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Verizon Support Blames Samsung for Bootloader Lock – Workaround Potentially Found, Bounty Placed

The weekend has come and gone and yes, the bootloader on Verizon’s Galaxy S3 remains locked. We have root in a round about way, but as you have probably read across Android forums, this phone is going to take some time to crack. As of now, it’s essentially like one of Motorola’s many locked phones, only is a bit harder to swallow since Samsung had previously never locked a device down like this. Speaking of that, Verizon’s official support account was quick to put the blame on Samsung over the weekend, something I think most of us have a hard time believing. 

Let me just break this situation down for a second. Samsung, to my knowledge, has never locked a phone on this level. They released versions of this specific device across the globe and on the 3 other major carriers in the U.S. and managed to leave the bootloader open. But you are telling me that they asked specifically for Verizon’s version to be locked? And that makes any sort of sense, how? Motorola blamed Verizon. Verizon admitted to locking bootloaders and that they do not want “unapproved” software running on their devices. HTC blamed AT&T for locking the One X. It’s always up to the carriers. But now Samsung, for the first time ever, is the one making a request? Give me a break.

In related news, Team Epic has managed to use kexec to boot up a custom kernel. For those not familiar, the kexec method has been used on Motorola devices for some time now. It’s not pretty, but phones like the RAZR have thrived even with a locked bootloader. Also, a bounty thread has been started over at XDA that will go out to the first person to crack this sucker.

Oh, and one more thing. This will probably get you fired up:

Via:  Twitter | Team Epic | XDA (bounty)

Cheers everyone!

  • yellowcanary73

    If I didn’t have unlimited data on Verizon I would try at&t again always had good service with them never had a problem with calls or data just like varizon I can pretty much get service everywhere I’m at did like being able to make phones calls and data at same time. The problem with Americas mobile system is to many different systems I would prefer to buy my phone outright without a contract with any phone company then if I’m not satisfied taking my phone and going to anther carrier without a penalty.

  • yellowcanary73

    Verizon did the same thing when they released the DroidX blamed Motorola for it even tho later admitting they were the one wanting it locked. Grow up Verizon and stop the lying.

  • So does this unauthorized message come about with any app in particular? I mean what do we need to look out for? I’m planning on rooting mine will this prevent this from happening? I hope this isn’t for the FoxFi app.

  • coolsilver

    Kinda sad considering some CyanogenMod devs work for/with Samsung.

  • I’m gonna go ahead and blame Obama for this one…