Certain versions of the Galaxy S7/Galaxy S7 edge lock to the carrier of the first SIM inserted


Here is some interesting news. According to a leaked slide meant for the eyes of sales reps only, carrier-locked versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge come out of the box unlocked, designed to lock to the carrier connected to the first SIM card inserted into the phone. Keep in mind that SIM-free and carrier unlocked models do not have this feature.

A photo of a slide, presumably from a slideshow presented to mobile carriers, tells reps to insert the SIM card in a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge before setting up a customer's new handset for the first time. The rest of the message says that the Galaxy S7 edge and Galaxy S7 locks to the carrier of the first SIM inserted in the phone. The slide warns reps that if they set up the phone first and then insert the SIM card, they will have to set up the phone again.

By allowing the carrier-branded Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge to come out of the box unlocked (even if just for a brief period of time), carriers will no longer have to order a specific number of handsets locked to their network. We should point out that the unlocked version of both phones will be locked to the specific region where they are first activated.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge will be launched in 60 countries on March 11th.

source: GSMArena

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32 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's pretty much how non-unlocked versions work anyway just that they lock after inserting a sim card and not before, its kind of a good thing if i order an att s7 and then switched to tmobile before it arrived I could still use it on Tmo.

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

But if I read this correctly, then if you buy from Att and then decide after a month they suck and you want to go to Tmo, then you are screwed. You just paid 700 dollars for nothing. Samsung is really doing their best to prevent people from buying their devices between overpricing and this..... No thanks.

3. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

From any carrier you have 14 days to change your mind and only pay a restocking fee. If you keep it for 30 days before changing your mind, then you screwed yourself, not Samsung.

7. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

If I *pay* for a phone, it is MY property, not the carriers. Therefore it should only be allowed to be unlocked. The carrier is owed no possession to that device. Is this really that hard of a concept?

5. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Stop trolling. Everyone knows TMo provides unlock codes for free after 30 days.

6. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Oh dear god, shut the fonk up. I haven't tolled a day in my life you idiot ahole. So STFU. I'm sick if you idiot fans that can't see past your own shadow.

10. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

That's a very nice use of words for a non-troll.

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

This is going to be for the USA, like at Best Buy only and so on, so they can.just order loads of phones of the one type, when you enter your sim, it will install the networks software

12. Subie

Posts: 2378; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Does this mean that there won't be the carrier logos/tramp stamps attached to them.

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No that's not true because it's not an unlocked phone if you buy though Att anyway. Pa said, "Keep in mind that SIM-free and carrier unlocked models do not have this feature". Meaning that the S7s with this feature aren't unlocked to begin with, they just aren't carrier locked until you insert a sim card.

24. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

But if you go to an "ATT" or whoever store, and pay 700+tax for the phone, it will still be locked. It shouldn't be that way. Even with device payment plans, it shouldn't since they can't even claim the alleged subsidy being the reason now.

25. XDAdam

Posts: 276; Member since: Feb 03, 2016

If you pay 700+tax, then just buy unlocked directly from Samsung. Problem solved.

28. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

For me, sure. But what about those people that didn't know this from the beginning? Beyond that, why do it at all? What purpose does it serve? Who, besides the carrier, benefits from this?

32. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

And if I am on Verizon and they do this, then what? I know Verizon is pretty well known for not carrier locking their world phones, but it's not like it can't happen.

8. combatmedic870

Posts: 986; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

...you all should know this can be undone. There is a law again this sort of thing. Get your panties out of a bunch. If your on att, you just have to ask them to unlock it. It's illegal if they don't.

29. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Still more hoops to have to jump through when it shouldn't be done in the first place.

4. WPX00

Posts: 511; Member since: Aug 15, 2015

I've legit never had an issue with region locking on Samsung devices. Taken my S4 around the world - UK, Australia, and my Note 5 to China, the US, and it's worked every time.

18. TyrionLannister unregistered

It doesn't work like that. The issue arises in this case: suppose you import it from US and use it in country x. Now, if you insert your country X sim card, it won't work. To make it work, you'll have to insert a US sim card and make a 2 min call. Then it will get region unlocked and you can put any sim card on it.

21. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Hmm, what's the point of that?

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

I have no idea. But it may be to discourage importing.

9. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

Here in Mexico is mandatory to sell phones unlocked, except when it is tied to a monthly fixed plan. Once the 12, 18 or 24 months plan has expired you can ask for the unlock code, in some cases the code is provided at the moment but it also can take up to 3 days.

13. agoezt

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 29, 2015

Does the s7 has a heart rate sensor? Since there's no mention about it.

20. villagerguyz

Posts: 96; Member since: Jul 22, 2015

not at all.

16. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Awesome feature, apple really sucks, they don't lock the phone but let you use your hard earned phone on whatever carrier you want even if you got it from a carrier. Why would anyone want that?

17. BabaDude

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 27, 2015

Just another reason not to buy the S6, oh I meant S7, sorry they look so much alike

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2617; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The only difference is the *when* it gets locked. Instead of having to have different SKUs to send to individual carriers, Samsung can ship from a single regional SKU, and the device is locked during the setup process. It changes little for the end user, it's just a way for Samsung to simplify their shipments.

27. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

You guys are making a mountain out of a molehill.https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/cell-phone-unlocking-faqs

30. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

This further serves to ask *why* lock them at all? Samsung should get bad press from this.

34. Trakker

Posts: 283; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

I don't know what people are complaining about because carrier locked phones have always existed, the only difference is this locks after you put the sim in not before. If people want a proper unlocked phone they should buy one sold as unlocked without carrier branding and possible subsidising.

35. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Like my Nexus 6p. :D

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