The European and American Versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Are Region Locked

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    International travelers who just purchased or plan to purchase the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be in for a rude shock. The European and American versions of the device are region locked. Folks from across the globe are getting their shiny new GNote3 and finding some version of the pictured stickers on their device. The American region locking applies to North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean. We have no word yet on Canada.

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    For those who don't do much international traveling and/or don't understand what region locking means, here's a quick quote with an elegant explanation,

    As you can see, this could be problematic for some users. It seems strange that Samsung would go this route with the device. At this time, there is no word on whether the GNote3's region locking is hardware based or software based. If it is software based, we have little doubt that some crafty developer or modder will eventually find a way to "break/fix" this issue.

    Source: AndroidAuthority
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    What a **** move Samsung. I don't travel...well...ever (stupid no money), but for those who do that is going to be a massive headache. Why should Samsung be the one that says you can't buy a prepaid sim card while on vacation so you don't incur massive charges for a couple weeks. I have a feeling its the carriers that pressured them into this so they can make $$$ on those massive charges.
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    Agreed. I understand they are in business to make a profit but to think of EVERY SINGLE way to jip yet another penny out of people is just unreal..
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