This time Samsung has made a small change for unlocking their Galaxy S5. Sticker on Samsung Galaxy S5 package shows this change very clearly. We have already seen region lock with Note 3 but this time it is a bit different. Earlier Samsung put a region-lock on the Galaxy Note 3 in a bid to control the activity of grey market importers. Let us take a brief tour of region locking to you. If your device is region locked and you want to use it somewhere else in world then first you will have to use it in region from where you purchased your device. For example, if you purchase a phone in North America and you want to use it in India then you will first have to activate it with North American SIM card. If you want to unlock any region locked device then the best way to do this is to take your device to Samsung and they will unlock it or else you can directly go for specialized online service by paying a small fee.
Earlier, to unlock a region-locked device, you will just have to insert a SIM card into it and activate your device. After that you will have it unlocked. Samsung Galaxy S5 is also region-locked but now if you want to unlock it then you will have to make at least 5 minutes of phone call. This step is taken from Samsung to make it more secure.
Samsung Galaxy S5 has following message on its sticker, “European Model: This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe (as defined EU/EEA, Switzerland and the following Non-EEA countries Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.) To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.”
If you have a region-locked device then you should visit Samsung support and get your device unlocked without any cost. There are also some websites from where you can get your phone unlocked but they will charge you about $25