One of the key contributors to Samsung's success story has been the big guy Galaxy Note. According to ongoing rumors, the company is likely to release the successor to the Galaxy Note, "Galaxy Note 2", later this year to rival Apple iPhone 5, which is also expected to arrive during this fall.
Galaxy Note 2 owners on Verizon will be able to enjoy anew the excitement of flashing custom ROMs on the popular Samsung phablet, thanks to the bootloader unlock modification from XDA Developers.
Verizon shuttered down access to the Note 2 bootloader earlier this month via the security patches the telco deployed but according to Droid Life, a fix is now available for those wanting to enjoy the device beyond Samsung's fences.
For the jailbreak to act as it should be, Note 2 users need to port the following to their device: CASUAL (Cross-platform ADB Scripting, Universal Android Loader), Odin, BAV Baseline, and the Back Atcha Verizon Bootloader file.
Note that BAV Baseline is a must in rooting the Samsung phablet while the Back Atcha Verizon is the bootloader with the important provisions of recovery in the event the process is met with complications.
That being said, XDA Developers warned that while freeing the Note 2 opens up new horizon for its owners it also entails downsides, the most of which is 'bricking' the gadget, transforming it into a gorgeous and expensive paperweight.
But this grim outlook is completely avoidable by careful study of all the information contained on this link: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2118348&highlight=bootloader, according to Droid Life, adding that all the files mentioned above can be found on the same URL.
Now, for those planning to grab the Note 2 but is gravitating to rely on Sprint instead, Amazon Wireless is offering the 5.5-inch device exclusively for new customers for only $US99, per reports by Phandroid.com.
Those already on Sprint can avail of the same package, which requires lock-in period, but they need to pay more.
To get a second Sprint line plus the Galaxy Note 2, customers will have to pay upfront $US170. An upgrade, on the other hand, will cost $30 bucks more to get a hold of the powerful Samsung gadget.
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