So, long story short: I saw that the Samsung Galaxy S9 was supported as a LineageOS device, which was *the only reason* I got one yesterday.
I learned the hard was that the US version of this phone that I bought (model number: SM-G960U) has a locked bootloader, so a custom ROM isn’t an option.
My question is this: Is *any* level of privacy possible on a bootloader locked Galaxy S9 through apps or any other means? Is it possible to de-Google-ify the thing? Or do I need to take this bad boy back before the 14 day return period is over?
I’m with Verizon, and (because I didn’t think it mattered what carrier I was with) I didn’t think to look up carrier specific restrictions, but now that I have, it seems like Verizon is frighteningly good at keeping the bootloaders in their phones locked. If I want any privacy at all, would I need to switch carriers? Or is it enough to just switch phones?
(I understand that having a cellphone that is bluetooth, WiFi, radio, and GPS capable is pretty much not going to allow you complete privacy – my major concern was that I avoided the Google phones in my store and I switched to this Samsung phone from an iPhone because I wanted a phone I had a little bit more control over as far as privacy is concerned. I was so disappointed to find out that the Galaxy phones use the Google suite and I can’t flash the ROM.)