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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gray-market my a**
by l3v1 on Sat 28th Sep 2013 13:49 UTC
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"explanation for this whole debacle is that Samsung instituted the locks in an attempt to combat gray-market sales — a European buying a phone from Hong Kong over eBay to save money, for example."

If really so, then it's stupid crazy idiotic. Someone at Samsung must be really on the edge of sanity. Why would be "gray-market" to buy a device abroad and bring it home? It's not, and it's crazy to think so. Lots of people did it, do it, and will do it, and the only thing this 'locking' does is more of them will hack their devices.

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