Will the bootloader unlock procedure as shown on the HTC Dev website affect my network lock?

I have an HTC Aria, which was originally SIM locked, but I got unlocked from a shop. Now, since I'm working on Android apps and HTC devices, I want to unlock my bootloader, but I'm worried that it will re-lock my device to the original carrier.

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No, the bootloader has no bearing on a SIM/network lock. The HTCdev site explicitly states this on the bootloader unlock page, in fact:

Please note that unlocking your bootloader does not mean that you will be able to unlock the SIM lock. Unlocking your SIM lock is at the discretion of your operator/carrier and is not part of the bootloader unlocking scope.

The reverse is also true, but the main point is that the two concepts are unrelated.

  • Yea, I wanted to confirm for the reverse process.Thanks alot "eldarerathis" May 23, 2012 at 7:09
  • @user981 I disagree (partly) with the reverse bit. If the SIM is locked, you cannot unlock the bootloader.
    – Dan Brown
    Aug 30, 2015 at 17:38
  • @DanB I've not seen a situation where that was the case. Have any sources that support your statement? Aug 31, 2015 at 0:38

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