It appears greed may have gotten the better of Samsung! Initial reports indicate that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be locked to SIMs from specific regions or countries. The fear is that the Note 3 will loose the option to use local SIMs when abroad forcing users to pay exorbitant roaming charges. Android Authority has a slightly different take on the situation saying that the device will be locked for initial activation but that once this is done any SIM from any region can used. Unfortunately they also mention that this locking extends to all flagship Samsung devices such as the Galaxy S4. Whatever the case, this is a very disappointing tactic by Samsung which appears to do nothing but allow them to milk the most they can out of different regions. The Note 3 is already an expensive device and this just makes it less attractive.
- Samsung Germany issues statement on regional lockout of Galaxy Note 3 and other devices (androidauthority.com)
- Samsung Sneakily Add Region Locking To “Unlocked” Galaxy Note 3 Handsets (eteknix.com)
- Seriously, Samsung? Sorry, European roamers, but the new Galaxy Note 3 is region-locked (gigaom.com)