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

11 April, 2014 | Comments (65) | 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

  • Raghavendran

i want to unlock a samsung galaxy S5 new piece european model please help me out i am in dubai.....

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  • 2014-07-24 21:03
  • Hxc1
  • Yuck Sammy

WFT with the grey market, blacklisted imei and now region locked. These phone companies and the network provider are really corrupted. Back then selling my used phone was easy so i can take the extra cash to upgrade to the newer phone which they rele...

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  • 2014-05-23 07:20
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  • Ajith

Is Malaysia and India same region according to samsung?????

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  • 2014-05-10 15:09
  • ij2D