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Samsung Region Locks the 'Unlocked' Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Region Locks the 'Unlocked' Galaxy Note 3

Posted September 26, 2013 at 4:57pm by iClarified
Samsung is region locking the 'unlocked' Galaxy Note 3 meaning you won't be able to use a European device with a U.S. SIM card or vice-versa.

GigaOm confirmed the news with Samsung following a report on Clove.

Yes, if you buy an unlocked Note 3 in Europe and travel to, say, the U.S., you will not be able to use a local SIM card. The same applies the other way round. In other words, you will be forced to pay for your carrier’s outrageous roaming fees or go Wi-Fi-only.

This is more than a little ridiculous; hopefully other device manufacturers won't follow suit.

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fany - September 27, 2013 at 4:53pm
Update your article!!!! New information and good news! "Though Samsung's own text and initial statements seemed to confirm that both the European and American models of the Note 3 would be barred from using SIM cards from other regions, Samsung is now saying that this only applies to the very first SIM card used to set up the phone. Insertion of a foreign SIM during the Note 3's setup process will lock up the device, ostensibly as a way to stop distributors from sending phone models to areas they weren't meant for. However, if the Note 3 is set up using a local SIM card, it will be able to use any other card from that point forward — foreign ones included. GigaOm reports that this policy is in place on units of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III that were produced after July as well" ( the verge).
Anon - September 27, 2013 at 3:13am
Was planning to shift to Samsung note 3 or s4.....but. no more...
gamerscul9870 - September 27, 2013 at 3:19am
Someone understands the smart side now!
areilly111 - September 26, 2013 at 9:03pm
Apple would never
TheRealNoGoodNick - September 26, 2013 at 9:10pm
That is why they are smarter like their products nowadays!
quid - September 26, 2013 at 8:37pm
Well, I never like Samsung because of all the crapware on the phone. Guess this gives me a reason to never buy one ever, because I always buy unlocked phones from manufacturer.
Surveillance Van
Surveillance Van - September 26, 2013 at 7:50pm
And also the Gevey will work on them in the USA.Yes people I've tried it in a Sammy and full service was attained.
Surveillance Van
Surveillance Van - September 26, 2013 at 7:48pm
Sammy's hurting for a positive cash flow method.They are losing any footholds they assume to have.Once an offer for stock is offered,they'll sell to a real corporate giant and be reduced to providing other manufacturers with processors,etc.Going down the same road as Blackberry .
Tf - September 26, 2013 at 6:25pm
Agree. No point in buying unlock. Hope iPhone won't be like that.
gamerscul9870 - September 26, 2013 at 8:42pm
It won't now that scanner does even more!
ipadguy - September 26, 2013 at 6:23pm
Ok I'm sorry Android people this is bulldhit not cool
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