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: why oh why?
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:00 UTC 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[3]: why oh why?
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 15:38 in reply to "RE[2]: why oh why?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

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.

Won't get any argument from me, but this way they can nail a segment of the market that do a lot of region travel. It's a nasty move and I don't like it anymore than you do. I'm just saying there's an obvious reason they're doing this; either the carriers will push more Samsung devices in exchange or else perhaps a bit of a kickback from the roaming charges they will collect. Either way this should be stopped, and the best way to stop it is to not buy it. You hear that, European readers? Do not buy the European Galaxy Note 3. Vote with your wallet this time and we may not have to fight this battle again. In fact, don't buy Samsung phones for a while.

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RE[3]: why oh why?
by vidarh on Fri 27th Sep 2013 10:32 in reply to "RE[2]: why oh why?"
vidarh Member since:
2011-10-14

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.


You try to make that fly with the EU. You already pay far less in roaming fees in other EU countries than you used to because the EU has intervened several times, and more reductions are in the cards - in other words there's less and less to earn for the carriers from trying to enforce roaming within the EU countries at least, and greater and greater chance they'd just provoke more regulation.

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