For countries like Middle East & China there is a huge price difference in top end phones as the base price of the phone remains the same allover but in India taxes are like 20-30%+ which is levied by the ever money hungry govt. Hence the rise to grey market areas.
But I seriously doubt this region lock will apply to Middle East, Indian or Asian markets.
Randabel, 12 Mar 2016What if someone buys a handset from EU, only to use it in an other country?
What if someone i... moreyou must be blind or you have not read the s7 half empty apple apologetic review, from the introduction right through to the free escape for the not being found lacking in anyway i6 this review is perpetual alkaline pored on acid, it was a disgrace, the current best phone on the market reviewed by the now seemingly apple employed staff.
The sim lock get over it you bought in your region ..its delivered to you..use it for 5 minutes no problem.
Gsma's pretention here to be samsung fair cannot gloss over that review.
R, 12 Mar 2016Be real.
why the heck I should go through the trouble of buying another country sim card just... moreYou should remember that in USA state-based tax applies. It varies from state to state and may not apply for certain products priced under XX or XXX dollars, but typically applies to products, like Samsung Galaxy S7. For New York city the tax, if I got it right from a TV show, is around 10%. So if it is said to cost $650, actual price is a bit higher than $710. Similar to EU price, actually, but only disregarding currency difference (Euros vs US dollars).
There are no "extra" sales taxes in EU, as far as I know - you pay the price shop has listed (unlike USA, where the price often doesn't include local tax rate).
What if someone buys a handset from EU, only to use it in an other country?
What if someone is more interested in the hardware offered to EU rather than the one offered in their own country?
What if someone wants the EU phone, only to get faster updates?
And probably so many other what ifs.
As a media, one like the GSMArena is expected to criticize and not only admire. It is obviously simple to prescribe people to use an EU sim to unlock their phones, and most folks know it. However enlightening people about the dark side of this stupidity is what media should also do.
Having dozens of variations for the same device worldwide is already horrible and humiliating for a lot of people (Remember the N910H, with late updates and no 4g yet same price?), but having them locked, even "temporarily" is a different story and makes things even worse. And to stop gray markets, it's much easier to fix the root, which is the very gray racism in their policies. Apple is doing a better job in this case.
It used to be much better when there were only 1+x versions of each device, one international and a few for different carriers. And the international devices got way better developer support and updating the devices was much easier.
Anonymous, 12 Mar 2016You can buy a foreign SIM and activate it via roaming.Be real.
why the heck I should go through the trouble of buying another country sim card just to use the freaking phone.
The excuse of grey market is bullcrap and phones are being sold around the same price all over the world, except for USA where for some reason there is a lot of discounts compared to other countries ( I am not talking about carrier phones)
There is no well justified reason for Samsung action with the stupid region lock that I can think of!!
Like I said before, since their region lock with the Note 3 and I stopped considering Samsung products but I didn't know that it became a tradition now.
ok guys this is the solution or u purchase the phone paying full retail price for either exynos or snapgragon ... no way to chose from another region or u purchase a lg G5 wich is more than capable .. BRAND NEW no SECOND HAND .. and fully UNLOCKED no sup[id network lock
One day, Samsung will lose it's market in Africa as it pays less attention to Her. There are a lot of Africans that are main Samsung users but don't get the value for their money.... And this????
Anonymous, 12 Mar 2016This can't be possible, because defferent region have defferent tax rate.1.All iphones over the world have similar price just some difference in real time exchange rate.
2.Import goods should pay that area tariff .
AFAIK, you actually have to use a European SIM Card and make more than 5 minutes worth of call. Then it will unlock. Using a non European SIM onset is a no go.
So people who constantly travel because of their job.. like me .. And therefore change sim cards in every country can not buy samsung galaxy s7. Because it will not work . Nice policy samsung.
Simple buy the phone where you can call 5 mins with a local sim card, then it will work the world over.
Grey1213, 12 Mar 2016So in other words, you can't buy a new phone from abroad but you can buy a used one?you can buy and activate it their . The only people effected in this will be wholesale sellers who want to sell outside that region
Unlock phones is a good investments for customers who wants to use different providers.
Honestly I am pissed at Samsung, since the note 3 and their introduction to this stupid lock. Since then I stop caring about what samsung make and moved to Sony and I am enjoying their phones.
Now with the S7, I was considering getting it but not anymore, 5mins to unlock my A$$.
Grey1213, 12 Mar 2016So in other words, you can't buy a new phone from abroad but you can buy a used one?Grey markets appear only if there is differences in pricing from region to region. If Samsung adopts one global price for all regions they wouldn't need to embed region restrictions in their phones. What happens if I purchase an S7 at one of the duty free shops at an airport outside of my region only to be disappointed when I arrive home.
It will be a concern!!! If you buy an European edition in Asia, you will not be able to first activate your SIM unless you have a valid European identity to activate it in the first place. It will be a great barrier for those who import certain Dual SIM phones outside of their current Region.