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Verizon's decision to lock its Galaxy S III bootloader means that users are unable to tinker with its operating system and install custom ROMs like CyanogenMod. The device can still be rooted, but users will be forever stuck with Samsung's version of Android with TouchWiz on top. Or will they?

Developers have now released a tool to unlock Verizon's bootloader on the Galaxy S III, allowing users to open up Samsung's latest handset to the wonderful world of custom ROMs. The process is pretty simple, and requires just four steps. But as is always the case with hacks like these, there are some caveats that you should be aware of before proceeding.

Adam Outler of the XDA Developers forum warns:

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.

Furthermore, this process will void your warranty. That means that even if your are successful with unlocking your bootloader, any hardware issues you run into later won't be covered.

Installing custom ROMs comes with some hefty sacrifices, then.

[via The Verge]