News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday August 16, 2012.
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Verizon is the only U.S. carrier that sells the Galaxy S III with a locked bootloader, which makes it difficult for users to install custom ROM's onto the device. That's no longer a problem thanks to a new method that can flash an unsecured bootloader onto the Galaxy S III. Once a user roots a phone and then follows the steps outlined here, the Galaxy S III will be able to install custom software. A Mac or Linux computer is necessary for this method, but a Windows PC using Windows Ubuntu Installer is also compatible.
Unlocking the bootloader runs the risk of damaging a phone if a user installs the wrong software. Galaxy S III owners are cautioned to never install any custom software without first vetting that it is stable or at least compatible with their device. The developer who released the unlock method also warns that users should not install factory updates from Samsung because that might lead to problems. Users should instead opt for custom software that is designed specifically for unlocked Galaxy S III devices.source: XDA Developers Forum, via: Androinica
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