Asian Galaxy Note 3 units free from Samsung’s controversial region lock
While Samsung’s controversial and much talked-of regional SIM lock on the Galaxy Note 3 isn’t that big an issue, it’s still something that is an obstacle everyone could have done without. However, it looks like Asian Note 3 units don’t have the regional SIM restriction, according to an Australian retailer, who confirmed that they were able to use a Note 3 imported from Hong Kong with an Australian SIM card without any issues.
The retailer also received some units from Singapore, which were also free of any region-lock warnings and worked just fine with an Australian SIM. So, it seems only European and American Note 3 units have the restriction, so those wanting to import a Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy Note 3 will be the folks most affected, unless they ask someone to activate the device with a local SIM before shipping it over.