Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Region-Lock issues (Samsung’s Statement)

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Region-Lock issues (Samsung’s Statement)

Samsung off late has been doing a lot of interesting things with their newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 3. Some of these things are really amazing and can be considered as awesome. For instance Samsung plans to introduce a couple of Galaxy Note 3’s, one with a LCD screen which should cater to the budget conscious buyer and one with a curved screen which should be a premium device and cater to the high-end market.

There are other various features incorporated by Samsung which they have not even talked about like the Surround Shot, which is similar to the Photosphere from Google and many new features of the S-Pen as well. Then there are things which have been a little weird like Samsung introducing their first smart watch, the Galaxy Gear which is only compatible with the Note 3 as of now. Finally there are things that are just really bad with Samsung making the Note 3 region-locked to wherever you bought it from. Here is a statement from British retailer Clove:

If a user travels internationally i.e. outside Europe and insert a local SIM card of those countries, then the Note 3 will not be able to use that network with the exception of emergency calls.

For example if a user travels to South America and inserts a card issued in South America, then he/she would not be able to use the Note 3 for any voice calls, text messages and mobile data connection. Only WiFi connectivity will be supported.

Now this makes it almost impossible for you to use the Note 3 outside the country you bought unless you are prepared to pay heavy roaming charges. In fact there is a little tag on the box of the Galaxy Note 3 which pretty much sums up everything.

Update : Seems like Swiss Samsung has stated about it, read below!

note 3 fbuk post

Samsung’s official Swiss Facebook account has stepped in with some information regarding the locking issue. According to the official source, a European SIM-locked Galaxy Note 3 could be used outside of Europe (thus become unlocked) as long as you activate it with a European SIM card first.

samsung sticker

Samsung has started locking its  smartphones, built after the end of July 2013, to their respective home continents. So far the new practice has been confirmed for Europe and America (read South, North and Central, including the Caribbean).

Each device will come with a sticker in the retail package, indicating the region it can be used in.

Moreover Samsung Germany has issued official statement regarding region lock which throws more elaborated information. Only devices produced after the end of July 2013 are SIM locked to their region and it refers to the Samsung Galaxy S III, S II, S4, S4 mini, Note and Note 3. The lock lets you freely travel across the whole continent – a device purchased in Europe will work in all European countries, for example. Hence initially you might have to put european sim card to activate but then later you can use any country sim-card to use your Note 3.

Also Note, If a device is purchased in one region but hasn’t being activated before being exported, you will be able to get it unlocked through a Samsung service partner.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 – Specifications

  • General: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, penta-band UMTS/HSPA, 100 Mbps LTE
  • Form factor: Stylus-enabled phablet
  • Dimensions: 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, 168g
  • Display: 5.7″ 16M-color 1080p (386ppi) Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Chipset, N9005 LTE model: Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800, 2.3GHz quad-core Krait 400, Adreno 330 GPU
  • Chipset, N9000 HSPA model: Exynos 5 Octa 5420, 1.9GHz quad-core Cortex-A15 + 1.3Ghz quad-core Cortex-A7, ARM Mali-T628 MP6 GPU
  • RAM: 3GB of RAM
  • OS: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • Camera: 13MP camera; 2MP front-facing camera
  • Video camera: [email protected], [email protected]/30fps, [email protected] video capture
  • Memory: 32GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card slot, up to 64GB
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB 3.0 port with backwards compatibility with microUSB 2.0, GPS receiver with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC
  • Battery: 3,200mAh battery
  • Misc: S-Pen support, S Note, Scrapbook, Action Memo, Air Commands software to take advantage of S Pen

Source 1 (in German) | Source 2

About Sushant Virdi

I have loved technology and gadgets my entire life, especially mobile devices. I have loved all things Android since I purchased my HTC Nexus One on the day it was release. I now sport a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that you would have to pry out of my cold, dead hands! I love the excitement each day of what new Android devices will be released, and then I get write about those devices

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