Samsung Galaxy S5 also region-locked, here are the details

11 April, 2014 | Comments (76) | Post your comment

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Just like the Galaxy Note 3 before it, the Samsung Galaxy S5 packs a region lock. To get rid of it, Galaxy S5 customers need not only to activate, but also make a cumulative calls over 5 minutes in their region before transferring and using it overseas carriers.

Back in November last year, Samsung issued a statement detailing the locks. The phonemaker stated that the region lock stems grey market imports. The 5 minutes of voice calls have to be made using a SIM card from a carrier from the designated region.

Here is what's stated on the European Galaxy S5 box:

European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.

Countries in the European Economic Area (EEA):

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania , Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Croatia

Non-EU/EEA countries:

Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Vatican City




Samsung Galaxy S5 also region-locked, here are the details - reader comments

  • Anonymous

I m using S5 from dubai just wanted to know weather this fone is suitable to use in Singapore region or not?

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  • 2014-11-19 13:12
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  • Cynthia

Call customer service number at T-Mobile. They can unlock your Galaxy S5 for you if you have met the following criteria: -You have had your phone and plan for more than 14 days -You have paid $100 into your plan already Hope this helps yo...

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  • 2014-10-26 02:12
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  • AriYa

hey im from India and I buy samsung s5 from bangkok bt my india sim is not working if i insert my sim phone shows emergency calls please can u say how can i get a network in my phone

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  • 2014-10-24 01:25
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