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orange branded Xperia mess [answered]

asked 2017-10-19 12:06:05 +0200

ray gravatar image

updated 2017-10-19 14:20:55 +0200

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Hello,I bought a brand new intex aqua fix a year ago, and I was quite impressed by it, although the camera resolution is awful for me, as I use the phone to work, and digitalize documents.

Anyway, I needed an upgrade, so I purchased an Xperia X, which was sim unlocked, but inicially Orange branded, to my surprise. I just read that a branded xperia cannot be used to install Sailfish X. Is it true? Is there any solution, rather than resell it?

software info: 34.3.A.0.238, android version 7.1.1, phone F5121, unlock bootloader allowed: yes, network 0 (which means unlocked) As it is stated in my xperia has all the requirements to be considered a free phone, and can be flashed and tweaked whatsoever as android phone, my question is, why this should be different with sailfish.

Anyway, if someone can just help me out with this question: should I sell my Xperia, or there is a solution, on the other hand?

Many thanks,

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answered 2017-10-19 12:08:31 +0200

Giacomo Di Giacomo gravatar image

Unlock bootloader allowed: yes, so you can go on and flash Sailfish X on it.

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I thought the same, coming from the android world, but then I read this on jolla's website:

  1. Why can’t I use a carrier locked device for this purpose? I have a device, which was originally locked, can I use it? Unfortunately, Sony does not support unlocking bootloader to install alternative operating systems for devices that have been carrier locked, even after carrier lock has been removed.
ray ( 2017-10-19 12:28:04 +0200 )edit

It's because until now, all reports we got from people with a formerly simlocked phone were that the bootloader can't be unlocked, so Jolla preferred to play safe. But it looks like Orange is less closed than other carriers and is not closing the bootloaders.

So thanks for the report, that's interesting. And yes you can go with the flashing :)

Sthocs ( 2017-10-19 12:39:36 +0200 )edit

answered 2017-10-19 13:40:10 +0200

mrtrm gravatar image

I did it, the Orange label did not make a difference as long as the bootloader is 'unlockable'. Sony explains clearly how to check on their site. Good luck!

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