Verizon Samsung Galaxy S III developer edition: $599 for unlocked bootloader
If you’re a Verizon customer and were looking forward to purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S III from your carrier of choice in order to install a custom ROM (or even a custom kernel) on it, here’s some news for you.
First of all, the Galaxy S III units that Verizon sells all come with a locked bootloader, which makes rooting and generally fiddling with your smartphone quite hard. This unlike what’s going on at every other US carrier launching Samsung’s newest flagship.
Happily, though, there is going to be a way to get a Galaxy S III for Verizon with a user-unlockable bootloader. However, it’s going to cost approximately one arm and one leg. Or, in US dollars, that will be $599. The ‘developer edition’ phone will be sold by Samsung directly through its online store, though it’s not yet clear when exactly. We’ll keep you posted.
Of course you need to keep in mind that if you damage your phone in any way as a consequence of fiddling with its software, you won’t be covered by warranty. But if you’ve read this far (and understood every single word), then you probably already knew that.
If you don’t know what a custom ROM or a custom kernel are, better stick to the ‘Verizon-approved’ version of the Galaxy S III that should arrive in stores tomorrow.
Via Android Central