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Thread: VZW Galaxy S3: Bootloader Question, Unlockable?

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    Question VZW Galaxy S3: Bootloader Question, Unlockable?

    I can't seem to find a definitive answer on weather or not the VZW version of the Galaxy S3 will have an unlockable bootloader? Granted it hasn't shipped yet, but usually someone has a little bit o leaked info on the bootloader by now.

    There's plenty of info for the GT-I9300 model, with video guides on unlocking the bootloader, rooting etc etc.

    But there are 4 different model numbers for the SGS3's coming to US carriers with the S4 proc:

    • SCH-I535 (vzw)
    • SGH-I747 (att)
    • SPH-L710 (sprint)
    • SGH-T999 (t-mobile)

    I can't find anything that even hints that the vzw version will be unlocked or locked.

    I see alot of speculation that the bootloader will be unloackable for these models but no one seems to know for sure.

    Can anyone provide reliable intel on this issue? Will the vzw version of the Galaxy S3 have an unlockable bootloader? Will we be able to boot into odin mode? Will CF-Root work on the SCH-I535?

    Thanks and net-hugs to anyone who can get us the info before I have to pre-order from vzw to keep "unlimeted" data.
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    Good question. I assumed it would be unlockable, but that's only because that's what I read in a general context. I'd be curious to know about vzw specifically as well.

    Tbh I don't see vzw getting a "custom" bootloader.
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    This is the only thing keeping me from preordering. I do'nt want to get burned if it's locked.
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    If you preorder you can keep unlimited data. Consider this too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by armedmonkey View Post
    If you preorder you can keep unlimited data. Consider this too.
    Yeah, that's kind of the problem. Frankly, I'd rather lose unlimited data and or pay full price for a device or even move to a different carrier if I can get an unlocked bootloader. I know, I know, I can get the Nexus and have a guaranteed unlockable bootloader, but I want more up to date specs than the Nexus offers and the freedom of custom ROM's, Kernels, and all that good stuff that comes with an unlocked or unlockable bootloader.

    Basically, I want me some SGS3 cake and I want to eat it too.

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    I'd assume its unlocked. Not sure why it wouldnt be.

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    Arent bootloaders usually locked by the cell phone company? Thats why all new motorolas and htc's are now locked right?

    Samsungs never seem to be locked though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justdhutch View Post
    Arent bootloaders usually locked by the cell phone company? Thats why all new motorolas and htc's are now locked right?

    Samsungs never seem to be locked though.
    No motos are locked because moto sucks and htcs are unlockable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trter10

    No motos are locked because moto sucks and htcs are unlockable.

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    Moto's do suck i'll give you that. Just thought that I read somewhere they have a constantly changing encryption that they added to stop the bootloader from being unlocked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justdhutch View Post
    Moto's do suck i'll give you that. Just thought that I read somewhere they have a constantly changing encryption that they added to stop the bootloader from being unlocked.
    Who?

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