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.