Shame on you Samsung. This latest tactic is nothing more than just blatant greed. I have had Nokia’s for the last 15 plus years and have just purchased my first Samsung. Although the Android operating system took a bit of getting use to I’m pleased with the phone. Rest assured I will be going back to Nokia once this phone comes to the end of its life. Why, well like most people I travel and use my mobile phone around the world with various sim cards in different countries. I always end up giving my retired Nokia phones to my nephews and nieces who always appreciate the upgrade of for their old phones. But now with this latest development what Samsung is doing is shameful. There are so many different types of phones out there why anyone would be bothered with the confusion of “will it or won’t it work here or there” and with what countries sims will it work with is beyond me. Shame on you Samsung – you have lost a convert to your product because of pure greed. Welcome back Nokia!
Hello people, the Swiss Samsung clearly writes in German that after the (European region locked) phone is first activated with the Swiss SIM card then it can be used also with the SIM cards of other operators in Europe and (of) outside Europe. That means that the phone can be used with whatever SIM card all over the world.
However, this move of Samsung is not logic. Why lock the phone to a region when it can be simply unlocked through first activation with the SIM of the that region? If someone would smuggle or sell phones from an other region, that one would first unlock the phone. How big can be the figure? Most people buy phones from the local operator. So what's the point? It just make Samsung less attractive for customers who travel to other continents and need to change SIM cards.
So, buying a phone from Samsung at an airport suddenly becomes rather dodgy.
Many people do this and shouldn't need (if even possible) to activate a device locally just before they fly.
Samsung is playing with fire here and will surely loose consumer confidence, especially among execs, contractors and travellers.
keep bycot for samsung product epecially mobile will be pushed back by LG,iPHONE,Nokia.
AnonD-165287, 27 Sep 2013Where is your brain people. The article was updated and it tells once activated in your home c... moreFriend I saw the box pack yesterday,it means if I will switch on with sim card in saudia and then will go to india it will locked.then only will work with first sim activated.
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.
AnonD-9680, 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.