Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition now available for Verizon users

Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition now available for Verizon users
Back in July, we told you that Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III was going to have a locked bootloader. The carrier said it had kept the bootloader locked to make sure that all of its customers with the Samsung Galaxy S III would receive the usual level of Verizon customer service. At the same time, Big Red was worried that unlocking the phone could "negatively affect" the way the phone connects with Verizon's network. To appease the developer community, Verizon and Samsung decided to announce the Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition. And sure enough, just a few days later, the phone appeared on Samsung's website.

After months of showing that it was coming soon, on Friday the device became available. The only place you will find the Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition is on Samsung's website and the phone will only run on Verizon's network. The bootloader is easier to unlock, which allows the phone to be rooted and lets you install custom ROMs. The 16GB model will cost you $599.99 and if you can cough up an additional $50 to $649.99, you can buy the 32GB unit.

Samsung's website shows both models as being on back order, so keep that in mind before you order. Also remember that even though this phone is made precisely for hackers and modders, unlocking the bootloader will cost you your warranty.

source: Samsung via Phandroid

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Galaxy S III Verizon
  • Display 4.8" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.00h talk time)

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8 Comments

1. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm gonna run right out and buy this puppy... Oh, wait. No I'm not, since the devs at XDA unlocked the bootloader on the Verizon GS3 a month ago. Nice try, Verizon, but XDA>your sorry ass.

3. FAUguy

Posts: 78; Member since: Apr 09, 2008

Yeah, using the PC program you can easily root the SGG III, and then use the EZ Unlock app to unlock or relock the bootloader in one click.

5. ChangMin2012

Posts: 87; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

The thing we should worry about when it comes to flashing and modding is them flash counters... a sales rep at verizon can easily scan if the phone's been flashed. So this Dev Version may not have that boot flash counter...

8. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1247; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Even if the Dev-Ed phone lacks flash-counter its useless, as it has almost NO warranty...

2. tedkord

Posts: 17312; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sorry, double post.

4. ninjawill

Posts: 7; Member since: May 30, 2012

It would be so crummy if devs from xda only bought these dev phones. So many of us would be screwed.

6. ChafedBanana

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

That's funny that unlocking it will void the warranty. That's the whole point. Why even offer it with a warranty at all? Nobody buys this developer's version to not unlock it. Stupid. I'll take a 32.

7. Forsaken77

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 09, 2011

Being that it's a "Developer Edition" phone, they shouldn't even lock the bootloader. And to void the warranty? On a phone that's sole purpose is development? RIDICULOUS!!!

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