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[Q] Note 3 region lock

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By Road Trip, Junior Member on 8th February 2014, 07:04 PM
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Hi guys,

I am traveling to New Zealand in March – which I am absolutely psyched about BTW. I would like to use my Note 3 with a local sim card for cheap mobile broadband.

Will the region lock affect me? According to the information in this article it shouldn’t, but I just want to be sure. Being stuck without internet would be a major problem.

Also, if there are any New Zealand brahs around, what is the reception like? Can I rely on 3G internet throughout the country?
9th February 2014, 03:20 AM |#2  
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For starters it would be helpful if you tell us where is your Note3 from: some countries have no region lock, like China and if you're from one of those places, no worry. If you do have region lock, after using the phone on local network for some time region lock is removed per Samsung. However there were some stories posted around that it wasn't and also it is not clear to me what happens if let's say you do factory reset for some reason. I rooted my phone without tripping Knox flag and then run Chainfire region unlock program to clear all these nonsense and I can confirm the region lock list on my phone was erased and I expect my phone to work as it should on any GSM network.
You need to read around to see if doing something similar is a good option for you.
In theory it should work the way Samsung says.
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