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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Developer Edition shows up as ‘coming soon’ on Samsung’s site

How much is an unlocked bootloader worth to you? That’s the questions you will have to ask yourself as you behold the landing page for the Samsung Galaxy S3 Developer Edition for Verizon, which looks to set you back at least $599. The site appeared online over the weekend and features the ever popular “coming soon” tag but few other details aside from the rundown of standard Galaxy S3 specs.

For one reason or another, Verizon’s subsidized edition of the Galaxy S3 has been set up in a manner that is not so friendly to outside development and Samsung promised to provide the Developer Edition to meet the needs of hardcore users. The choice now is between purchasing the special edition of the phone at full price or waiting for a possible unlock tool, whether it be through official or unofficial means. There have been some whispers that Samsung will provide such a software tool in the future, but these remain unconfirmed.

[Samsung via DroidLife]

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  • Joe

    Since I am not due for an upgrade and refuse to give up my unlimited data I will have to pay full price anyway. I will probably wait to see if they unlock the vzw version in the next month.

    I am also waiting for more feedback from users before I take the plunge.

    • http://www.facebook.com/daniel.craig.33483 Daniel Craig

      In the same boat as you. Really about to throw my pos sony phone out the window.

  • http://twitter.com/Planet_Scott scott lathrop

    Unlocked is the way to go.

  • MrDSL

    Verizon always giving customers what they want!

    • Lactose_the_Intolerant

      Not sure if serious or…

      • MrDSL

        All sarcasm

        • Lactose_the_Intolerant

          lol thanks… i might need to get my meter calibrated :p

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001056662990 Laarree Miiller

            It was hard for me to tell as well as it is coming from someone who has “DSL” in their name…lol

  • InyRules

    People should hold out on buying/preordering this device if the rumors of Verizon unlocking their subsidized phone holds true. Only time will tell.

    • NIGHTSCOUT

      Verizon has confirmed that they will NOT be unlocking the subsidized version. It would defeat the purpose of selling a developers edition.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001056662990 Laarree Miiller

        O, wow. Verizon CONFIRMED it? That’s awesome! I know I can always believe what they tell us! =D

        • NIGHTSCOUT

          Think about it, why would they unlock it, if they are planning to make money off people who will buy the $599 developer edition? I know Verizon has a horrible PR record, but they are amount making money, and if they unlock the regular GS3, they will not make money on developer edition GS3.

  • Joe

    Does anyone know if the handset would be covered under VZW TEC if purchased this way?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001056662990 Laarree Miiller

      TEC stays with the number…if you have it, then you can esn change and it will stay there…BUT the dev version isnt suppose to be covered by VZW, but by Sammy or yourself. Basically, if you have TEC, you maybe able to fit in the loop hole.

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    This is Samsung’s response to Verizon blaming Samsung for the locked down bootlaoder. Suck it Verizon.

  • eric

    I returned my S3 to the verizon store. sucked up the restocking fee. ordering this the minute it’s available. fuck verizon

    • XBR360

      Why in the world would you do that? You returned the phone and lost $30 when you could have sold it for about $500 and made approximately $270, after the cost of the phone and the upgrade fee, to put towards the new $600 developer s3. The only reason not to do this would be to keep your upgrade, but I would say that most of us that pre ordered the verizon s3 did so simply because it was the last upgrade that we will ever be able to use, and still be able to keep unlimited data.

      I’ve been tempted to do this myself, but I have a feeling that the development community for the dev phone will actually be smaller than the community working on the locked s3. If you think about it, this makes sense as the user base of the dev version will be tiny, and any ROM will still have to be ported to that specific version of the device.

  • pego99

    So whats the delay? Why wont samsung take orders. Somethings fishy here.