I bought an Haier w718 online from China. It is unlocked but they didn't put Google Play on it. If I root it or flash it will that relock the phone?


No, since it is factory unlocked, nothing will ever relock your phone.

  • Technically, it seems to be possible an update really does re-lock the boot loader, as it currently seems to happen to Galaxy S4 users on AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon. But it's unlikely to happen with custom ROMs.
    – Izzy
    Jul 11 '13 at 8:26
  • Yes, but the Galaxy S4 is not sold unlocked. Here it is a smartphone that comes pre-unlocked (like many chinese devices) Jul 11 '13 at 9:49

Back in the days of the ZTE Blade there was a ROM that [sim] unlocked the handset, flashing another rom would remove that unlock, but like @Shywim says if it is factory unlocked it is unlikely that flashing another ROM will lock it and like @Izzy says it is also unlikely to happen in a custom rom

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