The region lock is, as we suspected, designed to thwart phone importers who buy phones from one region of the world and then sell them in another.The region lock will, of course, adversely affect individuals who end up trying to activate a locked phone for the first time outside of its home region (they're bound to get sold online anyway), so it's something to be aware of.Update 2: Samsung has clarified the issue to Android Central, and it turns out it's actually not all that bad.
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Most of these services simply require your IMEI and device model number, and of course a bit of your hard-earned cash, and then email you a SIM unlock code to be used when you put in an unauthorized SIM. Update: See update at top - this probably isn't true, it's worse. The phone import / export business lives and dies on things like favorable currency exchange rates, regional pricing / release date variations, and localized hardware shortages.
For the less curious, this will mean more roaming bills to rack up - music to the ears of carriers the world over. Samsung is taking in the reins on its supply line here by making it a significantly more difficult process to import phones from, say, Asia, and then sell them in Europe or the US.
If you buy a device and activate it in its home region, the region lock is permanently disabled.
You can then roam or use other nations' SIM cards anywhere in the world.
This practice also skews logistics figures, and can cause customer confusion in regard to warranties and software support We'll update this post if we learn more.
I've bought samsung captivate glide I-927 from e Bay.It is locked with at&t by default, so seller unlocked device for me and it is working fine.It comes with Gingerbread 2.3.5 and I found that ICS update for this device available from Samsung kies (pc suite).Now the question is Will my device get locked again after update from GB to ICS??? No, software updates do not mess around with carrier info like that.Your phone should still be set to work with AT&T after the latest update is applied.This has been confirmed by many a XDA poster with images of the stickers on devices purchased in the Americas and Europe, though the practice probably extends to other regions, as well.