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Verizon has taken some flack lately for being the only US carrier to lock the bootloader. Workarounds have been implemented, but Samsung's taken it a step further by announcing a developer version of the device. Today they...well, they haven't quite made good on that promise, but they have created a landing page for the device on their site that announces the 32GB Pebble Blue version will be "coming soon".

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It doesn't look like pre-orders are available yet, although we know the device will retail for $599 when it finally launches. Previously, Verizon had tried to claim that Samsung was responsible for the locked bootloader, but since virtually every other version of the device did not have a locked bootloader, and now Samsung is going out of its way to get an unlocked version in the hands of its customers, it's a little tough to stomach that idea. What is clear is Verizon simply does not like unlocked bootloaders for questionable reasons.

Source: Samsung via Droid-Life

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    $500 for a 16GB version and the deal would look much better again.

    $150 more for a totally unlocked SGS3 instead of a Galaxy Nexus seems somehow reasonable for me. Oh, still not as reasonable as just selling the SGS3 unlocked on Verizon, but better than nothing in that case, eh?

    At least you can escape the forced change to their new data plans by taking the developer version. But yeah, $500 16GB version would be much sweeter.

  • Btod

    The title says 32gb but the spec sheet says 16gb...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Ha, spec sheet fail.

  • Randall Walsh

    would pay the difference for a 32GB version if it''s available in GSM for AT&T. The 16GB version goes for $549.99 off contract.

  • Ricky Martin

    Should it really come to this? Why does Samsung need to provide a "different" phone for their customers. How would a customer know whether or not he/she is getting a device that has an unlockable bootloader?
    Galaxy S III “Developer Edition” Coming to Verizon — Hackers and modders rejoice!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rahul-Nirmal/37517471 Rahul Nirmal

    I hope this Developer Edition will be available in white too! :(

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rahul-Nirmal/37517471 Rahul Nirmal

    Please come out ASAP! I guess I may return my regular VZW locked edition before my return period is up.