Originally Posted by ThirstyDog
can this bloatware easily be removed by uninstalling it?
Rooting is the same thing as getting admin access on your PC.
Out of box you don't have it, only your carrier or Samsung.
If any bloatware is installed in the /system (or other protected) folder, then you can uninstall it by rooting. No big deal really, just a different path than you may be used to if you've never rooted.
Sometimes carrier bloatware is easily uninstallable without root.
Sometimes you can deactivate it without root. It will still take some marginal storage on your phone, but it won't/can't run.
I guess that we'll have to wait and see which carrier does what with which bloatware.
I'd be very surprised if there were just one answer.