Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Sep 2013 13:32 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless

I really thought the days of region-locking were dying with the DVD, but it seems I was wrong - Samsung has decided to revive the odious practice with its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone.

Yes, if you buy an unlocked Note 3 in Europe and travel to, say, the U.S., you will not be able to use a local SIM card. In other words, you will be forced to buy your carrier's outrageous roaming fees or go Wi-Fi-only.

The worst part is that this is not a joke.

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RE: why oh why?
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:00 UTC in reply to "why oh why?"
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I can understand why a phone company would want to restrict you to using their service with the phone they are selling, but what service does a region lock on a device serve?

It was already stated. You will be forced to pay data roaming charges to your carrier unless you want to buy a new phone. I'd bet most will opt for the roaming charges rather than be stuck with a dumb phone for a bit (stupid, but likely). Seems like a simple case of Samsung sucking up to carriers to me. I'm not much into government interference in business as long-time readers probably know, but if there'd be any time for the EU to get involved this would be it. Otherwise we're going to see widespread adoption of this idea and the resultant corruption that accompanies it.

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