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Verizon's New LTE Phones Have Hidden Global Roaming

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Jan 11, 2012, 5:00 PM   by Rich Brome   @rbrome

The new LG Spectrum and Motorola Droid 4 for Verizon both contain unannounced global GSM/WCDMA roaming capability that will be enabled later this year. None of Verizon's current 4G LTE phones support global roaming, in part because of a network issue. Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney said "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."

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Mark_S

Jan 15, 2012, 11:31 AM

Helps

CDMA is a predominantly U.S. utilized technology for widespread service. China upped the smart curve by using C-SIMS(CDMA SIM cards) on their devices.
Putting GSM international roaming capabilities with these phones is a nice touch. There are lots of people that prefer VZW to GSM carriers in the U.S. And yes, there are people that travel alot internationally and having not to rent GSM capable phones is a welcomed convenience. Smile
Agreed. If they get global roaming enabled before T-Mobile gets a top-end slider with 5-row QWERTY, I'm going to abandon my TouchPro2 and switch back to Verizon.

Of course, I would be just as happy if HTC had released a refreshed TouchPro with curr...
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