07
Jul
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Of the four major US carriers to receive the Galaxy S III, Verizon is the only one to lock down the bootloader. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move. Nevertheless, enterprising hackers over at XDA and RootzWiki have successfully managed to circumvent the lock, achieve root, and flash ClockworkMod recovery. If you're on Verizon and anticipating owning a Galaxy S III, congratulations: your phone is yours again.

The process is laid out on both sites. Achieving root seems to be a fairly simple process if you're familiar with Odin (a common, easy-to-use tool for flashing Samsung devices). However, installing CWM requires a bit of ADB and command line use, so if you're not comfortable with that, you might want to wait a little while longer. The full instructions can be found via the source links below.

Of course, this root has been achieved before Verizon has even managed to get the device in its own stores. This leaves us to wonder why they even bother locking the device down at all, if the lockdown methods are so ineffective. Ah, well. Such is the way of the carriers.

Source: RootzWiki, XDA (1), (2)

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • http://twitter.com/Arjyparjy Dark Magician
  • http://www.mobiletechview.com J_Dav1

    They have also got it to boot an unsigned kernel, but the process is more of a proof of concept. Hopefully someone cracks that bootloader when more devs get phones.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    "Of course, this root has been achieved before Verizon has even managed to get the device in its own stores. This leaves us to wonder why they even bother locking the device down at all, if the lockdown methods are so ineffective."

    Here! Here! I couldn't have said it better.

    The issue has only been known for a couple of days, and it's already been defeated. What's the point? I sorta just wish somebody would step up and say that they've got statistical evidence that locked bootloaders get less customer service issues or that there are legitimate security threats. As it stands, it seems like they just put this stuff out there to play a pointless game with their customers.

  • http://twitter.com/Arjyparjy Dark Magician

    wow wow wow they just have root, they havent defeated the bootloader at all

  • james carroll

    they locked it down to keep people from hard bricking (yes people have already done it...)! but this isnt Motorola or HTC, THIS... IS... SAMSUNG!!! and they (if it ever happens) use a very lite lock down. samsung are DEV phones ( hence the reason for the nexus s and galaxy nexus being samsung) they will listen to VZW but will also make it easy to go around....

  • Matthew Fleisher

    I've been reading and studying and plan to root my Sprint GS3 today.

  • banjoonmyknee

    So glad they got this done AFTER my phone shipped so that Verizon disable for me the great work the XDA team has done.

  • banjoonmyknee
  • http://twitter.com/dark_funk dark_funk

    There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the locked bootloader is for and why it is there, it will instantly disappear and Verizon will replace it with something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

    • Jason Hanford-Smith

      Well spotted!

  • Travis Frehafer

    This phone will be mine in 3 days an I appreciate the update Mr. Ravenscraft. I thought i was going to have to wait t few weeks to brick my phone during root like you ;)

  • Ken

    I love the developer community...Verizon is trying to control them but they rebel and beat them down!! Stick it to them guys!

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