An explanation was found why Samsung smartphones are blocked in Russia

Today, a message appeared that the owners of some Samsung smartphones imported into Russia by the parallel import method cannot be activated. They remain blocked, and to unlock them, you need to insert a SIM card from a mobile operator from the country in which they were intended for sale, another option is to take them to a service center for the craftsmen to install the firmware without blocking.

Mobile Research Group analyst Eldar Murtazin, who is well acquainted with the specifics of Samsung devices, explained, Why is this happening. According to him, after parallel imports were allowed in Russia, many companies appeared on the market that buy smartphones abroad, and they are looking for the most profitable offers from their point of view, not really understanding the intricacies of this market. The cheapest devices abroad are carrier-tethered smartphones. A certain operator subsidizes their sales, so they are sold much cheaper (sometimes at a symbolic price, like $ 200 instead of 1000), but you will not be able to use them with a SIM card from another operator.

Samsung does not intentionally block smartphones for Russians, this is a common global business practice, not only for this company, but for others, it has been around for many years. The carrier version of the smartphone will also be inoperable in any other country, and even in the one where it was purchased, if you insert a SIM card from a different operator to which it is attached.

Murtazin points out that problems related to operator blocking affect about 20% of Samsung smartphones imported through parallel imports, and so far this is about 50 thousand devices. You can check if the smartphone belongs to the country and the operator on the Samsung hotline or on website.