This Droid will self-destruct in 5…4…3…

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It’s watching you, waiting…

So it’s Droid X launch day, yay happy times right? Well maybe not if you’re the type of person that likes to root your phone and really get in there and muck about with stuff. According to an article on MobileCrunch, the Droid X actually freaking bricks itself if you try to root it!


This is me, at a loss for words, flabbergasted you might say, at the sheer moronic thought process that must be floating around over at Motorola. So you guys are telling me, that if I buy this device, if I shell out 200 bucks, or worst, whatever the price is to buy it without contract, you’re going to more or less destroy my phone if I try to use it how I feel fit? Are you trying to piss people off?!

Ok, calm down Ken…

How about a little more information on what this self-destruct mechanism is?

Quote from MobileCrunch
Here’s what eFuse does. This information is a couple days old but it’s worth reading if you’re interested in Android, development, or open standards in general. Besides, I just found out about it, so you have to read my words whether you like it or not. or you could just stop reading. Either way. Anyway:

If the eFuse failes to verify this information then the eFuse receives a command to “blow the fuse” or “trip the fuse”. This results in the booting process becoming corrupted and resulting in a permanent bricking of the Phone. This FailSafe is activated anytime the bootloader is tampered with or any of the above three parts of the phone has been tampered with.

It requires a hardware fix, apparently, only available through Motorola, of course. This is the equivalent of a MacBook detonating some core component if you try to install an OS to dual boot.

Now I’m not buying a Droid X myself, I’m plenty happy with my EVO and shall be sticking with that for the foreseeable future. My cousin however, is picking one up. I doubt he’d be planning on rooting it, but this all but guarantees that he never will.

Most users will never encounter an issue with this, because most don’t have any interest in messing with the software. But it’s a principle issue to me. This is not a piece of software that I am licensing it’s use from Motorola, this is a device that I would buy outright, I would own this device, no ifs ands or buts about it. It’s like buying a house, but the home builder put in a thermite bomb that goes off if you decide to paint the bloody walls! To me this behavior is unacceptable.

I think it goes without saying, but I would recommend not buying the Droid X. Do not put money in the pockets of companies that do crap like this. Even if a workaround is found and the phone rooted, the fact is that buying the device just encourages Motorola to pull this kind of stunt again.

That’s no good Moto, that’s no good.

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