Verizon’s decision to have Samsung lock the bootloader on the Galaxy S III for its network has quickly become a contentious one. Though we’re hardly surprised by the news of a carrier insisting upon such measures, the fact that every other GS3 model was arriving unmolested made Verizon’s stick out like a sore thumb. While news of an unlocked Developer’s Edition for Verizon offered a measure of hope, the news that the phone would only be available as a full-priced, unsubsidized model came as a disappointment to some subscribers. That’s why it was so exciting to get news over the weekend that Verizon reps had been telling users that a software unlock was on its way, via update. Sadly, it turns out that was a big miscommunication, and there’s no-such bootloader unlock on the horizon.
So where did the wires get crossed? Part of the message that led to this news included the line, “Samsung will be releasing a software update to unlock your device”. It turns out that there is a unlock-related update in the works, but it’s not a bootloader unlock; instead, the Verizon GS3 will be receiving an update to activate its GSM radio for international roaming. Verizon’s reps must have just saw the word “unlock” and wrongfully associated it with this bootloader business.
A bit of disappointing news, though the reality of the situation sure makes a lot more sense than Verizon changing course 180 on its bootloader decision.