Developer Edition of Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon comes with unlocked bootloader

Developer Edition of Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon comes with unlocked bootloader
The other day when Verizon customers started to receive their pre-ordered Samsung Galaxy S III, there was a bit of an uproar when it was discovered that the phone had a locked bootloader. But the pair happened to have an ace under their sleeves.On Tuesday, Samsung and Verizon introduced the Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III with an unlocked bootloader. The device will run over Big Red's LTE pipeline and will soon be available from Samsung's web site at developer.samsung.com for $599 off-contract. In a self-penned Q&A, both Samsung and Verizon say they realize that there are many users of the device who would like to run third party ROMs, although they do warn that only those experienced with such matters should be playing around with the phone.

The Q&A did mention a reason for the locked bootloader on the subsidized Verizon model. The quick and dirty answer is that unlocking the bootloader would prevent Verizon from making sure the users of the phone receive its normal level of customer service and could negatively affect how the phone connects to Big Red's network. Other customers could be impacted by the use of unapproved software and the user's warranty could be voided. Samsung, on the other hand, tried to look the other way by saying that while not all of their previous Android flavored models had an easy to unlock bootloader, the other Samsung Galaxy S III models and all Nexus branded models have one that is easy to unlock.

So there it is, folks. Verizon users can have an unblocked bootloader on their Samsung Galaxy S III although it will require them to dig deeper into their pocket to pay for it.

source: Phandroid

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22 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

so what does that mean? Verizon won't support the ones with unlocked bootloaders?

2. OptimusOne

Posts: 694; Member since: May 22, 2012

Hmmmm well too bad boot loader already got unlocked

3. Wiki_jaan

Posts: 704; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

developer always lucky ................... :(

4. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Hahaha Samsung >>>>>>>>>>> Verizon Verizon is the most anti-dev/mod/flasher carrier ever

6. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

that's not really saying a lot now that they have a version with an unlocked bootloader. that's a win for everyone.

16. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

It is when verizon's official response/stance was no unlocked bootlader

8. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Well what an exciting last few days! 7/5 new Galaxy Nexus comes on from ebay 7/6 new 32gb white S3 arrives on my doorstep 7/9 just got my CLN Thunderbolt yesterday. Well Verizon your getting your S3 and defective Thunderbolt sent back to by weeks end. The best part that I know the $35 restocking fee and BS upgrade fee will not cover the cost to certify the device. So here's to Verizon... ill be give middle finger and big Forget yUo when I'm buying my developer edition Galaxy S3, keeping my unlimited data and the best part is being month to month : )

14. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

I meant giving* and I'm smh because I'm get a thumbs down for expressing my opinion. That's why I love phonearena.

9. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

hmmmmmmmm.... I may just get this and pass up that XOOOOOOOM tablet I was planning on buying mañana!! I can't take this DROID dis-CHARGE anymore and I can only use my iPhone 4S as a Music Player.

10. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

one word f u verizon, just f u.

21. dmckay12

Posts: 243; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

That is two words (abbreviated).

23. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

lol i wasnt thinking at the time

11. twinkyz

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

"negatively affect how the phone connects to Big Red's network. Other customers could be impacted by the use of unapproved software" Yet they offer an unlocked version for use on their network!! Does anyone else see something wrong with this?

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

unless i'm mistaken, this is offered directly through samsung

12. bonehead189

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

Save your $ because there is a workaround! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuiJYKV2GGU&feature=relmfu

13. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Unfortunately that only gives us the ability to root the phone and create a custom recovery but no access to the bootloader : (

15. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

For that price, I might as well buy off contract.

18. StrumerJohn

Posts: 66; Member since: May 18, 2011

We're already working hard on unlocking the regular one. No one's going to pay for a new one. You won't have to. We're almost there. Be patient people; the device isn't even out yet.

19. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

John i appreciate the work you and other developers and hackers are doing BUT the bootloader should have never been locked down in the first place. For me i had all ready made up my mind that i would buy the phone at full retail but Verizon gave us the option to pre order and keep unlimited data so i took it. Had i known this would happen i would have waitied to see what might be released this fall. If Verizon would release an update that corrected the wifi toggle being removed, the persistent wifi notification and the locked boot loader then i would keep the device but i dont see this happening any time soon.

20. Durvid

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

24. ricky0702

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

Should it really come to this? Why does Samsung need to provide a "different" phone for their customers. How would a customer know whether or not he/she is getting a device that has an unlockable bootloader?http://www.careace.net/2012/07/11/samsung-rlease-g alaxy-s/

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