But like how the whole nature of planned obsolence works, gradually going from best phone ever to falling apart to boiling my blood.
First the USB-C port of my phone stopped working (so I am now forced to use wireless charging and SFTP on a local network), then the FeliCa chip started becoming instable (which is fine, I can still switch back to a dedicated SUICA card where the FeliCa chip works for a decade), then I was forced to set up a finger print to use Google services (later on turned out to be just a policy issue in Google Apps, I already fixed that) which only makes my phone more insecure (random unlocking if accidentally unlocking the phone within 5 seconds or when the scanner touches the skin of my lag through my pants), but after I turned off finger print authentication my phone started to randomly unlock itself whenever I get extreme weather warnings (and since it's summer, I'm getting multiple times every day).
So I was looking for switching to another phone, and I bought a SoftBank branded Digno flip phone from Amazon, and my SIM card didn't work.
I went to SoftBank have them take a look, the guy was searching using my IMEI for 30 minutes only to tell me that the Digno problem is a very rare case and that Aquos flip phone doesn't have this problem because Digno is too old (released before 2015).
So I bought the Aquos flip phone that he recommended me, but again my SIM card didn't work.
I started to question it, and put my SIM card into my SIM free iPhone: didn't work.
Then I put it in an Aquos smartphone which I bought specifically as a SIM free phone: didn't work.
I went to SoftBank again (this time to a different store because I didn't have much time) and explained the situation.
The guy then told me that I must have my phone registered at SoftBank for the SIM to work.
Then I asked how I can do that, he said that I must purchase a phone via SoftBank instead of Amazon, or otherwise let a totally different SIM card get issued.
By this I'm not complaining or asking to hack the system, I only want to ask if anyone knows about such a tactic? Did anyone experience it too (in Japan or overseas)? And is it normal for a phone provider to lock your SIM card to a specific phone?
And while we're at it: if I flash my phone with a custom ROM, will this render my phone to be unusable with this SIM card as well?