sara, 27 Sep 2013Fully agree. I am sending back my newly bought Galaxy S4 from EuropeNo need. Read the article again, it was updated.
Samsung has crowned her glory in the mobile industry with the most stupid strategy ever known in the mobile industry. what a shame!
Droid? Droid is the specific line made by verizon... get your facts straight before posting.
sara, 27 Sep 2013Fully agree. I am sending back my newly bought Galaxy S4 from EuropeIf the box didnt have that sticker then you are safe, it only affects S4 manufactured after July 30 2013. No sticker means you have a fully unlocked SIM free phone and its gonna stay that way forever.
Here in Zimbabwe, a Sam S4 costs $1200 from a Samsung dealer shop and only $650-$800 form other non-Samsung shops with Asian and European imports. so Samsung should kiss $ form here good buy. After this no one can resist the Apple now.
Mad-hatter, 27 Sep 2013if they are locked up for particular regions, why are they 'International Versions'? Not yet confirmed but it seems International versions are only for Asia, Russia and a few other countries. Its also still unclear where Australia and New Zealand fits into this.
Seems like there is no region lock for Asia as of yet, but expect there to be soon if there isnt already.
Miike Hunt, 27 Sep 2013So if you buy a phone outside of your region, just get a SIM from that region as well.You really buying that story from Samsung Switzerland? Its false, the region lock is permanent.
However, you can change the region FOR FREE, you can buy a Note 3 in USA and take it to Europe, provided you didnt already activate it with an US sim you can have your region changed for free at an authorized Samsung service partner. But then it will be locked to the Euro region again.
Just wait and see, people are in denial but deep inside they know i am right, the international use requires a sim from the region your phone was bought, and that sim must be used as ROAMING!
You can no longer buy a Thai and Vietnamese simcard to use for your 2 months backpacker trip in Asia to have almost free 24/7 data usage for your whole trip, instead Samsung will make sure you come home to a 2000 Euro phonebill for your very limited use of your beloved Samsung device.
if they are locked up for particular regions, why are they 'International Versions'?
GSMARENA thanks for info- now expose samsung dirty tricks -please .. GLOBAL VILLAGE must not be allowed to become samsung naziland !
So if you buy a phone outside of your region, just get a SIM from that region as well.
Why Samsung is doing this? Simple. In some countries ( say Russia) prices for Samsung products are very high. Because of this reason many people prefer to buy devices in other countries ( U.A.E., USA, Europe). In order not to lose high margin and keep prices high Samsung is trying to deprive people of such option and push them to buy devices in their own countries at much more expensive prices. What to do? Give your money to other manufacturers... Market is very competitive and there are a lot of excellent options (including latest models from Chinese manufacturers).
Can anyone please tell me if there is any way to unlock these devices outside your home region as I travel a lot and for long periods and I don't intend to keep chaging handsets based on my region.
Samsung doing this due to poor sales of galaxy s4 and poor note3 reception.They wont announce it the sale no until today.
Year 2013 samsung slowly jump in their own grave = r.i.p.
2014 = close shop
I dont care this childish news as im waitin real beast called nexus5 from GoogleLG....so bye bye plastic crap.
htc,sony,lg and all other android makers dont follow sammy. people dont want restricted android.sammy becoming greedy now.
That is ridiculous. I always buy my Samsung phones unlocked because I travel often. It is much easier (and cheaper) for me to switch SIM cards wherever I am. I think it's a mistake for Samsung to start doing this. And the iPhone 5 S? It's looking more and more appealing to me now...
AnonD-26572, 27 Sep 2013This is to stop people buying phones that are not fully compatible with the networks of their ... moreThe info from Switzerland is totally incorrect.
Read the labels, doesnt it say it will work ONLY with SIMS from European mobile operators?? Yes it does. Why would they not write "initial activation" or "for activation purposes", why leave out the most important info?
ROFL at those who think its only about activation, and even more ROFL at those who think it has to do with LTE bands. READ THE STICKERS, is that so hard?
The update is false, its a misunderstanding posted by Samsung Switzerland on Facebook. What they really mean is that once you use a European simcard you can go anywhere in the world and use your phone, AS ROAMING!
You can never put an American or Asian SIM card in those phones. The statement by Samsung Germany is correct, you can use them anywhere in the world as roaming.
Pay unlocked price for a locked phone, imagine.. Samsung is far more arrogant than Apple could ever be. Thanx God for good androids from LG and Sony this year, noone need Samsung anymore. Well, LG has to practice on the SIM slot but other than that they can offer similar bloat and useless features as Samsung, good news for Touchwiz lovers looking for a way out.