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Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader will remain locked, confirms Verizon

0. phoneArena 17 Jul 2012, 03:22 posted on

A couple of days ago, a Verizon representative hinted that an upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III software update would unlock the smartphone's bootloader, thus allowing power users to tinker with it all they want. Think installing custom firmware and that sort of things. Unfortunately, it looks like that is not going to happen...

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posted on 17 Jul 2012, 04:00 2

1. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Can someone please explain to me what makes "unlocked" so special?

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 04:33 6

2. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2941; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


In short its easy to root and throw on a custom rom and there's also the ability to over clock the processor as well.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 05:43 4

3. eDiesel (Posts: 141; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)


Do you live in a closet?

Not surprised. Seems like a Verizon thing to do.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:49 2

9. dsDoan (Posts: 216; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)


No need to be a d**k. Not everyone is in to this stuff.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 05:44 4

4. tedkord (Posts: 4511; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Essentially, most bootloaders are locked. The issue with Verizon's is it is signed, and checks that signature of the boot sector on boot up.

That means we are stuck with the stock kernel. No custom kernels means no voltage control, no overclocking, no changing versions of Android (meaning no Jelly Bean until an official release).

The PDA section is not signed, do we can have some customization. We can have roms with no Verizon bloat, and some tweaks.

The recovery partition is also not signed, so we can replace that. It also means we can set up a custom Rom and kernel in the recovery, and bypass the normal boot by booting directly into recovery. That can work, but is not ideal because you lose your recovery ability.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 08:11

6. speckledapple (Posts: 878; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I will probably end up unlocking my thunderbolt once I upgrade but still for Verizon to lock it represents just one more thing consumers are forced to deal with. At times it makes going to other carriers seem like the best idea in the world but they all have their quirks and limits. They want you to use their services for everything. I just might consider buying a phone for full price to eliminate this problem.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 06:06 1

5. Phullofphil (Posts: 800; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)


What I want to know is two things really. When the developer audition comes out what's stoping using the whole entire Rome of that device and loading it on the locked one. I would imagine if there is a developer out there determined enough it could happen I hope.

The second thing is I really don't understand why with all the brilliant developers out there why can't we find a way to unlock the boot loader ourselves. After all if Samsung wanted to they can releas a string of command code that can do that. So what's stopping our best from doing that. Is there that kind of talent in the developing community. Or am I asking to much.

I guess I have a third. Which is of I paid in full for my gs3 or finish my two year contract should I be alowed to unlock my phone it's mine. Don't I have all rights to that device. Shouldn't I have the right to do what ever I want to my phone it's already out of warranty or as soon as I unlock the boot loader it will be. I would be willing to trade in my warranty for a unlocked boot loader but I really don't really understand why Verizon cares that much considering there is such a small amount of people that care to do the root and rom or kernal change compared to the amount of people using it normally. I think a good developer community is a free way to get quality research and development at no cost. All they have to do is read the forums that there on enjoy

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:12 1

7. maxican16 (Posts: 363; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


This is what you get for copying articles from other websites without fact checking. Nice work phonearena.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 09:16

8. JunitoNH (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Verizon's attitude is my way or the highway, plain and simple. I guess they figured you can switch service and try, AT&T, Sprint, Tmobile, or the other clone carriers. But eventually you'll come back.

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 11:34 1

10. FrostyDanny (Posts: 90; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


Hey I still am keeping unlimited data for $30 a month with my S3 so I ain't complaing

posted on 17 Jul 2012, 13:33

11. tedkord (Posts: 4511; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I'm keeping unlimited for $10 per month per line. No way they will let me keep that through another phone after this two years are up.

posted on 21 Jul 2012, 14:41

12. networkdood (Posts: 6263; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


With the RAZR, you can use SafeStrap which creates a second partition to flash on - and with that you can flash customer ROMs....

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