Samsung may not realize it but there are a number of us who buy a smartphone, immediately root it and install custom software. In fact, I don’t have a single Android smartphone in my house that runs stock Samsung firmware other than the new S7 and S7 Edge.
It’s a real turn off for customers like myself who have been Samsung Android smartphones over the years and a straight-up betrayal. It’s like they just killed off one the their most rabid fans, fans who love the product so much they actually root it and install custom ROMs.
Of course, one of the biggest problems with Samsung is that it’s a mega-corporation. They are so big they really don’t care about the Samsung rooting community, and really boils down to making the most dollars for them. While they have done so well in the past, Samsung probably don’t realize they just shot themselves in the foot.
If you have a GSM carrier such as AT&T or T-Mobile, you can grab the international Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge which come with unlocked bootloaders.
And finally, it might be the big 4 U.S. carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, or Verizon who have conspired to screw the consumers. T-Mobile’s CEO John Legere has said that it wasn’t T-Mobile and he was going to get the bootloader unlocked. Now that was a few months ago so either he is lying or he’s probably laughing his ass off in his office for screwing T-Mobile customers.