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  1. m3incorp

    m3incorp Well-Known Member
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    Read today that there will soon be a Verizon Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition.

  2. what would be the difference?
  3. The_Chief

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    The difference, other than being $30 cheaper, is in the firmware. Everything else is identical. The bootloader will be unlocked (or at least unlockable)... allowing for easy rooting and installing custom ROMs. So attracted to this phone am I for THAT reason that I will factory reset my brand new, still-in-the-box Verizon Note 4 and turn it back in to Verizon. I will then order the Dev Edition from Samsung.

  4. how much space did you have after you turned the phone on?
  5. question729

    question729 Android Enthusiast

    Do these developer editions have less bloat?
  6. The_Chief

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    Ruh Roh.

    The Developer Edition Note 4 page at Samsung is DOWN! This is either a "Sorry, all our pre-orders are sold out" thing or a "Sorry, VZW threw a hissy fit and we've decided not to sell this device" thing. I'm not sure which, but I'm glad I didn't send my Note 4 back yet!



    Samsung sent me an email saying that my backordered "mobile accessory" was ready for purchase! But when I went online, the item was still listed as backordered.

    It's my phone and I need it NOW! :p

    So I called Sammy customer service to resolve the disconnect between the email and the webpage... and (name withheld to protect the guilty) told me that Samsung does not sell phones directly, and that I should talk to Verizon.



    She said the only thing Samsung sells online is mobile accessories... which will explain why, on my order page at Samsung.com, the "GN4 Developer Device" is listed under Accessories! That's apparently how they get around "not selling phones directly" :rolleyes:

    Problem is, the Mobile Accessories department isn't open on Sunday, so I have their toll-free number and I'm itching to call them.




    EDIT 2: To answer your question, Question, YES. It should arrive with a lot less bloat. As in NONE. Dev Edition devices are generally pure, unlocked versions of the same device that Verizon sells (while making huge $$$ on the side loading it up with bloatware). Now if, for some strange reason, it DOES arrive at your door bloated: be at peace! With an unlocked bootloader, it'll be a snap to root and remove all that bloat (better yet, freeze it all with Titanium Backup... some bloatware are system apps that might wreak havoc if removed).

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  7. question729

    question729 Android Enthusiast

    Hmm. I may have to check out the possibility of picking one up then!
  8. rushmore

    rushmore Extreme Android User

    I was considering the dev version, but worked out to over $600 difference from what I paid at BB. Would rather gamble on Lollipop bringing card writes back.

    Root will probably be dead though from that point onward for non dev devices. That or so difficult to root, most do not bother.
  9. The_Chief

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    Okay folks, the Developer Edition phones are available! That's the good news!

    The bad news is that getting one ordered is completely discombobulated! :thinking:

    The really good news is that I'm about to tell you how to do it! I learned this little trick from urmcgwy at XDA:

    NOTE: I previously pre-ordered this so I had the ability to do this. If you have, in the past week, gone to the Samsung site and saw the Developer Edition Note 4 with "add to cart", this should work. Otherwise, your mileage may vary.

    First of all, log into your Samsung account and go to your Cart. It should be empty. But underneath it is a link to the Mobile Accessories cart. click on that and make sure it's empty.

    Now open a Google search page and do a search for N910VMKEVZW

    Do a cached search through your Google history back to the time it was available, and click on it. The cached page with "Add to Cart" should appear. You know what to do:


    From that point forward, you proceed to checkout, fill in blanks (I had to really, really... exaggerate and embellish my "developer" record for the required fields), enter method of payment and buy the thing.

    And that's it! I hope it's as easy for you as it was for me. Kudos to Keisha at Samsung, who was fighting with the warehouse and basically banging her head against the wall trying to figure out how to get this ordered. Samsung, if you're reading this, that lady deserves a raise :)

    Good luck!
  10. nsa_sailor

    nsa_sailor Android Enthusiast

    No luck for me.
  11. The_Chief

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    Just because I ordered it doesn't mean anything, I suppose. I got an order confirmation, but they haven't hit my account yet and nothing's been shipped. :(

    Come on, Samsung, I turned my Note 4 back into Verizon yesterday! Get with it!
  12. The_Chief

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    Just because I ordered it doesn't mean anything, I suppose. I got an order confirmation, but they haven't hit my account yet and nothing's been shipped. :(

    Come on, Samsung, I turned my Note 4 back into Verizon yesterday! Get with it!
  13. twospirits

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    I take it that the Developers version is only limited to Verizon. No other carrier gets a developer version, correct?

  14. Joshuah22a

    Joshuah22a Android Enthusiast

    Omg why can't they make it for tmo bile been waiting for a pure android note since the note 2... ugh!
  15. The_Chief

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    At least THIS one, the first one, is for Verizon. Possibly a dig on their insistence for locked bootloaders ;)

    No guarantee that other carriers won't be offered... no guarantee that they will.
  16. The_Chief

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    It'll be here TOMORROW, and that's 3 days with free UPS shipping! To think I almost paid for overnight :rolleyes:

    <------ One happy Chief
  17. question729

    question729 Android Enthusiast

    I probably should've jumped on it before they hiked up the price.
  18. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guest

    This is the lowest priced GALAXY NOTE 4 available off-contract for any US carrier, & an unlocked Developer Edition no less.

    The only way you're gonna get a NOTE 4 cheaper is on-contract & it's not gonna be an unlocked Developer Edition.
  19. twospirits

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    This is true, but too bad other carriers don't have a version also.

  20. KOLIO

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    I'm not holding my breath either,I'm resigned to the normally-aspirated version on T-Mobile or the NOTE EDGE.

    Last couple of days been leaning towards the standard NOTE4,with the narrower grip & extra 200 mAh on the battery trumping the edge screen,as cool as it may be.

    The stores in my area can't keep stock,selling out the day it arrives,shipments coming in a couple hrs from now.

    If some NOTE4's are in the shipment,I'll prolly head out & pick one up today,only to have a Developer Edition arrive on T-Mobile after the return window expires........ :rolleyes:
  21. question729

    question729 Android Enthusiast

    I only meant that this thing was up on Samsung's site for about $660 or something earlier. Now it's at $699.99, same price that Verizon is selling their locked up version off contract for.
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  22. KOLIO

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    Nice price. I wonder if anyone was able to get one @ that price before it got yanked down.

    On my way to look at a normally-aspirated White model on T-Mobile as we speak.
    Not usually a fan of white phones, but,that's all that's available locally ATM.
    I don't keep any phone for very long anyhoo, so, as long as it doesn't look like something left behind by a flock of seagulls, I'll pick one up.
  23. KOLIO

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    Just got back from a local T-Mobile store,long story short,passed on the white & went w/the black,ordered via telesales,will be here tomorrow. :D

    To all on VZW getting the Developer Edition,CONGRATULATIONS! :party:

    See y'all 'round the rest of the NOTE4 Forum. :thumbup:
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  24. The_Chief

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    Unbelievable. Just unbelievable.

    I got my box from Samsung! Imagine my shock, stun and surprise to find THIS inside:


    So what's wrong with this picture?

    :mad: :mad: :mad:

    I immediately called Samsung and I hope that the rep was as genuinely concerned as he sounded at getting this fixed.

    I also got the wireless charging receiver for the Note 4 so I look forward to installing it...


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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 release date was October 2014. Features and Specs include a 5.7" inch screen, 16MP camera, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3220mAh battery.

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