For the last few days, we’ve been hearing a lot about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the region specific SIM restrictions. We’ve already published a complete run-through of exactly how the restrictions work and how to unlock the Galaxy Note 3 SIM restriction but now we have official word from Samsung.
We’ve heard back from a Samsung spokesperson who gave us the following statement:
“In order to provide customers with the optimal mobile experience in each region including customer care services, Samsung has incorporated the ‘regional SIM lock’ feature into Galaxy Note 3 devices. The product is only compatible with a SIM-card issued from a mobile operator within the region identified on the sticker of the product package. When the device is activated with a SIM card issued from the other region, the device may be automatically locked until it is released at the dedicated service centre.
Once a device is activated normally, the regional SIM lock is automatically released. Users can enjoy the roaming service as usual and can use other region’s SIM card when travelling. The regional SIM lock has been applied to the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S4 devices through a software update in selective markets. The regional SIM lock does NOT affect the device’s features and performance. Users can continue to enjoy all the advanced features of our products.”
So there you have it – Samsung are confirming that as long as you activate it with a SIM from that specific region, you’ll be able to use it as your normally would.