Just as we told you this past Monday, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for Verizon has had its bootloader unlocked. Our beneficiary, Adam Outler, teased us earlier this week with his progress, but wouldn’t let us in on the full details of the unlock until he revealed it this morning on XDA TV. There was a guessing game, initially — either it would be a hardware mod or a software mod — but Outler eased our souls this morning when he revealed that we wouldn’t have to physically crack the device open in order to gain a full unlock.
Outler proudly exclaims that the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 has gone from “the most secure device on the market, to the least secure device [publicly] available.” Outler has been particularly rebellious throughout the process as his driving motivation was to stick it to Verizon and the carrier’s unhealthy obsession with locking devices down. He even went as far as naming one of the tools needed to unlock the device the “Suck it Verizon Odin Package.”
The Verizon Galaxy Note 2 gained a root method just a couple of days after it launched, but a full bootloader unlock will allow developers to do so much more. Custom recoveries, custom ROMs and more will all be the result of Outler’s hard work, and if you think that deserves a beer or six for him you can donate to his XDA user account appropriately.
If you just want to break the chains on your device and let it roam around in smartphone peace and tranquility, though, be sure to head to the thread for everything you need. Remember to read the instructions fully and carefully before getting started, and remember that your device is your responsibility — anything that happens as a result of applying this unlock is your own fault, and no one is liable for any damages but yourself. That said, have fun!
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