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

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

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 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 27 Sep 2013, 06:44 4

50. samsungIScopycat (banned) (Posts: 27; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)

because thats how they do...COPY....always follow what apple did....

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 08:58 4

63. joey_sfb (Posts: 6538; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

that would mean that all iPhone are regional lock already... what a she*p!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 09:55 3

68. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)

what is wrong with you they have copied nothing since the original galxy s now shooo you silly i$heep

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 10:15 1

70. bucky (Posts: 3103; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)

I honestly assume you're joking there

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:54 3

75. tedkord (Posts: 13823; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

He's not. Unless you count using things Apple copied from others themselves.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 13:20

78. ghaniosman (Posts: 78; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)

@ samsungIScopycat
hmm.. as per ur "creativity" in ur name u r right !!

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 14:31

81. Pancholo (Posts: 380; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)

You got your minutes of fame. Now, here's more: Because we all know Apple has never copied anyone or anything. Cool story, bro.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 07:29 3

55. Reality_Check (Posts: 277; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Samsung's official Swiss Facebook account has stepped in with some information regarding the locking issue. According to the official source, a European SIM-locked Galaxy Note 3 could be used outside of Europe (thus becoming unlocked) as long as you activate it with a European SIM card first.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 11:01

71. MartyK (Posts: 933; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)

They just place a nail in there own coffin,

I see another big company that's going down (Nokia jr)

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 12:32 2

73. Yubnub (Posts: 100; Member since: 23 May 2013)

F you samsung...

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, 08:42

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, 11:27

115. tacarat (Posts: 804; Member since: 22 Apr 2013)

More MPAA.

posted on 30 Sep 2013, 12:18

116. darkkjedii (Posts: 24403; 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 01 Oct 2013, 03:46

124. zhiae (unregistered)

i have seen that month ago even touched the box.

posted on 06 Oct 2013, 05:12

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

Does Apple do this?

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 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, 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, 04:26

20. joey_sfb (Posts: 6538; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

I will if this is true.

posted on 27 Sep 2013, 03:11 17

6. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 261; 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: 976; 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: 891; 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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