Hearing that Verizon is locking the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 bootloader shouldn’t come as a surprise, although that doesn’t help matters when reality hits home, and this had been seen with the evidence leaked online earlier this week. Verizon did the same with the Galaxy S3 when it landed on their network, which frustrates certain users who feel alienated.
The excitement to get the Galaxy Note 2 on Verizon will be enough for some people to turn a blind eye to certain features the carrier takes away, although the same couldn’t be said for thousands of users that are sick of Verizon locking down features they want. This means T-Mobile and AT&T can expect to receive custom from these people as long as they don’t lock down the Galaxy Note 2 as well.
Do you like to install custom ROMs on smartphones, and is this something you want to do with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2? The very reason Android is so popular is thanks to its freedom, and this is something Apple don’t give them with their closed OS, so hearing that Verizon is imposing restrictions like locking the bootloader is obviously not going to sit well with Android fans.
The problem for some people is the fact that they prefer Verizon’s network coverage and features overall, so these people will hope for an exploit like Galaxy S3 owners got shortly after they heard about the bootloader being locked.
Do you care more about installing custom ROMs on the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, or are you happier to see the device arriving on Verizon Wireless? You can read about the likely release month for the Galaxy Note 2 in this article, which states it will be in November for the United States and on multiply carriers. Do you know the network you’ll choose yet if you buy a SGN2?