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Developer edition can be purchased directly from Samsung

There are a lot of smartphone users out there that prefer Android because the operating system is open and much easier to hack and mod. If you're one of these Android fans that likes devices that are easy to tweak to suit your own wants and needs, Verizon Wireless is getting a new, highly hackable smartphone from Samsung. 
 
Samsung will be offering a special developer edition of the Galaxy S III exclusively on Verizon through its developer portal for $599. That means you can't simply walk into a Verizon store and purchased the phone; you have to purchase it through Samsung. If you have a Galaxy S III on another carrier such as AT&T, this isn't such a big deal because you have an unlocked bootloader already.
 


 
The problem is that Verizon locks the boot loader on its version of the S III so users can't customize the device on the Verizon network. Samsung is selling the unlocked S III on its developer portal getting around that Verizon bootloader chokehold. Samsung is aiming the device at enthusiasts and professional developers, and is selling the device in conjunction with Verizon Wireless. That means there is no funny business going on.
 
Samsung says the special version the phone will be sold through developer.Samsung.com for $599 when it is available. Exactly when the device will be available, however, hasn't been announced. What we do know is that should you break the device loading your own software, it's not covered warranty and you'll be on your own. Samsung also offers multiple warnings that only experienced users should try to put their own software on the S III.

Source: Android Central



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Verizon :(
By ihateu3 on 7/11/2012 11:25:32 AM , Rating: 2
I think this is basically a "Fuck you" from Samsung to Verizon since Verizon tried to pass the blame to Samsung for the locked bootloader. I wanna hear Verizon's excuse now.

Somebody please call Verizon and ask about the locked bootloader and them provide them with this information to see what bullshit lies they have now.

Verizon will probably try to make good of themselves with Samsungs own decision, and say something along the lines of "Verizon decided some of our customers need a more open and robust version of the phone, therefore we offer the Verizon unlocked SIII..."




RE: Verizon :(
By theapparition on 7/11/2012 3:13:43 PM , Rating: 2
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Somebody please call Verizon and ask about the locked bootloader and them provide them with this information to see what bullshit lies they have now.

Why waste time by trying to call a low level CSR who's only trying to make a living. Do you really think you're going to get an answer?


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