As Samsung Galaxy Note 3 devices have started to land in the hand of consumers, those buyers are finding their boxes adorned with a new sticker bearing some potentially bad news. The stickers inform buyers that the device will only work with a SIM card from the region in which they were sold.
I would like to know if my Galaxy S4 is region locked or not. It was purchased in early May and runs the recently released KitKat update, it is the GT-i9500 model purchased in Asia. As I will be travelling abroad soon, I would like to know if it is region locked or not.
P.S. I am not asking about carrier lock, Samsung's region lock is the thing I'm talking about.
Buyers of LTE devices will have to take a punt on which countries they want to use the devices in because fragmentation of spectrum allocations will make it almost impossible to build devices that will work anywhere.
Yesterday we learned that Samsung would be implementing region specific SIM locks on future devices. Today, UK Mobile Review uncovered a way to avoid SIM locking with the Galaxy Note 3. The most important thing you need to do is activate the device with a SIM from the same region in which you bought the handset.
I own Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 NT-8000 and live in country where OTA updates are not available yet. Probably they will never be ;-) So I want to update FW manually through ODIN. I've read many how to manuals but still not sure if I upgrade new SAMSUNG FW in region where It is not still available will be still able to make calls and use data services.