Generally speaking, its an annoying process for some. It is, I know but the perception that the phone cannot work in any part of the world after activation with a regional sim is wrong.
But there are others, I am one of many, that will not be affected. I buy unlocked phones outside of my country to get a better price or bargain but I do not(never did anyway) buy outside my region. My region being the americas and the caribbean.
If you are a traveler and you jump from region to region(not country to country) it still should not be a major problem...just buy a prepaid sim in the country you are in, since that's where you bought the note 3 in the first place, and you can ditch the sim if you so desire and use any other sim after that.
mingtziming, 29 Sep 2013what if you already unlocked the phone and you need to do a factory reset, do you need to inse... moreAbsolutely not...its common sense people. After you activate the region locked note 3, that's it. Reset and swap sims all you want, the phone will still work.
Why start this up in 2013 all of a sudden..
Samsung need to issue in the press a full statement whats going on and why? Whats to stop all the other companys following suite.
what if you already unlocked the phone and you need to do a factory reset, do you need to insert the regional sim again?
Kaln0x, 29 Sep 2013The device is region locked, Uusi. Learn to understand, read...and understand. Samsung's offic... moreNo official statement from Samsung. None. Zero. Facebook account statement?funny. I've got some swampland to sell you.
Kaln0x, 29 Sep 2013The device is region locked, Uusi. Learn to understand, read...and understand. Samsung's offic... moreI am happy for you, Kaln0x, because you seem to be the brightest person on the forum and are completely sure about what you write. And Samsung is also happy with you because you don't ask explanation.
Kaln0x, 29 Sep 2013The device is region locked, Uusi. Learn to understand, read...and understand. Samsung's offic... moreyou write "The phone will be unlocked internationally after I've used a regional sim, meaning that it can use any carrier sim in the world."
i need proof please. i want to know if the phone will work with a foreign sim card from a network outside your region while you're still in your region AND i need proof if the phone is physically located outside your region would work with sim from outside your region without any problems... thank you sir
Anonymous, 29 Sep 2013@Onweel2
Please try upload to youtube a short video to show your phone is still locked with T... moreThank you for your understanding.
But may i ask... Do you take the Samsung word from what they say in the email that send to the reporter and writer. And floating around by Coppy and Past ?
No where in the internet have show the real official statement. (So i think samsung just buying time for thinking about the good answer that they will told us)
No website or blog or any reporter test it by them self yet. (As i mention before USA phone with EU sim or other way around is not in case)
Except 1 website that buy the code from Russian website and it working.
Androidpk, 29 Sep 2013Apple also follows same policy.
IPhone bought from USA will not work in other parts of world.... moreSorry. The link that you show is about LTE connection. It is not about what we talking here.
This is not about LTE connection or frequency of 3G.
The problem is not Solved Yet. And USA sim in Eu phone or Eu phone in USA sim is not a problem.
So far as i know, now it have problem with Thai-Sim card and Chainess Sim card.
I do not know what i try to fight for. It seem my post here was delete. my post in many Blog or website (that mention this news and said it solved) was delete. I just can buy a code from the Russian website or just give up to this phone and this Company.
I just try to let people know what are dealing with.
This may sound crazy but hear me out. If you guy ever know the news that EU-parlament want the all networking in EU to stop charging extra money (or less) for the roaming when you use the phone inside Europe. Let say you have a Nederland phone with vadafone network. You can go France and use the phone without extra charge(or less) for Roaming.
This lead me to have crazy idea to think the network somehow some secret contact with Samsung to do this. So they can get A LOT of money again fro roaming outside EU
I shall try to make a video to show your guys.
If you looking back and check the Samsung's official Swiss Facebook again. you would see that, The post about this was gone.
And if you go to Source 1...to allaboutsamsung . de You would also see that Freind's of writer have a problem with Vitenam Sim card too.
I just this topic would not fade away without fixing
Apple also follows same policy.
IPhone bought from USA will not work in other parts of world.
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.