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Verizon 4G LTE devices to gain GSM roaming; LG Spectrum, Motorola Droid 4 are first

3 years ago 31

4G LTE devices on Verizon’s network have not been able to have global GSM roaming capabilities. This is something we’ve been wondering about for a while. 4G LTE uses a SIM card. Couldn’t we also use that SIM card for GSM roaming? Verizon says this is possible and will be happening.

The first 4G LTE phones to become “global devices” are the LG Spectrum and the Motorola Droid 4. According to Verizon, these phones will be getting this feature later this year, likely during the first half.

The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology…. For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year.RepresentativeVerizon Wireless

Many of you depend on GSM roaming. If you travel often, you will find that CDMA technology is not very friendly in most other countries. And now that Verizon has announced that it will only be releasing 4G LTE smartphones, it’s definitely the time to take action and make some 4G LTE global ready devices.

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