Verizon to offer Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition with unlocked bootloader
Until this device is officially announced, it remains speculative even though there are a couple of good reasons to expect this to be legit. One is that the listing shows up on Samsung's support site and two is that there is precedence for such a phone with the Galaxy S4 Developer Edition.
If you like messing around with your Android handset, flashing custom ROMs and the like, you might want to keep an eye out for news about when to expect the Developer Edition of the Galaxy Note 3 to launch. No doubt it is going to have a pretty high price tag so you might want to start saving up now.
source: SamsungSupport via AndroidCentral
1. rallyguy (Posts: 546; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)
Wow no mention of the iPhone. I would suspect the price will be not be much more than the current N3 at $299.
3. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 432; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
I think these are only sold at full price, so $699
6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5750; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
+1 if pricing model for the GS4 DE holds - unsubsidized price of $699.
20. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 432; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
So doe this mean it is totally gimped on the s-pen, like none of that sammy software works?
2. corporateJP (Posts: 1555; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)
Wow. Unlocked boot loader. And in trade, I'm sure you'll get a logo-stamped home key.
18. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5750; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Especially if the VZW bloatware can be removed.
4. V3TTOO (Posts: 27; Member since: 29 Nov 2012)
If this is being allowed, why is it such an issue to have Nexus devices on their network?
21. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Because Samsung is able to make full price upfront directly from the customer. Pretty positive Verizon does not give Samsung full price if you buy the phone on contract. That's why Samsung has a vested interested in keeping these bootloaders locked. It's a big scam if you ask me.
The days of seeing unlocked bootloaders on contract phones (I mean fully unlocked) is over on Verizon. Verizon hits you with a 2 year contract or Samsung hits you with full price while Verizon still gets paid. Very sick!!!
7. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Maybe it's Samsung locking boottloaders so that they can sale unlocked phones at full price. Sure Verizon thought of it first but Oem's are starting to catch on.
8. ocilfa (Posts: 333; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)
No matter what, you are paying full price on the phone. Subsidised phones only give you a lower upfront cost, but then you pay the rest during your monthly billing. Verizon is the one to blame with the locked boot loader, not Samsung.
9. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Since you get no discount on Verizon for paying full retail, you're actually paying it twice (unless you leave early)
15. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1195; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)
Exactly! This is why buying a developer phone at full price is stupid on Verizon. If I wanted I could get a Note 3 for $209 after 30% discount. My monthly payments are the same if I got contract pricing or paid full cost.
The only time it makes perfect sense to buy a Verizon phone out right is if you want to keep your unlimited data. Otherwise no one is going to buy this phone thus no developers will support it.
16. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
That's why I buy at retail or on craigslist. There will be devs for this phone (the standard GS3). Even before they got the BL unlocked on the GS3, it had devs. They had kexec exploit roms.
19. laheelahee (Posts: 213; Member since: 09 Apr 2012)
verizon30 not working for note3 anymore.. bummer
/when is the pink note3 coming out? ::sigh::
10. Kevro_86 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
I'm sure the xda community will unlock the regular Note 3 in short order. Now, if the xda guys eventually throw their arms up... then it may be time to look at this developer edition.
11. yowanvista (Posts: 304; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Why not just buy the unlocked international version like people from the rest of the world?
17. tedkord (Posts: 4734; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)
Because it won't have Verizon's CDMA frequencies, and Verizon won't activate it anyway.
13. Danishs (Posts: 147; Member since: 23 May 2013)
Hopefully this gets ported to the regular note 3
14. Ravail (Posts: 181; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)
Most people will just unlock the bootloader in the regular GN3 instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on this.