Samsung’s region locking policy which first came to surface with the Galaxy Note 3 has troubled a lot of users over the months. This is essentially a security system in place to avoid grey market sales in foreign countries. It has now come to light that the company will continue doing this even with the Galaxy S5, well at least with the European models.
The box packaging of the Galaxy S5 in Europe reads the following – “This product should be activated with a SIM card issued from a mobile operator within Europe. To use SIM cards from other regions, a cumulative call over five minutes must first be made with the SIM card from European operators.”
This essentially means that users have to make a 5 minute voice call using a local SIM card from the country of origin in order to activate the device for use in other countries. This is to avoid users from facing any issues while traveling abroad and using a different SIM. However, users who were looking to import the smartphone from other regions will be in for disappointment with the Galaxy S5.
Via: GSM Arena