July 10, 2012 | by Natesh Sood
When word came out that the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon Wireless came with an locked bootloader, many Android enthusiasts were understandably annoyed. In fact, only Verizon’s Galaxy S III variant came with an locked bootloader; other carriers’ Galaxy S III devices had bootloaders that were able to be unlocked. With the blame being pointed squarely at Verizon, Samsung made a decision to offer full retail cost Galaxy S III models for Verizon with an unlockable bootloader.
Unfortunately, we do not have an ETA on when Samsung will begin offering the Developer Edition Galaxy S III with the unlockable bootloader. However, we do know that it will cost $599, which is also the off-contract Verizon price. Now, Verizon feels allowing the bootloader to be unlocked compromises the amount of customer support it can offer.
At the very least, those interested in custom ROMs and rooting on Verizon can purchase the Galaxy S III for $599 through Samsung’s special developer portal.