Well I waited for Samsung to reconsider its position and since this is not the case I will not be buying the Note 3 or any other Samsung device after having owned the Galaxy, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab 7.7 and currently having the Galaxy S3 in my pocket. Didn't think of the S4 a smuch of an upgrade so decided to wait for the Note3 but I guess it will be the LG G2 after all...This all comes down to greed and utter contempt for customers. Plus, if I may add, how come a multi-billion euro company like samsung communicates so badly? Lies after lies! I never bought anything from Apple because of its locks and restrictions and i will never buy from Samsung again!
With locks and KNOX introduction Samsung has successfully entered the age of stupidity and naivety.
Keep locking yourselves out of me Samsung!!
Who cares? There is always a better Nexus around anyway...
Haha I dont believe it, they are making things up again, replacing one lie with another is exactly what big liars always do.
Well, even if 5 min call works, Samsung products of all types are never gonna see my money again. Such outrageous behavior, it's hard to believe how they can do this, it's madness gone mad.
[deleted post]What you choose to believe is your problem, the reality is only one: they will region lock existing (non-locked) phones in the next updates (official claim from a Samsung representative).
Here you go. Samsung has clarified it clearly. So now you can stop crying like girls.
I'm so lucky my Note is still on 4.0.4 and long forgotten by Samsung when it comes to updates :)
Be Cool, 14 Nov 2013You have a great point.
I hope this should not be on the OS upgrades or updates. It should be... moreActually it's creeping its way to all recent Samsung devices with those 4.3 updates..
Good that Chainfire came out with a solution to deactivate the region lock. Only Note 3 supported as of now, but I'm sure the list will expand quiet soon.
same here..i have imported my note 2 from france and im really worried if updating my phone will lock it
All the iboys here pretend to be a bunch of "disappointed Note 3 users", converted to G2 dying of love fans.:)
I love that dumb iTrick.(last month they pretend to be "HTC-One lovers")
But it didn't help much, too.
so families buying S4 note 3 family phones in usa uk germany etc - phones NOT USABLE IN ASIA AFRIKAS ISRAEL ! HOW CLEVER SAMSUNG -for a few extra $$.. sorry for students travelling regions -unable to afford high roaming charges .. 2013 soon 2014 WHERE ART THOU GODS !
USA gave this world GREAT SOCIAL LEVELLERS- mass communucations colas burgerfries Jeans emailnetworks social media .. in comes samsung - BAD UNCARING GUNSLINGERS.. BACKLASH against samsung in USA shall be hard and painful ..wait n see.
Anonymous, 14 Nov 2013Goodbye from me, and Hello to Motorola. (From someone who has had a i9000, a i9300, and presen... morelike your fighting spirit ..yes we agree samsung have been cheats on this region lock deceptions lies ..question- is this samsung swine flu which shall become epidemic -corporate deceptions liars stealths making fools of trusting loyal customers ! we still need good high tech handsets though ..
samsung region lock on s4 backported via 4.3 update is disgraceful dishonest cheating especially germany samsung LIARS !!! WE HAVE HAD S4 SINCE JUNE 2013 and used with correct network sim ..yet after 4.3 update earlier a few days ago- samsung region lock HAS BEEN APPLIED BY DECEPTION BY SAMSUNG ..WHY ? BEFORE the update - no mention of region lock by STEALTH .. PITY ! ALL this samsung frauds on customers NOTHING to do with socalled grey sales !!!! we had unlocked international version from legal sources -paid full market price .. good job apple is kicking samsung hard in USA courts ..
Common_636, 14 Nov 2013Samsung may lose many consumers for this. for persons like myself that has to import my unlock phonePeople also forget that Samsung has a pretty silly policy (in my opinion anyway) of only making 3g versions of certain phones (S4, Note 3) in some countries.
This is being done even though there are carriers who will have or are just beginning to get 4g/LTE service in those countries (Thailand for example). People who want 4g were bringing in phones bought in other countries/regions, now I guess they'll be buying competitor's phones to get 4g functionality.
In the case of the S4 and Note 3, Samsung created this problem by having phones with different 2g/3g/4g radio combinations.
Samsung could stop all this silliness by not worrying about the additional 35-50 USD difference in cost for offering the phone with the appropriate 2g/3g/4g radios for each country.
I won't even get into the fiasco their Snap400/Exynos chipset created on the S4.
All Samsung is doing is turning customer's off with this nonsense.
also the mentioned non-EU-Countries on the label (Foto of source-text) are included! The German "sowie" means "besides"! Greetings, Robert
Was going to buy a Note 3, but will stay away from Samsung phones until they do away with this B.S.
Making their grey market distribution problem the consumer's problem is not the solution. Besides, how long do you think it will be before people who are making money on the grey market sales figure a work around?
Bad move Samsung.
Be Cool, 14 Nov 2013LOL. G2 who?
Nothing compare with Note 3, man. Remember it!
And no "lock" there,... moreI like samsung, but whether you like it or not this is total BS from them. Yeah, the Note 3 might be the best product in the market but the there are some other good choices like the LG G2, where I won't have to be worried about some stupid company coming up with a stupid idea and spoiling my smartphone experience.
Samsung seriously isn't worth it, they are now in the same category with Apple on my list.
Be Cool, 14 Nov 2013LOL. G2 who? Nothing compare with Note 3, man. Remember it! And no "lock" there,... morelike it or not, LG G2 its one of the best smartphones of all time, this is just the beginning of Samsung's end, LG its on the come up & have proved its here to stay