Users can now unlock the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 3 free so they can use it with whatever carrier they want.
One of the problems faced by some users is locked devices in a particular network. By following the below procedure, users can unlock their smartphones and put another SIM card in it. Moreover, some users can even send a US-based smartphone to another country.
Tech blog Tekrieg published a report on how you can unlock your Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2. Below is the step-by-step procedure on how to unlock your Samsung devices.
Step 1 - Take out your SIM card and put one in from one of the other carriers then turn off the device and turn it back on.
Step 2 - Enter *#197328640# on the dialpad.
Step 3 - Go to Main Menu menu >  UMTS >  Debug Screen >  Phone Control >  Network Lock > Options  Perso SHA256 OFF.
Step 4 - Wait for 30 seconds before going back to the Main Menu then back.
Step 5 - You should see "Network Lock" now. Choose  NW Lock NV Data INITIALLIZ.
According to the blog, this can be applied to other Samsung devices as well.
Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are bound to receive the 4.3 Jelly Bean update later this year. Users of the said smartphones may have to wait for whatever version of Jelly Bean OS until November or December.
According to Samsung centric Web site SamMobile, the delay may be due to TouchWiz interface issue on the said Samsung smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 are some of the smartphones waiting for the 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Samsung's president of strategic marketing for mobile division Lee Don-joo said in one of his interviews that Samsung is working on connecting the Galaxy S4 to the recently released Galaxy Gear this month. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Galaxy S3 will follow in the next months.
"All functions of the Gear will be connected to the Galaxy S4 smartphone by next month and the connection will be expanded to Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3 by the end of December," the Don-joo told the Korea Times.
Samsung's smartwatch Galaxy Gear was introduced alongside the company's third generation phablet, Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Both devices are both compatible with 4.3 Android Jelly Bean OS because of Bluetooth 4.0, which is one of the new features on Google's latest Jelly Bean update.
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