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Collect $18,000 for being the first to root the Samsung Galaxy S5 on Verizon and AT&T

0. phoneArena posted on 28 May 2014, 15:29

The hack and mod community is so desperate for a way to root the Samsung Galaxy S5, that an $18,000 bounty has been placed upon the task. Over at XDA, the details of the offer are posted. The $18K is not a payment made by one entity. Instead, it is the sum of a number of individual pledges ranging from $5 to as high as $4000...

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posted on 28 May 2014, 15:37 6

1. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

What, Samsung doesn't offer a dev edition like Moto does with their Moto X?

Lame ass.

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:25 5

9. JC557 (Posts: 1794; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)

Maybe it's in the works for those carriers.

Thecarriers really should allow us that option of full customization instead of forcing us into an Apple-like walled garden. Then again the US is full of litigious people should something go wrong with the phone due to their own screw ups...

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:50 3

28. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Think of the money they incur with manufacturer warranty claims of 'rooted' phones. You think corporations care about people? You, or your needs? They care about their shareholders and they will sell you arsenic with instructions to drink it if it was legal and made thier stock go up a hundreth of a point.

posted on 28 May 2014, 20:06

37. tacarat (Posts: 805; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

Doubtful. I work at one of those unnamed carrier stores and most people can't be trusted to do a basic backup of their contacts. The manufacturers don't want to make it easy to customize and update your current phone as it means you're not buying a new phone.

The new features, like say biometrics, also are an incentive to keep things locked down to prove there's a secure environment for paypal and the like.

posted on 29 May 2014, 03:03

47. techperson211 (Posts: 1280; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)

Is this some kind of One plus advertisement? There's a catch like the invite thing?

posted on 30 May 2014, 00:19

52. matistight (Posts: 568; Member since: 13 May 2009)

this is by devs and such. This is no way related to samsung other than the fact that it's their own devices. One Plus One ad was actually created by the company, this isnt made by any companies actually

posted on 29 May 2014, 08:50

50. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

YES Verizon sells a Dev. edition Galaxy S 5. AT&T doesn't...

posted on 29 May 2014, 09:18

51. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Well I checked and you are right. But ATT doesn't have to, you just buy an unlocked gsm version :)

posted on 28 May 2014, 15:43 4

2. Ninetysix (Posts: 2689; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

Just install a custom bootloader and ROM...oh wait, you can't! So much for customization eh?

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:00 14

5. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1888; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)

If you get an unlock version, then you can do whatever you want. However, the carriers are the one that they don't want anyone to mess with their devices.

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:07 4

7. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

The telecoms, Google, NSA, etc. Basically every corporate and government power does not want people to control their "own" phones.

Basically, every phone today comes with many forms of spyware/remote-break-in, and some of these can be circumvented using root and/or custom ROMs.

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:45 1

13. Scott93274 (Posts: 5420; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

And these are the things the voices are telling you? Remember, if they tell you to start burning things, that's the time to stop listening and seek help.

posted on 28 May 2014, 17:23 2

17. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

No "voices", just thousands of articles describing all of the things I mentioned in depth and detail.

For starters, are you familiar with the NSA documents that Snowden leaked? Or do you think he was hearing "voices" too?

posted on 29 May 2014, 00:16 2

44. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Get out from under the rock...you would be surprised what has been going in the world today. Satanic rituals and the pope, Snowden, NATO false flag attacks...or just continue to ignore reality and enjoy blissful ignorance....

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:52

29. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)

The carriers are the ones froting the price of the phones after all with their 'contracts' so of course they don't want you to unlock them and use them elsewhere the whole reason they are selling phones for $199.99 instead of $649 is so that you don't root it. Now that they are moving towards "EDGE" and "Next" where you pay the price of the phone in full in installments watch it become easy to unlock any phone because the company won't be losing cash to have customers but the customers will be putting up the money up front for the devices.

posted on 28 May 2014, 19:08 1

33. baldilocks (Posts: 831; Member since: 14 Dec 2008)

You can still customize all you want. You just can't get root file access or install custom ROMs.

posted on 28 May 2014, 19:35 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 14192; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Just change the grid of icons to something else... Oh wait, you still have way more customization on Android. Even with a locked bootloader.

posted on 28 May 2014, 21:42 1

38. Ninetysix (Posts: 2689; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

I don't understand this comment. It's fine to have no root access and locked bootloader because it's still more customizable than iOS? The reason I switched to Android because I want to have full control of my device.The very first thing that I did when I got my S4 was root and debloat (got rid of all the AT&T and Samsung junk).


*crickets*...Pretty dead there.

posted on 28 May 2014, 15:48 1

3. SellPhones82 (Posts: 569; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)

So what is so much different with the Sprint and T-Mobile versions then since they've had root since launch day? Locked bootloaders I assume from AT&T and VZW? Sounds like a carrier issue. I thought I remember seeing Chainfire rooted a version of the S5 2 weeks before it was even released.

posted on 28 May 2014, 15:52 5

4. sprockkets (Posts: 1611; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)

Well the aholes at att and verizon along with the OEM scour all the root exploits on xda, not so that they can make the phone secure for you, but make it secure for them.

Cause they don't give a sht about you. If they did, they'd be making sure all the patches that affect you get pushed. But they don't.

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:54

30. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)

Because Verizon and At&t spend 4x as much on building their networks so they obviously want those devices they sell out of their warehouses to be ON their networks. That's not very hard to understand. That's how they stay in business...

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:00 1

6. Blazers (Posts: 467; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

There's also a high bounty for a root for the Note 3 on 4.4.2.

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:24

8. MichaelA (Posts: 18; Member since: 14 May 2014)

Hopefully all this means is that there will be more development for the LG G3. Woot Woot!

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:39

12. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Hopefully. Google/ATT/VZW/etc. have been putting tremendous pressure on LG to lock down their phones.

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:07 1

22. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)

LG G2 on tmobile was very difficult to root and I usually root all my phones. Carriers are being a pain for android's future.

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:56

31. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)

That's because Androids are becoming more and more popular - this i why the Apple iPHone was 'locked' for AT&T in the first place. Both companies knew how big the phones would become so they wanted to have the exclusive rigths to all those users. Now that Android is catching up they don't want to lose the cash cow to pre-paid services like Cricket, Metro, and AIO...

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:25 1

10. joe1blue (Posts: 169; Member since: 25 Jul 2013)

This is why I only stay with phone companies like T-Mobile and I would day sprint but their services is verry bad in my location, these phone companies are the worst they first give you limited data caps then charge the hell out of us then they want to lock down their phones they even excluded the download Booster features from the phone lol I would be on ebay buying an at&t unlimited sim of T-Mobile wasn't an option!

posted on 28 May 2014, 16:38 1

11. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

Basically the only way to have an S5 on ATT with root and an unlocked bootloader is to purchase a T-Mobile S5 for $660 and unlock the SIM lock so it can be used on ATT.

The T-Mobile S5 does not come with a locked bootloader, so it can be rooted without too much trouble.

posted on 28 May 2014, 18:58 1

32. Droidrapist (Posts: 186; Member since: 28 May 2014)

So you buy a phone for $660 up front to save ... $20 dollars on a bill each month. But if you divide $660 by 24 months.. its $27 a month so you're paying $7 extra each month, but up front to be a kicking and screaming baby and have your damn phone on the carrier you like? Doesn't make any sense. Better if you buy a stolen S5 for $150 on the street... now THAT makes sense, but you migh get robbed buying the phone. xD

posted on 28 May 2014, 19:24

34. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3806; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)

I agree completely. Well almost completely. Up to that point about getting the stolen S5 on the street :)

It is cheaper for me to get a subsidized phone because no major carrier offers a reasonable BYOD discount. I am stuck with ATT due to reception issues and wanting to keep my unlimited data plan. It's not really unlimited, but it offers good value without overage charges.

The S5 is not really my ideal phone and is fully locked down on ATT, but if the S5 Active were available on ATT, with unlocked bootloader, LCD screen, and a shutter button, I would seriously consider getting it.

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