Samsung Region Lock - Nothing To Worry About
17 Jan 2014
We've been asked questions about the region lock on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 since it was released in September 2013 and I thought I'd clarify a few things for people here.
A region lock is different to the traditional form of network locking that we deal with here at Mobile Unlocked. A region lock is placed on the phone by the manufacturer but restricts usage of the phone to the networks in one region, e.g. Europe. This stops phones being sold in Brazil for instance and then shipped of instantly by private traders to the European market to be sold for a profit. In contrast, a network lock is when one network places a lock on the phone so it can only connect to their network and no others.
A phone can be both network locked and region locked at the same time as they deal with entirely different aspects of a phone. A network lock can only be removed by using a code or software, which is what we and networks provide. This happens locally on the phone itself - requiring no access to either a network or the internet. However, a region lock is much simpler to remove than people think and won't be removed with the use of an unlock code. It is done entirely by Samsung. As far as we're aware this happens externally to the phone itself.
To remove a region lock the phone must be used in its designated region for 5 minutes of voice calls. For most people, this won't be an issue as the phone will likely have already been used for 5 minutes on a home network before travelling. Once 5 minutes have been completed, Samsung then automatically remove the region lock so the phone can be used internationally and outside of the home region.
Anyone unlocking a Samsung and frequently travelling or moving abroad will need to know exactly what to do in order to get their phone working internationally. The key facts are to use the phone for at least 5 minutes first to remove the region lock and then get an unlock code to remove the network lock. Then you're all set.
Article by Darren Kingman