Re: Ouch! @EddieD
It would have been nice to happen to all HTC phones. I bought an Amaze 4G in December 2011. It came, of course, locked. I was able, using HTC's site, to get a code to unlock the bootloader so I can install new ROMs, but I did not get S-OFF.
S-OFF came relatively late, probably 6 months (which means ages in mobile) in the life of the phone, and it implies a wire trick, not only messing around with software. See for yourself http://unlimited.io/juopunutbear.htm
I am not even sure if there are more complicated procedures to get S-OFF on any other Android phone.
The fact that it is hard to S-OFF and the method came late made a lot of developers leave the Amaze 4G, and as a consequence the ROM variety is not that great, which is a factor for me when choosing a phone.
The phone hardware is nice, but HTC would have to be light years ahead of everyone next time I will buy a phone to be even considered in my choice. Before I had an HTC/Tmobile G2, which was easier to S-OFF.
I never owned a Samsung, so I can't comment on that.