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

11 April, 2014 | Comments (88) | Post your comment

Tags: Samsung, Android

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

  • austom

What you describe is a solution for a sim card lock but not for region lock. These are two different issues. You may buy an unlocked version from Europe, bring it to China and it still does not work. That is called region lock. Call 5 min with a Eu...

  • Reply
  • 2015-02-28 15:21
  • vexy
  • Unna

Samsung A7 network error unlock SIM pin no

  • Reply
  • 2015-02-25 11:08
  • H4vy
  • sukh 4

Sir i have bought note 4 from singapore to india it requires region code pls help

  • Reply
  • 2015-02-23 14:06
  • rKTH