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Did we decide if US N3's are region-locked, or not?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by RickSchlegel, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. RickSchlegel

    RickSchlegel Member
    Thread Starter

    I've satisfied myself that my US Verizon N3 is not carrier-locked in the US by successfully installing (here in the US) a ATT sim with Straight Talk. But I can't test whether it'll work in Europe with a European sim without going there, which I'll do for a couple of months in the Fall. I'd like to have some confidence that I'll be able to pop in a Vodafone or DT sim and have it work for voice and data when I get there --- have we REALLY decided if the US phones are region-unlocked, or not? (For what it's worth, my box DID NOT have the dreaded "USA only" sticker on it.) I'd sure like to avoid the expensive Verizon Global plans, if possible.


  2. selmerdave

    selmerdave Member

    I tried to use a local SIM in Spain late last year in my ATT Note 3, did not work. Certainly frustrating that they would do that.
  3. RickSchlegel

    RickSchlegel Member
    Thread Starter

    So you had your Network Mode on Global, reset the APNs, and it still didn't work for you?
  4. shutterman

    shutterman Newbie


    I just recently returned from India and used a local SIM in my VZW Note 3. Worked like a charm. The only thing that didn't work is 4G speeds as it doesn't exist. But was able to make local calls, and use the net with no hitches what-so-ever. I didn't even have to manually enter in an APN as it picked it up automatically.

    On the way back home, popped in my VZW SIM just before landing and everything worked well as soon as I turned it on.

  5. RickSchlegel

    RickSchlegel Member
    Thread Starter

    So this means that it will work as an unlocked, global phone, as advertised. Good news, and Thanks! :D
  6. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    I got a text message yesterday:

    AT&T Free Msg: Your phone is now ready to go global! Call and message your friends and family in most countries across the globe from the U.S. Or surf t
    he web, share photos and call home on your next exotic escape. AT&T international rates apply. Visit
    for international plans and rates.

    so does that mean that my ATT Note3 is fully functional in other countries?
    and I can use other SIMs in my phone?
  7. RickSchlegel

    RickSchlegel Member
    Thread Starter

    Looks to me like the link is only talking about the availability of the ATT global roaming plan. The similar VZW plan lets me use voice and data outside the US thru VZ, but is much more expensive than swapping out for local country SIMs when traveling.
  8. dan330

    dan330 Extreme Android User

    because ATT has a plan .. that I can use globally. voice and data.
    the hardware is compatible to networks in other popular countries.

    so I can .. unlock my phone.. and pop in other SIMs as I travel.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date was September 2013. Features and Specs include a 5.7" inch screen, 13MP camera, 3GB RAM, Snapdragon 800 processor, and 3200mAh battery.

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