When the Samsung Galaxy S3 was launched on Verizon, much to the annoyance of many Android users, the bootloader of the device was locked. This pretty much hindered the efforts of developers and modders alike, and Samsung has attempted to rectify this by releasing a developer’s edition of the phone for a whopping $599. Naturally this is a price not many are willing to pay for the sake of modifying their phones but the good news is that Samsung/Verizon have decided to change their stance in response to customer queries.
My name is Levar and thank you for contacting Verizon Wireless about the boot loader for the Galaxy S3. I know this may be frustrating but there will be a solution soon coming. Samsung will be releasing a software update to unlock your device. Right now, we do not have a date for the release but it shall be soon.
Verizon Wireless appreciates you as a customer and your patience in this matter.
Have a great weekend!
Samsung has also responded in kind and stated that an unlock tool is expected to be released by Verizon and it should be arriving “soon”. However given that customer service reps get their info wrong from time to time, and since they’re hardly in the position to make promises or guarantees, we suggest that you not get your hopes up just yet. In the meantime we will keep an eye out for this bootloader unlocking tool, so check back with us later for more updates!