In a strange Tweet this afternoon, Verizon claims that the bootloader on the Samsung Galaxy SIII is "locked per the manufacturer." Whats strange about this tweet is that this statement is in direct contradiction to their statement they sent the Verge this afternoon. Big Red states:
The AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile versions of the SGSIII are unlocked, so it wouldn't make sense that Samsung would only lock it on Verizon's network. Did Verizon's PR department (Twitter) just get caught in a lie, or was it an honest mistake made by someone who didn't understand the technical aspects of the question that was posed to them?Verizon Wireless has established a standard of excellence in customer experience with our branded devices and customer service. There is an expectation that if a customer has a question, they can call Verizon Wireless for answers that help them maximize their enjoyment and use of their wireless phone. Depending on the device, an open boot loader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers. It is always a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the requests of a few who may want a different device experience. We always review our technology choices to ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible.
Via: S3 Forums