Verizon, apparently oblivious to how ridiculous it sounds, has blamed Samsung for the locked bootloader on the Galaxy S III. Because when every single variant in the US is unlocked except Verizon’s, it’s obviously Samsung’s evil doing. Anyone else laughing? No? Ok.
Thankfully, they decided to man up and take responsibility for their actions. They have released this statement:
“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.”
I’m just glad they aren’t blaming Samsung. Samsung is the company with the most open Android phones, and they definitely don’t need this bad press. And now we know it’s Verizon demanding locked bootloaders on what will be their biggest selling phone. Sorry Verizon customers, for those of you who were planning on rooting your phone, I suggest returning it. Yes, it already has root, and will have custom ROMs soon, but think about this. The carrier shouldn’t control you. As the consumer, you control them. Show them how you feel with your wallet, don’t get a locked down phone. Because if you buy it and root it, you’ve just given them money, encouraging further locking. I know it’s not easy to boycott such a device, but that’s the only way to stop locked bootloaders, and we have that power. However, if you somehow have no choice, rest easy in the fact that custom ROMs are definitely not impossible. Samsung’s bootloader lock has been easy to get by (thanks Samsung!).