Phone locking is a deal breaker. I don't understand why in a state of freedom you can't use your phone freely even if you pay for the full price. I buy it, I own it, I can use it with whomever I want. You have no right to lock my phone! If you get you phone locked, I get your phone ditched. Such a jerk!
MM1988, 25 Feb 2016But how about the phones sold on contract through the carrier's online store and delivered by ... morei think once the customer received the phone they will need to call customer service for assistance in setting up the phone
Seriously, it's not a big deal, samsung still sell the one which is unlocked, and regarding regional lock that's not something new, every manufacturer does that, for years, you'll only need to make a phone call in the country you bought the phone then it'll be unlocked and you can go travel with it anywhere, so there's no reason for you to worry.
Anonymous, 25 Feb 2016Hello, you may be 100% correct but I do not know if Samsung has changed this behavior or polic... moreLast year i brought a note 5 for my brother in india from malaysia.i used it from malaysia for 2 days but i change into indian sim asked for "network unlocked code".I contact service centre but they said they can't help me.then i call to the dealer in malaysia where i brought the phone.he said its very simple to unlock the phone.the solution he said was simple just put ur malaysian sim & call for 6 minutes from that number(international outgoing call) it'll be automatically unlock.you are still under warranty.you'll get all updation from samsung & just like a normal phone
Hmm...As long as we can pay on the net to get an unlock code I'll be fine with it. No different than my other (S4) phone.
As for one users comment about 'losing' information if you change a SIM...not clear on that...unless the user is saving stuff to the SIM card; which is completely silly now days.
sr777, 25 Feb 2016People, it won't lock all the phones to carrier, only the ones specifically designed for carri... moreAlso, there are some services offered by Samsung or Apple (Apple Music or Apple Pay or Milky by Samsung) are specific to a certain region. This region has to be selected and cannot be changed frequently based on your travel profile.
But how about the phones sold on contract through the carrier's online store and delivered by courier? It means that an employee from the carrier will have to open the box, insert a sim card, setup the phone and then send it.
Just an FYI, the Samsung stores in British Columbia all sell carrier locked phones. They do not sell unlocked phones. I paid full price at a Samsung store expecting an unlocked phone and nope.
Also, even if it is carrier locked, you can still unlock the phone via third party.
Anonymous, 25 Feb 2016Hello, you may be 100% correct but I do not know if Samsung has changed this behavior or polic... morei love how sammy give you back your memory card slot .. but make it so it cant be used as intermal memory, just storage..
then lock your phone so you cant resell it (since most people buy from carriers so will end up with locked phones).
we will probably see a post tomorrow showing they are starting a sim unlock feature for a small fee .. because they care sooo much about their customers.
if you are going ot buy one of those phones and you travel and use other sims.. youd beter make sure you buy the sim free version...
People, it won't lock all the phones to carrier, only the ones specifically designed for carriers. Other phones will stay unlocked no matter how many sims you change.
And regarding region lock, all manufacturers do this, that is why some phones get updates eearlier and some little late.
DarkReed, 25 Feb 2016Learn to read guys. Samsung will make two versions of their phones: One for selling freely ... moreYes, but in both cases they will be region locked also. It doesn't matter if it is carrier locked or sim-free model. Both will be region locked!
Zahid Hasan, 25 Feb 2016As far as I can remember, say you buy a EU region specific S7 from an EU country. You should t... moreHello, you may be 100% correct but I do not know if Samsung has changed this behavior or policy re unlocking region locked phone. Samsung never gave us clear instructions on how to unlock a regional locked phone. It was always very vague from what I can remember and doesn't give me confidence. I need to travel and use local sims in different regions. If I don't know exactly how to unlock this I will have to go with Xiaomi Mi 5 or LG 5. Sorry Samsung! This region locking is really confusing at least to me
Learn to read guys.
Samsung will make two versions of their phones: One for selling freely (without SIM-Lock) and another to sell to Phone-blocking carriers.
Currently the model works like this: Let's say AT&T needs 5,000 Samsung phones, T-Mobile needs 3,000 and Verizone needs 1,000. Samsung haves to pre-lock every phone, making them match the pre-loaded code with the one on the SIM-Card and then loading the carrier's apps.
On the new model, they will produce "Blank" SIM-locked phones, that scans the code on the first SIM-Card they get loaded with, then save the same code. Then, maybe trough a webpage or a Samsung/Carrier-Provided software, the carrier's apps will be loaded.
Read carefully the article and you'll see this will be implemented only on Carrier-locking phones, while still producing and selling unlocked phones to use them with any carrier.
HEUY, 25 Feb 2016the editor makes this whole thing even more cryptic, does this mean the s7 will only be locked... moreHi there,
As far as I understood - this is only for subsidized Galaxy S7s sold by carriers (AT&T, T-Mobile, etc.). Usually, a carrier phone is locked to the carrier's network - as are the iPhones.
Samsung solution for locking seems to be quite clever - they are giving the carriers phones, which are in an AWAITING LOCK state. And those phones will lock to the first carrier they connect to. That's the reason the carrier's employees should always insert your (carrier) SIM in the store - so the phone can lock to their network.
The warning for the carrier employees about setting up your phone after inserting your SIM card is because the phone will reset if they do the opposite. Note that the phone will not keep resetting after switching the SIM card (with one working on the same carrier). It just does it if an AWAITING LOCK Galaxy S7 gets its first SIM card post setup. This should not concern anyone.
Finally, it's just a rumor for now, so there is nothing you should be worried about. And if it turns out to be the true - then there is no surprise - carriers usually lock their phones. And the locking process has nothing to do with the users - they won't even know how it was done. When they get their phone from the employee, it will be a locked Galaxy S7, and that's it. No resets, no procedures.
Hope this helps.
agree very cryptic news, is this for companies or does this apply to the private person. if i use one sim card can i not use another after?
Anonymous, 25 Feb 2016Regarding region lock... Does this mean if I buy and use (local sim) an S7 in asia then travel... moreAs far as I can remember, say you buy a EU region specific S7 from an EU country. You should then make a phone call of 10 to 15 minutes duration using any EU SIM. After that, you can even use it to any country in the world with different SIM.
But if you buy an EU region specific S7 and travel to another non EU region country, inserting the non EU regional country SIM will not work. This exact thing happend with my S6.
But again, not to worry. Just visit any local phone repair/unlocking shop and they can unlock your phone in an hour or two with little charge (mine cost me only $11).
this is such a pity, I was leaning towards the S7 to upgrade to instead of the iPhone 7 or LG G5 but fuck sim locks
Anonymous, 25 Feb 2016Regarding region lock... Does this mean if I buy and use (local sim) an S7 in asia then travel... moreRegional lock most likely for Software updates (CSC Updates)....So long the roaming Country supports your Unlocked Samsung Device, it should work !