Verizon to offer Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition with unlocked bootloader

Verizon to offer Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Developer Edition with unlocked bootloader
Verizon and Samsung teamed up in June to offer the Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition with an unlocked bootloader allowing owners of the device to customize it to their heart's content. Now, the pair appear to be collaborating again, this time with a Developer Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. If you go to Samsung's support site and start to plug in the Galaxy Note 3 model number; the following pops up: "Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW".

Until this device is officially announced, it remains speculative even though there are a couple of good reasons to expect this to be legit. One is that the listing shows up on Samsung's support site and two is that there is precedence for such a phone with the Galaxy S4 Developer Edition.

If you like messing around with your Android handset, flashing custom ROMs and the like, you might want to keep an eye out for news about when to expect the Developer Edition of the Galaxy Note 3 to launch. No doubt it is going to have a pretty high price tag so you might want to start saving up now.


source: SamsungSupport via AndroidCentral

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22 Comments

1. rallyguy

Posts: 620; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

Wow no mention of the iPhone. I would suspect the price will be not be much more than the current N3 at $299.

3. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I think these are only sold at full price, so $699

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1 if pricing model for the GS4 DE holds - unsubsidized price of $699.

20. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

So doe this mean it is totally gimped on the s-pen, like none of that sammy software works?

2. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

Wow. Unlocked boot loader. And in trade, I'm sure you'll get a logo-stamped home key.

5. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Well worth the trade.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Especially if the VZW bloatware can be removed.

4. V3TTOO

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

If this is being allowed, why is it such an issue to have Nexus devices on their network?

21. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Because Samsung is able to make full price upfront directly from the customer. Pretty positive Verizon does not give Samsung full price if you buy the phone on contract. That's why Samsung has a vested interested in keeping these bootloaders locked. It's a big scam if you ask me. The days of seeing unlocked bootloaders on contract phones (I mean fully unlocked) is over on Verizon. Verizon hits you with a 2 year contract or Samsung hits you with full price while Verizon still gets paid. Very sick!!!

7. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Maybe it's Samsung locking boottloaders so that they can sale unlocked phones at full price. Sure Verizon thought of it first but Oem's are starting to catch on.

8. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

No matter what, you are paying full price on the phone. Subsidised phones only give you a lower upfront cost, but then you pay the rest during your monthly billing. Verizon is the one to blame with the locked boot loader, not Samsung.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Since you get no discount on Verizon for paying full retail, you're actually paying it twice (unless you leave early)

12. ocilfa

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Isn't that why we love them though?

15. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Exactly! This is why buying a developer phone at full price is stupid on Verizon. If I wanted I could get a Note 3 for $209 after 30% discount. My monthly payments are the same if I got contract pricing or paid full cost. The only time it makes perfect sense to buy a Verizon phone out right is if you want to keep your unlimited data. Otherwise no one is going to buy this phone thus no developers will support it.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's why I buy at retail or on craigslist. There will be devs for this phone (the standard GS3). Even before they got the BL unlocked on the GS3, it had devs. They had kexec exploit roms.

19. laheelahee

Posts: 213; Member since: Apr 09, 2012

verizon30 not working for note3 anymore.. bummer /when is the pink note3 coming out? ::sigh::

10. Kevro_86

Posts: 66; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I'm sure the xda community will unlock the regular Note 3 in short order. Now, if the xda guys eventually throw their arms up... then it may be time to look at this developer edition.

11. yowanvista

Posts: 341; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

Why not just buy the unlocked international version like people from the rest of the world?

17. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Because it won't have Verizon's CDMA frequencies, and Verizon won't activate it anyway.

13. Danishs

Posts: 147; Member since: May 23, 2013

Hopefully this gets ported to the regular note 3

14. Ravail

Posts: 182; Member since: Oct 14, 2011

Most people will just unlock the bootloader in the regular GN3 instead of dropping hundreds of dollars on this.

22. sammy123

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Very informative but I am pretty impressed with these guys: jailbreakwizz

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