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European Galaxy Note 3 won’t work with non-European SIM cards?

Well, here’s an odd limitation of the Galaxy Note 3 that might spell trouble for those that buy the device in Europe but travel to other continents – according to retailer Clove UK, the Galaxy Note 3 launched in Europe (SM-N9005) is only compatible with SIM cards issued by European network operators and will not work with SIM cards outside Europe. The Note 3 box comes with a label that warns of this incompatibility, so it doesn’t look like there will be a way around it.

As a result, Clove UK is only shipping orders within Europe. It’s quite stupid, to be honest – it essentially means that those travelling internationally won’t be able to use local SIM cards on their Note 3. Perhaps a solution will be found later on, but for now, better refrain from placing an order for Samsung’s latest phablet if you’re a frequent traveler.

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mohammeed22
mohammeed22

jkh

papic7m
papic7m

this is so dumb of samsung…. but they know what are doing…

goodwinod
goodwinod

This is a very unfortunate situation. Is this a Samsung problem or a phone company problem? I have been loyal to Samsung for a number of years/devices. However, if I can’t travel with a phone, I think I will have to look at something different. 🙁 It won’t be apple who kills Samsung’s phone business. It will die from within.

Sebastian Shaw
Sebastian Shaw

are you kidding me
you dont send n9005 to non 4g carrier country just like my country and then you block the way for me to buy n9005 from european countries
what a shame this sim lock can be deactiveted within a week after the device release

gitabad
gitabad

Samsung became a disappointment.

IM JUST SAYING THAT, I BOUGHT THE NOTE AND THE NOTE 2 BUT I WILL NOTE BUY THE NOTE 3.

WHY? ASK YOU.

JUST BECAUSE I WILL NOTE PAY 830 € EURO FOR A SMARTPHONE THAT NOT HAVE RADIO FM-RDS, WHAT A FAIL SAMSUNG (the Internet is expensive on country), SÓ THIS TIME IM THINKING GET THE LG G PRO OR THE HTC ONE MAX… waiting for HTC surprise.

demlasjr
demlasjr

I’m with you, but there is quite a difference between “note” and “not”. Also your capitals only kills me I’m NOT joking.

joinbert
joinbert

So according to pdadb.net they support quite a lot of frequencies:
Cellular_Networks: GSM850, GSM900, GSM1800, GSM1900, UMTS850 (B5), UMTS900 (B8), UMTS1900 (B2), UMTS2100 (B1)
Secondary_Cellular-Networks: LTE2100 (B1), LTE850 (B5), LTE1800 (B3), LTE2600 (B7), LTE900 (B8), LTE800 (B20)
Secondary+Cellular+Data;Links: LTE, LTE-A

But then they restrict it to Europe only. That’s dumb.