Jan 12 AT 2:40 PM Edgar Cervantes 31 Comments

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


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.

What do you guys say? Have you been waiting for 4G LTE devices to become global ready? You might want to consider one of these two.

Via: Phonescoop

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  • triangle

    It’s too bad that the Galaxy Nexus didn’t come in the global roaming variety. Hopefully, the next Nexus will have it.

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      I surely hope that there will be another Verizon Nexus.

  • YMS123

    Good news for those on Verizon and travel

  • Zebra Zanzibar

    This is great. I always had to get a loaner phone from Verizion when I went overseas. And of course it was the oldest pile of crap imaginable.

    • Jeff Pan

      Yeah nice move Verizon!

  • PacoBell

    Does international roaming on Verizon cost extra? If so, how much are we talking about here?

    • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

      You will save A LOT if you simply buy a prepaid SIM in most countries and put it into a GSM compatible phone.

      • Doug Sanders

        I just landed in Australia with my motorola global 2 phone and need to know what settings to switch to be able to use my aussy sim card


  • haz

    I hope that all the carriers get to this type of arrangement. Being able to buy a device, and pop in a carrier’s sim into any phone. As long as they are made to support all the various frequencies

  • spazby

    great idea and a must for travelers…

  • Billy

    Awesome … now we just need to all work together and build a massive unifying wireless network … that everyone can use … hmmm … to utopian I guess.

  • amgala

    Does this mean we can buy local SIM cards internationally in our 4G LTE phones? Or would we HAVE to use our original SIM card and just pay VZW for roaming capabilities?

    • http://www.jeffkibuule.com Jeff

      The latter, Verizon SIM locks their phones initially, so until you get them to unlock them, international SIMs won’t work.

      • amgala

        Right, sorry I forgot to add “Assuming your phone was unlocked”. I was under the impression that regular “3G” SIM cards don’t work in a 4G LTE SIM card slot.

  • danielmkim

    Better late then never.

  • Borky

    There is also speculation that the Droid RAZR will have this capability, since it and the Droid 4 are essentially the same phone.

  • YNWA

    Nah I would just put it in airplane mode and use it on wi-fi only and buy a cheap pre-paid for talking. I will never fall victim to international roaming!

  • sunrise

    Confused. Does this mean the phones will have USA GSM bands? Pop in an At&t or T-Mobile SIM and go?

    • sunrise

      Considering the phone can be unlocked of course.

    • blpw

      yes they will probably have the bands, but… If they do the same as they did on the droid 2 global then no you will be unable to use USA T-mobile or AT&T as Verizon edited the Band Drivers to ignore the SID for those carries in the USA even on an unlocked phone. But for other countries your fine with another providers sim in your device.

  • mjar

    if I us a Droid 4 in wifi mode while in London will I be able to send/receive calls?

  • Nick

    So will this be something I can look forward to on my Verizon Galaxy Nexus? If the phone could tap into both GSM/CDMA towers, would that not improve 4G reception significantly? Especially since the phone uses MIMO antennas?

  • Rick

    I have been in Verizon for quite some time now and I love Verizon service, but I only moved to Verizon because they started having global ready devices.
    I don’t buy any Verizon phone if it is not global ready devices.
    I like the new Droid 4, it has two problems so far:
    #1 – it is not a global ready device.
    #2 – from what I read online, the battery can’t be replaced by an extended battery, because the battery is fixed. Well, if Motorola is no longer going to allow us to change the battery, then I really hope that they create a MAXX version for the Droid 4, just like they did for the RAZR. I can’t live without the regular battery. Regular batteries just don’t enough juice for me.

    • AJ

      Those are my issues exactly. Still waiting for an LTE phone with global GSM, and Droid 4′s lack of replaceable battery was another deal killer for me.

  • Mike

    Well the Verizon Store was certain that the Motorola 4 Droid was global. Until I took it back the next day and had them call headquarters. No. Still no 4G global phones available from Verizon. I hope they come up with one before June…

  • Hoss

    Any update on this lately? I’ve been waiting a long time for a global capable LTE phone

  • wizzy

    they better do something about the galaxy nexus how can you buy an expensive smart phone like nexus and be stucked on one network and country it sucks they better come up with a plan to make the device to support GSM..ayt

  • Juan Ramon

    I will run to the store and switch my BB for an Androd in a heart beat. I hope Verizon does releases some of this devices soon

  • Jon

    I am amazed that companies have been missing the point…we want 4G while in the States BUT we know we cannot get that abroad. WE UNDERSTAND. I have been eligible to get another phone for over 6months. I am NOT getting another phone until I can have 4g in the US and global capabilities for those times I am traveling.

  • Jon

    I have been able to upgrade since Dec 2011. I am waiting for a 4g phone I can use at home (98% of my use) but I need the global. Why get a 3G global? Already have 3g.
    I believe I am not the only one waiting for this.

  • Dan

    So, this can’t roam here in the states on GSM? Only internationally?