What is this all craziness about? Just sell the phone , simple as it is. I am now thinking to switch to LG or Sony.
Getting sick of ridiculous marketing plans. They better get rid of that Marketing Director. What a waste
you are somewhat right
you buy phone in a country
than you put SIM card of any carrier from that country
make 5 minutes of calls
than you will be able to use any SIM card of any carrier of any country on that phone
it is not carrier lock, it is region lock, so that to stop smuggling of phone from one region to another
As a Samsung fan I don't remember asking for region lock? maybe we did as a group. If so, have nothing but praise for it and a great idea for sales control.
TouchWhiz and Samsung proving the lags has always been a lie since 2.3.1
What I would like to know since there are reports that this 5 min call does not sometimes: were are these people making calls from? I bought an unlocked phone from Amazon years back and they had a special were they sent a prepaid UK sim card with it. If I were to use that technically it should work, but I'm wondering if the phone will register that I am roaming here in the US and still not remove the region lock until I actually use the phone IN the region the phone is from AND the country the sim is from.
radza, 13 Apr 2014I need a help.. I'm In China now. And If I buy here an S5 phone, What do I need to do, not to ... moreI think it's illegal to lock phones in China and I haven't heard of any, but you should know that no Chinese phones come with Google Play or European languages (except English) so you probably have to fix it yourself.
well .. not all Note 3 were region-locked .. I have the one from france sm-n9005 with csc= XEF and it is not region locked
I need a help.. I'm In China now. And If I buy here an S5 phone, What do I need to do, not to talk 5 minutes with china card or it auto lock for my country? My country is in Europe. Montenegro (close to Serbia).. so what to do guys, if I buy S5 here, I'll stuck or I can put Montenegro card (but talk 5 minute with montenegro can cost fortune. ;/// explain it to me what to do please.
If i get that right, first i need to put a sim card from the operator that i got the phone, then talk 5 min and the phone will be unlocked? i can use what kind of simcard from what kind of operator i like ?! please answer me !!! This is same as sim lock ?! Because my operator (VIP) told me that the phone will be locked ! will it unlock if i talk 5 min from their network?!
AnonD-253094, 12 Apr 2014Android is not restricted at all. One can do whatever he wants to do with Android. ANYONE can ... moreWhich part of "samsung region lock" is it you do not understand? What is your post about?
Evo, 12 Apr 2014well that's not a big deal. everybody can put a sim card and call somebody for 5 minutes.But it doesnt work, the phone will not unlock no matter how much you call.
Anonymous, 12 Apr 2014Dropped and broke the digitiser of the previous phone,next day wife sent a brand new Note 3,wi... moresir,please help me about this! i have bought a europion sim model NOTE 3 but it is not locked because it have not activated yet! please tell me that how to activate a samsung soo i can avoid from this! and also the benifits of activation....i am in middle east if i dont activate it....it will not lock and i can use my sim freely??? pleae help me....
[deleted post]I believe you just described what any major retail outlet does...
Dropped and broke the digitiser of the previous phone,next day wife sent a brand new Note 3,without being aware I activated it with local sim, and now stucked here with region locked phone. Even though made several minutes of calls with European sim, phone still refuse to accept out of "region" sims, nobody here from Samsung are even aware of the subject, since two weeks I am awaiting the help of Samsung from the "region" and each day I am cursing their policy of "customer service / help".
I am a US citizen currently in Cherkassy, Ukraine. I saw the phone yesterday at an authorized Samsung retailer. There was no such sticker and/or warning on the box!
Android is not restricted at all. One can do whatever he wants to do with Android. ANYONE can download Android sources, modify them and release the modified version, simple as that.
iOS is a proprietary system. No one other than Apple can access its source code, so no onde can properly modify it and/or release its modifications.
SAMSUNG is NOT Android. This is a mistake that is getting more and more common because Samsung is the biggest Android-devices maker, but just because of this, doesn't make Android as restricted as iOS..I say this because I'm a proud owner of a Motorola Moto X, that had no stupid restriction. The only thing it had was the bootloader which I understand as a "we're going to lock this so you'll not be able to destroy the system files, and you'll only do it if you really know what are you doing".
why the do that, please just make one device for all just like others