Buying Note II in Singapore for use in China

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http://androidforums.com – Hi 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. 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. As I'm going to Singapore next month, I thought I could buy one there (SIM free) and it (General)