Verizon to provide global GSM roaming on certain handsets

Verizon has announced that it will be enabling global GSM roaming on some of its devices.

The first phones to get this update include the Motorola DROID 4, DROID RAZR, DROID RAXR MAXX and the HTC Rezound. Verizon will be pushing a software update to these phones, which will enable this functionality.

The radio units found within the SoCs of these phones were capable of GSM and CDMA connectivity all along, so it is no surprise that these phone can also work on GSM network. It's just surprising that it took Verizon this long to enable this functionality.

It remains to be seen what roaming rates Verizon will be charging for these phones. Unfortunately, they are never cheap, which is why a lot of people just prefer to use an inexpensive temporary GSM phone with the local carrier's SIM while roaming.





Verizon to provide global GSM roaming on certain handsets - reader comments

  • Anonymous

Droid RAZR MAXX seems to have same sim card slot as European RAZR maxx and RAZR XT910. Droid 4 has both standard Sim card size and micro sim.I think the standard is for the 4G card, but if both will support european cards, I don't know. CDMA does not...

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  • 2012-05-22 15:31
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  • Cleese

Make a GSM version of the Samsung Droid Charge. Cool Design!

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  • 2012-05-22 12:09
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  • fgyr

Can work with european Sim card ?

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  • 2012-05-22 12:07
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