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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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By inperfectdarkness on 7/12/2012 4:38:34 AM , Rating: 2
Good. Not that I'm a fan of any hegemonic power dictating the market--instead of consumer demands--but having a phone manufacturer doing it will be a refreshing change from having the service providers issuing the demands.

I believe that the market for phones is much more succeptable to competition and new upstarts, and thus it is infinitely better suited to meet consumer demand than the service providers whose domination is all but codified, protected, and spotty service based on region you live in. I really do believe that if the service providers spent half as much time on infrastructure as they spend on issuing demands to manufacturers, US networks would be amazingly good.


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