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Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition Now Available for $649

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition that works on Verizon’s network is now available directly from Samsung for $649.99. We first spotted the listing for this device back in May, shortly after it launched with Big Red, but had no idea when to expect its arrival. I don’t know about you, but this version seems to have been made available much sooner than previous developer editions. 

For those not familiar, the “Developer Edition” phones come with an unlockable bootloader. This is the choice that Samsung is giving you should hacking, rooting, and custom ROMs be a part of your daily activity. The price is steep, but as they say, “That’s the price you pay.” Keep in mind though, that there are already root methods widely available along with a guide for developers to be able to bypass the bootloader on the retail version.

The need to buy this version has certainly diminished, however, the bootloader and hack-a-bility of this version won’t ever be an issue.

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Via:  Samsung

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  • r4ph

    This is already sold out… :<

  • Joshua

    I have insurance through Asurion on my line. If I were to get this, would it be covered through them if anything were to happen to the phone?

  • Dan

    Good to know it comes out after i already paid full price for my S4 to keep unlimited plan.

  • Knlegend1

    I wouldn’t spend a dime on this phone unless I can take it to any network.

  • Great. Exactly one day after my GNex died and I shelled out $650 for a non-developer model. Oh well, rooted and Vanilla’ed so I can’t complain much.

  • AnothaMexican

    Just purchased the regular version last week from bestbuy, should I return it and get this one?

  • markwebb

    Here is warranty info straight from Samsung: I understand and acknowledge that the device I am about to order is intended for software developers and is not intended for general consumer use. I hereby agree that this device will be covered by warranty for 30 days or until I change the original software on the device, whichever period is shorter. Thereafter, service for the device will be provided for a charge

    • Bunklung

      Um, wow. At least with paying full retail on the NON-dev version you get a 1 year warranty AND can continue to have insurance plus use custom roms.

  • skinja99

    Feedback appreciated:

    Is there any reason not to buy this if I am going to pay full retail anyways?
    -The only thing I could think of is that the Developer Edition might have less of a warranty.
    -Does anyone have details on the warranty for the Developer Edition?


  • Someone please remind me why 16GB internal + 16GB SDcard is not the same thing as 32GB internal on this phone. What are the draw backs again. something to do with jelly bean, i know. I’ve got a 32GB Galaxy Nexus now.

    • Robert Macri

      SDCard is never as fast as internal and can slow down apps if the app or the data of the app is stored there…

      That being said, I would store all photos, videos and music on the SD card and I think the 16 internal should be enough for most people with apps+data

      • Thanks. I was actually thinking more along the lines of access to data on the card. Music and other media. I hear it’s not treated the same as ginger bread on droid x which was my phone before gnexus.

  • scott62185

    When you go to the link, it lists “Air Gesture” and “Air View” (along w/ “simultaneous dual photo capture”) as features of the Developer Edition. I was under the impression these would not be a part of the phone…

    • Jared

      The Developer Edition is different than the Google Nexus Edition. I think that’s where the confusion is coming from.

      • scott62185

        Oh yeah. That is confusing.

        • Jared

          Yeah. And I doubt that Verizon ever gets a Google Edition phone, at least not until everything is based on their LTE network and no longer falls back on CDMA.

  • Steve Benson

    They always get dev edition phones. They don’t get Google edition phones.

    • Bigsike

      Ah thanks for clearing that up. 🙂

  • Alex Thomson

    How do you get past developer questions?

  • coolsilver

    So how long til we get an ODIN dump of the bootloader 😀

  • s4tips

    Do I have to still tap 7 times to enable developer options?

  • rags

    Will it run Windows 8?

  • Intellectua1

    My BIG question is will the remote control feature work though??

    • turdbogls

      As long as you are running touchwiz, then yes. as soon as you throw on an AOSP ROM like CyanogenMod or AOKP, you loos that, as well as all those fun airgestures/eye tracking features.

      • Intellectua1

        Oh yes I know that I have one running PA now but I’m saying this is supposed to be the Google edition meaning pure Android so that means no Touchwiz, did they enable that feature in this one? It’ll be hard to believe they would leave it out but still have the IR Blaster at the top. Being that this device is coming from Samsung with stock I’d figure they’d enable it.. Which if they did would be good for the dev community cause then they’d most likely have the API and be able to make it work on custom ROMs…

        • Jared

          This isn’t the Google Edition. This is just the version that has an unlockable bootloader, but runs TouchWiz

        • turdbogls

          the only difference between this version and the one sold in stores is that this has an unlockable bootloader. nothing else has changed. AFIK, the google edition has the IR blaster still, but has nothing to support it.

      • Colonel_Awesomesauce
        • turdbogls

          your link doesn’t work.

          buf I am guessing you were pointing out some IR blaster/TV remote apps on the play store. there are plenty out there that can replicate the samsung software features…i was just saying the built in ones wont work.

          even then, will the drivers to get the IR blaster be in AOSP? i doubt they will but who knows.

      • I rooted and flashed an AOSP like ROM from day one and I haven’t missed any of the ugly touchwiz design or gimmicky gestures. Now if someone can port over that remote control app… 🙂

  • Chris

    you don’t have to pony up the full cost in one shot… see verizon device payment plan. You can keep unlimited data, as long as you don’t mind spreading out the full cost tacked on to your VZW bill over 12 payments.

    • chris125

      That is still spending full price. Not to mention with this you will always have toe boot loader unlocked so won’t have to worry about a future update changing that.

      • Chris

        yes, it is an option if you don’t want to cough up 649 in one shot. The VZW bootloader was never unlocked, it was circumvented. And since unlocking your bootloader generally precipitates a custom rom flashing, you wont be getting a surprise Samsung / Verizon OTA patching that.

        • chris125

          Yeah but if I’m spending full price(which you have to do to keep unlimited) might as well just get this one since its the same price

    • coolsilver

      Device payment plan isn’t available for this as it is through samsung. You can only do those plans going to a Verizon store.

    • Bigwavedave25

      For phones that are eligible for the payment plan, I found out that my family plan has a $400 cap on the amount you can spread the payment out with. So you would still have to pay VZ $200-250 up front to be able to walk out with your shiny new phone…

      Such BS.

      • KleenDroid

        For some reason they didn’t give you the actual payment plan. On everyone’s account they can charge 400 to the account. The payment plan is a completely different thing.

        I was told I could do one device ($650 plus tax) along with any and all accessories up to $1000. They told me there was also a $400 amount that could be changed on top for any reason.

        You should talk with someone else.

        • Bigwavedave25

          Ah, I bet it was because he was trying to add it to my monthly bill, instead of an outright separate payment plan… Hmm

        • Weber

          I think that $400 is a credit rating issue. I remember having to do that when I started paying my own bill while in college.

      • Chris

        that sucks… i got the S4 day one on a plan only paying $100 at the store … with the phone exceeding $649 MSRP at launch. In their terms and conditions, they stipulate a maximum of $1000 worth of phone eligible for payment plan (with 2 concurrent payment plans max)… but it is based on your credit score as well and that could have knocked down what they were willing to extend to you

  • Thomas

    Can I use my 50% off coupon code on this device 😉

    • Dan

      Is it a one time use coupon or can you share it :D?

    • Xeeros

      50% off coupon i want one.

  • Dan

    Anyone else not able to see the price or able to add it to the cart?

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I’m sure it was made available as VZW won’t get any Google Edition phones, or probably the next Nexus. Kinda sucks to be on VZW now.

    • Eric

      AT&T is also getting the developer edition since the Google Edition will just be sold through Google Play. AT&T still has the better device lineup.

    • Eric Soriano


      “Kinda sucks to be on VZW now.”

    • MatthewSimmons

      It’s such a weird feeling to be on Verizon. I used to love it but now it’s more of a love-hate relationship. I still have unlimited data and I have 4G everywhere I go but I like to try the newest phones and Verizon doesnt get them. Then when they do get the phones they molest them with logos.

      • Bobby Buttons

        It’s a matter of lineup or coverage, at least in my area. Verizon has great coverage but lacks in lineup/updates. AT&T has a great lineup but not as great coverage (at least where I go). When it comes down to it, I always end up telling myself that it may not be great but phones on VZW could be worse and what’s the point of me having the latest & greatest devices on AT&T if I don’t get great service to use them where I go.

  • Aardvark99

    I never see the point to these phones. Sure a “developer” could tinker with ROMs on this easier then a locked phone (it’s no extra help in standard Android app development far as I know right?). But if that developer wants to release something *what now*? Seems like their ROM as-is would require all non-developer users to also have this dev phone. Maybe they could port the ROM over to the locked phone with little effort (maybe just documentation) but I’d like to think they would test it out on the locked version first. So that’s two phones – is that really going to happen? “Gee I don’t know why the ROM is doing that, WORKS ON MY PHONE”, says the developer.

    Please someone explain to me the value of this thing?

    • Steve Benson

      There is zero value to this. This is the EXACT same phone 100% that you get from Verizon. The only difference is that Samsung already ran Loki for you. That’s all. The software version is exactly the same.

  • James_C_L

    Vzw will never get it

    • Steve Benson

      This is for Verizon D.A.

  • trophynuts

    so much for “We at VZW don’t allow unlocked bootloaders on our network for fear of corrupting our network for legit users”……..unless you buy it at a dip$hit price point

    • samantha cornwall

      I just got paid $6784 working off my laptop this month. And if you think that’s cool, my divorced friend has twin toddlers and made over $9k her first month. It feels so good making so much money when other people have to work for so much less. This is what I do, http://www.Pro67.com

      • go_away_spammer

        is your friend actually divorced or did the father just hit and run??

  • Stephen

    i thought someone unlocked the s4 bootloader already?

    • Steve Benson

      Bypassed, not unlocked.

  • BeLogical

    @kellex Root link is broken

  • Zach Armstrong

    Why wouldn’t you get the Nexus experience edition Its the same price

    • Because it doesn’t work on Verizon. 😛

    • skinja99

      Does the Nexus Edition have some of the useful touchwiz stuff?

      • hijackerjack

        Its called Nexus Edition for a reason lol. Stock Android…. and what is useful with touchwiz..?

      • Zach Armstrong

        It doesn’t have Touchwhiz but who needs touchwhiz Stock Android it where its at

      • Zach Armstrong

        It doesn’t have Touchwhiz but who needs touchwhiz Stock Android it where its at

  • Hey I don’t see an “S3 trade-in” button… Help plz?