Thanks Meter 740
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Enschede, The Netherlands
You mean Unbranded, not unlocked.
The EU forbid simlocking in 2011. All EU phones, even branded ones, are unlocked to use with any providers' SIM. (The Region Lock, however, is a Samsung thing. But that only affects non-eu SIMs in an EU device.)
They are still allowed to run their own firmware though. So you get the silly logo and crappy apps if it's branded.
And yes, if it's branded, you have to wait for the provider updates. (they still go via Samsung's servers, but the provider has to modify them first. Samsung then has to re-test and re-approve it, whcih takes a while, hence the wait.)
But in general you can flash the official unbranded rom over it with no issue, provided it's the same or a newer version.
Sammobile lists firmware branded for H3G, so yes, it's safe to assume they are branded out of the box. CSC: H3G: G900FH3G1AND4 (No, I don't own one.)
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