We already know that the Big Four will be getting their own respective renditions of the Galaxy Note II. We also expect that it'll also be part of a unified release much like the Galaxy S III. We've even seen how Verizon defiled its home button. Turns out leaving its mark on the face of the device wasn't enough for Big Red, though; the carrier has also done some work to the bootloader.

They locked it, and there probably won't be any official method of unlocking.

Normally we don't post this type of rumor without confirmation from the development community, but at this point we have no reason to believe otherwise. That, and the source of the rumor is the same one that leaked the original Verizon Note II screenshot.

Honestly, given Verizon's "we lock everything as tight as possible" philosophy, this really shouldn't surprise anyone.

Still, we all had a little glimmer of hope that VZW would go easy one this one and not put it under lock and key. Thanks for quashing our hopes and dreams, Verizon.


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • guest

    So glad I'm not on Big red

  • Deltaechoe

    Oh my god, no way, I had no idea this would happen. I'm so seriously surprised and upset

    • Deltaechoe

      In case you were wondering, yes that comment is fraught with sarcasm

      • John

        Couldn't tell..

  • fixxmyhead

    A little glimmer of hope? I hope u were joking

  • Kenny O

    At this point I think "news" would be if a Verizon device does not have a locked bootloader.......

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    "go easy one this one" -> "go easy on this one"

    • jbo1018

      Oh no!!! A typo. My day is just totally ruined. /s

  • http://twitter.com/PackFanJason Jason

    When it comes to Verizon it's go Nexus or go home.

    • fixxmyhead

      hahaha not even, that fake nexus doesnt even have JB unless u root so whats the point its just another regular phone

      • Deltaechoe

        The point is that it is the only phone on vzw that is ready to unlock

        • fixxmyhead

          yeah i guess since thats the closest thing to a 'pure google' phone. im just waiting to see tmobile drop JB for there s3 since there has been alot of leaks for it. wouldnt that be sad? an s3 getting JB before the verizon nexus.

  • Cheerful Charlie

    Bye, bye, Verizon. I'll buy mine where they like customers.

  • http://twitter.com/TweetrGuy Random Guy

    What's next a post on how the next Verizon 4G phones uses both a CDMA radio and an LTE radio?

  • FrillArtist

    Wow. We're all shocked. >_>

  • RamMan

    Purchased 2 of them one for me and one for the wife - Canceled Big Red and now will fly ATT Hey Big Red People do make a difference. I figure to spend the next 10 years with ATT at 175 to 200 a month . WOW I guess I do vote with my money.