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[Guide] Sellers/Carriers with bootloader unlockable Pixel 4 XL phones

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StrangerWeather

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I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

Note: You can buy a bootloader unlockable Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

UK greyed out OEM
EE

UK unlockable bootloader
Vodafone

US greyed out OEM
Verizon? (conflicting reports)
AT&T
TMobile


US unlockable bootloader
Best Buy
 
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the.emilio

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I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

Note: You can buy an unblocked Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

UK blocked OEM
EE

UK unblocked OEM

US blocked OEM
Verizon? (conflicting reports)
AT&T

US unblocked OEM
Best Buy

TMobile variant is locked
 

XtraArrow

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I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

Note: You can buy an unblocked Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

UK blocked OEM
EE

UK unblocked OEM

US blocked OEM
Verizon? (conflicting reports)
AT&T

US unblocked OEM
Best Buy

UK Vodafone is unblocked.
 

StrangerWeather

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To be more clear I think you need to refer to it as Bootloader Unlock as OEM has no relation to that at all.

OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer btw

Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk

Hmm, not too sure. It's not that the phones come with an unlocked bootloader, you still have to unlock it. But they are either OEM unlockable or not... Any other suggestions to make it clearer?
 

superchilpil

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Hmm, not too sure. It's not that the phones come with an unlocked bootloader, you still have to unlock it. But they are either OEM unlockable or not... Any other suggestions to make it clearer?
Well yeah none of them come with an unlocked bootloader. But your wording wasn't wrong to begin with, I just felt that referring to as bootloader unlockable is a more friendly way to put it especially for the noobs out there.

Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
 
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krabman

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The Tmo variant can be unlocked after the sim lock is removed. I think it goes without saying for most that Fi and Google offer unlcockable versions but as this is for new guys it might be worth noting.
 

nagrom-z

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I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

Note: You can buy a bootloader unlockable Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

UK greyed out OEM
EE

UK unlockable bootloader
Vodafone

US greyed out OEM
Verizon? (conflicting reports)
AT&T
TMobile


US unlockable bootloader
Best Buy

U.S. Cellular is unlocked for Pixel 4, would assume xl as well
 

sic0048

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Except for the Verizon model, all of the other US variants can be bootloader (OEM) unlocked when they are SIM card unlocked. However the SIM card being unlocked is a requirement to having the bootloader unlocked. If you purchase a device through a US service provider, it will generally have the SIM card locked down and you must request a SIM card unlock from your service provider. The "unlocked" version sold by Google (and Best Buy) comes with the SIM card unlocked already. Therefore it can immediately have it's bootloader unlocked.

Verizon variants will never be able to be bootloader unlocked - even if you are able to get Verizon to unlock the SIM card. (People who are successful in bootloader unlocking a Verizon model are the exception to the rule and simply got lucky - normally due to a MEID snafu).

This is the same across the entire Google Pixel line.
 
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ibphantom

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I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

Note: You can buy a bootloader unlockable Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

UK greyed out OEM
EE

UK unlockable bootloader
Vodafone

US greyed out OEM
Verizon? (conflicting reports)
AT&T
TMobile

US unlockable bootloader
Best Buy

I think Verizon is locked if you buy it from them. I bought mine through the Google store with Verizon as a "3rd party" and I got an unlockable XL
 

StrangerWeather

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I think basically whatever the carrier, they are locked until they are fully paid, is that right? In that case, I might just close the thread as it's not very useful. :confused:
 

xavier55

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I called t mobile today told them I'm a developer and they gave me a permanent unlock for my phone for the OEM so I can't complain but call them, whoever's your provider and tell them you're a developer and you're trying to access the Android 11 operating system and because it's a Google phone they bound to unlock your phone. And my phone ain't fully paid off from T-Mobile so I'm good I'm happy with the results and right now I'm using Android 11 and this bad boy for preview is beautiful
 
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DucatiMon

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I'm on a Verizon variant which I purchased directly from Verizon. Initially I was unable to unlock my bootloader same as everyone else. However, I was recently in developmer options and noticed OEM unlocking was no longer greyed out (I was running Android 11 with Octobers update). I Didn't believe my eyes for a second and immediately toggled it on and got to work. Within a few minutes I was unlocked and rooted. Not sure if they messed up on the 11 update or if it was a mistake from one of the updates. I hadn't checked for a while previous to my discovery so I can't pin down the exact trigger.
 
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Once you either fully payoff the device or get permission through your carrier then the carrier sends it over to Google's server which generates your unlock code then is sent to pixel 4xl as a update which will then unlock your sim. Once your sim unlocked it will allow you to highlight unlock bootloader. This is for tmobile,att, and sprint. Verizon variants however is an exception. You can get sim unlock, but will not highlight the unlock bootloader. Once in a while somebody gets lucky, but does not happen alot. Even tho it is a Google phone the carrier can still make the choice for the bootloader.
 

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    I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
    Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

    Note: You can buy a bootloader unlockable Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

    UK greyed out OEM
    EE

    UK unlockable bootloader
    Vodafone

    US greyed out OEM
    Verizon? (conflicting reports)
    AT&T
    TMobile


    US unlockable bootloader
    Best Buy
    2
    I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
    Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

    Note: You can buy an unblocked Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

    UK blocked OEM
    EE

    UK unblocked OEM

    US blocked OEM
    Verizon? (conflicting reports)
    AT&T

    US unblocked OEM
    Best Buy

    TMobile variant is locked
    2
    I've been thinking of making this list for people who will be buying a Pixel 4 XL in future. It might come in handy to decide where to buy your phone from.
    Please post in the thread what your seller/carrier did and I will update the list.

    Note: You can buy an unblocked Pixel 4 XL directly from the Google Store.

    UK blocked OEM
    EE

    UK unblocked OEM

    US blocked OEM
    Verizon? (conflicting reports)
    AT&T

    US unblocked OEM
    Best Buy

    UK Vodafone is unblocked.
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    To be more clear I think you need to refer to it as Bootloader Unlock as OEM has no relation to that at all.

    OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer btw

    Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk
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    Hmm, not too sure. It's not that the phones come with an unlocked bootloader, you still have to unlock it. But they are either OEM unlockable or not... Any other suggestions to make it clearer?
    Well yeah none of them come with an unlocked bootloader. But your wording wasn't wrong to begin with, I just felt that referring to as bootloader unlockable is a more friendly way to put it especially for the noobs out there.

    Sent from my Pixel 4 XL using Tapatalk