I am trying to get a rooted android phone set up for reverse engineering purposes. I tried to root two separate phones (SM-G925A and a Google Pixel 2) but they both turned out to have locked (meaning, encrypted by the carrier) bootloaders.
Is there really no way to get around this without finding an exploit? I have tried everything short of taking the phone apart and flashing the ROM in (whatever device you use to flash a ROM chip.) Would that even work? I can't even find a single example of someone doing this for any model of phone on the internet.