Yesterday it was rumoured that Samsung might be region locking their devices in European countries. Now Samsung has confined the region locking will be in effect for their Samsung Galaxy S3,S4,S4 Mini, Note 2 and Note 3 devices throughout Europe.
The new region locking will prevent people that travel using a local SIM card in their handset and will be forced to use a European carrier SIM card and pay the more expensive international roaming charges. Samsung announced in its European region-locking will support the following countries :
Samsung Region Locking Countries of the European Economic Area (EEA):
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands , Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, UK, Switzerland, Croatia
Samsung Region Locking Non-EU/EEA:
Albania, Andorra, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Vatican City
It not been announced whether US devices will be locked in a similar way in the US. The TNW website explains that : “The only exception to this rule is you haven’t yet activated the handset with a European SIM card. In this instance, it’s possible to unlock the handset free of charge from one of Samsung’s service partners.”