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Verizon's version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II to come with locked bootloader?

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Verizon's version of the Samsung GALAXY Note II to come with locked bootloader?
Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Note II units have a branded home button

Verizon's Samsung GALAXY Note II units have a branded home button

The same source that gave the guys at Brief Mobile a heads up on the Verizon branded home button on the Samsung GALAXY Note II, now have some bad news for Bg Red customers seeking to buy and customize the phablet. It seems that the bootloader is going to be locked on the device. That might not be much of a surprise considering that the carrier's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S III is also locked down, although a special Developer Edition is available on Sammy's website. This unit ships with an unlocked bootloader for the unsubsidized price of $599.99, but we digress. We'd love to tell you how the Samsung GALAXY Note II coming locked compares with how Samsung and Verizon released the OG GALAXY Note. Alas, Verizon never launched a version of the phablet despite speculation that one was coming.

As we've explained before, unlocking the bootloader allows users of a device to root the phone and install custom ROMs among other things. More and more manufacturers and carriers have been allowing older models to get unlocked and are also releasing new devices with an unlocked bootloader. Even if  the manufacturer and carrier allow a certain model to become unlocked, taking advantage of this will void your warranty. Make sure you know what you are doing or else you could end up bricking your phone with no recourse.

We could end up with Samsung and Verizon going through the old playbook and offering the Samsung GALAXY Note II Developer Edition, but that will have to wait for the carrier to make the phablet official before its expected Q4 launch.

source: BriefMobile via Phandroid

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posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:46 1

1. brucelee (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

it's been long waited

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 07:52 3

14. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

That'sa bit of an understatement. I don't care if
the bootloader is dead-bolted and sealed shut with Krazy Glue, this is my next phone.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 01:48 8

2. fashion_m (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

People in the USA are quite screwed up in terms of cell phone services. Carriers are waaay too powerful and interfere with the customers' lifes way too much. And they customize the phones too much.
Verizon is particularly notorious operator. I read bad things all the time. Verizon stops apps for Internet tethering, Verizon uses different frequencies than the other, Verizon offers phones with locked bootloader... Verizond MESSES YOUR LIFE TOO MUCH, dear Americans.
How this operator still has customers, how do you tolerate this?
In Europe cell phone operators are just service providers - WHAT THEY SHOULD BE IN THE FIRST PLACE! They have no power, they are just a name on the phone's display. All phones are unlocked. If an operator locks its phones, it is condemned as "oppressive" and is isolated.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:14 1

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Do you get carrier-subsidized phones in the EU? Also, there is the matter of LTE footprint. VZW has waaaay more LTE coverage than AT&T, Sprint and T-Mo combined.

So, if you want a GS III for $199, you get a 2 year contract along with the bargain. If you want to be able to access a high-speed LTE network in significantly more places than you can with AT&T, Sprint, or T-Mo, you sign up for service with VZW.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:49 2

8. fashion_m (Posts: 6; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

2 year contract is very long and engaging, even with a decent rebate. I heard that 2-year constracts will be banned by the European Comission as "too oppressive". What if you see a better plan from other operator and want to switch to it? There should be freedom. In Europe 2 year constracts are rare, most people are on 1 year contracts or on prepaid. Recetly, non-term contracts appeared - this means you are on contract but you can stop it at any time with a 30-day notice. No strings attached. Cool, huh?
You can transfer your phone number with the code from one operator to another. You can constantly switch between operators as they are striving to offer better and cheaper services. All operators use same frequencies. Phones are unlocked. Total freedom.
You say LTE, huh? What's the point to have LTE, when your included megabytes in the data plan get exhausted only in minutes with LTE?
I say LTE is not a reason to stick to one operator or another. 3G is still fast enough for a cell phone.
Let me tell you about my contract:
- I am on a termless constract, i. e. I can stop it with a 30-day notice.
- I can change my included services all the time, and this doesn't impact the constract - I can change my included minutes, megabytes and SMS on a monthly basis. I use only what I need and pay only for it.
My current configuration is as follows:
150 minutes per month to my operator for 3 USD;
60 minutes per month to other operators for 4 USD;
50 MB at maximum speed (HSPA+, 14.4 MBit/s) and after that 128 Kbit/s for 3 USD per month
My phone bill equals 10 USD.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 03:28 1

10. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3823; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

I agree with everything you said, except the part about 3G being fast enough for a phone. The only people who say that are folks whom have yet experience what is considered 4G. Keep in mind that there was a time when people thought 56K was fast enough for surfing the internet on their computers at home, too. You don't realize how awesome it is until you have web pages on your phone loading almost instantaneously. On a different note, I miss the days of one-year contracts. I'm not sure what exactly changed that (the advent of smartphones, perhaps?), but I would love to go back to when that was the norm.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 09:56 1

16. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 904; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Being european and living in America I have seen both sides of the spectrum and I think both treat their customers like crap.

In the US you get subsidized phones, better service and speeds. We also have unique situation because of CDMA and GSM. In Europe GSM reigns supreme but here you would have to buy a new phone when switching carriers depending what type of network it uses. So this would be pointless.

Yes the service is cheaper but if you do the exchange rate and taxes phones are WAY more expensive in Europe. Personally I rather get locked in for 2 years then sell my kidney for Galaxy S3.

4G in Europe is a huge downfall. You do not realize how much of a difference it makes but at the same time it would only be worse for you. In order to maintain the higher speeds you have to pay as much as we do in the states. I can burn through 50 MB while having my morning coffee then have to suffer with 2G speeds the rest of the month. Plus in rural areas you're lucky if you even get 3G.

Plus I take it you don't have an iPhone because you have to pay more for your service which I completely agree with since Apple demands that the carriers pay more for having the phone on their network.

My point being is that each system has their benefits and drawback; but they all suck and continue to take your money and there's nothing you can do about it.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:16 1

4. dru4you (Posts: 10; Member since: 08 Jun 2011)

Had to sign in just to give u a thumbs up and a high five. *five*

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:22 2

6. aburgerBuksie (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Yeah, in south africa, our service providers just sell the phones an gives us the sim to put in the phone, and some times offer some sweet deals on airtime or data, that's all. There's no different kinds of the phone, and the deffinitely don't plack stickers on the phones just on the box that It comes in. But our data Is expensive, its on Rand a Megabyte, in other words its 1,22$ for 10meg. That very expensive, and the worst thing is we pay 3times the amount for a phone than the uk and Us pay, we pay $1500 for an iphone here. And that's the iphone 4s, not even the i5

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 05:44 2

11. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

Tru dat, Vodacom, Cell C, 8ta, Virgin Mobile and MTN don't have different Galaxy Note devices. They just provide the service and budd off the hardware part. Which is good, but our data prices are way too expensive compared to EU and US. But 8ta is changing that. If only their 10gig was available nationwide not just in Joburg, Cape Town and Durban

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 06:43 1

13. aburgerBuksie (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Yeah, butt cell c is very cheap in dat but you have to climb a mountain to get signal, and if u get some signal, it isn't very strong.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 12:23 1

18. speckledapple (Posts: 892; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)

I like what you said. You are right about Verizon and many of the other carriers. They have entirely too much power and slap their branding across too many things. They should compete on their network and services alone but instead they drop all the uneeded software they put on our devices. My view is that if I put the money down to pay for my device, I should have a right to choose if I want an unlocked bootloader or a bloatware free and NOT have to pay anything more than the subsidized price. In the US, we just allow them entirely too much leeway.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:17 1

5. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Personally, I will believe the part about an un-locked boot loader when I see it. VZW has been hostile to un-locked bootloaders for almost like forever. Have they all of a sudden had a religious experience? I doubt it.

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 02:50 3

9. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Since it's verizon, so it was expected........

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 08:47

15. ChangMin2012 (Posts: 87; Member since: 14 Apr 2012)

We knew it was about to be...

posted on 19 Sep 2012, 10:00 1

17. jharo (Posts: 25; Member since: 08 Jan 2009)

That home button is gawd awful!!! It looks like s**t! And now a locked bootloader, if I could get out of my contract I would.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 06:09

19. aburgerBuksie (Posts: 15; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)

Yeah, one the note 1 the home butten would break after extensive usage. But hopefully they've fixed it

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:01

20. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

Locked bootloader and obnoxious verizon branding on the home button might just be enough to push me away from the VZ version and into the T-Mob version.

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