Despite Verizon's best efforts to keep their own variant of the Galaxy SIII locked down, ingenious users haven't been deterred in rooting, flashing custom ROMs, and even bypassing the device's locked bootloader to use custom kernels. The fact remained, however, that VZW's SIII had a locked bootloader which, in general, is a hassle for developers and tweakers hoping to customize the SIII to its fullest potential. It was this fact that made Samsung's promised Developer Edition SIII appealing to many.
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".
Update 7/7/12: The deal is back, this time at Daily Steals Last Call.
With sales expected to tip over 10 million units next month, and release dates being pushed back (or split) because of "overwhelming demand," Samsung's Galaxy SIII may just be the most sought-after Android device to date. Those still looking to grab the unlocked GSM version of the device are in luck today – DailySteals.com is offering the device for $599.99, a significant discount over the phone's normal retail price.
It's only been a few months since the Galaxy Note started making waves, but we're seeing prices steadily drop on unlocked models. Not that long ago, we spotted the device for $519. Now we've spotted it even lower, available on eBay Daily Deals or $459 off-contract. This device is the international variant, so sorry
AT&T T-Mobile users, you'll have to sit this one out if you want 3G.
As the price drops lower and lower, it reaches downright affordable territory.
This is the sort of quasi-rumor (it's fairly detailed and comes from the Wall Street Journal, so we're inclined to trust it) that makes me happy to be an Android fan.
According to the WSJ, Google is in cahoots with up to five device manufacturers to provide early access to the next iteration of the Android OS (Jelly Bean, we assume) so it can have an entire "portfolio" of Nexus devices ready by Thanksgiving - that's late November for those without turkey day.
Does your pocket feel too empty with that pathetically small phone in it? What you need is a bigger phone at a reasonable price. It just so happens that the Samsung Galaxy Note is on sale through eBay's Daily Deals today, and even better, it's the unlocked HSPA+ version. For the price of $519.99, you can get the device delivered to your door at no additional cost. That's even better than the last deal at $550.
Here's a bit of good news for all of you who have an unlocked (global) Samsung Galaxy S II here in the U.S.: Ice Cream Sandwich is being pushed to your device right now. This makes the global GSII the first of the GSII family to officially get Ice Cream Sandwich in the U.S., as none of the three American carriers that offer the phone have begun sending the update yet.
Kindly refrain from drooling into your keyboards for a moment while we fill you in on today's deal: HTC's latest high-end phone, the One X, packing 32GB of storage, Android 4.0, a 1.5Ghz quad-core processor and an unlocked GSM radio is currently available from Daily Steals for $629. For those of you who buy your phones unlocked, grab your wallets.
Update 4/11/12: The deal is back for one day, though this time through eBay (thanks, Daniel).
If you didn't quite make it to Daily Steals' awesome deal a couple of days ago and still want to get your hands on an unlocked Galaxy Nexus at a crazy discount, Negri Electronics has you covered.
The online electronics dealer is offering the 16GB unlocked Galaxy Nexus for just $459.99. It's worth noting though, that the units being sold by Negri have NTT Docomo branding (meaning a teeny tiny logo near the bottom of the backplate).
Heads up! Daily Steals is knocking $100 off an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note GSM handset. It looks like the bands won't work with T-Mobile's "4G" network, but if you're on AT&T in the states, or you're looking to score a Note for your local GSM carrier elsewhere in the world, today's your lucky day.
The deal is good for today only, so don't waste time. As always, be sure to check and make sure that the unlocked device supports your local carrier's bands before buying.