Asian Galaxy Note 3 units exempt from Samsung's annoying region lock
0. phoneArena 27 Sep 2013, 06:10 posted on
The European and American Galaxy Note 3 models might be locked to their respective regions, or so it says on the boxes' label, but Asian and Australian versions don't seem to have that same restriction...
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1. khurram87 (Posts: 14; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)
Correction : There is no 16GB model for Note 3!
3. Volcra (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Well, for some odd reason there are 16 GB models of the note 3 in Australia :/
I'm confused as to whether they're real or fakes
I do remember Samsung saying there aren't any 16 GB models
8. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)
16GB Note 3 is headed for Hong Kong and it is the official one.
9. nxl2610 (Posts: 49; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)
From where i am ,there is both 16 and 32GB ver of the Note 3
13. addicted2088 (Posts: 52; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)
Taiwan and Hong Kong are getting a 16GB variant, but for most countries the 32GB model is the minimum one.
2. _Bone_ (Posts: 2145; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
Isn't Sammy already confirmed that you are one Samsung store visit away from overseas usage with a local SIM?
12. ghaniosman (Posts: 64; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
an official statement has already been posted by samsung switzerland that the first time it has to be used by that region (sim/carriers) then its unlocked completely... just to avoid (illegal) sales from one region to other..
4. bomariam1 (Posts: 30; Member since: 08 May 2012)
Yep it's financial issue, nothing to do with samsung.
5. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Samsung already confirmed we can use sim card anywhere. :)
6. willard12 (Posts: 957; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)
Daniel, I hope Samsung clarifies this. But, I believe that the FIRST time you use the sim has to come from your home region. Once it's unlocked in your HOME region, you can swap sims when traveling to other regions. This would prevent the phone from being sold initially in regions where Samsung has yet to release it, unless the user is willing to buy an open-boxed model. If this isn't the case, Samsung is crazy.
7. syedej123 (banned) (Posts: 71; Member since: 08 Jan 2013)
Only in USA and UK.
If baught from this region we have to activate with their sim cards..pretty simply to stop grey market sales.
SMART MOVE :)
10. joey_sfb (Posts: 3703; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
if i stay at USA or UK I wouldn't be picking up a note 3 this weekend. Carrier lock is bad enough.
11. micmic9999 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
hi, im in singapore and by law all mobile phones here are unlocked and even those belonging to carriers here are also unlocked so Note 3 here is not region blocked.
15. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 204; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
Does apple follow this law or does it sell a locked phone with a free unlock when you ask for it, like here in OZ.
17. romeokkr (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)
Thailand also has the same law. For those who are curious about contract and discount, we dont have any contract or discount on any phones because operators cannot lock them. However, the operators put heavy discount for monthly plans for a year when buying phones with them instead
16. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 1377; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)
Note 3 has the best ergonomics of the Note series, and it is fast (I got 35k on AnTuTu), but TouchWiz still causes microlag and the build quality is garbage. That back is solid enough, but it screams disgustingly cheap.
18. Qwerty-keyboard (Posts: 10; Member since: 29 Sep 2013)
is that apple ipads LTE are still locked?
19. micmic9999 (Posts: 11; Member since: 03 Jan 2012)
FYI to all this is for all mobile sold in Singapore nothing is locked this is also for all iphone you buy online or get it from the carriers here. I think the reason why they have this law is becz Singapore is the main distributor of mobile phones to other Asian countries. Im not sure if other asian countries have this kind of law tha mobile phones are unlock. :) cheers! :)
20. BlackFireant (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)
iPhones in HK also are unlocked even with a carrier contract.
21. BlackFireant (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Sep 2013)
Actually not just iPhones but all other Android phones as well in HK are unlocked even with carrier contract.