Samsung Galaxy Note 2 frustration with Verizon

By Daniel Chubb - Sep 23, 2012

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?

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  • spotswood

    I’m staying with Verizon…not worth losing my unlimited data because of the bootloader situation… plus, some kid from Seattle will figure a root formula in a month or two from its release date. 😉

    • Getting root su permissions is not the same as unlocking the boot loader. Rooting is for using apps that require a higher level of permissions to function properly. Bootloader is for installing other os versions like my GS facinate and DX have ics and google now. google now needs su permisssions to flash into the system and installing ICS usually requires the bootloader to be unlocked. the dx is different lol

  • Archererlink3

    Jelly Bean should be plenty sexy looking for most everyone, none the less the hacker community found a way around this problem with the Galaxy S3 and will probably do it again with this phone. I am more than definitely going to get this phone even though I have Verizon.

  • David

    author (Daniel): learn English!! it isn’t “Apple don’t”. duh. it’s “Apple doesn’t”. sigh.

  • I have a good deal through my parents’ work for Verizon, and I got grandfathered into unlimited data, so I’m just hoping for the exploit

  • Antonio Haile

    Verizon is so lame for this, at&t or sprint it is!

    • jj

      sprint network is slow. done with 2yr contract in a wk. just got the s3 for verizon. still got my epic touch for sprint and testing data load pages. data is super really really slow on sprint. its like porshe vs prius type speeds

      • was the source of your data to the devices coming from the same tower? if not then you might be getting different speeds from the distance the towers are from you. easy way to ckeck is shut off wifi and gps for a while then tirn on maps and see where it pegs you. busually it says your at the nearest tower.

  • Jillxz

    I don’t care that it has a locked bootloader. Doesn’t affect me in any way.

  • I plan on getting one, Locking it down means nothing to me. In fact, if locking it down means that it is more stable, then I am all for that!

    • Joe

      It doesn’t…

    • means you can’t uninstall their bloatwares,
      probably can’t custom rom
      probably can’t wifi-tether
      but I’m very hopeful someone will come up with the workaround and I’ll be watching their youtube thereafter

      • spotswood

        app: foxfi

        You can tether without needing to root your phone and worrying about an extra charge on your bill. enjoy 😉

    • no, it does not. Can some ROM’s be more unstable? Of course, but any research will quickly show what is a stable build and what is not. I recommend unlocking and custom ROM’s for very few people as it does take some knowledge (less needed every day though) and it can be scary at times. But I will never buy a phone that I am not 100% sure I can unlock. I probably will never buy anything that is not a ‘nexus’ experience device. I would love a Note 2 for its size and its battery (the battery on my gNex is poop) but maybe some day a nexus device will have a larger battery. I can assure you that my current ROM (CM10 nightly) is faster and more stable than the Verizon blessed JB build. And I get better battery life (still bad)

  • luikiedook

    “Apple don’t give them”?????????!

    • In UK English, “Apple don’t” is correct. Just like “the team don’t” and “the committee don’t.”

      • luikiedook

        in U.S. English they are all incorrect. Red necks and others would say it that way though.

  • Im getting the Note 2!! ;D

  • gimme a note

    I dont care about the lock. Like another i would preferthe loss of bloatware. Thatdamned blockbuster app makes less likelyto ever set foot in a blockbuster store and i hate them as a company for what amounts to spam. My contract is up in dec. I have loved my droid 2 for two years but its time for something bigger. Andi need bigger touse a. Virtual keyboard. The stylus intrigues me and i hope at can be used for simple writing of emails. It will be a choice between note and s3 for me.

  • I am a current Verizon user. My Droidx is up for renewal in November. I’ve had my eye on the Galaxy Note II for quite some time. I sorta have mixed feelings about the stylus thing. I guess I could just now use it. The stylus-specific menus only activate when the stylus is removed. However, now I am just hearing rumors about the Samsung Galaxy S4 being released in late February 2013. 5 inch screen….no stylus….hmm….
    As far as the Galaxy Note II being locked…that sucks but I hear that ATT does it with there phones too ?? I’d be satisfied if Verizon shipped the phone without their bloatware. Nearly 2 year in with my Droidx and I stull refuse to update Blockbuster & the Amazon MPS apps….. 🙁

    • i was doing some research on samsung galaxy s4 and they said it was a false rumors about galaxy s4 releasing nxt year…

      • note_lover

        I heard it is only a rumor

      • There most certainly will be a GS4 next year. I dont think it will be February like the rumor suggested but it “should” be around the same time of year that the GS3 was released. Just as sometime around September next year we will see the iPhone 5S released and sometime around October next year we can expect to see a GNote 3 being released.

        • Even if you choose to wait for the GS4, when it comes out the GS5 will be only a year away. You have to settle at some point. I choose to settle on the Note 2.

    • Rex_D

      I have waited before and don’t recommend it. Get a phone when you are ready and enjoy the hell out of it for the next 2 years. As long as you get one that is well reviewed!! You really are missing out not upgrading to 4g. These newer phones are so much better than the Orig Droid and Droid X. You will be blown away. Quit worrying about making the wrong choice and regretting when a newer phone comes out that you didn’t wait. Enjoy what you have. Why not get the Galaxy S III?? Or a Razr Maxx? I have a Droid Charge and it is still a fantastic phone. I waited 8 months for a Bionic and finally gave up. The Bionic does nothing different, so I am glad I stopped waiting.

      • note_lover

        My words exactly. Sure, there are always going to be that ‘better” phone on the horizon so people would never get a phone if they’re always waiting for the next best thing. The Galaxy S3 and the Galaxy Note 2 are two awesome phones and I’m sure you would be more than pleased with either of them.

        • spotswood

          People, it’s called eBay. Buy the phone and sell the old one. It’s been serving me well for the last 10 or so phones 😉

    • eccoo damo

      First thing, this is not your average stylus, this is comparable to wacom type stylus. And you need to try it out before writing it off. One of the main reasons I am getting the Note 2 is because of the S-pen and this is Samsung flagship Phone. You can wait for the S4 in Feb but don’t be suprised at that time that it was just a rumor.

      • note_lover

        I’ve heard that it ‘is’ only a rumor, possibly started by an Apple fan/customer, to try and kill sales of the Galaxy S3 & Galaxy Note 2. They figured if people think a Galaxy S4 is around the corner, they will hold off and not purchase a current Galaxy phone at this time. I can’t personally can’t wait for the Galaxy Note 2 and will be getting it the day it’s released!

      • Thanks ! I am planning on not ordering the Note II until I can get one in my hands to play with. The Stylus thing may be fine…lord knows how many times I’ve cursed my fat fingers on my current phone.

    • am with verizon too and my upgrade is due this november and I’ve been eying on note since months and then this Note 2 rumor came and finally it’s coming this november. Thank god, I don’t have to pay 500-600 dough, since upgrade cost far lesser than that and am not quite worried about their bootloader locked or not, someone out there will outsmart them and release their witty ways to do stuffs anyway.. jailbreak in iphone and rooting in android.. there’s always a way, just gotta wait a month after it’s release and bammmmm, I’ll be installing custom roms.. hopefully 😀