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Old November 12th, 2012, 08:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Gazman View Post

I am living in China and looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note II.

For whatever reason most Chinese android phones, (not HTC though), have disabled the ability to add a Google account. From playing with numerous Note IIs in the shops here, it is no exception.
I live in China as well. Google for various reasons doesn't do much business here, unlike Microsoft, Apple and Yahoo.

Originally Posted by Gazman View Post
My mistaken purchase of a Samsung Sch-i809 has taught me that I can't do without Google -no Play, proper Gmail app, Calendars, properly synced maps, and all my paid for apps no longer work as it can't connect to Google's license server.

Maps are available, just not the Google ones. AutoNavi and Amap are OK.

Originally Posted by Gazman View Post
As I'm going to Singapore next month, I thought I could buy one there (SIM free) and it should all be fully Google enabled when I bring it back.

Can anyone confirm if this plan will work?
It will work with various exceptions. primarily NO paid apps on Play, free only. If you've already bought any paid apps, you wont be able to download them in China. You'll have to do that in Singapore. No YouTube. It will sync with Google for contacts, calendar and email.

Originally Posted by Gazman View Post
Any other plans which may also work (e.g. buy in China and root?)

Any help would be great!
You could buy phone in China, provided it can be rooted and the ROM changed/Google added. The exception would probably be phones specifically intended for China Mobile's TD-SCDMA network, some Samsungs are like this.
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