Samsung Galaxy J3 SIM Free & Unlocked (2017 Edition)
If purchasing for use outside of the EU, you may wish to read the information regarding the international region lock on new Samsung stock - please refer to the end of this description.
The Galaxy J series is Samsung's entry-level smartphone series. Designed with simplicity in mind, you get a modern Android experience with a robust plastic chassis, plus decent multitasking and camera quality, all with a low price tag.
The Galaxy J3 is an affordable, compact smartphone that is suitable for first time users, teenagers or just those looking for a capable phone without spending on features they may not need.
Samsung Galaxy J3 Unlocked and SIM Free Stock
When you order a Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017 Edition) from Clove Technology, you will receive an official UK or EU specification SIM Free handset.
All of our phones are factory unlocked and ready for use with UK, EU & most global SIM cards.
The phones have support for global GSM & 3G networks; for 4G / LTE support outside of the EU, please check the specifications.
Where a product option states "EU Model", it will have been sourced directly from a European supplier. These phones should come factory sealed with the original Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger (Europlug 2-pin).
Where a product states "EU Convert", it will have been sourced from a UK supplier that has imported EU stock and converted it for UK sale. These phones will be resealed with official Samsung branding and should contain a standard UK charger (3-pin). Please note this may not be the official Samsung Adaptive Fast Charger.
If you order an EU Model or Convert then you may find that Samsung Pay is unavailable, even if it is supported in your country.
This is because Samsung restricts the use of Samsung Pay so that it only works with banks registered in the same country as the phone's origin. The origin country is recorded in the phone's firmware and cannot be adjusted by end users. At this time we are unable to advertise the exact origin country of EU Models prior to sale.
If you require the use of Samsung Pay in the UK, we would recommend avoiding an EU Model or Convert, although if Google Pay is available and acceptable to you, this will be available to download and unaffected.
Dual SIM options
Samsung manufactures the Galaxy J3 (2017) in both single & hybrid dual SIM versions. If an option for sale on Clove Technology specifies "DUAL SIM" then it has the hybrid slot. If DUAL SIM is not mentioned in the option, please assume that it is the single SIM version of the handset.
Reasons to buy the Galaxy J3 SIM Free (2017 Edition)
- Android 7.0 (Nougat)
- 5.0" 720 x 1280 Super AMOLED screen - deep blacks and low power consumption
- 13 MP rear camera with f/1.9 aperture - great low-light performance
- Quad-core processor and 2 GB RAM for good multitasking performance
- Affordable price point and design
Colour and memory variants
The Samsung Galaxy J3 (2017 Edition) is sold in black and gold with 16 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM.
Samsung is by far the most successful global manufacturer of Android smartphones and tablets in the past few years. Part of that success has been in their ability to create a wide range of phones that mean there is something available for everyone.
The powerful and beautifully designed flagship Galaxy S devices might cost upwards of £600, however there are many among us for whom such an expense cannot be justified. We may not need that much power, or simply don't desire something that looks so 'flash'.
If all you're looking for is a reliable and up-to-date smartphone then the J3 has been developed for you.
It's not the cheapest smartphone available, however the Samsung brand promises a high build quality alongside lengthy support with a 24 month manufacturer's warranty.
The J3 also manages to boast a few higher quality specifications than one might expect of a phone at this price. The high definition Super AMOLED screen promises deeper blacks and a more dynamic colour range than its budget counterparts offer with LCD technology.
AMOLED also improves battery consumption over LCD; this coupled with with Samsung's improved battery saving modes should help get you get through a full day even during heavy use (or two for light users).
Samsung's Smart Manager application is also available. This is a simple to access hub that shows useful information such as available storage, memory use, battery power and download management.
An 13 megapixel camera with F/1.9 aperture, the J3 also manages to take well detailed photographs with decent low light performance, benefitting from years of smartphone camera development in the higher tiers of Samsung's ranges.
*Since September 2013, Samsung have implemented a 'region lock' on all new stock. Clove Technology only have access to models designed for the “European” region, which covers both UK and mainland Europe. The compatible countries are listed below**.
For correct operation, this handset should be activated inside one of these countries with a SIM card issued for use there. The device will then be able to accept SIM cards from outside of these countries.
Activation requires turning the device on for the first time & completing set-up with the SIM installed, then completing at least 5 minutes of voice call(s) with this SIM.
Without activation you may still use the device outside of these countries when 'roaming' - using a SIM card from the listed countries.
If this activation procedure is not followed then the device will lock when first attempted to be used with a SIM card from outside of these regions. Local Samsung support may provide a code to unlock such handsets.
**All member states of the E.E.A and the following additional territories: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (F.Y.R.O.M), Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia and Vatican City.
IF YOUR CHOSEN DELIVERY COUNTY IS NOT LISTED, CLOVE TECHNOLOGY WILL BREAK THE SEAL ON THIS DEVICE AND ACTIVATE IT. YOU MUST AGREE TO THIS PROCEDURE IN THE CHECKOUT BEFORE THE SALE WILL COMPLETE.
|SIM Free & Unlocked||Yes|
|Capacity (Up to)||256GB|
|Type||PLS TFT LCD|
|Resolution||720 x 1280 (~294 ppi)|
|Frequencies||850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|Frequencies||850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|Speed||HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps|
|Frequencies||LTE bands 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 17(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)|
|Speed||LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps|
|Functions||A2DP, AVRCP, DI, HFP, HID, HOGP, HSP, MAP, OPP, PAN, PBAP|
|Video Out||Yes, wireless via Miracast / Google Home|
|Hardware Buttons||Volume, Power & Home|
|Antenna Type||GPS / GLONASS / Beidou|
|Built-in Software||Google Maps|
|Flash||Auto Focus and LED Flash|
|Other||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Front Facing Camera||Yes|
|Type||5 MP, f/2.2, LED flash|
|Formats||MP3 / WAV / eAAC / Flac player|
|Formats||MP4 / H.264 player|
|Near Field Communication|
|Dimensions||143.2 x 70.3 x 8.2 mm|
|Software||Google Play, Google Apps|
|Other||Samsung Cloud, Samsung Safe Folder, Dual Account Messenger|