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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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.

Yeah, agreed and it would give me no advantages to switch to the Nexus 4. Platform is secondary to me. Apps, SDKs, and features are top on my priority list for a phone and I would therefore lose the iOS app ecosystem for no real gain. There are the Galaxy S4 Google Play editions of course, but given what we're commenting about here I'm not likely to buy one of those.

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