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 Bill Shooter of Bul on Thu 26th Sep 2013 22:10 UTC 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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