Verizon's version of the Samsung Galaxy S III is reportedly shipping with a locked bootloader, much to the consternation of the developer community. According to XDA forum members who received their devices early this week, the bootloader on Verizon's GS III has been encrypted, rendering it exceedingly more difficult to hack. A user at RootzWiki, however, claims to have successfully rooted the device using a five-step workaround that's received largely positive feedback thus far.

News of Verizon's locked GS III comes as something of a surprise, especially in light of the fact that models from AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint have all shipped with unlocked bootloaders. We've reached out to both Samsung and Verizon for comment, and will update this post as soon as we receive more information.

Update: Verizon has confirmed that the bootloader is locked.