Samsung will be out of market if will not revert to unlock,I was waiting for Note-III but now will not buy.
I was waiting for Note-III but after regin lock will not buy it cause cannot use in my home coutry when travelling,useless.
v4vijay, 27 Sep 2013I wont buy Sammy then. If I need to travel to Europe or America, then I will suffer :-(Where is your brain people. The article was updated and it tells once activated in your home country or region it will become unlocked, you can use it anywhere in the world.
i want to buy s800 version but in my county they give me octa version i dont want to buy octa i ll never buy octa.
I wont buy Sammy then. If I need to travel to Europe or America, then I will suffer :-(
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013If the box didnt have that sticker then you are safe, it only affects S4 manufactured after Ju... moreHEY U u r not samsung spokesperson .. SAMSUNG MUST EXPLAIN why ?and details ..
sara, 27 Sep 2013Fully agree. I am sending back my newly bought Galaxy S4 from EuropeNo need. Read the article again, it was updated.
Samsung has crowned her glory in the mobile industry with the most stupid strategy ever known in the mobile industry. what a shame!
Droid? Droid is the specific line made by verizon... get your facts straight before posting.
sara, 27 Sep 2013Fully agree. I am sending back my newly bought Galaxy S4 from EuropeIf the box didnt have that sticker then you are safe, it only affects S4 manufactured after July 30 2013. No sticker means you have a fully unlocked SIM free phone and its gonna stay that way forever.
Here in Zimbabwe, a Sam S4 costs $1200 from a Samsung dealer shop and only $650-$800 form other non-Samsung shops with Asian and European imports. so Samsung should kiss $ form here good buy. After this no one can resist the Apple now.
Mad-hatter, 27 Sep 2013if they are locked up for particular regions, why are they 'International Versions'? Not yet confirmed but it seems International versions are only for Asia, Russia and a few other countries. Its also still unclear where Australia and New Zealand fits into this.
Seems like there is no region lock for Asia as of yet, but expect there to be soon if there isnt already.
Miike Hunt, 27 Sep 2013So if you buy a phone outside of your region, just get a SIM from that region as well.You really buying that story from Samsung Switzerland? Its false, the region lock is permanent.
However, you can change the region FOR FREE, you can buy a Note 3 in USA and take it to Europe, provided you didnt already activate it with an US sim you can have your region changed for free at an authorized Samsung service partner. But then it will be locked to the Euro region again.
Just wait and see, people are in denial but deep inside they know i am right, the international use requires a sim from the region your phone was bought, and that sim must be used as ROAMING!
You can no longer buy a Thai and Vietnamese simcard to use for your 2 months backpacker trip in Asia to have almost free 24/7 data usage for your whole trip, instead Samsung will make sure you come home to a 2000 Euro phonebill for your very limited use of your beloved Samsung device.
if they are locked up for particular regions, why are they 'International Versions'?
GSMARENA thanks for info- now expose samsung dirty tricks -please .. GLOBAL VILLAGE must not be allowed to become samsung naziland !
So if you buy a phone outside of your region, just get a SIM from that region as well.
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).