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Old August 11th, 2013, 08:05 AM   #1530 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by funkylogik View Post
Yeah i think one of the carriers did a Developer Edition sgs3 and it had all the features, just an unlocked bootloader (ive never experienced a locked bootloader nor do i pretend to understand what it really means lol). I dont understand why ANY device has a locked one.. seems insane
The bootloader tells the phone what to do when it first starts up (computers are really stupid things with no idea what they even are until they're told). By locking the bootloader, carriers make sure that the phone does what THEY want it to do, instead of allowing us to root and install a ROM (custom operating system) and letting the phone do what WE want it to do.

There are ways around a locked bootloader (i.e., bootstrap programs) but an unlocked phone is always better. And that's a very simplified version but I hope it helps

Sure if the Dev edition comes with all the bells and whistles but just unlocked, I'm all over it

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