Samsung smartphones imported to Russia under the parallel import scheme have activation problems
Found money for a "gray" Samsung - be prepared to pay for unlocking
After the start of the war in Ukraine, there was a mass exodus of foreign companies from Russia. Giants such as Samsung and Apple have paused the import of new devices to this country. Against the backdrop of what is happening, officials started talking about the need for parallel imports of electronics, which eventually started working in May. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has approved a list of companies whose goods can be imported into Russia without the permission of the brand owner.
With gray imports, an important link was excluded - the manufacturer. Products are purchased in third countries and then imported into Russia. But, as it turned out, this scheme has a weak point. It turned out that every fifth Samsung smartphone imported under the parallel import scheme cannot be activated in Russia. To activate the device, you need to install a SIM card of the country for which it is intended. One SIM card is not enough, you also need to make a call from it.
For its part, Samsung said that the practice of locking smartphones for a particular market (or operator) has become the norm for the company when working in a number of countries. At the same time, the South Korean giant is ready to unlock the gadget imported into Russia, but for this he demands a substantial amount - 5,000 rubles. In addition to the high cost of the service, it is also worth considering that the procedure for obtaining a regional unlock code will take two weeks from the date of application to the official service center of the company.
An analyst at Mobile Research Group told Izvestia about the problem with blocking "gray" Samsung smartphones. According to him, 45-50 thousand mobile devices were imported in May, of which 20% had a problem with unlocking. According to the source, you can encounter a locked Samsung smartphone in any store of the largest retail chain. It seems that unscrupulous importers have bought cheaply a batch of devices intended for a specific cellular operator abroad.