HTC to unlock bootloaders using a web-based tool

Just about a month ago, HTC announced their intention to unlock bootloaders for the Sensation, EVO 3D and other devices and that it will no be as easy as “flipping a switch.” I gotta give it to the Taiwanese company for actually listening to their fans unlike some other competitors who just “talk the talk and not walk the walk”. HTC just updated their Facebook page with the following statement:

**UPDATE 8/3/2011**
Since our last update, many of you have asked how the bootloader unlocking process will actually work, and in particular why HTC’s most recently released devices still have a locked bootloader. Rest assured we’re making progress toward our goal to roll out the first software updates in August to support unlocking for the global HTC Sensation, followed soon by the HTC Sensation 4G on T-Mobile and the HTC EVO 3D on Sprint. Because unlocking the bootloader provides extensive control over the device and modifications may cause operation, security and experience issues, new devices will continue to ship locked but will support user-initiated unlocking using a new Web-based tool.
So how will this work? The Web tool, which will launch this month, requires that you register an account with a valid e-mail address and accept legal disclaimers that unlocking may void all or parts of your warranty. Then plug in your phone to a computer with the Android SDK loaded to retrieve a device identifier token, which you can then enter into the Web tool to receive a unique unlock key via e-mail. Finally, apply the key to your device and unlocking will be initiated on your phone.
We’re excited to bring bootloader unlocking to developers and enthusiasts, and we feel this new Web tool will meet your needs and continue to provide customers with the best experience. Thanks to the community for supporting these efforts!

So bacically, HTC will launch a web-based unlocking tool where users will have to sign-up for using their emails and follow the given instructions. Updates will start rolling out this month to the non-U.S. version of the Sensation and then the U.S. one as well as the EVO 3D will follow. These updates are supposed to get the devices above ready to for the bootloader unlocking procedure.

It would have been better if HTC just released their phones with unlocked bootloaders out of the box but you take what you get. What do you guys think?

via Facebook