Uusi Puhelin, 29 Sep 2013Dear Kaln0x, online sources are generally not reliable and in this case the available informat... moreThe device is region locked, Uusi. Learn to understand, read...and understand. Samsung's official press sources said this themselves, its the rest of the media sources that are doing a good job at confusing the uninformed. This could all be a strategy, who knows? Business is a dirty game.
Lets say you live in Germany(EU) and you go in person to the US and buy a note 3 there. All you have to do is buy a prepaid sim which should be no more than 10USD, put it in the phone so it activates and after that you will be able to use the phone back home(EU) or anywhere in the world for that matter.
Now you may have a problem if you live in Germany(EU) and you buy a US note 3 ONLINE, there is where the problem lies.
Now then...are you telling me that people(by people I mean end users) go online and buy phones from sites belonging to a different region than the one they live in? The main reason people buy a phone in a totally different region is if they are in the region in person. Which will not be a problem since they can just get a sim there one time.
I live in the caribbean and I buy stuff from sites that are not in my country but in my REGION. If I am to go on amazon, negri electronics or ebay to buy a phone(i dont trust ebay I'm drawing an example) it will work in my country without a doubt. Why? The US is in the north american region and guess what? So is the country I live in. You know what else? The phone will be unlocked internationally after I've used a regional sim, meaning that it can use any carrier sim in the world.
Do you understand or do I have to bring it down lower?
Kaln0x, 29 Sep 2013You consumers cant read. Look and learn folk, these are the kind of comments you make when ... moreDear Kaln0x, online sources are generally not reliable and in this case the available information is not clear. It is contradictory and does not explain the necessity and reason of the label and of the unlocking procedure. The used terminology is also very ambiguous. Unlocked may mean unlocked for use in other regions in roaming. I haven't come across a statement denying it. People have reported problems. If Samsung cares, it will release a clear official statement, not just a simple press release how they want to serve customers better by regions. What does it mean? Since when is the concept of regions in the phone industry a service / product improvement? Why should a customer in region X pay x-times more for the same phone than in region Y? If the phone really becomes unlocked in every sense, why make it locked first, why put a label and put the customer into trouble of the unnecessary unlocking procedure?
That is the way Samsung do business, Un announced from under the table, I personally discovered this the hard way when all of the sudden I was unable to make a phone call due to its change of policy towards the IMEI not even bothering themselves to make a simple announcement. So I don't have confidence in them anymore, this will be my last Samsung device for sure.
Seems like most of you claiming to have the superior reading skills need to learn to distinguish fact from fiction from wishful thinking.
I'll take the stories of people saying they can't use the phone in other regions over your unofficial sources claiming that you can.
Anonymous, 28 Sep 2013This is a very shameful business strategy by Samsung. Its aimed at stopping private importers... moreAbsolutely agree. Samsung slipped this in without any announcement or press release. They just did it.
What type of business practice is that? Your phones are unrestricted and then you restrict them and come up with half baked stories after the fact when people have already proven you can't use the phone outside the region where you bought and unlocked it.
Why would anyone want to go through this trouble when you don't need to deal with this problem with other top tier manufacturers like HTC, LG or Sony?
Please try upload to youtube a short video to show your phone is still locked with Thai's SIM card. I really hope Samsung will response to your case otherwise the rest of us just have to take their words at the moment.
Samsung really made a bad move and I has already considered LG/Sony instead of "only" Note3 for my next phone.
Uusi Puhelin, 28 Sep 2013Samsung is just confusing everyone. Can Gsmarena get an official statement from Samsung what i... moreYou consumers cant read.
Look and learn folk, these are the kind of comments you make when you drop out of pre school.
ecl, 28 Sep 2013Its written Update: Samsung's official Swiss Facebook account has stepped in with some informa... moreThank you. That's basically all their is to it.
If only the internet weren't so riddle with such illiterate people, people who cant read especially. Read and understand people!
What this person said is basically the gist of what Samsung means by "region locked".
Dammit people...learn to read...and understand lol.
Sticker, 28 Sep 2013...and you read the sticker on the box!aaaand you cant read.
why will you buy a cellphone that is locked to a certain country and useless when you travel? dumb samsung.
Good idea bad way of going about it, simple lock the phone pre purchase and hae an unlock system after purchase where end user can unlock the phone by calling a helpline verifying their purchase and sammy then providing unlock code simple, effective and combats everything without affecting the end user too much.
Well i can officially confirm now about the region locking thing with my personal experience. I bought Note3 from Dubai and activate it with a local carrier sim. Then i traveled to London and walah... it worked here with local carrier as well. In my note3 box London was not mentioned but it worked sweatly.... so no problem for me now.....cheers all.
Wake up Samsung!
You are getting complacent and gonna get fee the ire of cutomers worldwide. A really dumb move that even the Rotten fruit would not dare to impose despite its preference to restrict just about evrything else in iOS.
mark my words yyou are going to regret this dumb move , sack the person who came uop with this moronic idea.
Seriously, this is so ridiculous from Samsung, that we first pay full price for the phone then on the top pay for unlocking the so called unlocked phone...shameful...never going to buy samsung again...they have even surpassed Apple in putting restrictions on consumers..a lot of people on xda that yah solution posted by Samsung Germany doesn't work as described.
This is a very shameful business strategy by Samsung. Its aimed at stopping private importers and GSM phone dealers from bringing in these phones into a continent. Eventually everyone will have to buy from a Samsung store or a Samsung approved partner. Won't go far.
Very stupid of Samsung! End users are going to suffer. Each time they make "improvements" (removing FM radio, making phone work less from one charge and so on) I really feel like buying something else.
Screw you Samsung, you can f**k off! Don't care if the phone can be unlocked using a regional SIM and then used anywhere, it's supposed to be a GSM device.
And what's to stop Shamsung or a mobile operator enabling this BS lock in future? If I buy SIM free, that means, it's unlocked and SIM free. Period.