Verizon Locks-Down Galaxy S III Bootloader

If word of Verizon’s weird WiFi-as-a-notification scheme didn’t have you shaking your fist in frustration at the carrier already, we’ve got more some news from new Galaxy S III owners that might be just the thing to get you riled-up. Unlike the GS3 handsets for everyone else, Verizon’s model apparently has a locked bootloader.

As a consequence, there isn’t yet any known way to root the Verizon Galaxy S III. While a locked bootloader is a major roadblock towards seeing that realized, there’s a flurry of activity over on the XDA-Developers forums that might lead to some sort of solution.

One promising avenue concerns a user who picked up a supposedly-new Verizon GS3 that may have already been successfully re-flashed before he purchased it. Right now, devs are waiting to see if a dump can be made, and something learned from that handset’s software.

You can bet that everyone’s eyes are going to be on the next Samsung Android to hit Verizon, to see if this trend continues; we’ve got a bad feeling that it might.

Source: XDA-Developers forum
Via: Android Central

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!