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Samsung is now locking all new devices to a region, making life hard

0. phoneArena 07 Oct 2013, 02:18 posted on

A rather hot topic has been trending the last two days, and we've been seeing it brought up at multiple locales, including several tips from our readers.

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posted on 29 Sep 2013, 01:42 3

103. chandra7894 (Posts: 11; Member since: 27 Sep 2013)

why are you supporting samsung blindly. why to get the region locked sims after paying phone at full price. Suppose u travel in different region and hard reset ur phone. Android was all about open sysem and samsung will def get lesser sales for this

posted on 29 Sep 2013, 05:24 2

104. Onweel2 (Posts: 10; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Sorry sir. Are you real ? Are you reading my post before you post ? why you have to spam it ?

Did you try it yourself yet ?

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 00:19 1

106. B3BLW29 (Posts: 238; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)

Why would they do this when G in the GSM stands for Global???
Man some one at Sammy has gone cuckoo

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:40 3

109. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

Yeah but, then you're stuck on just wi-fi for data and your voice reception will be crappy at best. But, as long as those 4.01 inches make you happy - je vous en prie.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 08:42

110. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)

I know, it's such an evil thing to do '(

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 09:15

112. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)

apple said so, haha!

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 11:27

115. tacarat (Posts: 801; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

More MPAA.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:18

116. darkkjedii (Posts: 23616; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)

Apple doesn't lock their phones to specific regions. Keep the focus where it belongs, on Samsung. This isn't an apple related article.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 15:29 2

119. Chaseism (Posts: 82; Member since: 08 May 2013)

All sources cited were Samsung/Android sites. Looks like DroidMedia misled...not anything with Apple...

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 03:46

124. zhiae (unregistered)

i have seen that month ago even touched the box.

posted on 01 Oct 2013, 07:32

127. vanessaem (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Oct 2013)

@syedej123...Wow, your explanation was clearer than Samsung's. Thanks! :-)

posted on 02 Oct 2013, 02:32

129. toboev (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)

" those who want to make a quick buck by importing the device and selling it at higher prices"

Um, that would be Samsung. That is why they are doing this. It isn't to stop phones being imported to any region and sold "at higher prices", it is to stop the other guys doing it so that Samsung can do it themselves. It is called protectionism, it is done to maintain prices higher than they would otherwise be if market forces operated freely.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 05:03

131. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

No...... this is meant to soothe carrier's in Eu and America's that were afraid phones sold in those regions, wouldn't just fly east or west out of their regions to be activated on carriers elsewhere first. Smart move.... since these two markets still depend on subsidised contracts!

Meaning with International Models... scalpers could swoop in and pick up phones meant for specific carriers in those Regions and sell them in other markets. This just requires them to be activated in the market they are sold in.

And if they are International phones in the first place. So why would you even need to IMPORT a Samsung Phone that's the same as the one sold in your Region?

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 05:12

132. Dave_Granger (Posts: 9; Member since: 16 Nov 2012)

Does Apple do this?

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 07:46

133. toboev (Posts: 5; Member since: 02 Oct 2013)

" So why would you even need to IMPORT a Samsung Phone that's the same as the one sold in your Region?"

Because the one sold in your region is more expensive, that would be my reason for wanting to buy cheaper elsewhere. It is called free market competition, and it is a good thing. Samsung are trying to prevent that, not because the so called "grey" market is a bad thing from which the customer needs protection, but because Samsung wants to be the one doing the importing and taking that extra profit for themselves. The only difference is that when Samsung imports a phone and sells it they don't call it "grey", when someone else does they do call it "grey", like it was something dreadful and bad.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 02:57

134. dan86 (Posts: 298; Member since: 17 Mar 2012)

Sick of this post appearing repeatedly on PA. Its okay if Apple does it but when SAMSUNG does it then its called crime.

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 07:22

140. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

Then you might want to move to where they're cheaper! ;-P ......because the reality is Free Market doesn't mean anything to Americans and just a few countries in the EU!

Like in UK and even some former Eastern Block nations have real competition w/ rates way better than ours. Pay as You Go rules because governments force corporations to compete instead of allowing monopolies, like we have here. Where we basically only have two real choices in AT&T and Verizon w/ full coverage w/ Lobbyists living DC!

China Mobile is the biggest in World, because they are entirely Pay as You Go. No contracts of their own means they compete by having the best rates. Not tying us fools into long term contracts paying the equivalent of 4 full price phones to keep Apple in business w/ carrier subsidization!

China has a more Open and Free Capitalist Market than we do.... w/o the likes of ITC and Gov subsidised Corporate Lobbyists/Cronyism we have here!!!

But we are the idiots that let it happen. By being credit suckers for a not so Free low price of Only $99.99 contract deals. Which means we end up paying $2000 for a $500 phone. So we are the problem as having the highest credit failure rate in the World!

posted on 07 Oct 2013, 08:51

144. jellmoo (Posts: 1930; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Except there are often differences between regional models. For example, one region may get a Snapdragon processor whilst another gets an Exynos. One region may use an Amoled screen, whilst another uses a TFT screen. Etc...

Personal preferences exist, and this way of doing business makes it harder for people to get the product they want.

Like I said, not the end of the world, but bloody inconvenient.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:07 11

2. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

This sucks! The CSC thing was already a pain in the ass now this. I see this as a deciding factor for people choosing between samsung phones and the competition. I may be moving to another country soon so I guess the GS3 is my last samsung phone. I was looking forward to the new premium samsung phones coming in 2014.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:09 3

5. boosook (Posts: 1442; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)

Just buy another brand, if this bothers you.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:14 8

10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

I wonder how many lost sales will result from this arbitrary and capricious move by Sammy? Until now, Sammy was hitting all the balls thrown its way.

I suspect the folks at LG just breathed a sigh of relief....

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 04:26

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 6458; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I will if this is true.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 05:39 4

42. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1488; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)

Maybe they are trying to milk whatever they can before a their S-empire starts to collapse

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 06:36 2

49. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)

Exactly, they need to really take control and secure, before they meet their downfall (Yesssss).

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:16

53. MaryAnn (Posts: 13; Member since: 18 Sep 2013)

Yeah.. Dream on ! They just started to rule ! ^_^

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:53

67. silencer271 (Posts: 254; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)

none. This will effect no one really.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 17:23

87. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

probably not many. People who import/buy unlocked phones are in the SEVERE minority stateside. Still is a very strange move. Samsung could better sync their retailing efforts so that it can minimize the need for this.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:11 17

6. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 259; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)

I am holding my first and last Samsung phone in my hand at the moment.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:47 4

13. kanagadeepan (Posts: 964; Member since: 24 Jan 2012)

YUP... But my Note2 is my 15th Sammy phone and most probably my last one...

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:12 5

8. promise7 (Posts: 889; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)

I'm not sure what Samsung is trying to accomplish here. Do they expect people to buy another Samsung phone when they travel?

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