You may recall the collective scream of horror emitted by the Android community when it was confirmed over the summer that the Verizon model of the Galaxy S III would ship with a locked bootloader. As a consolation, Samsung decided to sell an unlocked "Developer Edition" for full price online. While the regular device has since been cracked, it's a lot cleaner to buy the dev version and now it's on sale.

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The phone is purchased direct from the Samsung site and is identical in every way to the Verizon-sold edition, except that it has an unlocked bootloader ready for modding. The 16GB device is usually $599, but the coupon code 'sertea' knocks it down to just $479. The 32GB phone is $649 regular price, but it appears to out of stock at this moment. We did see it for sale earlier today so this may be temporary. The same coupon code will work on this model (assuming it comes back in stock), making the final price $519.

It's not clear how long this deal goes, so if you want a developer device cheap, get on it. Just a reminder, this price is without any contract extension or fees from Verizon. Just head into the Verizon store and get your LTE SIM card.


Ryan Whitwam
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  • http://www.facebook.com/JosueRivera14 Josue Rivera

    Blows my mind that people bought any of these devices....

    • http://twitter.com/slainte_0317 slainte_0317

      Why? Even if you don't want it unlocked, the dang thing is currently $130 LESS than verizon is selling the locked device out of contract. Sounds like a great idea if you have the cash, want the phone, and want to save $130.

  • gamby

    why do u say that?

    • http://www.facebook.com/JosueRivera14 Josue Rivera

      Because its true. This device is a bad joke. Regular VZN SGS3 got unlocked bootloaders by great devs. Absolutely no reasons for this device, absolutely no reasons for locked boot loaders to begin with.

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

        It's still cheaper to buy this at this discount than direct from Verizon if you don't want to renew/sign a contract.

      • nhizzat

        You do realize that we were EXTREMELY lucky to get a leaked unlocked bootloader, right? All the devs did was show us how to flash it. We'd all be stuck flashing kexec kernels if it weren't for the leak.

  • cy_n_ic

    Because you can just buy the cheaper locked device and unlock it in a flash. Its just a gimmick to generate more money from people who are not in the know. I.e. not developers, since a dev woyld be smart enough to save the extra cash for even more shiny toys.

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

      Is it cheaper though, if you're still in contract? $479 here or $599 at Verizon. No-brainer really if you're in that situation.

    • Doan

      It's not a gimmick at all. This device was announced long before the bootloader of the original was leaked.

  • gamby

    cool...thanks alot

  • leoingle

    I'm all over this like a bed of nails

  • http://level2studios.com/ Jared Sartin

    whats the link to a 16 gb pebble? I can't find it...

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

      It's right in the post.

  • gamby

    does it make sense if i am not due for an upgrade and want to keep my unlimited data plan and am tired of waiting for ice cream sandwich on my droid bionic?

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


  • Murrow

    I gave up waiting on this and paid full price ($750) for a regular edition 32gb model from Amazon. Allowed me to keep my unlimited data plan and save about $50/month over signing a new contract with the right tier for my data usage. So, the $500-ish premium over the contract price will be offset in 10 months. Getting the unlocked one for $519, or even $650 would have been better, but some of that would have been offset by tax and shipping (and I get 3% back ($22) on my Amazon credit card). Haven't bothered unlocking it yet, but pulled the trigger because I knew I could.

    • Blake Robinson

      That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. If you bought it and haven't unlocked it yet you should of just went went the regular GSIII and you can even unlock it on the regular one too if push came to shove. You are a prime example of why manufacturers keep the price of the phone so high because people like you pay so much more for something you don't use. You might as well just go buy a house while you are at it too.

  • gamby33

    its asking for my developer credentials

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  • http://www.facebook.com/rudi.goldenberg Rudi Goldenberg

    I just ordered one. Seems like a good deal. I get to keep my unlimited plan...

  • pwsfinest

    They are both on back order now...

  • mybook4

    I encourage anyone who receives the developer edition to create a thread in xda here http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=1712 to help us learn more about secure boot and to see if the verizon GS3 (in store model) can be fully unlocked (it isn't fully unlocked right now).

  • codingace

    no luck here, just tried and even called the phone number and the lady told me they dont sell cell phones directly.... talk about screwed up...