Verizon is not unlocking the Galaxy S III bootloader after all

In yet another twist involving Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy S III, contrary to our earlier report, Verizon will not provide a software update to unlock the encrypted bootloader. Several users obtained information from Verizon and Samsung customer service reps indicating the Galaxy S III would be unlocked “soon.” The misunderstanding appears to stem from information regarding an update from Verizon to unlock GSM roaming on the S III, not an update to unlock the bootloader.

For now, users interested in a Verizon Galaxy S III are back to looking at the Developer Edition to be made available through Samsung if they want to avoid the locked bootloader. The other option is to wait to see whether the bootloader bounty produces any results.

source: Droid Life

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  • RTWright

    While I do understand why you would not want to have a device’s bootloader able to be unlocked, for all kinds of security reasons. I don’t think some people that Root their devices care, while I also don’t think others even know. When you Root your device, you’re running in a unrestricted administrator mode, just like being on your computer / network as an Admin. This does pose a lot of issues in regards of your privacy, information, contacts, transactions, etc….

    You are putting all of that at a risk, to say the least. However there are those that know what they’re doing, how to protect themselves regardless of it being Rooted and are at very little risk. The other thing is, the only reason for rooting a device is to flash a ROM on it. Technically this can also be a risk, because you don’t know if the person or persons who created said ROM haven’t done something within it to pry into your personal / private information. This is one of the higher risks, especially if you’re one that likes to flash a new ROM every other day or so. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not even trying to say anything about any one ROM at all. Just stating, it -can- happen.

    So yes, I can understand why Carriers would be worried about this. But since that rooting a device voids the warranty completely putting the responsibility into the owners hands? I still think the choice should be there, after all, the carriers are going to get their money no matter what you do with that device and once it’s rooted you can’t even technically expect them to honor you with any kind of support. Because your device could have been working 100% across the board. Now you root it, flash it, now some things don’t work at all, or not as good as before.

    Now you feel the need to call the carrier, they’re going to see you’re not running their software no more and at that point let you know you’re on your own. They’re right to do so as well, because neither the device manufacture nor the carrier created the software you’re now using on your device. So whatever issues come up, is up to you to fix.

    This may seem like I’m against rooting, but I assure you I’m not. I have my Evo4G running CM9 and it’s not even an Official CM9 ( it’s actually named Unofficial CM9 to be honest ). But I did this for the very reason of lack of support from the carrier and the device manufacture for any updates. Which is a completely different story all of it’s own. Needless to say that is why I did root my device. I’d do it again if and when I get my new device if I find that it’s not getting the support needed and updates done. If I’m spending this kind of money on such a device, I expect support or I will take matters into my own hands.

    So where does this lead? Well…. Like I’ve stated here a couple of times already, I do understand why they don’t want them unlocked. However, that being said, it will cost Verizon a lot of chances at new customers because quite frankly, I would have gone with them over Sprint until now… I’ll stick with Sprint over them purely because if I get annoyed with them not updating? I’ll do it myself at some point and be happier for it. At least we have that choice, Verizon should think about that a bit…

  • Todd Martineau

    Adapted from the Princess Bride:

    The Ancient Booer: Boo. Boo. Boo.
    Princess Verizon: Why do you do this?
    The Ancient Booer: Because you had an awesome phone in your hands, and you locked it up.
    Princess Verizon : But they would have rooted and rommed if I hadn’t done it.
    The Ancient Booer: Your Android lives. And you marry the iPhone. Android saved her in the Fire Swamp, and she treated it like garbage. And that’s what she is, the Queen of Refuse. So bow down to her if you want, bow to her. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo.