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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Not only the Note 3
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 14:29 UTC
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2007-07-27

Lol - Samsung shooting themselves in both foots. The new region lock feature will come to more devices soon:

Samsung GALAXY S III, GALAXY Note II, GALAXY S4, GALAXY S4 mini ... GALAXY Note 3.

http://allaboutsamsung.de/2013/09/samsung-gibt-statement-galaxy-not... (german)

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RE: Not only the Note 3
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 15:42 in reply to "Not only the Note 3"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Lol - Samsung shooting themselves in both foots. The new region lock feature will come to more devices soon:

Yep, don't buy Samsung phones for a while. I don't want to have to deal with this coming to the states too, although I'm surprised we didn't think of it first. Usually we're the first market for underhanded practices

(german)

Thanks, been needing some practice with my German. Haven't used it in a while so it's a bit rusty.

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RE[2]: Not only the Note 3
by puenktchen on Thu 26th Sep 2013 17:19 in reply to "RE: Not only the Note 3"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

I don't want to have to deal with this coming to the states too, although I'm surprised we didn't think of it first. .


Same in the states, only SIM cards from the American continent. Situation in Asia is still unclear. At least there is no sticker with a similar restriction on the box:

http://www.androidbeat.com/2013/09/wtf-samsung-region-locking-galax...

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RE: Not only the Note 3
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 26th Sep 2013 22:10 in reply to "Not only the Note 3"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

From the page you linked I found this:
http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Region-SIM-Lock-bei-Samsungs...

Note the update at the bottom, indicating that this is a restriction for activation of the phone. So if its Europe region locked, it must be activated with a European SIM first. After the initial activation, its supposed to accept any sim from anywhere.

It still sucks, but its not as bad as it looked at first.

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RE[2]: Not only the Note 3
by puenktchen on Fri 27th Sep 2013 13:11 in reply to "RE: Not only the Note 3"
puenktchen Member since:
2007-07-27

Note the update at the bottom, indicating that this is a restriction for activation of the phone.


Sounds like it, but the PR people from Samsung produce very confused statements. If that is the case, they probably do it to prevent grey imports.

And what does that mean for rooting your device? Will you have to activate it again? Will it still work?

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Replying to my own post. Apparently, Samsung is responding differently in different countries. So who knows what the real story is.

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