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Life on Verizon in an unlocked Android world isn't as painful as it used to be

As a Verizon Wireless subscriber, watching as the rest of the US carriers get awesome phones and timely updates used to be a regular punch in the face. Nexus phones pass Big Red and laugh, Sony's amazing hardware shows up with last year's internals or no fingerprint sensor, and after what happened with updates on the 2014 Moto X I was ready to change networks and be done with the whole mess. I'm a big fan of Verizon Wireless coverage and quality, especially in my area, but that matters a whole lot less if I can't enjoy the hardware and software I'm using.

Fast forward to today, and I'm still using Verizon Wireless. In fact I couldn't be happier, and it's all because of the unlocked phones we've seen over the last year that play nice with Verizon Wireless.

If you're savvy or fortunate enough to never need customer support from Verizon Wireless, this setup works great.

BlackBerry's PRIV, the Moto X Pure Edition, and Google's Nexus 5X and 6P top the list of unlocked Android phones that have worked well on Verizon Wireless this year, with next to no effort on my part. Pop my Verizon SIM in, wait for the phone to recognize the new card, and that's it.

If you've never used Verizon Wireless before, you may not be aware of just how big a deal this is. Not all that long ago, activating a phone on Verizon Wireless meant CDMA provisioning and a test phone call to ensure everything worked as intended. That hasn't been the case with these phones, and it makes recommending unlocked phones to Verizon customers a whole lot easier.

Popping the Verizon SIM in gets you going, but occasionally there's a step or two that has to happen next in order to ensure the best possible connection to the Verizon networks. Out of the box, the Moto X Pure Edition and Nexus 6P will drop from LTE to CDMA in low signal areas and struggle to reconnect. A quick fix in these situations has been to toggle airplane mode, but the real solution is to switch your mobile data settings from Global to LTE/CDMA and make sure roaming is enabled. The BlackBerry PRIV, on the other hand, will reboot once you put a Verizon SIM in and when that finishes you'll have all of the settings automatically changed for you. You'll even have a Verizon Wireless bootsplash animation, which is a little strange to see at first on a phone you bought unlocked.

Once everything is set up correctly, there's been no appreciable difference in call quality or data connection when compared to other Verizon Wireless phones. Activating Enhanced LTE Mode in settings allows you to use VoLTE where available, and there's a noticeable difference in call quality when you do. It's just like using a Verizon Wireless certified phone, right until it isn't. On two occasions the phone has become completely disconnected from the network for seemingly no reason, one of which required a reboot to reconnect. These incidents were months apart, but there's still no answer as to why it happened in the first place.

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If you're savvy or fortunate enough to never need customer support from Verizon Wireless, this setup works great. If you find yourself wandering into a store to get a SIM replaced or you're in need of some technical assistance, you'll quickly find Verizon employees are either unable or unwilling to help deal with non-Verizon hardware.

You can forget about activating a new SIM on a non-Verizon phone in most cases, which is a problem that even extends to Verizon's billing system. When trying to step down from Verizon's unlimited data plan recently, the inability to input a Verizon phone as the current phone on my line caused days of confusion. Neither the website nor an in-store representative were able to input a non-Verizon phone, so the plan couldn't be changed. This was eventually fixed, but it's a good example of the kind of frustration that comes along with non-Verizon hardware in this environment.

The cool thing is this is only going to get better over time. More unlocked phones will be released with support for Verizon Wireless, and at the same time Verizon's network is going to continue to adopt global standards and play nice with just about everything. Before too long, we might look back at Verizon's dark ages and laugh as we swap SIMs with reckless abandon.

Russell is a Contributing Editor at Android Central. He's a former server admin who has been using Android since the HTC G1, and quite literally wrote the book on Android tablets. You can usually find him chasing the next tech trend, much to the pain of his wallet. Find him on Facebook and Twitter

207 Comments
  • I assume Verizon's pre paid works the same, correct? I've been thinking of jumping to that from Straight Talk
  • I haven't tried that, but I will very soon!
  • Funny, I was planning to do the same and bought the VZN Straight Talk sim from eBay a few weeks ago. It's still in my car and I will test it as soon as I can get a VZN phone and use my Nexus 6 at the end
  • I was going to go that route, but speeds for VZW Straight Talk are capped at 5 mbps download
  • I am not worry about the speed, I just want data
  • 5Mbps is fine for a phone. Even when downloading torrents I don't notice an issue with Crickets 8Mbps cap. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It doesn't. I could not manage my account while using Moto XPE. I had set up for autopay and that was working fine, but could not add any bridge data. I had set up the account using a Droid phone and did a sim swap. After a few calls to tech support they totd me they were only allowed to add the IMEIs for iPhone and Nexus 6.
  • Can't used advanced calling features with VZ prepaid, which means you can't call and surf simultaneously.
  • I was using my Galaxy Note Edge as a hotspot when a call came in, no problem. If you auto pay you get 4gb for $45. If you liken diamonds to bandwidth you'll understand what the carriers are doing.
  • Vzw Prepaid does work the same. In that you need to activate a vzw branded phone, i used a friend's. Then once the card was activated, I insert it into my 6P and had service. $45 month for 3gb of vzw is excellent. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well, I'd also imagine a lot of these non-verizon device headaches will disappear once CDMA gets tossed and/or Verizon gets off their *** and make changes to their backend systems as they seem to be SLOWLY doing now.
  • Yea love the 6p on verizon. Still holding on to my unlimited data plan.
  • Why do people always mention their unlimited data on Verizon? It's 2016. Nobody cares. Posted via the Android Central App
  • don'ttrollmepeople, you cared enough to comment. Why do you have to be a ******? By the way, i also have an unlimited plan.
  • of course i cared enough to comment. had i not... you guys wouldn't know that touting unlimited data on verizon is getting old. enjoy your day:)
  • This day and age when everything is on the cloud and streaming, data use is wayyyy higher than it used to be, so having a data plan is pretty clutch. The fact that it's 2016 is exactly why people care.
  • It's still a big deal. Verizon have the best unlimited deal and they still haven't broken it yet. I'm not exactly sure why they are still allowing people to maintain unlimited. Or that they don't change it to "Unlimited*" like everyone else... (X data then throttled or something similar.) I just gave mine up b/c of the $20/month/line (A $40/month adder for me.) That ended my unlimited dreams as I only ever used 5-8gb. Although I had to think hard about it, knowing it was never going to come back and it was only going to become more of a luxury over time. I don't consider it boastful, I think it's a relic to be cherished if you can justify it.
  • If you get unlimited for $30, then lower that with the many discounts most have/got, it is a big deal. I had VZW's UDP for yrs and only recently switched to TMo. I paid $24 for unlimited (seen even lower by folks) on top of the plan I had. No "phone access charge" like they do now with the plans... I personally didn't want to leave, but am saving some money with TMo, plus, where I was using 9-13GB per month, I'm way lower now since much of my data was music streaming with the services that are free on TMo. so I think at most I've used 6GB on Tmo since I switched. I would never have switched if the streaming music used up my data with TMo.... so yeah, it is a big deal... You might be one of those people that carriers say are the majority that use under 1GB/mo. but some of us like to use our phones.
  • you can't add a corporate discount to the unlimited plan
  • I get a discount on my plan. I only pay $60 for voice and text, and $10 for unlimited data. I get 15% off the $60 voice and text plan and 20% off unlimited data. Total bill is $68/mo. after tax.
  • A lot of people still care; because of their coverage + unlimited data = holy grail yet of the U.S. cell phone carriers. It's also why a vast majority of major companies still use them for their corporate phones (along with a corporate unlimited data plan). :)
  • Using 20 gigs a month at 4g LTE for the same price most people get 6 gigs. That's why. We also had to hold out, buy phones full price and be selective. We also deal with unfriendly customer service because of it at the stores.
  • I have unlimited data on Verizon, and I care, unlimited don other networks is just crippled with their service.
  • same
  • wtf, I didn't realize I could just pop a sim in the Priv to get it to work. I might have considered the Priv over the V10
  • cause you can't. he's wrong.
  • I don't know where he got that, but Priv won't work.
  • Ok I was confused as I thought priv release was March. Thanks for confirming. I wonder how hard it will be to tether with unlimited? I don't think it will work?
  • I wish Sprint was this easy. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • My issue with Sprint is you can only do voice or data not both at the same time on their network
  • The only time you can do voice and data simultaneously on Verizon is when you are using VOLTE... which admittedly is most places where I live, but it isn't everywhere.
  • I can't remember the last time I had any of my Verizon devices drop to 3G. Not saying it hasn't happened, but it doesn't seem to be fresh in my memory at all.
  • I get that only in one building. Unfortunately it is where I work!! I love Verizon though and don't have any plans to change
  • decke003, that is not correct. This is actually phone specific. There were phones with two antennas or radios (I don't remember which) that allowed this to work, but took more power. Some newer phones, like the droid-turbo, only have 1 radio and/or antenna and required a software update, config change to make this work. But, I am pretty sure voice and data work even without VoLTE on the phones that now just have 1 radio/antenna.
  • I wish it would work on my turbo. Coming from a note 2 this was / is a huge disappointment. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yes, the Note 2,3, and 4 all worked this way.
  • I had a HTC Rezound that didn't have VoLTE and I could do voice and data at the same time. The phone had two radios so i could do it.
    I also had a MotoXDE that could do the same without VoLTE...
  • Yeah, that's not true at all. There are many phones that can do this without VoLTE. Like, every smartphone except iphone from about 2013 until vzw started forcing companies to ditch the dual radios, so they could force everyone to volte. It was a big deal years ago when phones could start doing simultaneous voice and data on verizon, then it was an even bigger deal when new phones in 2014 started coming out without the ability. For example, the galaxy s6 can do it, without volte enabled. Wife has had one since they came out. There are far more phones on verizon that CAN do this than CANT.
  • Pre 2015 phones could do both, but starting in 2015 you needed VoLTE.
  • @decke003 - I used this option to use voice and data at the same time:
    "In order to enable the setting on your phone, head into the dialer and type in *#*#4636#*#*. When you hit that last *, your phone will jump into the hidden settings menu. Choose “Phone info” and then scroll down until you see an option for “TURN ON VOLTE PROVISIONED FLAG.” Tap that and then reboot your phone (I had to reboot twice for some reason to get it to work). Once booted, head into your phone’s regular settings menu, tap on “More” under “Wireless & networks,” then “Cellular networks.” You should now see an option for “Enhanced 4G LTE Mode” and it should be toggled on." HOWEVER, after latest Marshmallow this no longer works. Even with the flag set above... did you see this same behavior?
  • I hear you, but I probably make
    30 minutes worth of phone calls a month. Never really cared or bothered me. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • I had 0 issues putting my Nexus6P on sprint. I went to the store and took a couple min. I ended up by switching to Verizon and it was a pain in the butt to get it activated. There is no great solution for voicemail on Verizon however.
  • I was nervous a few days ago when I had the sim card cutter prepped to cut my VZW card down to fit in to my new 6P. Cut it, put it in, and turned it on and poof! No hiccups with service, and the phone is great! Posted via the Android Central App
  • I should have tried a SIM cutter, but kind of glad I didn't. Instead, I went into a store (big mistake) and asked for a nano SIM. Long story short, they pissed me off so bad that I left before I kicked their smug asses. Got in the car, called customer service, and they sent me a free SIM with free two day shipping. A five minute call with them activated the SIM for my Moto X Pure, and I was good to go...loving it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • How exactly is dealing with those issues, and waiting two days better than just cutting the SIM and getting to use your phone right away?
  • Maybe some people are not comfortable cutting the cards. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • Same, here with a Moto X Pure Edition 2015 XT1575. I was slightly nervous, but no issues taking the micro SIM out of my VZW Note 3 and cutting it to Nano size, popping it into the Moto X and firing it up.
    Also, we let go of unlimited on 3 out of 4 phones, due to the extra $20/month charge. Now we have 18GB/month to share, for $50 less. Only 2 of us use 5GB+ /month. The other 2 usually use less than 1GB/month, so we're golden.
  • I plan to go this route with my VZW card. The 6P phone arrives next week and the SIM cookie-cutter arrives in two weeks. Every time I think about it, I am holding my breath, hoping it will be pain-free. Thanks to great articles like this (knowledge is power), I am less-apprehensive.
  • Now if only they would allow unlocking of bootloaders! *cough VZW S5 cough*
  • Baby steps, haha
  • Nice read Russell. I just left VZW for AT&T, to capitalize on the unlimited data with Directv deal. I was using a Pure on VZW, and when I needed a nano sim for it, the guys at my local VZW corporate store were really cool, and they geeked on the Pure. I felt really good about using VZW for the first time in a long time. But my kids were killing the lack of data on our plan. I left for the unlimited data, and I now get a 22% discount with my employer on AT&T, so Im paying $18/month more than I was on VZW for only 10GB of data. The best part? Now I can use almost any unlocked phone......like my Z5P with a finger print sensor!
  • When switching and getting bought out, does at&t require the exact phone they are buying out? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didnt need to be bought out of a contract. I had 2 VZW iphones, and my pure. They all work on AT&T, but I did buy one AT&T Note 3 for the 4th line on swappa, so I brought my own devices. They do offer $500 in line credits if you trade your phones in and get phones from them. But I prefer to have no phone payments.
  • Is this deal still going on? And how good of a deal is it?
  • Hey my Nexus 5x on prepaid works fine no issues at all
  • the biggest problem i have w/my 5x on verizon is using the free voicemail app. it's not available.
  • Ditto for me. The only way I can get my voicemail is by dialing in. Best thing I can guess is that Verizon's VVM setup uses some services that my phone doesn't have installed.
  • Me too. I installed YouMail so that I could still have the visual VM. Posted via the Android Central App
  • google voice.
  • I said screw VZW visual voice mail and set up a google voice account. Awesome. Works everywhere. Does transcriptions. Nice.
  • It's not ideal but I have temporarily solved the Visual Voicemail things by using Google Voice and using the code to let it handle my voicemail.
  • csleverette, it isn't really a code. You are just setting call forward no answer to go to Google. This is the best way to do VVM on Verizon with a Nexus device. Search Google Voice Lite. Basically you only use the service for Visual Voicemail, but it also has options for voicemail transcription via text/email.
  • I have an unlocked nexus 6 direct from Moto and I am using Verizons visual voicemail just fine.
  • Agreed. I use Google Voice via having Verizon send all my voicemail messages to my google voice number. There are 2 major flaws here. First, the Google Voice app is CRAP!!!!!! OMG, can you say Gingerbread? Second, while the visual voicemail that is enabled when you do this through the dialer is nice, it doesn't communicate back to the Google Voice app. Therefore, when you delete a VM from the phone app you have to also go into the fugly GV app to delete it there as well. WHAT A MESS!!! Google can do better. Verizon VM actually looks decent on Samsung phones. I wish they made a phone agnostic version like they have for the My Verizon app.
  • Man I hate voice mail. It must die. Sorry Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • The Verizon Voicemail app doesn't work on Nexus phones? I was able to download it for my Moto X Pure... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have no idea, I'm on Sprint right now. I just dial direct, no app whatsoever. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • I've been with Verizon for about 11 years and as an Android lover it was a struggle because they never really had the most popular phones. I also was one that held onto my unlimited data until my phones were out of contact and then I thought of leaving for AT&T because I could buy any phone I wanted. However when I looked at other companies with their shared data plans Verizon have me the best. I have 2 smart phones and 2 tablets for my boys. To leave unlimited data Verizon have me 20gb for $100 with my employer discount if chopped off 20%, so I pay $80 for my data. Now I just buy phones and tablets of contact and I could not be happier. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am not sure what you mean. Currently and even in the past 2 years, Verizon has offered (or is compatible) the vast majority of the popular phones like the s3-6,note 2-5,m8&m9,moto x, g2-4,nexus 6, 5x,6p... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Verizon played a huge role in popularizing Android in the US, not to mention they have had every flagship available from almost every company for years now. YES, if you wanted an unlocked GSM phone you were out of luck, but to say they didn't have the most popular phones is factually incorrect.
  • What popular phones did they not have? They had all the latest Samsung, LG, and HTC phones, as well as some Moto exclusives.
  • After a nightmare experience with my Verizon Nexus 6, I have decided to never purchase another phone from Verizon. I am currently using a Moto X Pure Edition and love knowing that I didn't pay anything extra to Big Red. I am hopeful, however, that more manufactures will eventually make their phones compatible with Verizon as the choices are very limited at this time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • "...Nexus 6P will drop from LTE to CDMA in low signal areas and struggle to reconnect. A quick fix in these situations has been to toggle airplane mode, but the real solution is to switch your mobile data settings from Global to LTE/CDMA and make sure roaming is enabled." This "real" solution doesn't work for me. If you follow Google's Nexus forums, you'll see that dropping off LTE and not reconnecting to LTE is a problem that spans all US networks and even many international networks. This problem has been reported around the world. Google doesn't have an official solution.
  • +1 Same issue on AT&T, except when I went into the AT&T store and replaced the SIM card, it really did clear most of that up for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I thought this issue was introduced with 6.0.1. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Wow, didn't know this, so why are so many of us sitting in the Verizon Priv waiting room forum . . and many of them are pretty knowledgeable folk? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't realize that the Priv would work on Verizon. I was under the impression that the unlocked Priv only worked on AT&T and T-Mobile.
  • It won't. He's wrong.
  • Thanks for clarifying. I was pretty surprised, since I was 99% sure the Priv was not compatible with Verizon. It seemed like a neat phone, but it also seemed like a waste to get one if I knew I would never use the slide out keyboard. Still, Russell's comments made me consider the Priv again,
  • I've been using the Priv on Verizon for months. Anyone saying I'm wrong needs to check themselves. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hi Russell, thanks for chiming in. It's been very confusing to read on this subject. Finding conflicting information here, on forums and web in general. I am ready to pull out my credit card and buy this from BB now if it works as you say. Any limits or problems that you have noticed to make me continue to wait for the carrier version? Any reason to wait for itm in your opinion. THank you in advance .
  • Hey Russell, so do you know if the Priv have CDMA radio or are you using VoLTE exclusively?
  • Which model number to you have, STV100-1, -04, or -02?
  • Truly a wonderful time to be alive!
  • I remember having to call Verizon each time I wanted to activate a different phone. Or going online their site and typing in the IMEA. I think *228 would do it too. Like others, I didn't think the Priv would work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Cause it won't.
  • Why are you always commenting this? Have you personally tried it and seen it doesn't work? I've ordered one and I will know myself next week. If not, I'll send it back.
  • Because the unlocked Priv simply does NOT have the CDMA radio required for full functionality on Verizon. It's not "maybe we can get it to work with a software hack" thing. It's a "this phone doesn't have the cdma radio required for Verizon voice calls across the US" thing. Like trying to make a 2wd car perform like an awd in the snow.
  • Great tip on changing the mobile network settings to LTE/CDMA and enabling data roaming! I haven't had any call or data problems yet with my Nexus 6P, but these changes will allow me to realize the full potential of my phone. Thanks!
  • Good information.. Thank you! Posted via Apple 6s+ or Note 5...
  • I just switched over to Verizon from AT&T because I actually get Verizon signal in rural areas. This makes me glad that I didn't make a mistake switching over.
  • Got my 6P a little while ago and only had some minor issues getting it to work. I had to contact VZW via chat to get the phone to be recognized on the network and add advanced calling, that was quick and painless. Now if they could get the visual voicemail to work and a better version of the My Verizon app that would be great. I use the app to pay my bill...
  • Russell, not my business but I can't believe you stayed with Verizon all these years. Especially you being in this business. One of the GSM's had to be comparable in your home office..
    I'm just a phone techie and couldn't take Verizon. I always felt they viewed their customers like children who did not know better about anything. Been w either att or tmob just switching sim's for over 10 years... Posted via the Android Central App
  • For me it came down to network performance and reliability. I needed a strong data connection to do my job when I wasn't at home, and everywhere I went in the US with the notable exception of San Francisco and Seattle that meant Verizon.
  • Can concur. Worked in EMS helicopter industry for years and no one got signal like verizon when we flew into the rural and remote locations. A job must for us.
  • The only concern is whether an unlocked phone supports all Verizon bands that is why I'll still sick with Verizon's own phones
  • Same here, in particular to ensure XLTE coverage.
  • I took my Nexus 5X into an authorized retailer to get a new SIM activated for it since I was coming from a Galaxy S4 which uses a micro SIM instead of nano. I was really surprised that the staff was willing to help me with it and didn't give me any problems. It's been working pretty good so far, except that in some areas it will drop signal all of a sudden and then come back a few seconds later. It does that quite often in those areas, so I'm thinking about going back and getting a new SIM.
  • Glad to read this. I've been sticking to another platform on my Verizon line, though. I dislike Verizon's Android phone selection and slow updates. Plus, I've been buying my Verizon devices outright, and I want the best resale value. However, it's great to know unlocked Androids are a nice option on the carrier, too.
  • Big red for life baby
  • Thats noting to be proud of especially how Verizon has been so anti consumer and anti net neutrality.
  • F*** CDMA. Because of this, the only unlocked phones that will work on Verizon are the Moto X Pure, the two Nexuses, and the Priv. Because I'm stuck with them, I'm missing out on so many awesome budget flagships such as the Oneplus phones. I know more unlocked phones are coming that support Verizon (like the Robin) but it still sucks. CDMA is garbage for locking or mostly locking you into one carrier.
  • I thought the exact same thing. When the OnePlus One came out I switched to AT&T. Anticipating I would get to try so many more phones. I couldn't justify buying a cheaper phone, in quality or price, it seemed like a waste. I didn't purchase phones more expensive because that was the top of my budget.
  • I switched after not wanting to ever be on AT&T. Didn't like their business. Until they bought Directv. Now my plan is great, and I can buy any phone unlocked. I'm trying an Xperia for the first time, and it's great. Still have the pure. Man, I can get the green s6 edge! Lol, I had excellent service on vzw, but for me in New England, I have no difference with AT&T. In fact the calls sound clearer.
  • Unless there is some need for unlimited high speed data (which as a new customer you are not going to get) or you have more than one phone, I would have just gone with Straight Talk. You can get the SIMs from any Wall-Mart (or online) and it still uses Verizon's network with zero difference in quality. They embrace the BYOD culture and if you did need some help you can call them. Activation is stupid simple and porting your number is really fast if you already have a number through Verizon. Where Straight Talk falls down is after 5GB of high speed data you are throttled down to 2G speeds. You don't get cut off, but you won't be streaming any videos on the go. That said, if for some reason you did burn through your high speed data and you need more, you just top it up with another month plan and your back at 5 gigs. Very useful if you are on a long trip with no WiFi available.
  • How do you know you're getting a Verizon sim vs a T-Mobile/AT&T? And how do you know that's actually using Verizon's towers vs. Sprint?
  • The Straight Talk SIM kit has a SIM card kit for Sprint/Verizon CDMA and one for AT&T/TMobile. You choose the one you need. For that matter they include all three sizes in each kit as well. You know it's using Verizon's towers because it says "Verizon Wireless" in the notification bar when the phone is locked (at least on my Samsung device it did). Also any text services that ask you to choose your carrier, choosing Verizon always worked for me. I carried both a work phone on Verizon and a personal phone on Straight Talk using Verizon's network (I've since jumped to Project fi). The signal was always the same for both. So if it was crappy on the work phone, it was crappy on the personal phone and if it was good on the work phone it was good on the personal phone. No difference.
  • Such plans are still useless to me. I like having everything connected. I like one plan. I have 2 watches of mine, my daughter has her child watch(GizmoPal), several phones, car hot spot and whatever the future may bring all on one plan.. Prepaid will probably never offer the ability to use all devices, something I enjoy on a plan.
  • Yeah Straight Talk wouldn't work for that situation since each phone is really it's own plan (always being $45 a month for each device you activate).
  • "Before too long, we might look back at Verizon's dark ages and laugh as we swap SIMs with reckless abandon." Billion dollar companies stand behind that tagline. What they forget is that the consumer market has an enduring memory and tends to hold grudges. Unless they offered some HUGE incentive or I relocate to an area where they are the only reasonable option, this consumer won't be switching back to Verizon because of this exact problem. Swapping phones was a pain and they kept the price of Verizon-certified phones artificially high. They and Microsoft's Halo division can GFThemselves.
  • Hold up. How'd you get the Priv working in Verizon? I thought the only unlocked version out there was GSM only.
  • Insert SIM, reboot phone, enjoy.
  • So to purchase this on ShopBlackberry it would support CDMA bands once you insert a Verizon SIM? I think there might be some clarification needed.
  • Don't. It will not support cdma.
  • OK why are you saying it wont work on VZW but Russell Holly say his does? I know what VZW and BB say but we have proof of function. Have you or anyone tried to duplicate it and failed? This is big if he's right. At least for me because Im ready to drop cash now if true. Please do reply with something helpful.
  • Proof? Where?
  • Have you ever actually seen it happen? BlackBerry says it is not compatible. Verizon says it is not compatible. The device does not have the CDMA radio to use voice or text on Verizon. Until I see a video of a Priv booting on verizon and working, both data and voice, it can't happen.
  • Yeah, I thought you need the CDMA version like just about every other phone sold by a carrier, unless the unlocked version has all the bands. I don't think it does. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • It doesn't. BlackBerry is pretty clear on their own website where it specifically states it is not compatible with verizon or sprint.
  • I think you might be mistaken. Posted via Nexus 6 running on any data plan I want
  • What about the lack of visual voicemail support? You have to transfer unanswered calls to Google voice to use the visual voicemail features. Oh, Google voice doesn't play all that nice. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There are a few other apps out there, such as Youmail. Some people in these comments have said that they got the Verizon app to work as well
  • Are you referring to the 5X and 6P? I can use visual voicemail on my Moto X Pure Edition. I would think the Nexus 6 would work too. But don't know for sure.
  • Thank you for the data settings info Russell, I've had my Moto X 2015 for a few months now, and never changed them, we'll see what if any difference I see since my job takes me all over this county Posted via the Android Central App
    2015 Moto X Pure
  • I changed mine from Global to CDMA/LTE some time ago. I think it make s a pretty big difference. I just now enabled roaming.
  • This has been great, but we're still missing out the low to mid range with the Nexus 5X being the bottom end in terms of price (MSRP, not counting discounts over time like the Nexus 6 fire sales). I would LOVE a Moto G Pure Edition from Motorola. Our Android options are the Nexus 6, Moto X Pure Edition, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and BlackBerry PRIV - either Motorola, Google, or BlackBerry. While I hope to see more OEMs jumping on board with this, I don't think everyone else will join these guys and Apple in supporting Verizon customers. I haven't experienced my Moto X falling into No Service but I'll make the settings change you suggested.
  • Ry, remember how when it came to TMO asking OEMs to disable b12, TMO was citing the need for voLTE certification because customers must be able to call 911 in case of an emergency, and sometimes b12 is the only network around? How does Russell managing to place voice calls on the BB Priv STV100-1--a phone that lacks CDMA and LTE band 13 comport with TMO's position? Like TMO, isn't Verizon also mandated to make sure that customers can always call 911? Surely Verizon's secondary LTE networks don't have nationwide overlap with their CDMA and LTE b13 networks...
  • Russell you state the unlocked priv will work on Verizon. Does it matter if it's purchased from an ATT store or shopblackberry? Also can you send a link or instructions on how to make the priv work. I want to buy one ASAP!
    Thanks. Posted via Android Central App
  • I want to know exactly where I can buy one of these right now!
  • I tried to connect an unlocked LG G4 recently and was unsuccessful. Has anybody had any luck connecting the LG G4 to the Verizon network?
  • Nope. You need the Verizon verison for the g4. Posted via the Android Central App
  • After Verizon added bloatware to my Nexus 6 that I paid for 100% I bought a 6P using Fi and am cancelling my Verizon.
    They suck, to the extent of putting Bloatware in a Wifi only phone I reset.
    That was NEVER on Verizon and I paid for 100%. If you add Samsung to the equation it is 3X as bad. I have unlimited data, my Fi bill is about $28.00 Total. Posted via the Android Central App
  • i had a great experience with Fi and truly great customer service but i am struggling to use just a nexus 6p i like trying out phones and i enjoy using my iphone from time to time and fi is just too limited still even if they would open up to other android devices and i could use my note 5 i would be happy. but if you love the 6p and dont want to use anything else i think you will really enjoy Fi
  • Spike, what boat did Verizon add to your Nexus 6? Can't you delete it?
  • I didn't know the Priv worked on Verizon? That's awesome :D Posted via the Android Central App
  • IT DOESN'T
  • Clearly it does... Posted via the Android Central App
  • So I just followed Russell's method to fix the connecting to 4g on the Nexus 6p. I have been dealing with this for a month. Google actually sent me a new phone for this reason. I also tried first and got a new sim card. I had my phone go back down to 3g yesterday. I actually posted on the G+ Nexus 6p Community about this issue. I posted this article. Hopefully, his recommendation works. Has anyone else had issues with popping out of 4g? What about losing data totally? Also, why can't we use data while on the phone anymore?
  • "switch your mobile data settings from Global to LTE/CDMA and make sure roaming is enabled" Unless you plan on using the phone off Verizon's network, this is the recommended setting to ensure the best coverage. Global is only needed/used to enable the phone to look for non-Verizon networks, which can sometimes cause connectivity issues as it detects/tries to connect to them as an option.
  • I had a rough go with my Moto X Pure Edition. I bought it the day it was announced and received it about a day after all the sites started posting reviews. I could not start a new line of service with Verizon Wireless. It took nearly two weeks for Verizon to load the IMEIs. Shortly after getting our phones activated I was not able to use free visual voicemail with Verizon. It took about three weeks for that to get fixed. Since then things have been great. My wife's Moto X Pure Edition stopped connecting to the mobile network. Motorola supports their products very well. I called, went through their troubleshooting steps, and they paid to have the RMA shipped to them. Even a factory reset didn't fix this issue. I feel like I have the best of both worlds. The best coverage in my area and a great phone!