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The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge will carrier lock to the first SIM inserted

Earlier today, a leaked slide from a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge setup presentation surfaced online revealing that carrier-branded variants of the handsets will lock to the network of the first SIM card that’s inserted. This the first time that Samsung has implemented an automatic carrier-locking mechanism into any of its network-specific Galaxy smartphones. Up until now, all devices sold through operators were unlocked and could be openly used on other networks.

If, for whatever reason, you want to use your handset on a different carrier, you’ll have to contact your current operator or a third-party provider and request a Network Unlock Code (NUC). More often than not, it costs money to generate these codes and unlock your device. However, under certain circumstances, they are free. Many networks in the United Kingdom will unlock a contracted smartphone at the end of a tariff so that customers can sell the devices on and put the money towards a new handset.

It’s important to bear in mind that this feature will not affect factory unlocked devices purchased from Samsung or third-party independent retailers, so if you order a device from your local electronic store, you’ll be able to switch between carriers without it locking.

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AquilaSol
AquilaSol

I can hereby confirm that T-Mobile Netherlands will *not* be simlocking their branded S7 and S7 Edge devices.

Simlocking is illegal in the EU since 2011, anyway.

Keep in mind that this does not apply to any other T-Mobile variants, as each is its own company. Sorry US users, can’t help you there. 🙁

djshotty
djshotty

That’s an easy one to get around! When you’re collecting your handset from the carrier’s store, don’t put yours or any other SIM card in it. Go home, then swing by the firmware section here at SamMobile to grab the unbranded firmware of your device. Odin-flash that in, and I’m pretty confident it will clear out that SIMlock part of the ‘branded’ firmware’s code…

mocsab
mocsab

I am curious about this – If this is correct, If I buy a TMOBILE S7 Edge – but insert a SIM CARD from ATT – will the S7 edge sim lock to ATT ? I hope this is true, but it doesn’t make sense – anyone buying an S7 on contract could concievably do what I suggested and use the phone on a carrier different from the one they bought the S7 from… any ideas about this?

Outlaw79
Outlaw79

Now way!!!! I wish to unlock my S6 to buy the S7 and now this! !!!!!

tiborh
tiborh

Even Sony was selling z5c in Hungary (t-mobile) unlocked!

WHY THE HELL is SAMSung going back again.

AdL2012
AdL2012

wtf?….they are crazy to implement this sh.t in this device???

Thebeci
Thebeci

What the f••k are they doing? Is this a joke?
Finally a good answer to go for lg