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
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