[root] RegionLock Away

[root] RegionLock Away


THIS APP REQUIRES ROOT (AND IS THEREFOR DANGEROUS), AND IS ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH SPECIFIC DEVICES, DO NOT USE THIS UNLESS YOU ARE EXACTLY AWARE OF WHY YOU'RE USING IT AND IF YOU SHOULD

Region Lock
Sammy, in their never-ending quest to make sure they've pissed off every single one of their customers at least once, have decided to region lock their latest model devices. This means for example that you cannot use a European device with an American, Middle Eastern, Asian, ... , SIM card. You'd still be able to use the European SIM all over the world, but you would not be able to use a local SIM card while travelling outside of Europe - which would of course be much cheaper.

Sammy claims you can use any SIM card in the world after you've 'activated' with a SIM card from the region the device is from (in our example, Europe), but this has been proven by various (angry) Note 3 owners to not actually be the case.

The region lock is implemented in the form of a network blacklist. Beware that this is not exactly the same thing as a SIM lock, even though they are somewhat related. This blacklist blocks a number of whole countries and carriers, while a SIM lock whitelists one specific carrier. This app clears the network blacklist (region lock), but it may or may not remove the SIM lock, if present. Some have reported it works for them (for example: T-Mobile US Note3 on AT&T network: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2471742 ), but this should be considered a side-effect.

While removing the region lock does not necessarily affect the SIM lock, various users have reported that inputting a proper SIM unlock code does remove the region lock as well. You can purchase SIM unlock codes at various places on the internet for 20 bucks or so. A benefit of using such a code is that you do not need to root your device or use this app. If you are not rooting your device already for other reasons, I would personally not root it to just region unlock, and buy an unlock code instead.

Compatible devices
- Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (MI7, MJ1, MJ3 firmwares)

Future
Right now, this has only been tested on Note 3's, and found working. Rumor has it Sammy will be bringing the region lock to a lot of devices, even backporting it to devices sold in the past (aren't there laws against this?). There's no way for me to know at this time if this specific method will keep working on the Note 3, or if it will work at all on other devices. Maybe the app will need updating, maybe Sammy will block this hack altogether, etc. Only time will tell.

In theory this hack can be done without rooting or voiding warranty with some device flashing and app modding, but I'm not currently working on that because it would be highly model-specific and I'm a root user anyway.

Relapse
It is not currently known exactly when the network blacklist is updated. Beware that for example updating your firmware may cause the region lock to reactivate.

Why is this paid ?
You're pretty much just buying me (half) a beer. If you do not want or are not able to pay, you can get this app for free at XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2470551 . Region unlocking only takes about a minute, so if it doesn't work for you, you should also have more than enough time to refund the app as well.

Recent changes:
v1.3:
- Added option to relock using backed up files

v1.2:
- Support for multiCSC ROMs - if it didn't work before, try again now!
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File size
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About [root] RegionLock Away
THIS APP REQUIRES ROOT (AND IS THEREFOR DANGEROUS), AND IS ONLY COMPATIBLE WITH SPECIFIC DEVICES, DO NOT USE THIS UNLESS YOU ARE EXACTLY AWARE OF WHY YOU'RE USING IT AND IF YOU SHOULD

Region Lock
Sammy, in their never-ending quest to make sure they've pissed off every single one of their customers at least once, have decided to region lock their latest model devices. This means for example that you cannot use a European device with an American, Middle Eastern, Asian, ... , SIM card. You'd still be able to use the European SIM all over the world, but you would not be able to use a local SIM card while travelling outside of Europe - which would of course be much cheaper.

Sammy claims you can use any SIM card in the world after you've 'activated' with a SIM card from the region the device is from (in our example, Europe), but this has been proven by various (angry) Note 3 owners to not actually be the case.

The region lock is implemented in the form of a network blacklist. Beware that this is not exactly the same thing as a SIM lock, even though they are somewhat related. This blacklist blocks a number of whole countries and carriers, while a SIM lock whitelists one specific carrier. This app clears the network blacklist (region lock), but it may or may not remove the SIM lock, if present. Some have reported it works for them (for example: T-Mobile US Note3 on AT&T network: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2471742 ), but this should be considered a side-effect.

While removing the region lock does not necessarily affect the SIM lock, various users have reported that inputting a proper SIM unlock code does remove the region lock as well. You can purchase SIM unlock codes at various places on the internet for 20 bucks or so. A benefit of using such a code is that you do not need to root your device or use this app. If you are not rooting your device already for other reasons, I would personally not root it to just region unlock, and buy an unlock code instead.

Compatible devices
- Galaxy Note 3 SM-N9005 (MI7, MJ1, MJ3 firmwares)

Future
Right now, this has only been tested on Note 3's, and found working. Rumor has it Sammy will be bringing the region lock to a lot of devices, even backporting it to devices sold in the past (aren't there laws against this?). There's no way for me to know at this time if this specific method will keep working on the Note 3, or if it will work at all on other devices. Maybe the app will need updating, maybe Sammy will block this hack altogether, etc. Only time will tell.

In theory this hack can be done without rooting or voiding warranty with some device flashing and app modding, but I'm not currently working on that because it would be highly model-specific and I'm a root user anyway.

Relapse
It is not currently known exactly when the network blacklist is updated. Beware that for example updating your firmware may cause the region lock to reactivate.

Why is this paid ?
You're pretty much just buying me (half) a beer. If you do not want or are not able to pay, you can get this app for free at XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2470551 . Region unlocking only takes about a minute, so if it doesn't work for you, you should also have more than enough time to refund the app as well.

Recent changes:
v1.3:
- Added option to relock using backed up files

v1.2:
- Support for multiCSC ROMs - if it didn't work before, try again now!

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A Google User
Jul 29, 2014
Galaxy note3 This program does not work for Canadian version of note 3 Telus. I don't know how to get my many back or solve that problem with Canadian version note 3
A Google User
Jul 29, 2014
Of course Chainfire, your apps always serve Android users the best. Thanks man! SM-N900T factory unlocked and now REGION unlocked as well. Enjoy that half beer! People - Please ignore the negative reviews. They were left by people that cannot comprehend the words "may not remove the sim lock".
A Google User
Jul 12, 2014
I want my money back.
A Google User
Jul 10, 2014
Saved me a lot of time, money, and effort (Samsung GS4) I tried to switch carriers (MetroPCS to T-Mobile prepaid) on my rooted S4 with a custom ROM (VirginROM). I was having a lot of trouble: my phone couldn't identify the new SIM or network. I never received the "SIM unlock code" prompt; the dialer codes to access the debug mode only work on the stock ROM; both T-Mobile and MetroPCS support were terrible; and I wasn't sure if the unlock code Metro was supposed to send would ever come through (or even work if it did). Saw this app mentioned on a lot of forums, although in slightly different contexts. Decided to download the apk and give it a shot, and it worked like a charm! I can't speak to region unlocking, but the carrier unlock seems to be swell. So happy to give spend the two bucks since it saved me a magnitude more's worth!
A Google User
Jun 15, 2014
Works perfect on any US Galaxy GSM!!phones This app is awesome !! To all the ignorant people who cant seem to read this unlock tool works on US variations of Samsung Galaxy GSM phones. Ive used it on so many different phones worked perfect everytime even after flashing new firmwares. If u are running firmware later than jellybean 4.1.2 probably won't work. Carrier's have blocked this exploit in newer firmwares so if u can downgrade, run the tool and update. You won't loose the unlock!!