As most people probably know, Motorola Mobility has recently upgraded three of their devices with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Droid RAZR MAXX, DROID RAZR and DROID 4 (international versions too) were those devices. Motorola didn’t just upgrade them to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but they’ve also installed a root checker to the various devices. We weren’t aware of this new feature until today after images of the DROID RAZR leaked showing that you can see a “qe 1/1,” which means the device is currently rooted. If you see a “q3 0/0,” it means it was never rooted, but if you see a “qe 0/1,” it means that the handset was rooted at one time, but is no longer rooted. Motorola really wants to make sure that your warranty is voided when you decide to take the device in for repairs or something.
It’s unknown as to what Motorola will do with this information, but if your warranty is voided, it’s very possible and very likely that you will be denied a replacement phone if you’re in need of one. Really what it’ll all depend on is the Verizon representative booting the device into recovery. Fortunately most people have said that Verizon representatives never boot into recovery. The only thing is that a commenter over on Droid-Life has said that two months after he got his replacement phone, they charged $299 for a damaged device fee. Here’s his full comment:
And at that point they just stick the 299 damaged device fee on your phone and tell you there’s no way to get your old phone back.
Happened to me – Jeff
Then again, Jason (another commented on the Droid Life) has said this:
I took my old INC 2 to a Verizon store because the speaker was bad. She said I would have to put the original rom back on it before she would replace it. She didn’t care that I was running CM7.
I guess it’s really depending on what representative you get. Others a pretty crazy about while reps like what Jason got, frankly don’t care. That said, it might not be a good idea to root it and get a replacement as it’s a 50/50 chance.
It could also be a possibility that Motorola will use this information for examining returns and all. Whatever the case, it’s probably better that you know about this now instead of later when you go to get a replacement phone or something like that. I honestly probably won’t be getting a Motorola phone after this, it’s really lame to see how Motorola is limiting the development community around their devices.
Will you be getting a Motorola phone after this move by them? I know a lot of people over on the XDA Forums aren’t after reading a few comments on this new leak. Let us know in the comments below!
source: Talk Android