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.
Bye bye Samsung, you'll never see my money again.
Let the next best Android manufacturer have my money.
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013Anyway Samsung became too monotonous now. My next one will be a non-samsung for sure.You'll be back...
Not lying but they are not saying the etire truth either..
I see here in my country avery day hundreds of visistors from abroad going though hell in the queue to unlock their devices which is supposed within 24 hours,my sister waited 3 weeks,went back to her home country still not unlocked,I had to lend her my old HTC HD2 !!..
Gee, 27 Sep 2013Sorry, but i have to disagree with you on this one. They are adding this to what point unsure. This is to stop people buying phones that are not fully compatible with the networks of their home region because they bought it from another. With LTE that is quite possible. In any event once a SIM card from your home region has been put in it it is then fully unlocked. I am really not seeing the big deal here unless someone knowingly wants to bring a grey import device in their local country, that may not work properly.
AnonD-26572, 27 Sep 2013The point people are missing is that once you place the correct SIM card for your region in it... moreYou will soon enough discover that you are miss informed, when you visit a new country other than yours ,the IMEI will not registered at the new destination ,the device will be locked, so you will have to go to the carrier of that country you are visiting, you will stay in a long queue and start a never ending procedures.
3mi, 27 Sep 2013Gsm arena, please clarify this issue asap, I'm presently in Africa and I intend being one of t... moreAs long as the first SIM card you put in it is for your home region it will then be fully unlocked from thereon. So where is the problem unless you are looking to tyr and bring in a grey import that may not even work properly in your home country.
Paximos, 27 Sep 2013That would be the begining of more unknown to come. It's not their business where I activate i... moreActually it is, if you buy a phone that won't work in your region because you bought in another and then waranty it as faulty when it is not. With LTE that ia actually quite likely.
Anyway Samsung became too monotonous now. My next one will be a non-samsung for sure.