Instead of selling my used high end phone for peanuts, I send it back home to a member of my family. But with this new policy, it would be impossible to do that.
It's pretty easy to get to the top, but very difficult to stay there.
As I said, nothing is predictable to the actual extent. You can't even say about anything here right now. You aren't someone from the future. Beside, isn't it a Mobile-tech site in which we are arguing and what does it has to do with Fridges or Televisions?
Samsung can be like Nokia or Motorola but what if they emerge as a Monopolist, next year for the next 10 years? Therefore, instead of assuming, why can't just wait and see? Is that hard to believe?
i'm planning to upgrade my Note II to Note III,
but now it looks like i have to wait until Samsung clear this rumor.
Sayed Ejaz, 27 Sep 2013No you can use it anywhere..if you baught the phone from asia then you have to activate the ph... moreSamsung mentioned only "abroad". They din't mention if its within continent or all over world.
Gelvin, 27 Sep 2013They never went wrong because Samsung had understood in the early 2011 the key of attracting m... moreOkey even if samsung smartphone sales goes down ..samsung will never be like Nokia or Motorola ..
They are not having only mobile phones ..
Well, that rules note 3 out of my shopping list. Why should I buy a new phone when I travel home to see my family?
iawnaek, 27 Sep 2013OK,the S4 will be my last Samsung phone. Time to move on to another brand.May I recommend Sony or if you're from a developed country then Sony n HTC!
Samsung is of no more use know!
Sayed Ejaz, 27 Sep 2013Thanks.. Samsung decisions never went wrong ..will never go wrong also :)They never went wrong because Samsung had understood in the early 2011 the key of attracting market towards Samsung. They if make mistakes, can hide them in a really brilliant manner but "can never"? o.O You sound like much more of a fanboy than a logical person. Had we ever assumed about Nokia's downfall in 2005-2006-2007? No, but it happened rapidly. Therefore, let the future decide things...
Boyan, 27 Sep 2013This is so stupid, it must be a joke. Is it? Samsung? Do you want to die even before Nokia?Samsung is a strong manufacturer and won't be going anywhere for the next 3-4 years if every condition remains the same. It's just a matter of time till we see what will happen.
Now after Microsoft acquiring Nokia, who knows what waves will we see. A downward or a sloped to infinity wave or even a constant then before wave. Who knows Microsoft will also acquire Blackberry or Sony or LG would acquire it. Who knows Sony or LG became the monopolistic manufacturers or Apple make it's first 5inch smartphone.
Let the things remain for the future. There is some really interesting and exciting stuff coming in 2014 because till now, every manufacturer have understood the strategy of making $$$. We'll see even harder competition for Samsung from both Microsoft, LG, Sony, HTC? If they exclude ultrapixel thing from their device, yes.
Sayed Ejaz, 27 Sep 2013No you can use it anywhere..if you baught the phone from asia then you have to activate the ph... moreSayed, I agree with you that the phone can be used anywhere globally but with the sim from the region of purchase, e.g. you are roaming. From the gsmarena article, it is my understanding that I can't use a local sim if for example I travel from Europe to Asia, I would have to keep my European sim.
Looks like Asia Pacific sets are exempted from this in the latest news.
Krish - India, 27 Sep 2013I agree with you. We can unlock after the phone has been activated first time by the operator... moreThanks..
Samsung decisions never went wrong ..will never go wrong also :)
I'm a big fan of samsung note series, it's the time to say goodbye to samsung, no worries
There are so many ulturnatives in the market...
This is so stupid, it must be a joke. Is it? Samsung? Do you want to die even before Nokia?
Sayed Ejaz, 27 Sep 2013Gelvin.. Once they baught phone from Europe after activating sim card from that region then... moreNo public announcement has been made regarding this news but how can you be so sure about it? Unless you are some of the internal workers which I have no idea you are or not. I would even believe you but right now, I am just going to believe this as an attempt to lock unlocked phones and I will continue assuming this till Sammy made a public announcement regarding this issue for us, disappointed customers.
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013i'm an Asian, so that means if i travel to Europe, my phone will stop working and i have to ... moreNo you can use it anywhere..if you baught the phone from asia then you have to activate the phone in asia itself..thats it. After that you can use it anywhere.
Sayed Ejaz, 27 Sep 2013Gelvin..
Once they baught phone from Europe after activating sim card from that region then... moreI agree with you. We can unlock after the phone has been activated first time by the operator's sim. Good move by Samsung.
Haters - Please go away and troll somewhere else.
If ever I needed a reason to ditch Samsung after 3 years of loyal service (S2 & S3) then this is it! How dare they tell me which part of the world I can & cannot use my paid for cash phone! I'm in Asia every year for my holidays so the only way I can buy a local SIM in my Samsung smartphone will be to get it region unlocked it & void my warranty???
Downright ridiculous move!!!