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Making good on a promise from earlier this year, HTC is offering a software tool to unlock its Android devices that launched after Sept. 2011. The bootloader software on future HTC Android (s goog) phones will also be supported by the online unlock tool. HTC originally locked down its phones, much as other handset makers do, but it decided to change its stance in May, due to overwhelming customer feedback.

Although there is a list of phones that can be used with the tool, some XDA-Developer forum members have tested it on phones that are not on the officially supported handset list, specifically on phones for AT&T’s (s t) and Verizon’s (s vz)(s vod) networks. Although not every HTC phone for these operators has been tested, forum members indicate that the unlock tool works for the Rezound, Vivid, Rhyme and Thunderbolt.

Note that the tool doesn’t unlock the phone from…

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