I was considering fp4 as my next purchase, however I have doubt about unlocking bootloader.
As I have read - currently for FP4 there is online service which every time generates new unlock code.
Please explain me why did you chosen this way of unlocking FP4 instead of offline unlocking?
This is my big concern, as inability of offline bootloader unlocking makes this phone heavily dependant on your service running - thus if any day you will go out of business or you just will stop supporting this phone - I will be locked and unable to change my phone OS anymore. Is it kind of “planned obsolescence”?
It is not a hypothetical question - I suggest to read as example ASUS support forums where people beg to help them with unlocking older phones - which ASUS decided to be “unsupported” and the only answer phone owners get is “this model will no longer have any maintenance (including server)”.
These phones were capable of being unlocked earlier and this was taken away from phone owners. Why working approach for unlocking was abandoned in favor of “online” codes?
And additional question - is Fairphone sharing “unlocked” IMEI numbers with any external party? Will they be used for any kind of “blacklist” or marking my phone as “dangerous”?
Couple examples of unlock support - I’d like to ensure FP4 will NOT look like this in the future:
zentalk .asus. com/en/discussion/56504/unlock-bootloader-asus-tf300tg
zentalk. asus. com/en/discussion/55405/unlock-bootloader