The Note 3 is a wonderful device, but it does come with its share of problems and none is bigger than the so-called region lock “feature”.
There’s a lot of confusion about region locking: Samsung claims that, once you activate the phone with a SIM card from the region you bought it, you should be able to use it on any other network. But dozens of disgruntled Note 3 owners complain on forums that they can’t use their phones, despite following Samsung’s instructions.
If you’re in that situation, you can use Chainfire’s new app called RegionLock Away. As you might have guessed from the name, the app removes the lock from the Note 3 by emptying the blacklist of carriers that the phone can’t be used with.
RegionLock Away requires root access and the developer only tested it with the European version of the Galaxy Note 3, model number SM-N9005 (MI7 firmware).
If you’re unable or unwilling to root your device, other potential solutions are to call Samsung and hope for the best or to buy an unlock code from one of the specialized services online, for $20-$25.
Chainfire made RegionLock Away available as a paid app, available in the Play Store for $2.99, that you can buy to support the development. There’s a free version too, available from this XDA-Developers thread.
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Yeah, from now on i can travell 10000 times to afrifa, china and us in a year as i always done through my 20 years……
I’m always amazed by the creativity of developper’s world…
I’m waiting for my GN3, gotta wait ’till tuesday…
Watching videos of hacks and howtos lower the pain a bit.
great hope this will help with a lot of people but it should be noted that there are lots of countries selling the region-unlocked phones
God bless chainfire!
But, it should not impede in the first place! samsun got it wrong. people should protest such anti consumer moves
Samsung is really pushing it too far with this nonsense . This is another reason for me to switch to Sony, LG or something else.. If this turns out to be true for every future device Samsung is planing to release. My current Note 2 is going to be the last i own.
Here’s betting Samsung is just going to lock it back up with the next update. A better solution? Bring your support to another Android manufacturer who doesn’t limit you. Motorola, Sony, ASUS, HTC, LG, Panatech, etc..
does this work for the US version of note 3? I am really contemplated to buy the unlocked note 3 from bestbuy. The funny thing is they do not even know that the Note 3 has a region lock…