Samsung announced its latest flagship device last month, the Galaxy Note 3. Packed with new improved features, the phablet was made available to customers from September 25. And though it was widely received by users, many of them were unhappy about Samsung’s new region lock strategy.
The region lock ensured that the Note 3 can only be used with a SIM card from the same region where the device was bought. For instance you cannot use a European Note 3 with an American or Asian SIM card. You can use the European SIM card all over the world but cannot use a local SIM card when outside Europe which would be more cheaper to use than the European one. And though Samsung claims that you can use any SIM card after once activating the device with a SIM card which is from the same region as the device, many users report this is not the case.
Now however, there is a way to do away with this region lock with an app called RegionLock Away. Developed by Chainfire, the app clears the network blacklist (region lock) that blocks a number of a country and its carrier and renders it useful in using SIM cards from other regions. The region lock is somewhat similar to SIM lock but for one vital difference: Removing the SIM lock will also disable the region lock but the other way around doesn’t work. So you can either purchase SIM unlock codes directly from the internet and disable both locks or you can use this app and simply remove the region lock.
The app requires root access and has been confirmed to work only on the European version of the Galaxy Note 3, model number SM-N9005 (MI7 firmware) till now. The app has been made available for free by the developer but if you wish to donate to the developer, you may buy it from the Play Store. The links for both the versions can be found below.
Once you have installed the app, launch it and just click on “Region Unlock”. Grant root access to it and wait for the app to work its charm. After it has finished, you will be asked to reboot your device. After you reboot your device, your Galaxy Note 3 will be region unlocked.