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[2]: why oh why?
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:18 UTC in reply to "RE: why oh why?"
puenktchen
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2007-07-27

I don't buy that reason either. Not like a thieve would know that in advance or if those kind of locks couldn't be broken anyway.

I guess it is about preventing grey imports and resulting support issues because of some minor differences between the models sold in the regions. Like base bands and so on.

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