Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader will remain locked, confirms Verizon

Samsung Galaxy S III bootloader will remain locked, confirms Verizon
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.

After inquiring, Droid-Life got a response from Verizon on the matter. It turns out that a Samsung Galaxy S III software update is indeed being planned, but unlocking the bootloader is not what it is meant to do. Instead, the patch will unlock GSM roaming on the device, which will make it work on cellular networks around the world. 

So yeah, if you want to have one of those Android high-ends with an unlocked bootloader, you will have to settle down with warranty-less Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S III. It is expected to be made available for purchase from Samsung's website for a hefty $599.

source: Droid-Life

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  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.00h talk time)



1. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

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


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

3. eDiesel

Posts: 142; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Do you live in a closet? Not surprised. Seems like a Verizon thing to do.

9. dsDoan

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

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

4. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

6. speckledapple

Posts: 902; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1763; Member since: Feb 10, 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

7. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

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

8. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

10. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

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

11. tedkord

Posts: 17318; Member since: Jun 17, 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.

12. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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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