Asian Galaxy Note 3 units exempt from Samsung's annoying region lock

Asian Galaxy Note 3 units exempt from Samsung's annoying region lock
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.

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.

source: AusDroid

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Galaxy Note 3
  • 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)



1. khurram87

Posts: 28; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

Correction : There is no 16GB model for Note 3!

3. Volcra

Posts: 21; Member since: Mar 16, 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: Aug 15, 2013

16GB Note 3 is headed for Hong Kong and it is the official one.

9. nxl2610

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

From where i am ,there is both 16 and 32GB ver of the Note 3

13. addicted2088

Posts: 58; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Taiwan and Hong Kong are getting a 16GB variant, but for most countries the 32GB model is the minimum one.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Isn't Sammy already confirmed that you are one Samsung store visit away from overseas usage with a local SIM?

12. ghaniosman

Posts: 78; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 43; Member since: May 08, 2012

Yep it's financial issue, nothing to do with samsung.

5. syedej123

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 2013

Samsung already confirmed we can use sim card anywhere. :)

6. willard12 unregistered

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

Posts: 71; Member since: Jan 08, 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: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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: 21; Member since: Jan 03, 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.

14. sunnyfpy

Posts: 296; Member since: May 12, 2013

Smart law.

15. Dingy_cellar_dweller

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Great law. 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: Sep 28, 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: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 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: Sep 29, 2013

is that apple ipads LTE are still locked?

19. micmic9999

Posts: 21; Member since: Jan 03, 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: Sep 30, 2013

iPhones in HK also are unlocked even with a carrier contract.

21. BlackFireant

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 30, 2013

Actually not just iPhones but all other Android phones as well in HK are unlocked even with carrier contract.

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