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: Not only the Note 3
by darknexus on Thu 26th Sep 2013 15:42 UTC 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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