Originally Posted by lilbordr
Thanks. I ended up using the Verizon repair tool which actually did a pretty good job. It put 4.4.2 back on unfortunetly. After that it was Towel Root then TiBu restore. So is safe strap the only way around the locked bootloader? Can I JTAG?
Yes safestrap is the only way around. Unfortunately you can only flash NE1 based ROMs via safestrap and there aren't any custom ones out yet that I know of. I believe the devs need kernel source released before whipping up some updated ROMs with the new base.
Regarding JTAG the guys at mobiletechvideos apparently found a way to downgrade the s3 to the 4.1.2 firmware which would allow you to unlock your bootloader again. I have not heard of anyone on here that has tried that service, though.
Current Phone: Samsung Galaxy S III
Current ROM: SlimKat
Previous Phone: Samsung Droid Charge (sold)