Monday, July 9, 2012

The Verizon lockdown

     So here we are once again...  As you all know by now, Verizon has decided that their pristine network cant handle the few of us that like to flash ROMs, install CM and other custom ROMs, and generally use our phones in a manner in which we see fit after paying for the device.
     After blaming Samsung earlier (how stupid considering the circumstances), they put out this clarifying statement:

Verizon Wireless has established a standard of excellence in customer experience with our branded devices and customer service. There is an expectation that if a customer has a question, they can call Verizon Wireless for answers that help them maximize their enjoyment and use of their wireless phone. Depending on the device, an open bootloader could prevent Verizon Wireless from providing the same level of customer experience and support because it would allow users to change the phone or otherwise modify the software and, potentially, negatively impact how the phone connects with the network. The addition of unapproved software could also negatively impact the wireless experience for other customers. It is always a delicate balance for any company to manage the technology choices we make for our branded devices and the requests of a few who may want a different device experience. We always review our technology choices to ensure that we provide the best solution for as many customers as possible.

      This line of thinking is so screwed up its not even funny.  You have a Nexus.  Its unlocked.  People all over have custom ROMs on their Nexus.  Is your network failing  because of it?  How does this make sense?  You have a Nexus, yet decide to lock down the SGS3?  

      Another silly bit of reading in this statement is the fact they claim that a boot loader unlock is at the request of a few...  If that is the case, why bother locking it?  Verizon has bought themselves a post on most major tech blogs, all the Android blogs, and this little insignificant one...  And in ALL cases, the hundreds of comments, the vast majority of comments on twitter and Facebook, are about 99% negative.    Is all this continuing negative press worth it??  Because it's not just "the few" that read those articles.

     Every single carrier worldwide, including ATT, TMO, Sprint and US Cellular here in the US, have the SGS3 with an unlocked boot loader.  All of them.  Except Verizon because the tiny little 1% of us are going to damage their pristine network because we install a custom ROM on the device?  Not only do you choose to lock down the SGS3 for "the few", but you also insult their intelligence by that statement.  The above statement is aimed at the average consumer, not at the people who are complaining about the boot loaders.

     Finally, by now, Verizon should now realize that Android devs are WAY smarter than Verizon techs will ever be (see the Motorola lockdowns).   In spite of that stupid decision, the idiotic statement, and your stance, root was achieved in less than 24 hrs.  How does that feel?  You spent how much paying so call techs to come up with a locking solution, only to have it cracked in less than 24 hrs?  And you have to realize that the bootloader will be cracked.  And CM10 and custom ROMs WILL be flashed on that SGS3... By "the few" of us who enjoy that.

     Just seems idiotic that I can buy a $700 phone, and when I get it, I can take it home, write on it.  I can scratch it.  I can throw it against the wall.  I can void its warranty if I choose and tear it apart.  I can even drop it on the floor and stomp on it with my feet if I wish.  Why?  Because its MINE...  But I cant flash a custom ROM.  And oh I can hear some of you now saying that "well, it's THEIR network".  LOL  Really?  What if I want to use it on wifi only?  How about if I just want to buy an SGS3, root it, flash CM10 and use it wifi only.  No, I cant even do that.  

     Well, I can.  From any other carrier in the world.

     And I guess that is the answer.  Verizon has proven to be a VERY unfriendly carrier for people who like to play with their phones.  So dont be surprised when those people leave for other carriers.  Dont try to be friendly and "address their concerns".  You can't.

     Unless you wish to make things right and provide an unlocking solution to "the few".



  1. Time to switch to Sprint!! LOL!!

  2. If I switch, it will be to ATT or TMO. No sense in sticking with CDMA

    1. I'm actually about to go to work for (Wireline side)

  3. I've always hated the eVil provider anywho they have horrible customer service and I've actually heard they are the top offender of handing over your records to the gov?