It’s no secret anymore that the Verizon Galaxy S3 version, although otherwise similar to other U.S. Galaxy S3 variants, comes with a locked bootloader. While there are ways around it, and while Samsung did announce that it will launch a Galaxy S3 Developer Edition version that will come with an unlocked bootloader – but which will cost users the full $599 price – it looks like devs that have already purchased a subsidized Verizon unit have reasons to be happy today.
Droid-Life reports that both Verizon and Samsung customer care departments say that a software update, that’s coming at some point in the near future, will unlock the bootloader. The publication provides plenty of proof to back up such claims that show both Verizon’s and Samsung’s reps confirming the news.
Here’s an email from Verizon customer care that mentions the future bootloader unlock:
My name is Levar and thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless about the boot loader for the Galaxy S3. I know this may be frustrating but there will be a solution soon coming. Samsung will be releasing a software update to unlock your device. Right now, we do not have a date for the release but it shall be soon.
Verizon Wireless appreciates you as a customer and your patience in this matter.
Have a great weekend!
The screenshots here reveal that Verizon is clearly confirming the future update (image above), while Samsung fumbles denying that an update is available now (image below) but implies the update is coming soon. However, neither company is willing to provide release dates for this software update, so you’ll still have to wait to unlock your bootloader.
On a different but related note, we have recently seen Sprint and AT&T roll out Galaxy S3 updates that included a dumbed down search feature. We expect other U.S. Galaxy S3 versions – well, probably all of them – to get such an update soon, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see the search update bundled with the bootloader unlock update.
At the same time, the Verizon Galaxy S3 is still not offering global roaming support, so this may be another feature that could be included in this update that’s supposed to hit “soon.” We’ll keep you informed, so keep following us for more details.