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: Not only the Note 3
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 26th Sep 2013 22:10 UTC in reply to "Not only the Note 3"
Bill Shooter of Bul
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From the page you linked I found this:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Region-SIM-Lock-bei-Samsungs...

Note the update at the bottom, indicating that this is a restriction for activation of the phone. So if its Europe region locked, it must be activated with a European SIM first. After the initial activation, its supposed to accept any sim from anywhere.

It still sucks, but its not as bad as it looked at first.

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