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[2]: gray-market my a**
by ilovebeer on Sun 29th Sep 2013 17:37 UTC in reply to "RE: gray-market my a**"
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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."

I would argue that if enough users are doing that for Samsung to see it as a problem, perhaps they should revisit their pricing in those regions. If it's cheaper to buy it somewhere else and either bring or ship it back to where you need it, then something's drastically wrong with Samsung's pricing in your home region for you to wish to go through that trouble.

Pricing can be influenced by many factors out of Samsung's control. Generally speaking, there are legitimate reasons why pricing is higher in on area and lower in another. Regardless of their particular situation, region-locking is not a good answer in my opinion.

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