Brian covered HTC's web-based bootloader unlocking tool previously, and while their efforts are commendable, the limited phone seleciton was frustrating. Frustrating enough that xda developers user frigid opted to try things his own way. The resulting app (Windows only) allows users to obtain root, unlock the bootloader and remove most of the Sense skin on a wide variety of HTC devices. The price? Your warranty. While HTC's official tool keeps your warranty intact, the Super Tool leaves you flying with no net. So, foul up a flash, and no one will be there to heal your bricked device. Still, if you're feeling brave enough, and are lucky enough to have one of the supported phones, hit-up the source link and give it a try (at your own risk). 

Source: xda developers

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  • Trefugl - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - link

    I thought the HTC official tool voided your warranty when you put your info in. This method at least has you flying under the radar, so you can still reflash stock ROM and send it in (if you're into that sort of thing). Reply
  • randomlinh - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - link

    "It is our responsibility to caution you that not all claims resulting or caused by or from the unlocking of the bootloader may be covered under warranty."

    http://htcdev.com/bootloader/

    It sounds like it won't void the warranty, but at the same time, they could easily blamed your unlock as the cause of whatever problem you might be having with the phone.
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  • Lerianis - Thursday, December 29, 2011 - link

    Which that is a huge problem.... basically, if they wanted to, they could flash your phone with a unlocking tool then say "Sorry, not covered... you unlocked your phone!"

    The courts need to slam down on this and realize "Hey... a flashing tool should NOT brick a phone! Especially if the people who release the flashing tool/unlocker used it on that brand of phone! COVERED UNDER WARRANTY!"

    That is what it would be in the ideal world where judges realized that their purpose is to protect the consumer in a situation like that, not the companies.
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  • jhh - Tuesday, January 03, 2012 - link

    If you install a kernel that overclocks the CPU and/or disables thermal throttling, it will degrade the processor. If the processor eventually fails as a result, it's not HTC's fault. Reply
  • Sharro - Wednesday, December 28, 2011 - link

    Too many pages of "not working", "stuck at", "error" for my to try it.

    Just my 5 cents.

    All the best,

    Sharro
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