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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was telling the carriers to take a hike and never compromising on that.

Couldn't agree more. That was one of several things that drew me to the iPhone in the beginning. This was before I decided that I would never do a carrier contract again and would only buy unlocked devices. In fact, it was the bloatware-free iPhone, coupled with a certain US carrier's terrible network, that showed me just what a smart phone could be without all the crap and decided me on this. I'm still an iPhone guy to this day for completely different reasons, mostly because I can't find a current Android phone I like. I figure if I'm going to have to put up with no replaceable battery, no MicroSD and no physical keyboard, might as well stay where the awesome apps are.

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