Galaxy Note 3 region lock earns it a slew of negative reviews on Amazon

Try to be the devil and cause problems for your customers, and chances are you won’t get away with it so easily and will have to bear the backlash that ensues. For Samsung, that backlash is currently against the Galaxy Note 3 – Samsung’s region-locking tactics on its latest phablet have earned it considerable criticism, and now buyers in Germany are making their voice heard via one of the most powerful venues possible – user reviews.

Over at Amazon Germany, the Note 3 currently holds around 65 5-star ratings, but those are dwarfed by over 120 1-star reviews, with most of them pointing out the region lock that the device comes with. It has been said that the region lock is to reduce the number of grey imports of the device and that activating the device with a local SIM removes the region lock, but the reality has been different for a lot of users. Now, these negative reviews mean that those looking to buy the Galaxy Note 3 will be a bit hesitant after reading what others think, which is ultimately going to be a problem for the Korean manufacturer.


Some reviews also mention the fact that the Note 3 comes with a few pre-loaded software that can’t be disabled, such as Flipboard and My Magazine. On previous devices, most of the pre-installed stuff could be disabled, but, as we ourselves found on our Note 3′s, this isn’t the case anymore. Rooting and freezing unneeded apps is one solution to this, but since rooting is causing a permanent warranty void on the Note 3, it’s not a solution one would want to use.

In the end, we can only hope that Samsung takes a good look at what the customers want and what they’re complaining against, and mend their ways accordingly. Otherwise, all we can do is vote with our money and refrain from buying the Galaxy Note 3 (and any future flagship that comes with these irritating restrictions), and hope that will force the company to start listening to the consumers.

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3 years 6 months ago

I’m moaning because I want to root my device without blowing the eFuse you tosser!

3 years 6 months ago

Yes vslsnks, their is every possibility that all those people “moaning” above are actually travelling to different countries, unlike someone here who might not have been on an international flight all his life…… which makes your argument completely pointless.

3 years 6 months ago

Well, owning a Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, I was certainly looking forward to own Galaxy Note 3. Not anymore! Sorry Samsung….. you don’t have to ride on the backs of your trusted customers, atleast not for a few additional bucks.

3 years 6 months ago

I have a Note 2 and wiil not get a Note 3.

I hope the Nexus 5 is a Samsung killer.

3 years 6 months ago

Haha….LG, Samsung killer….haha

3 years 6 months ago

I was ready to replace my Galaxy S4 that I bought last June with the Note 3 but after reading about region locking,I will now concentrate my attention to Google Nexus 5

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3 years 6 months ago

Like said many times, I owe 3 Samsung tablets and 4 smartphones. Reading all this drives me straigth in the arm of the Nexus devices. Stop this shit. Rooting and customization was always a big plus over competetion. Now the dominant position is there, they start to act like weirdoes.

3 years 6 months ago

I applaud Samsung for a wonderful handset nothing on the market can compare or will be better for a long while. Plain and simple nothing beats Samsung or the Galaxy Note products period

3 years 6 months ago

yes very true, i have the first note N7000, was waiting for the note 3, but with this region lock no i am sorry i will not buy it.

3 years 6 months ago

“Nothing” it is then! Certainly wouldn’t buy a Note 3 now after all the recent issues mentioned :/

3 years 6 months ago

Region-Locked and rooting voids your warranty…not for my money.

I’ll stay with my Note2 and will switch later onto chinese phones with dualsim and decent specs.