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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I've been living as an expat for quite a number of years now. So for me, it was the past ... I am not surprised, things haven't changed.

In spain you can get a sim and decent internet for a cheap monthly charge if you know where to look and I buy a smart phone in Gibraltar.

You can do the same in the UK. Buy the cheapest contract with a phone and then say you don't want a handset update and negotiate a deal on the phone.

Edited 2013-09-26 18:54 UTC

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