When Samsung introduced the Galaxy Note in 2011, it was a bold move for the Korean electronics giant. It had a 5.3-inch display, much bigger than that year’s flagship model, the 4.3-inch Galaxy SII, and came with a stylus that appeared to go back in time, instead of bringing innovation. Industry experts and tech journalists were largely sceptical whether the Note could find an audience.
Even so, the Galaxy Note became a huge success, selling more than 10 million units in its first year and spawning a new device category: the phablet. According to ABI Research, more than 80 million phablets were shipped in 2012 and that number is expected to grow to 385 million by 2017.
Below is a breakdown of shipment forecast for phablets for 2017, compared to sales numbers from 2012.
The big runner up this year is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, which was just launched in the US and Asia but will not be released on the European market any time soon. If you’re thinking about ordering it from another country and you’re worried it won’t work with your carrier, I’ve got the perfect solution: unlocking it by code.
Even if you’re one of the lucky ones that can buy the Galaxy Note 5 from a local shop, you can still benefit from unlocking it. You’ll be able to:
- a) Sell it at a higher price when you upgrade to the next model.
- b) Save money on absurd roaming fees when you travel, by using a local SIM.
- c) Choose any cell phone plan you want, without having to think which carrier it’s from.
How does unlocking by code work on my Galaxy Note 5?
Unlocking your phone by code is the safest, faster and most economical way of doing this. Other alternatives, like going to your carrier or a local phone repair shop will either have you waiting until your contract expires, or put your phone at risk by using unlocking hardware on it.
Online platforms and apps such as UnlockUnit.com and UnlockScope.com help you buy the unique unlocking code that was attributed to your Note 5 while it was still in the factory, before it got shipped to the distributor. I’m giving them as an example because they have a short delivery time for Samsung devices (under 6 hours) and live order tracking.
And the best part is that you don’t need any technical skills to complete the unlocking process. All you have to do is follow these 3 easy steps:
Step 1: Go to UnlockUnit and fill the order form in under 2 minutes with this info: the brand and type of your phone, the country and network you bought it from, your IMEI (which you can find out by calling *#06# or going to Settings > More > About device > Status) and your email address.
Step 2: Choose your desired delivery time from 3 available options, and its respective price. Then, make the payment through either credit card, PayPal, Skrill, Moneybookers or Bitcoin.
Step 3: Receive your unique unlock code by email. Insert a SIM from a different network in your phone, and one of this messages will appear: “Enter Unlock Code” or “Sim Network Unlock Pin”. Enter the code, and the message “Network Unlock Successful” will be displayed.
If your phone doesn’t ask for the unlock code and it only says “Network Locked” then, don’t worry. This happens sometimes. Simply dial: #7465625*638*#, and afterwards insert the code. Congratulations, you can now use your Note 5 with any SIM, from any carrier in the world!
For further information, check out this video tutorial from the UnlockUnit Youtube channel: