1. Ali Mirza's Avatar
    If i buy an unlocked Galaxy Note 3 from Africa how will i use it when i come to the US? Which carrier would simply let me buy a new sim and insert it into my phone and use all services?
    12-01-2013 04:23 AM
  2. Gekko's Avatar
    12-01-2013 04:58 AM
  3. Ali Mirza's Avatar
    Just confirming: So with this I can buy any phone anywhere in the world and take it to AT&T and join the GoPhone plan and they will give me a sim and i can use it as a any normal sim? No monthly payments? No hidden bull****? Straight up pay $20, get $20 balance to use with your phone?
    12-01-2013 05:16 AM
  4. Gekko's Avatar
    well the phone must be unlocked and be compatible with AT&T's network and system. most unlocked GSM phones will work but you should check for compatibility first before you buy. i am using a Nexus 5 (US Version). no contract. you pay month to month and end it when you like with no early termination fee. the service minutes/data expire after a certain period of time if you do not use them - i THINK it might be something like 90 days.

    good luck.
    12-01-2013 06:04 AM
  5. Ali Mirza's Avatar
    How do i check if an unlocked Note 3 will support AT&T's network and systems? This plan sounds perfect but i don't know if it will work with the Note 3 i want to buy from here :/
    12-01-2013 06:23 AM
  6. Gekko's Avatar
    i don't know but Samsung can be extra tricky - see link below -

    [Update: Clarified] Samsung Has Begun SIM Locking Its Phones Across The World To Home Regions, Putting The Squeeze On Phone Importers?

    i would buy a Nexus 5 instead if possible.
    12-01-2013 06:27 AM
  7. Ali Mirza's Avatar
    Yeah i was deciding between Note 3 or Nexus 5 but:
    1) they don't have the Nexus 5 here yet,
    2) I heard the battery life and camera on the Nexus 5 is pretty bad :/

    If my phone is shipped from Dubai to me I don't think it will be region locked? And apparently the Note 3 supports the bands GoPhone needs so I assume it should work?
    and on the link you posted, i think the below quote implies that I can buy it here in Africa and not use it until i get to America and unlock it there?
    "If a phone is purchased in one region but never activated with a SIM in that region, it can be unlocked free of charge outside of that region by a "Samsung service partner" wherever it ends up."
    12-01-2013 06:51 AM
  8. GANote3's Avatar
    The reasom behind region locking is so that people in certain countries cannot buy a phone cheaper in another country and then sammy loses their profit. You have to turn it on/activate the phone with a sim card from that region. Once that is done then samsung says you are free to use the phone in any region and can then change out the sim.

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    12-01-2013 07:14 AM
  9. Ali Mirza's Avatar
    So should i buy the Note 3 from a 3rd party retailer that gets it from Dubai for from Samsung's official store?
    12-01-2013 08:14 AM

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