Motorola Droid RAZR

Verizon this afternoon confirmed that four of its CDMA Android smartphones will receive software updates that allow them to connect to GSM networks outside the United States. The phones are the HTC Rezound, the Motorola Droid RAZR and RAZR MAXX, and the Motorola Droid 4. All four of the phones phones are 4G LTE capable and thus have SIM cards, which generally is a hallmark of a GSM device.

Said Verizon:

Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device. After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.

Of course, you'll need to add some global service to your Verizon plan. Or, and this is the really good news -- Verizon tells us the phones already are SIM unlocked, so you should be able to use a prepaid SIM once you're in-country. If you don't travel outside the U.S., well, you can just go about your domestic business.



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Verizon confirms some phones will get updated for global use


I don't think the G-Nex on Verizon has GSM radios.

Those other Motorola phones have both CDMA and GSM radios.

Could Sprint do the same with the EVO LTE? And/or GNex LTE?

That would be great, if possible.


Article says: "All four of the phones phones are 4G LTE capable and thus have SIM cards, which generally is a hallmark of a GSM device."

That's why I asked the question, so perhaps on LTE it is possible with LTE capable phones on Sprint??

It all depends on the radio frequency bands it covers. LTE is based off of GSM, so as long as the phone supports the bands, but I have no idea what Sprint phones will have built into them.

Was wondering the same thing. Is Big Red just trying to squash this phone completely or is there something that makes this not possible?

Google has to make the Nexus a world phone, which has not yet done. There is a CDMA variant and a GSM variant. There is no Nexus that has both GSM and CDMA radios.

Actually, if you are a customer in good standing and you have been for a number of months VZW will give you the unlock code over the phone with little hassle.

It took me all of 3 minutes to call them and get the unlock code for my Droid 3 a while back. No hoops to jump through, I just asked and she offered to unlock it remotely if I had the 3rd party SIM on me. I said I wouldn't get it until I was out of country and then she gave me the unlock code to do it myself.


No mention of the Bionic.. which has the same SoC as the RAZR.. Thanks Verizon. I'm glad I ditched you and went back to AT&T.

This is great news! I have been looking for a nice global phone, but wanted the battery of the Maxx. Now I have both.

This is definitely interesting to me as I travel overseas for business from time to time.

If they did this for their variant of the GS3, it would be icing on the cake.

I'm not trusting this "update". From what I read once you go into the network menu and enable GSM you can use SIM cards from any GSM provider,including AT&T and T-Mobile here on the US, at least for voice calling. I know Verizon blocks most domestic GSM service on their official World Phones now.

True that they block domestic on their OFFICIAL world phones, but if you get it is unlocked then you can. IF you have an Iphone, then you can go in and they will unlock it for free if you are in good standing and have had it for at least 3 months. You still have to pay your monthly bill. It doesn't get you out of a contract. Sprint will do the same. Only ATT will NOT unlock your GSM device. The HTC Rezound IS capable of domestic voice calling, but not least not that I'm aware of. I know a work around was being looked at, but I've been out of the XDA forums for a little while and haven't seen if they got it working or not. But I am curious like you, if it will be fully unlocked or not...not that I have any real need to jump onto an inferior network. Only would want it for a local prepaid sim if traveling abroad.

yeah the only thing missing is NFC...if they were to put out a rez 2 and only put in NFC, ICS, S4 and a bigger battery, I think I might jump at it.

Wow, I am sure those that wanted that feature bought the device in hopes of a grand global update!

Makes Sprint's decision to seal their LTE SIMs inside their phones look even worse from a consumer standpoint.

To get my Rezound on sale for $50 a month ago, I'll take the logo. It's carrier branding, and the only phone without it is the iphone, because Apple only makes one device that they ship to all carriers. The only iphone that was produced separately was the iphone 4 for Verizon. THAT was a one time production change for apple. Starting with the 4s, apple puts the same hardware in ALL devices. If the device was unlocked, you could use it on any network that offers the iphone.

However, you will always pay the same price for the iphone. No sales.....EVER until the device is outdated by it's upgrade. I'll take the logo to get my Rezound for $50 thank you. VZW NOT having to pay a cut to the manufacturer allows them to pass on a subsidy to me. THAT is one more reason the iphone is BAD for the consumer. Damn sheep out there.

"Verizon tells us the phones already are SIM unlocked, so you should be able to use a prepaid SIM once you're in-country."

Am I the only one who thinks that's a little bit bizarre? I mean, we're talking about Verizon here, right? Verizon is going to let me use my phone overseas just by popping in a local SIM? No additional fee from Verizon for the privilege of using the device that I bought? That's just weird.

Small, but kind of important detail about the whole "inserting a pre-paid SIM card once in-country": My phone, droid razr, uses a mini-SIM card, however, every Asian country I've visited use the 'normal sized' SIM card. So, how can a traveler just pop in a pre-paid SIM card??? Kind of makes it pointless to have an unlocked VZW global phone, yes?