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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why oh why?
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 13:54 UTC
puenktchen
Member since:
2007-07-27

I can understand why a phone company would want to restrict you to using their service with the phone they are selling, but what service does a region lock on a device serve?

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RE: why oh why?
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:00 in reply to "why oh why?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

I can understand why a phone company would want to restrict you to using their service with the phone they are selling, but what service does a region lock on a device serve?

It was already stated. You will be forced to pay data roaming charges to your carrier unless you want to buy a new phone. I'd bet most will opt for the roaming charges rather than be stuck with a dumb phone for a bit (stupid, but likely). Seems like a simple case of Samsung sucking up to carriers to me. I'm not much into government interference in business as long-time readers probably know, but if there'd be any time for the EU to get involved this would be it. Otherwise we're going to see widespread adoption of this idea and the resultant corruption that accompanies it.

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RE[2]: why oh why?
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:05 in reply to "RE: why oh why?"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

If you want to earn some nice profits by high roaming charges than you lock the device to your network or at least your country and not to a region. I'm paying roaming fees in other european countries all the time but I'm only in another region every few years.

Edited 2013-09-26 14:06 UTC

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RE: why oh why?
by spudley99 on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:14 in reply to "why oh why?"
spudley99 Member since:
2009-03-25

I can understand why a phone company would want to restrict you to using their service with the phone they are selling, but what service does a region lock on a device serve?


The reason commonly given for this kind of practice with regards to mobile phones is to reduce the value of it to thieves.

Stolen phones are often taken abroad to be sold, because selling them in the country of origin makes makes it much easier for the authorities to catch them. Blocking the phone from working overseas is a good way of making the device much less valuable to thieves, and thus much less likely to be stolen.

That's the theory anyway. Whether it's the *real* reason for the lock is another story.

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RE[2]: why oh why?
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:18 in reply to "RE: why oh why?"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

I don't buy that reason either. Not like a thieve would know that in advance or if those kind of locks couldn't be broken anyway.

I guess it is about preventing grey imports and resulting support issues because of some minor differences between the models sold in the regions. Like base bands and so on.

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