Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition debuts for Verizon users

The developer edition of Samsung's flagship phone can be had for $650.

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Verizon Wireless subscribers interested in the Galaxy S4 Developer Edition can now order one directly through Samsung.

Selling for $650, the unlocked developer edition offers all the features of the standard S4. But as per its name, it's geared toward developers and other people who want to tweak the phone without running into the obstacles posed by the locked version.

An unlocked boot-loader gives you the ability to reprogram the phone with custom ROMs that carry only the OS and basic apps. You can then install a variety of apps of your own choosing and make other changes.

The phone comes in mist black and is compatible with Verizon's 3G and 4G networks.

Samsung was also due to offer a version of the developer edition for AT&T subscribers. But that model is still nowhere to be found.

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.


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