Verizon released a statement yesterday explaining its position on the locked bootloader that graces its Galaxy S III, and its Galaxy S III alone. We found its response to be a little frustrating, since it did little to explain why the carrier was taking this action with the GS3, while the Galaxy Nexus and previous Samsung Androids on the carrier faced no such restriction. Based on the comments we got in response, a good number of you are frustrated with Verizon, as well. Luckily, it turns out that there will be a quite elegant solution to this whole bootloader mess, with Samsung announcing a special unlocked Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon users.
Unlike the standard VZW GS3, the Dev version won’t be available on-contract with subsidies; that means the only way to pick one up will be by going through Samsung directly, and paying the full $600 retail price. That might rub some of you the wrong way, but we really don’t see a big problem with it; the sort of users who are interested in custom ROMs are probably the same ones who realize that subsidized pricing is a joke, anyway.
Samsung makes it crystal clear that if you screw up this Dev GS3 with some non-Samsung software, the manufacturer isn’t liable for providing you any warranty coverage. We’d expect nothing else, but really, why not just unlock the normal VZW GSS3 bootloader while making the same disclaimer; your responsibilities are covered either way. Obviously, there’s a lot more to this, and it’s probably more about control than taking responsibility for risk, but we’re just saying.
There’s no word yet on just when Samsung will open sales of the Galaxy S III Developer Edition for Verizon, so keep your eyes peeled over the coming days.
Source: Android Central