Samsung's new region lock might extend to the Note II and S III with the Android 4.4 KitKat update
That region lock Samsung seems to equip its American and European Note 3 units, which was said to be a harbinger of things to come for future models? Well, if a Samsung rep is to be believed, that invention, aimed at curtailing gray market sales, may spread to older Samsung devices when the Android 4.4 KitKat update arrives for them, like the Note II or the Galaxy S III.
explain the region lock will be gone after activating the phone with a local card first. Here's what they got from the rep:This info was given to a Note 3 user, when they rang up Samsung to complain about their European model not accepting SIM cards from other regions, even though the company bent backwards to
There is a thread over at XDA-Devs with hundreds of entries complaining this is the situation right now, and the examples range from European Note 3 activated with a German SIM not working with a Thailand one, to activated UK unit not working with an Egypt SIM, and so on. It's been just a week of sales in Europe, though, so Samsung might meet its promise with an update.
What's more troubling is the mention that the KitKat update for last year's Samsung flagships might have the same region lock code inside, though we'd assume this one is months away, so things could change until then, if enough backlash amasses.