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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leos
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2005-09-21

"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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Interestingly enough, the best Android phone in my opinion, the Nexus 4, also has no replaceable battery or MicroSD. Again it is the best because it doesn't get corrupted by carrier shitware.

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