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Geek communities start overflowing with ways to unlock locked Android devices, the moment they hit the shelves. Fans were expecting AT&T to distribute Samsung Galaxy S4 models unlocked just like they did with the Galaxy S3 and Note 2. But sadly, the carrier has announced that it will ship Galaxy S4 models with locked bootloaders.
A locked device prevents users from loading customized programs and software. The reason behind AT&T’s sudden decision is unknown.
Steve Kondik, the manager at custom CynagonMod ROM community confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S4s on AT&T substantiate the upturn and boot software loaded into the model prior to allowing it to function on the device. Users looking forward to load custom ROM is not recommended to procure the Samsung Galaxy S4on AT&T.
Bootloaders are codes, which instruct a gadget to load the OS, which has been mounted into the gadget. Android being an open source platform, users have an option to customize the software and utilize it as per their necessities.
AT&T is selling the 32 GB Samsung Galaxy S4 version at $250 on contract.
Alongside, AT&T, Verizon is expected to ship locked Galaxy S4 models. Verizon has not made any official statement over this, but considering its previous flagship devices, it is estimated that Verizon will sell its Samsung Galaxy S4s locked as well.
Recently, Sprint confirmed that its latest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with an unlocked bootloader.
The geek communities have already started buzzing over the locked Samsung Galaxy S4on AT&T. Some of them have already revealed a few unofficial ways of unlocking the devices, but a majority of them have accepted that AT&T’s Samsung Galaxy S4’s bootloader is successfully locked.
So, being unlockable, it may not be the most suitable Samsung Galaxy S4device for you to procure. On the contrary, Sprint has confirmed shipment of unlocked S4 devices and T-Mobile is being predicted to follow the same as it did with its previous flagship devices.