Both Verizon and Samsung are seemingly unwilling to shoulder the blame for the Galaxy S3’s bootloader lockdown on Big Red. But if you’re looking for some incriminating evidence, you only need to look at how all the other U.S. carriers are selling the device with an unlocked bootloader. With the damage to its rap already done, Verizon is reportedly planning to release a software update that will somehow loosen its stranglehold on the Samsung Galaxy S3.
It’s still unclear when Verizon will roll out the patch that will unlock the bootloader, though, and there’s always the chance that it might have a last-minute change of heart. In such a case, there’s a viable alternative, albeit a more expensive one, that will let you tinker with your Verizon’s Galaxy S3 with ease. As reported, Samsung will be releasing a special Galaxy S3 Developer Edition specifically for the Verizon variant.
The sales page for the Galaxy S3 Developer Edition is now up on Samsung’s U.S. website. Unfortunately, you can’t order the phone just yet, and the listing is still missing some key details like the release date and price. The latter, however, was already shared before, as the developer-friendly phone is expected to retail for $599. We don’t think that’s reserved for the 32GB model as listed above.
So, it’s now up to you whether you want to give in and get the Galaxy S3 now on Verizon with a two-year contract and a locked bootloader, or wait for Samsung to finally make the Developer Edition of the phone available for purchase, though it will be heavier on the pocket – at least initially.
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Highly recommended phone but if you are an avid Android user consider any non-Verizon where the phone is not locked down. Although there is great development going on to unlock the bootloader it is only with Verizon that is it even locked. It’s just my opinion, but this is against the spirit of Android. Choose as you may, I believe Verizon should have left this amazing phone alone like all the other carriers. Thanks goes to Samsung for those who have the $ to buy a DEV phone but it’s really said when a single service provider locks down the best of the moment Android phones and NO OTHER CARRIER does. Samsung 1 / Verizon -5
vzw hardware = dev.ed. hardware
so couldn’t an image be made of the dev.ed. and then be flash onto the vzw ed. with odin? i’ve flashed bootloaders via odin on my fascinate before
Verizon is not planning to release an unlock. This rumor has been debunked
If you have an unlimited data plan Verizon is not letting you use an upgrade buying option without losing the unlimited data!! They changed there contract with the consumer towards the end of June. Now that’s low and dishonest!
If you pre-ordered before June 28th you were able to keep your unlimited plan. There wasn’t anything dishonest about it. It just sucks.
Glad I pre-ordered.