How to bypass Samsung Galaxy Note 3's regional lock
If you've been following the mobile space long enough, you'll know that every now and then we get some rather unpleasant reminders that plug reality right back on. Those are usually of the 'it's-a-business-in-for-the-money' slap type reminders.
One such reminder has been enforced by Samsung just recently – the company has launched a new policy which dictates that your paid for unlocked devices are... not necessarily bondage-free. Currently, the new rule is only applicable to Samsung Galaxy Note 3 units in Europe and the Americas, though Sammy is planning on forcing this to older devices like the Galaxy S3/S4 and Note II, for example. And while we understand that Samsung may have a reason good enough to warrant upsetting its userbase, as consumers ourselves, we're far from proponents of the new policy, at least in its current form.
Speaking of the policy's current form, here's how it goes. Samsung claims that as long as you activate your Note 3 with a SIM card from the region your unit has been locked into, you'll be all fine and dandy using international SIMs when roaming, for example. Unfortunately, a significant number of people have found that this is not necessarily always the case and have since taken to the interwebs to voice their displeasure. If you find yourself feeling similarly displeased, then this (short) guide is for you, for it's meant to show you how to region unlock your Galaxy Note 3 fast and easy.
Note: the app is currently only tested for the European SM-N9005 model (MI7 firmware). We'll update this guide if and once this become available to a broader public.