Thanks to a leaked slide, it seems that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will have a very unique carrier lock mechanism. Carrier devices that usually would be sold locked (or occasionally unlocked) will now be sold completely unlocked, but will lock themselves to the first carrier SIM that’s inserted.
This is interesting because it’ll technically be an unlocked phone from the factory, both hardware and software wise. Inserting a carrier SIM before first boot will install the carrier software, which will lock the device to that carrier. Maybe this means someone will be able to get around the device installing carrier software?
We probably won’t see this in the US, since our carriers have logos and branding all over the device. Nonetheless, it’s an interesting approach to carrier locks. You’ll still be able to unlock the device using an unlock code as usual, and factory unlocked devices will not be affected. What do you guys think? Is this preferable to regular carrier locks? Leave a comment!