Samsung Region Locks the 'Unlocked' Galaxy Note 3

Samsung Region Locks the 'Unlocked' Galaxy Note 3

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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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Samsung Region Locks the 'Unlocked' Galaxy Note 3

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...
Samcunt - September 27, 2013 at 3:19am
Someone understands the smart side now!
Trololo - September 26, 2013 at 9:03pm
Apple would never
The real NoGoodNick - September 26, 2013 at 9:10pm
That is why they are smarter like their products nowadays!
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