Verizon, Samsung software update coming soon to unlock bootloader on Samsung Galaxy S III?

Verizon, Samsung software update coming soon to unlock bootloader on Samsung Galaxy S III?
Just the other day, after it was announced that the bootloader on the Verizon version of the Samsung Galaxy S III would be locked, both Verizon and Samsung introduced the Developer's Edition of the phone that will be available from Samsung's website. The device, priced at $599.99, offered an unlocked bootloader but also was announced after many hackers had already purchased the locked model from Big Red. That doesn't even take the difference in price into consideration. Still, for those who wanted an unlocked bootloader badly enough, there was now a solution straight from the manufacturer and carrier, although it has not yet been officially announced.

We might add that rooting exploits were found on the Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Quickly, workarounds were created by Xda and Rootzwiki so that all Verizon customers could install custom ROM's on their Samsung Galaxy S III, even if they couldn't afford to buy the Developer's Edition of the phone.

But now, it appears that Verizon and Samsung might have caved. Hints in emails from Verizon's customer service and in live chats say that the phone will soon receive an update that will unlock the bootloader. A live chat with a Samsung rep produced an unintelligible response that seemed to deny that an unlocking tool was current available and oh yeah, don't forget to blame Verizon for this. Still, while the wording was in less than perfect English, it did seem to leave the impression that a future unlocking tool will be made available in the future.

If Verizon and Samsung go ahead with the update, there will be a solution for everyone who wants the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy S III unlocked. There will be the Developer's Edition handset for those who don't mind paying $599.99 for a new phone without a warranty. For those who already bought the subsidized device from Verizon and can't wait for an update, there are the workarounds. And last but not least, Verizon's reps seem to believe that the software update that will unlock the bootloader is coming soon. Everybody happy? Not so fast. There is some thought that the reps are confused and are talking about a global unlock so that the phone will work overseas, or that there is some confusion about the Developer's Edition of the Phone. Never a dull moment, right?

source: DroidLife


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14 Comments

1. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

well lookie there! looks like Verizon can pull through.

2. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Really doubt it. This is one of those times when people celebrate way too soon, I say it's just a representative saying things they don't know, I would be glad to be mistaken though

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, that's why a Samsung and a Verizon rep said the same thing out of nowhere right?

13. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

No need to get sarcastic when you don't know anything about it just like that rep, it's just economics kid, the carriers aren't looking out for you, they are trying to sell you as many things/services for as much as they can, the equation is pretty simple, less unlocked bootloaders equals less illegal tethering, plain and simple. Again I would be glad to be wrong but the cynic in me tells me I'm not

12. caseball2051

Posts: 31; Member since: Feb 09, 2012

itsmore likely that the computer auto response or CSR mistook this question as a questino for unlocked global capabilities. teh developer version of the phone will be available soon, why would they unlock the regular one? They specifically ordered it that way. youre getting your hopes up.

4. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only thing that gave me pause in the response from Sammy was the part about "Should this be available, it will be posted in our website...." And then there was the suggestion to check back periodically for updates. With no timeline, worst case is that an unlocked boot loader becomes available the week before the GS IV is released. I am not saying a VZW edition GS III with unlocked boot loader is not going to happen soon. Just that other software upgrades (like ICS for RAZR) came with more 'official' timeline specificity.

5. MikeG77

Posts: 426; Member since: Nov 24, 2008

Having an unlocked bootlader is nice but I also would also like to see them remove the persistent wifi notification and have the wifi toggle put back in its appropriate place. If Verizon can do all that then I would consider keepingmy S3 but I know Verizon always over promises and under delivers.

6. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

ok VERIZON!! Unlock the MOTO RAZR....NOW!!! lol

7. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

I am still able to install updates with the lock BL, ones that are not official....and, you can use safestrap or BootMenu to install a second ROM....but an unlocked BL would be great...

8. sid8911

Posts: 54; Member since: May 29, 2010

yay phonearena listend to my request fot this story

9. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1244; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

So only MOTOROLA seems to be the BAD_BOY in the block....

11. sgogeta4

Posts: 394; Member since: Feb 02, 2011

Motorola is unlocked pretty much every where else in the world...

10. FrostyDanny

Posts: 90; Member since: Jul 15, 2012

Verizon get rid of the WiFi notification already!!!!$! I love my s3 but why is it Verizon has best service but the worst phones?

14. tha.fox

Posts: 100; Member since: Nov 30, 2011

sprints Evo lte sucks balls as well as every phone they have other than the s3 that everyone has. tmobiles only good phone is the s2 and s3 and soon to be the note. Att has the one x but that phone has issues and lags and the note. verizon has the s3 also but the razr the new incredible, nexus and soon to be hd motorola all smash the compitition. Verizon has the best phones the only one they are missing is the galaxy note

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