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  1. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Just a friendly reminder to our US members and lurkers that the law against unlocking is still in effect at the time of this post. But all the rest of you global folks are in the clear.

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  2. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    There's a law?
  3. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator


    Put in place in 2006 as memory serves, and then exempted - and the exemption ran out at the beginning of this year and wasn't renewed.

    People petitioned the White House, now they've passed on their own petition to end it all.

    Unlocking here requires carrier consent, implying their help, or - it's illegal.

    Welcome to our world. :D
  4. NZtechfreak

    NZtechfreak Well-Known Member

    Just caught up on this this evening arriving home from work.

    Probably very few as excited for the Note 3 as me (I will hold up my 16,000 word review of the original Note as proof I'm the original phablet fan), but if this is widespread I will not support this practice by buying the Note 3, even if there are ROM/Root workarounds.
  5. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

  6. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    I am seriously wondering about Iceland. I'm guessing they forgot it and it's still OK there...
  7. yatyat

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  8. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    Just heard a snippet that there's been a recent software update to the Galaxy S4 and that's region-locked too now - but presumably only the ones going into the supply chain now?
  9. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    I thought I saw it was anything shipped out after July 2013
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  11. Slug

    Slug Check six! Moderator

    Similar topics merged.
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  12. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Just came across this - serious shooting in their own foot IMO!

    But if it because they've done a deal with the carriers, how would that work? They take money from an individual carrier to cripple the handsets which are not sold through the carrier? But if so all carriers get the "benefit" of one carrier's actions. On the other hand, if a group of carriers acted together on this that might be viewed as a "cartel".

    But if they are not being paid to do this, what the hell is the motivation? I do not see the benefit to Samsung that would outweigh the possible downside (surely grey imports aren't that big an issue?). But I'm sure it isn't a regulatory thing here (never heard of anything like that), so it's either Sammy think they benefit from it or somebody has paid them to do it (or made promises which add up to the same).

    Whatever the cause, very disappointing. The best we can hope is that there is enough adverse reaction that they don't repeat it.
  13. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Blogosphere is also claiming ones sold in North/South America are locked to these regions and won't work in Europe or Asia as well.
  14. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    Any stickers on S4 boxes in the US yet?
  15. Xxmen

    Xxmen Well-Known Member

    No radio and now this...wonder what sales will be like now
  16. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Not sure, there is a shot of the US sticker on the OP of the XDA thread about it.
  17. redpill2016

    redpill2016 Well-Known Member

    I thought all US phones were carrier/region locked anyway?
  18. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin' Moderator

    Most come carrier locked, but have never been region locked. There are still unlocked phones for sale like the Nexus or Google Play Edition devices, and the iPhone is can be bought Sim unlocked if wanted.
  19. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    This may need a bit of clarification from SAMSUNG:

    Buyer beware: Some Samsung Galaxy Note 3s locked down by region

    Sounds like one may possibly be able to use w/another SIM if 1st activated where the phone was originally intended for use,& only then used (unlocked?) for use w/another SIM Card.

    For those that travel moderately/extnsively,I hope this is the case & will have no effect on a great majority of users.
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  20. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    The major reason I don't buy locked phones is precisely to be able to drop a foreign SIM in. Why else would you?
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  21. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    Point taken,believe me,I'm no fan of being carrier-locked either,it's a serious competition roadblock.

    Just trying to point out that it seems there is/are ways of overcoming this.

    Most headlines on the subject fail to mention this & as usual,accomplish their goal,imflamming the public w/o telling the whole story,or,waiting for a full picture to develop.
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  22. Hadron

    Hadron Well-Known Member Contributor

    Thanks. That would make a lot more sense. Still seems rather control-freaky (let's stop someone who wants a different model from the one we choose to sell in their country from buying one), but less sinister and conspiratorial than the sticker made it look.
  23. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    I'm ABSOLUTELY no expert on unlocking. Here we can take a phone to the market where there's usually a guy who specialises in unlocking phones while-you-wait or at least within the hour. The last time I did that on an old spare dumbphone the guy in conversation mentioned there were a few newer phones he couldn't actually unlock - latest iPhones from memory.
  24. KOLIO

    KOLIO Guides Guide

    I just got the SIM unlock code from T-MOBILE/mfg. only 24 hrs after requesting it.

    Conditions vary but,here's the procedure for T-MOBILE US:

    SIM Unlock your phone | T-Mobile Support

    The actual unlock procedure is quite simple,basically,just install the new SIM Card & a pop-up will appear & ask for the unlock code provided by the carrier/mfg.
  25. Simon_Gardner

    Simon_Gardner Well-Known Member

    And do you think that will deal with region slugging as opposed to specific carrier slugging?

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