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Did Verizion Really Just Unlock the Bootloader For The Galaxy S III?

It’s kind of funny actually, after all the trouble Verizon has been giving the XDA Community and in general users of the Samsung Galaxy S III, they have actually unlocked the bootloader. Just kidding, an XDA member did it. The moment I saw this, my instant thought was, “That’ll show Verizon!” I am so glad someone managed to crack that touch sucker to let the floods of ROMs unleash.

Verizon’s decision has definitely made a full circle around the planet. It all started off with tons of angry customers when Verizon had formally announced that the bootloader will be locked on their Galaxy S III. Soon after, hope rose from the ashes of angry customers after the miss-informed Verizon was corrected by Samsung. A few Samsung representatives had told many different people that an update for their Galaxy S III would be out soon that would unlock the bootloader on the device. Verizon, of course, brought the dark black rain cloud back over customers and quickly denied Samsung’s statements. Verizon left everyone with only the hope of an XDA superhero to find a way in cracking Verizon’s locked up bootloader.

Well, as said earlier, that day has come thanks to XDA superhero, AdamOutler. Thanks to him, we now have detailed instructions on how to unlock your Verizon Galaxy S III bootloader. Before we list all of the instructions though, it is vital to understand and read AdamOutler’s precautionary statement first. Listen up and read carefully:

Let me make this clear. If Samsung updates your device’s bootloaders, using this tool could potentially brick your device. Once you apply this, never accept a factory update without first flashing the Odin Packages in the Original Post of this thread. As a general rule, you want to be the last guy to apply any Samsung update. Run custom. 

As of the date of this posting, this works great on Linux and it should work wonderfully on Mac too. If you’re using Windows, I recommend downloading Windows Ubuntu Installer(WUBI) to install Ubuntu from within Windows.

For starters, you’re going to need the install files, just click the link below:

Install Files

Instructions For Unlocking The Bootloader:

  • Open this file
  • Select Root with DebugFSRoot and Do It
  • Select Flash Unsecure Aboot and Do It
  • Use Odin or CWM to flash kernels to your device

It is vital that you remember the risk you’re taking when trying to unlock the bootloader. If you’re not experienced in rooting or not comfortable with the steps, please, by all means do not attempt unlocking the Galaxy S III. From what we know so far, this is still a very new process and it would be best to wait a few days, maybe even a week or two before trying to unlock the device. Just to see what other people’s experiences with this method is. Remember, as a standard internet rule, make sure it does not break someone elses phone before doing it yourself (that may be a tough rule to implement in a non-virtual environment)!

One the other hand, as said above, if you’re an experienced user and know what you’re doing, give it a shot and tell us your experience with the whole process in the comments!

source: XDA