Locked bootloaders can be a real drag. While it's possible to circumvent these security measures on the GS4, it can be a messy process. Maybe a developer edition device is the way to go? Well, Verizon customers can finally buy the developer edition Galaxy S4 from Samsung for the paltry sum of $649. The AT&T developer edition is still missing in action.


This device first appeared on the Samsung site along side the AT&T model in May. Ma Bell's dev edition then disappeared, leaving the Verizon phone listed as out of stock. Now that you can buy it, but only in Mist Black. The price is up there, but that's to be expected. You'd pay the same amount for the new Google Edition GS4 coming out in a few days (but it's GSM-only).


The developer edition GS4 has an unlocked bootloader, and it will work on Verizon's 3G/4G. This is an ideal device for developers that want all the Samsung software, or a tinkerer that's stuck on Big Red.

[Developer Edition Galaxy S4 (Verizon), Thanks, bsdx]

Ryan Whitwam
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    • Sqube

      How is it ridiculous?

      • James_C_L

        I don't see the point personally. They already rooted and bypassed the bootloader.. Also, it's not running aosp and is not receiving updates directly from Google. Why not just root, unlock and flash any available rom. (cm, aokp, etc...)

        • https://plus.google.com/106261148188435264925/about Aaron Echols

          Or you can wait until tomorrow, when the Google edition becomes available :)

          • Scott

            Not on Verizon though.

          • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

            On Verizon? Hmmm....

          • James_C_L

            No Google edition on vzw fellas

          • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

            Yeah, that's what I was trying to get at. Sarcasm on the internet doesn't work!

        • h4rr4r

          Because bootloader locks will get better and better. Only by voting with your dollars will we continue to get unlocked devices.

  • Michael Pahl

    For those wanting to keep unlimited data... I could sell my Razr Maxx HD for around $400 and this would only cost $250. then i can keep unlimited data on Verizon. Not a bad deal.

    • taxi333

      I am planning to do a similar deal (with my S3 :D )

      • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

        S3's aren't getting $400. Just picked up two, each less than $300. Just an FYI from someone who's been shopping :)

        • taxi333

          I know that, thanks :). I'm going to sell mine for $250

  • LatinoComedian

    Will this FINALLY be the way to avoid Verizon's prying hands and apps? In other words, would we be able to run Google Wallet, etc?

    • SkylaC90

      T-Mobile is no longer blocking google wallet, you can switch to them or Sprint.

      • LatinoComedian

        I would love to but I am stuck on VzW because of work.

        • SkylaC90

          Then you will either have to go through the process of rooting your phone or wait till the FCC passes/completes their Net Neutrality Rules. at which point you'll be free to download or use whatever services you please on your device.

          • LatinoComedian

            Thanks SkylaC90. That doesn't completely answer my original question though. Rooting doesn't necessarily guarantee being able to install GW (or GW Loader).

          • LatinoComedian

            I'll answer my original question.... No.

          • SkylaC90

            I've never had any problems with my other devices. galaxy s3/s4 my main phone the galaxy nexus and the LG optimus G