VZW Galaxy S3: Bootloader Question, Unlockable?

Discussion in 'Samsung Galaxy S3' started by alquimista, Jun 15, 2012.

  1. skennelly

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    Even the nexus shipped with a locked bootloader. I don't know of any phone that ships unlocked. I would imagine that the S III will ship locked, but be able to be unlocked. Motorolas are the phones you have to worry about. The only one with the option to unlock was the OG Droid. DX, DX2, RAZR, DROID 2-4, Etc. are all locked. If I were a betting man, I'd put everything I owned on the RAZR HD being locked down as well. Imo.

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    I believe Samsung phones are fairly open, so I would assume it would at least be unlockable.

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    N1 shipped with an unlockable bootloader but it had an eFuse that showed that it had been unlocked.
     
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    The Sammy G S3 has a counter of sorts.
    These past few years, Samsung has been very kind to us power users. We have been able to
    modify most of our Galaxy series devices as much as we wanted, without silly roadblocks as
    locked bootloaders and such.

    With the Galaxy S II, Samsung introduced a custom kernel flash counter and custom kernel warning triangle.
    On the Galaxy Note, Samsung tried hiding the data once more.On the Galaxy S III (among other new devices), Samsung has gone a step further, and has introduced a background service that runs on your device and checks for things such as a modified /system, apps running with root access, etc.

    For the moment, this service does not do anything malicious, but who knows what the future will bring ? Tracking of IMEI's that have ever ran root, disabling of services, etc ?
     
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    Sounds like ill be flashing right away:p

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  6. alquimista

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    Soooo....

    So, you're saying the bootloader is unlockable? Yes? No?

    I'm not too worried about the background service that you mentioned, as I'm sure some generous genious out there will find a way to get rid of, or at least fool it into submission. I'm looking at you chainfire...

    Anyhoo, I've read a few reviews of the AT&T version of the SGS3, but no one mentions the bootloader in a device review for some reason. Anyone seen a US version handset that is verifiably unlockable?

    toodles!!
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  7. cybertec69

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    you can still keep your unlimited data package after June 28th, all you have to do is buy the phone outright, may it be from eBay craigslist or a friend, once you UPGRADE AT SUBSIDIZED price from Veutizon orany other Verizon authorized retailer your unlimited data is NO MORE. This has been discussed in these forums at least a couple of hundred times.

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    Would love to see some sources for the GS3 info.
     
  9. trter10

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    I saw that in an article somewhere... I think he just copy pasted it

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  10. alquimista

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    Update - stock firmware no root

    Just wanted to update everyone.

    It looks like there's a touch of a problem with flashing on the VZW model:
    [VIA] xda-developers - View Single Post - [KERNEL] SCH-I535 (Galaxy S III VERIZON) ROOTED INSECURE KERNELS - IMPORTANT INFO!

    So far there's no root method. And, I still haven't heard/read anything about unlocking the bootloader on the vzw variant. :mad:

    I can't wait to get my SGS3, but I hope I don't have to return it...
     
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    Serious freaking scumbags.
     
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    This

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