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jdomadia

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What will happen if i update unlocked note 3 (n9000) bought from dubai in India?? Whether I'll get region lock again??
Is there mobiles so called unlocked phones??
Whether I've to buy unlocked phones or I've to buy a new one and insert a local sim to wipe that region lock?
Does local Indian sim cards work in note 3 (n9000) bought from dubai as there is some blacklisting of Indian networks.....
U can Update, U can use local INDIAN SIM CARD as it is without any MOD, there is no region lock so no chance of getting lock again, even u can flash Indian firmware for NOTE 3 Exynos model N-9000 without any problem, but.... u need to buy NEW from Samsung authorized shops like EROS, AXIOM, JUMBO etc. can't say anything about second hand or Online retailers.
 

hari smart

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U can Update, U can use local INDIAN SIM CARD as it is without any MOD, there is no region lock so no chance of getting lock again, even u can flash Indian firmware for NOTE 3 Exynos model N-9000 without any problem, but.... u need to buy NEW from Samsung authorized shops like EROS, AXIOM, JUMBO etc. can't say anything about second hand or Online retailers.

Thanks sir!!! But what are risks in buying online because its about 2400 AED in those shops which is about 39000 rupees in India. Whereas the actual note3 price in India is 40000 1ly......whereas in online like souq itz about 1800 AED which is about 28000 rupees which makes a lot of sense in India..... So pls tel the risks in online shopping and mention some of the reliable stores.......
 

jdomadia

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Thanks sir!!! But what are risks in buying online because its about 2400 AED in those shops which is about 39000 rupees in India. Whereas the actual note3 price in India is 40000 1ly......whereas in online like souq itz about 1800 AED which is about 28000 rupees which makes a lot of sense in India..... So pls tel the risks in online shopping and mention some of the reliable stores.......
Some Online buyer's of NOTE 3 reported here in XDA as a ROOTED & MOD IMEI to UNLOCK REGION LOCK which giving different types of problems So I advice u accordingly, u can do one thing there is a Many retail shops in Sharjah & Dubai they sell Note 3 with Samsung or Axiom warranty, before u pay to shop keeper u can call 800SAMSUNG TOLL FREE number & Verify IMEI number from the BOX to make sure product is genuine, this shops selling much cheaper than Authorized Showrooms & price will be close to Online retailers.
 
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Enter PIN - different issue to unlock the screen

I have bought Note 3 (N9000) in UK and all was fine for many months up until I traveled to Saint Petersburg for my photography session.
I had a screen lock set up to unlock the screen - upon arrival and getting to roaming network the code stopped working.:eek: and I could not unlock my phone...

I'm pretty sure it worked just fine (I used that code million times) before my travel but it simply doesn't work now - even when back in London on my current mobile provider network. Not sure what happened, but was unable to use phone in Russia, and I'm only able to receive phone calls now. I've tried around thousands of various code combinations, waiting 30 seconds for another 5 tries. My best hobby whilst in Russia :silly:

Anyone experienced something like this? I would not like to do factory reset as too many data on my phone to do this, but I need to bypass the screen lock. Now I'm not sure if region lock has triggered something dodgy once I have went to Russian mobile provider networks... Ah, yes, phone is mine in case you're wondering :D
 

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I have bought Note 3 (N9000) in UK and all was fine for many months up until I traveled to Saint Petersburg for my photography session.
I had a screen lock set up to unlock the screen - upon arrival and getting to roaming network the code stopped working.:eek: and I could not unlock my phone...

I'm pretty sure it worked just fine (I used that code million times) before my travel but it simply doesn't work now - even when back in London on my current mobile provider network. Not sure what happened, but was unable to use phone in Russia, and I'm only able to receive phone calls now. I've tried around thousands of various code combinations, waiting 30 seconds for another 5 tries. My best hobby whilst in Russia :silly:

Anyone experienced something like this? I would not like to do factory reset as too many data on my phone to do this, but I need to bypass the screen lock. Now I'm not sure if region lock has triggered something dodgy once I have went to Russian mobile provider networks... Ah, yes, phone is mine in case you're wondering :D

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hari smart

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Some Online buyer's of NOTE 3 reported here in XDA as a ROOTED & MOD IMEI to UNLOCK REGION LOCK which giving different types of problems So I advice u accordingly, u can do one thing there is a Many retail shops in Sharjah & Dubai they sell Note 3 with Samsung or Axiom warranty, before u pay to shop keeper u can call 800SAMSUNG TOLL FREE number & Verify IMEI number from the BOX to make sure product is genuine, this shops selling much cheaper than Authorized Showrooms & price will be close to Online retailers.

wat abt buying n9005 model in uae and using in india??? does it work properly?.......really confused whether to buy n9000 or n9005 .......9005 is better but many reported that it rejects indian sim cards and im gonna use in india alone....:confused::confused:
 

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Region Lock and Baseband

I have a question, Baseband shows in region locked phones or not? I have a n9005 with 4.4.2 and It has no baseband Please reply Thanks
 

hari smart

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ive seen many people complaining about network failure of n9005

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does note 4 also have region lock???
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U can use N9005 in India no problem.

pls suggest some offline as well as some online stores as my uncle from dubai is gonna purchase it......
 

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Just switch off the auto switch between wifi and network. It is poor samsung software. Had that problem on my note 3 but not s4. Also if there is weak 3g signal if defaults to 2g or keeps flipping between the two giving poor data signal. So in network setting remove auto switch and change to wcdma only then reception is more stable bit don't forget to change to auto when moving to area with stronger signal so that you can get 4g if available. Wifi issues get sorted on my note 3 if I switch off all the auto switch features showing that it is poor samsung software and not hardware. My S4 and one plus one had no issues on same wifi network or 3g network or 4g network.

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Click on my username and see my recent posts from today on the s5 forum where I have linked a post on the note 3 from India samsung store unlocked that got region locked to wipe europe region while travelling in Europe and Indian sim could no longer be used!
 
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    give me a N3 and we will see...

    i don't get what all the fuss is about, people in israel keep getting USA phones that are locked and just unlock them to sim free
    no one ever said a thing about it, USA cellphone is locked to a single operator is OK for every one
    now samsung made it locked to all EU operators but did the mistake and called it "unlocked" and not "eu unlocked" or "eu locked" big deal

    i unlocked USA phones and will unlock EU phones, the earth still goes on.... no one died


    why?

    The reason people are nervous is straightforward:

    1) The phones claim to be "Unlocked' - they are not.

    2) There is no evidence that traditional unlock methods will work -
    a) I have discussed this with my source for unlocking phones by code - he unlocks about 100,000 phones a year, and has access to all the databases. He has never heard of such a thing, and is not confident that codes will be available.
    b) Software solutions may or may not be available. Even so, not everybody is technical enough (or wants) to start butchering their phones. Further, we have customers who need these phones unlocked for network-testing purposes. They are aware of the software-unlock methods and do not want that as they claim it messes with the phone's firmware.

    3) No one was informed of this before they purchased the device. Even the largest distributors (10s of thousands of phones - not retailers) only found out about it today.and have no answers

    This is totally different than just purchasing an AT&T phone from the USA and getting it unlocked in Israel. Everybody knows how to do it and where to get it done. However, nobody knows how to do this phone, or if it even can be unlocked as this is a new type of lock that nobody yet understands or has successfully unlocked.

    We also have these phone on our website, and we had to call each one of our customers that pre-ordered and explain the situation. Some didn't mind, and some were really pissed off and cancelled the orders.

    I hope you are correct, and we can all pay our $20.00 and get the code. However, that remains to be seen.

    And, on an OEM, carrier-unbranded device that can cost $900, and claims to be "factory unlocked" but is not, it is just bad business IMHO.


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    From my Twitter ...

    Aaaaand.... I just region unlocked my Note 3. FU Samsung.

    ( I locked out my current carrier, tested I could no longer make phone calls, then unlocked it again, et voila )

    I need a tester (with root) who has a SIM card that isn't working in his or her Note3. For verification. Then, app incoming.

    'nuff said !
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    There'll be an app release soon enough.

    If you don't want root for other reasons, it is indeed unfortunate you currently need it for this. Rooting (via CF-Auto-Root) does void KNOX warranty (irreversable), however, if you use the unroot option in SuperSU, and flash back a stock kernel and recovery, OTAs will work again. Note that it is possible to root without tripping KNOX warranty using a customized system partition, I'm sure someone has made or will make one sooner or later.

    It is theoretically feasable to do this without root, but a lot tougher to make and maintain, with the information I currently have. I'm certain there is a way to improve this, I just haven't found it yet - and as I'm a full on root user, I doubt I will spend more time looking for it.
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    Latest News - Oct 9th 2013 - Clove, who specialise in sim-free/unlocked phones have suggested
    that the Russian unlocking service at:
    http://puman.ru/?selectlanguage=English
    may be a solution for those concerned about the regional lock.
    More info in the Clove blog at:
    http://blog.clove.co.uk/2013/09/25/samsung-galaxy-note-3-sim-limitations/


    Whether or not the Note 3 Verizon (US) "Developer Edition" will be regionally locked remains to be seen,
    At least the bootloader will, according to reports, be unlocked.
    More skimpy details at the Samsung/Verizon page at: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/cell-phones/SM-N900VMKEVZW

    More Recent News - Oct 6th 2013 - Chainfire appears to have created an app to
    get round region locking for the Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (MI7 firmware) and rooted
    You can buy Chainfire a beer (£1.99) by downloading the app from the Play Store at:
    http://pkg.to/eu.chainfire.regionlockaway

    There is also a thread started by Chainfire at: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=46187852 where meanies(!) can download it free.


    Recent News (01:30 Oct 3rd 2013)
    Android Authority: Galaxy Note 3 region lock is an issue after all, Android 4.4 update may lock older Galaxy handsets http://goo.gl/KjgVwc


    Previous news (1st Oct 2013)

    A significant number of users still claim they can't use "out of region" sims despite having first used a sim for the region the Note 3 was intended for which is the way Samsung have said is the way to 'unlock' the regional sim lock.

    A number of users in this thread who found their Note3 was still region locked despite following the Samsung advice have successfully unlocked their Note3 regional lock using a Russian unlocking web site at http://puman.ru/ Although I am the OP of this thread, I do not have an out of region Sim to test this out myself - so no guarantees but read the posts!

    Pics say it all. The Note 3 "unlocked" models are still locked to regions like DVD's and thus not very attractive to globetrotters or international purchasers who are being asked to pay £600 or so for a crippled device.
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    Health warning: the message below is worrying.

    I spoke yet again to the Samsung UK customer service team (+44 330 726 7864) this afternoon (at 5:40pm GMT) as I had not received the email I had been promised this morning with a statement on the region lock. A different rep spoke to me and had the following news to report to me:

    - the Samsung UK telephone staff have had problems sending out emails today and therefore have not sent out the statement to me - which was fine by me as these things happen.

    - the SIM limitation sticker really is meant to mean what it says - the N9005 is not meant to be compatible with SIMs issued by operators outside the European region - I believe at least some owners are using the Note 3 with SIMs issued by operators outside the EU but the rep was adamant that the Note 3 was not intended by Samsung to be used with SIMs issued by operators outside of the European region, even following first activation.

    - the European region Note 3s are only meant to be compatible with SIMs issued by operators from the European region, and this applies equally after activation - I asked repeatedly her to confirm this which she did each time. I tried practical examples too and it got worse: So if I go to Australia I must use a European region SIM in my Note 3 even if I buy the Note 3 SIM-free for £620? Yes according to the rep. So I asked if I go to Florida on vacation, I have no choice but to use a European region SIM in my Note 3? Yes again according to rep.

    - it makes no difference if here in the UK I buy the Note 3 from Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4U, EE or Clove.

    - I could buy another phone if I wanted to use a SIM from an operator outside the EU in my mobile - the rep volunteered this to me as it never occurred to me that they might seriously suggest such a policy.

    - the rollout of Kitkat is to extend the regional lock to existing SGS3s and Note 2s - I asked if my existing unlocked SGS3 bought unlocked over a year ago is to be subject to the same regional lock if I upgrade. Yes according to rep. So I would not be able to use a SIM from outside the European region in it when travelling? Yes according to the rep.

    - no statement can be sent in an email to me by the Samsung UK telephone team to confirm this in writing.

    - I can email [email protected] with any questions but it might take up to 24 hours to respond. When I pointed out to the rep that I had already done just this, emailing [email protected] on Friday evening (27th) and not had a response in over 50 hours (including after checking my spam folder), I was told that sometimes the email team are very busy and she could not say for sure when I would receive a response to any question.

    I have asked to get a call back from the Tier 2 rep who I spoke to on Friday (27th) but in the meanwhile I can only stand gobsmacked by the apparent madness of this corporate policy. For example:

    - Samsung cannot even implement a draconian region lock policy (if that is what they really intend) properly and consistently - given that some European Note 3s with the European regional lock sticker are reported to be being activated and then successfully used outside the home region with SIMs issued by operators outside the home region - while others are able to activate with home region SIM but not then able to use out of region SIMs when travelling.

    - Samsung (whether through its local offices, PR companies or employees) can brief against itself so that some Samsung offices will say one thing and others possibly within the same office, something completely different, on the same day, and day after day.

    - the utter, utter lack of leadership from Samsung Global (Electronics) to coordinate and communicate their own policy (whether that policy is good or bad is almost irrelevant) clearly, consistently and transparently - or to communicate it at all.

    - complete confusion among retailers, and among Samsung reps talking to retailers, here in the UK as to Samsung's region lock policy, to the extent they are even aware in the first place of the region lock policy and how it operates - which, from first hand exerience, I can say many are not.