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.
mirus_Maldives, 28 Sep 2013The reason many network providers SIM lock their phones is that they offer phones at a discoun... moreNow imagine you are a greedy multinational. Locking your products to a region means you have exclusive pricing rights in the whole region.
If you want something to cost 10 times more in Europe than in Asia (this way) you can do just that with the confidence that people wont say FU and import the same thing straight from Asia (circumventing your attempt to rip them off).
I may only need my phone to accept the SIM card of my region, but I won't allow this kind of monopolistic attempts to succeed because they have larger implications in the bigger picture.
Samsung is no more an option in my purchase list.
I really don't care if they "backtrack" on this one, the beans have been spilled, they have shown their true colors and that is enough for me.
Anonymous, 28 Sep 2013This just means i gotta move to another brand. Challenge accepted.If Nokia adopt androied two years ago than?
Anonymous, 28 Sep 2013I'm at Incheon airport in Seoul, Korea using airport wi-fi right now and I will tell you they ... moreI can think of a few in Europe (Lisbon for instance), all of which have a large retail area in the middle of the transit area, which feature smaller version of "mega-stores" such as Fnac.
Are you surprised that Fnac sells unlocked phones? I'm not.
I think this article must be further clarified or will cause a lot of negative feedbacks.
The question is : If i activate it in the same country i bought it, i can then travel to another continent and use a local sim? Or i can only use it in roaming?
"If you buy a device and activate it in its home region, the region lock is permanently disabled. You can then roam or use other nations' SIM cards anywhere in the world." This is from the android police source. According to this yes, you can use it with any other sim. So whats the truth? GSM Arena please clarify this.
mirus_Maldives, 28 Sep 2013The reason many network providers SIM lock their phones is that they offer phones at a discoun... moreThat model doesn't fly in Asia. Most people buy their phones from 3rd parties and not from the carriers. They know the deal that you get the phone discounted on contract but it ends up costing you more.