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

11 April, 2014 | Comments (81) | 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

  • Anonymous

i did the same thing i.e. dialed *#0011# on the dialer pad then it displayed service mode no service network:unblock IMEI certi:pass, 1 and when m trying to do further steps as said, i.e. to click on "back" is is not respondi...

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  • 2014-12-17 09:32
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  • Haresh

Well under CDMA the option 9 is not available. I have GSM devise

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  • 2014-12-16 12:53
  • utP3
  • sadiq

Here is the solution that I tried on the chinese s5 and note 4 1- In the dial pad, enter "* # 0011 #", will enter ServiceMode interface (if no response, just wait a while and try again) 2- Click on the top right corner of the three...

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  • 2014-12-08 16:47
  • mDfE