oem unlock. Killer device but lacking key features
 

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Yea what sucks kinda is i just picked up a metro lg stylo and its got bootloader unlock from device on mm just fastboot oem unlock. Killer device but lacking key features
:eek::confused:

So lower range can be unlocked in your region. Wonder if its the same elsewhere or the euros don't get to do it :D
 
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Yeah its a pity they persist with that. Only thing you can complain about.

Why just the euro market ? what is the official reason.

it's like they have their foot in the door, not ready to slam it shut or it could open wider.

Google does have a part to share in the blame here, they mandated with 6 that to root required boot loader unlock. Never the case earlier. Will it continue with N, don't see why not.
Probably European laws that oblige LG to provide an unlock (freedom of choice and such..).
Microsoft has special version of Windows for Europe too (e.g Windows without Microsoft Media Player).

I'm not from Europe but I only buy my phones over the years in the European \ International versions.
 

One Twelve

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Probably European laws that oblige LG to provide an unlock (freedom of choice and such..).
Microsoft has special version of Windows for Europe too (e.g Windows without Microsoft Media Player).
Have heard there may be some legal requirement but wanted something to back that..

All root amounts to is being admin. Can you think of any computing system earlier that you bought that did not give you admin rights. I cannot. Nothing special about being admin at all. Privileged yes.

But on phones, exploits have to be found to acquire admin on equipment you have bought. You have to break into your own system to be able to administer it better. What (!)

Well, now you cannot even do that...on the LG flagship if its not from the right region. Other companies do not seem to care, Samsung, Sony, HTC etc. The chinese ones go out of their way to make it easier.

I'm not from Europe but I only buy my phones over the years in the European \ International versions.
How does warranty work for you. If i bought from abroad, the local LG would refuse service and say no warranty.

It's only a matter of time before the G's will be made in India so buying from abroad is not convenient.
 
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TheMadScientist

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:eek::confused:

So lower range can be unlocked in your region. Wonder if its the same elsewhere or the euros don't get to do it :D
Again its basicly a tmobile phone. Metropcs i guess is under them so just about anything that can be flashed on tmob can on this
Now i did notice one interesting fact. I was 5.1.1 only unlock was allow oem unlock in dev options. Upgraded to 6.0 and i also have fastboot to 5.1 1 was like g4 no fastboot commands were accepted. So i now no they can implement unlocks in updates lyin arses
 

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So i now no they can implement unlocks in updates lyin arses
heh yeah, we can speculate as to why the delay.

But am talking from a G4 perspective. Once enough time has passed, that any negative development cannot affect future sales ?

No relief if you're on a G5 as you will have to wait it out. The flip side is if G5 sales do not pan out they become more reasonable ;)

If you look at the G5 & friends, this is encouraging tinkering isn't it. LG to me seems to be a company that listens to its engineers more than its marketing & industrial designers unlike say Apple or Samsung.

Form follows function at LG. This is clear so far. That kind of culture encourages development but somebody at the top said no or at least not yet.
 
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