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Old 07-11-2012, 10:53 PM
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Default Samsung Galaxy S III gets a Developer Edition on Verizon

The Samsung Galaxy S III is a great device, but developers and enthusiasts on Verizon quickly discovered that the phone’s bootloader could not be unlocked, unlike the nearly identical versions of the handset on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. Samsung, however, is hoping to rectify this problem with the Galaxy S III Developer Edition.

The Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition, available only for Verizon’s network, contains a bootloader which can be unlocked by the user, opening the door for numerous opportunities for customization. The device will only be sold through Samsung’s developer website ( for $599. Samsung, of course, notes that the company cannot provide support for devices which have been modified from their original configuration (e.g. those with unlocked bootloaders) should something disastrous occur.

If you already have a Galaxy S III on Verizon, there’s not much you can do aside from buying a new Developer Edition handset. But if you haven’t yet jumped on the Galaxy S III bandwagon and are willing to pay full price, this device is a nice alternative to the stock Verizon handset.

Do you think the Samsung Galaxy S III Developer Edition is worth the extra cost? Or should Verizon have just released the device with an unlockable bootloader like everyone else?

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