20% of Samsung smartphones imported through parallel import cannot be activated in Russia

Part of Samsung smartphones supplied as part of parallel import cannot be included in Russia, they write News citing a source close to one of the retailers.

According to Eldar Murtazin, the problem concerns about 20% of Samsung imported through parallel imports. In May, 45-50 thousand smartphones entered in this way. The manufacturer blocks any devices imported from the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, China.

You will not be able to activate your smartphone if you insert a SIM card from a Russian operator into it. This happens with devices that are not intended for sale in the EAEU countries.

To activate a smartphone, you need to insert a SIM card from an operator operating in the geographic area where Samsung officially shipped the gadget and talk on it for several minutes.

Samsung support reported that highly desirable” to activate the new device in the country in which it was purchased.

In one of the service centers they said that you can unlock smartphones. The service costs 5 thousand rubles, but you have to wait two weeks for Samsung to consider the issue and provide the service staff with a regional unlock code.

Activation issues have led some retailers to sell already activated Samsung smartphones with opened packaging. [Известия]

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Some Samsung smartphones supplied as part of parallel imports cannot be included in Russia, Izvestia writes, citing a source close to one of the retailers. According to Eldar Murtazin, the problem concerns about 20% of Samsung imported through parallel imports. In May, 45-50 thousand smartphones entered in this way. The manufacturer blocks any devices imported from the Middle East, South and…

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