Asian Galaxy Note 3 units exempt from Samsung's annoying region lock
posted by Daniel P. / Sep 27, 2013, 6:10 AM
An Australain retailer has received the first batches of 16 and 32 GB Note 3 units, arriving from Hong Kong, and has confirmed that they were able to use them with an Australian SIM card without issues, and there is no region-lock warning label on the box with them.
Not that there won't be tens of ways to unlock the handset the minute it hits the XDA community, but any restrictions are annoying, so if you are bent on roaming with your Note 3, the Asian batches seem to be a safer bet.
- Display 5.7" 1080 x 1920 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
- Storage 64 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 3200 mAh(21h 3G talk time)
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Correction : There is no 16GB model for Note 3!
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 6:21 AM 3
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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
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 6:29 AM 2
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Isn't Sammy already confirmed that you are one Samsung store visit away from overseas usage with a local SIM?
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 6:21 AM 0
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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..
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 1:13 PM 0
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.
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 6:49 AM 1
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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 :)
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 6:50 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 9:57 AM 6
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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
posted on Sep 28, 2013, 12:51 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 27, 2013, 9:14 PM 0
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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! :)
posted on Sep 30, 2013, 6:26 AM 0
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