Verizon Screwing Galaxy S3 Owners
If you keep up with our site, one thing you know is, we are not afraid to piss off any company. We’re going to be honest, whether they like it or not (no matter how many times company’s send us threatening emails). This time, it is Verizon that has drawn our ire with their handling of the Galaxy S3. Though Verizon has not officially released the Samsung Galaxy S3 yet, several units have been making their way into customer’s hands. Much to those customer’s surprise, their Galaxy S3 isn’t quite like everyone else’s. The Verizon Galaxy S3 is different, and not in a good way. Unlike every other Galaxy S3, Verizon’s version comes with a locked bootloader. This makes Verizon’s Galaxy S3 model the only one in the entire world with a locked bootloader. This means unless the bootloader can be cracked, or Verizon simply unlocks it (not going to happen), there will be no custom kernels and development will be limited. There really is no justification for Verizon locking down the Galaxy S3′s bootloader (or any other phone’s bootloader for that matter). In the past, Verizon has made statements saying they lock bootloaders to protect the network, and keep phone’s with unlocked bootloaders from impacting other people’s phones. To put it bluntly, that is a crock of bull. If that were the case, they would never have allowed the Galaxy Nexus to be released with an unlocked bootloader. The Galaxy Nexus has an unlocked bootloader and it isn’t wreaking havoc on the network. Verizon wants to lock down devices as much as possible for their own corporate reasons, and it’s that simple. In the meantime, they screw each person who would like full control over the device they payed for with their money. If you aren’t in contract, and are considering a Galaxy S3 or any other phone for that matter, DO NOT buy it with Verizon. Go with a carrier that will allow you to do what YOU want with YOUR phone. Verizon, stop screwing your customers.