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.
I wont buy samsung phone anymore ill go tell everyone to buy iphone
Instead of reading a social media page (regardless of how "official" it may sound, it's an unofficial source) and reading things INTO the label that clearly isn't there (that you can use another SIM without any problem), I will trust sources that actually have one of the phones (like the Note 3) and say the phones ARE in fact REGION LOCKED with 100% certainty.
Until Samsung releases an official statement from their Korean HQ or an official statement from one of their Regional offices, all the other information is misinformation as far as I'm concerned.
Its written Update: Samsung's official Swiss Facebook account has stepped in with some information regarding the locking issue. According to the official source, a European SIM-locked Galaxy Note 3 could be used outside of Europe (thus become unlocked) as long as you activate it with a European SIM card first....
So the phone can use any sim card anywhere in the world once you activate it in the region where you buy it.
Hey samsung when do u release the android 4.2.2 or 4.3 for note 2 @ note 10.1
Bad Prof, 28 Sep 2013Another pointless attempt at geo blocking by a multinational. The sooner governments around th... moreWasnt the whole idea behind GSM to have one standard for cellphones across the world, so that devices could be bought/used anywhere (assuming you could afford roaming charges)? Greed is turning us back to dark ages of mobile segregation! Unacceptable because in USA, for instance, carriers like ATT mess up the devices, making them inferior to international versions of same devices (they strip wifi functions, load up bloatware soft, sometimes even redesign exterior of the phone - some galaxy and xperia models are a perfect example).
AnonD-77889, 28 Sep 2013People! Learn to read and do a little research. http://www.ibtimes.com/samsung-galaxy-n... moreSamsung is just confusing everyone. Can Gsmarena get an official statement from Samsung what is real fact? We consumers deserve it. We would like to know if we can use our expensive Samsung phones with any SIM card of this world. For some of the consumers it is a necessity. And let's us Samsung explain why are they locking phones by region.
mirus_Maldives, 28 Sep 2013The reason many network providers SIM lock their phones is that they offer phones at a discoun... moreSubsided phones in our country are not locked by the carrier. We had that model maybe till 10 years ago. Now if you buy a subsided phone from a carrier you normally sign for a two year contract. After the purchase we may put into the phone the SIM cards of the operator we wish. The obligation is of course to pay the monthly fees to the vendor-carrier. You can't just stop paying, they have legal ways to get their money. This model works fine and most people buy their phones this way.
So, if the carriers (directly) don't request the region lock, why is Samsung doing it? Is it maybe Europe requesting that? We have got since a couple of year a constant reduction of roaming tariffs once a year within EU.
Learn to read and do a little research.
The galaxy note 3 is unlocked, IT CAN USE ANY SIM IN THE WORLD.
The only difference with region locked note 3 is that it has to be ACTIVATED using a sim within that region, after that activation it can use any sim from anywhere in the world.
For example; you buy a galaxy note 3 that is US region locked,that means it can only be activated using a sim from a US carrier. All you have to do as a buyer is buy/borrow a US carrier sim card, use it to activate the note 3 and after that you will be able to use any sim from any carrier in the world.
Look at the link I posted, its proof. Also look at the update of this article. People do your research and learn to read please *facepalm*
Yeah buddy, well it's like this... If other grey market companies are making a few bucks extra, for selling a Samsung device where Samsung doesn't, it's normal that the price for that device cost more... It's call "supply and demand"! Is that a reason for Samsung to make the rest of the world "JUMP THROUGH HOOPS". Hell NO "F" Samsung! @ Sayed Ejaz.