The Samsung Galaxy S5, going on sale today around the world, is region-locked, just like the Note 3. But Samsung made a small change to the way users can unlock it, as the sticker on the device package indicates.
Following the backlash and confusion generated by the region locking of the Note 3, Samsung says it won’t give up on it, but it will look for ways to “simplify and optimize the procedure.”
A new app developed by Chainfire called RegionLock Away lets users quickly remove the region lock from the Galaxy Note 3. Check it out.
The Galaxy Note 3 SIM card region lock is apparently a serious issue for many buyers, with Samsung yet to offer a clear explanation for this new policy. Furthermore, it looks like future Android 4.4 KitKat updates will bring the same region lock to older Galaxy handsets.
The Galaxy Note 3 and other Galaxy devices come with a SIM card region locking “feature” – so here’s what you need to know before you purchase an unlocked flagship phone from Samsung.
Samsung Germany confirmed its current flagships will be region locked, meaning they will only work out of the box with SIM cards from the region they were bought from.