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Verizon updating four of its phones to enable world roaming

Verizon recently let out a list of four of its phones which will be getting a software update sometime soon which will make them world phones, in the sense customers will be able to take them over seas and use almost all the features of the phone including voice calls and data packets. This, even though is a very brave move on Verizon’s part, is still confusing to me. Why did Verizon decide to take such an action after locking the phones to its own networks?

This might be a potential step to avoid unlocking of the phone. If so, the point of locking them is lost, gone with the wind. Wireless carriers lock smart phones to their networks so that even though users change the SIM card in these phones, the smart phones will not work with other SIM cards. This is done by restricting the hardware to utilize only a particular region on the frequency in which that wireless carriers’ network works.

Unofficial unlock tools which are available very freely on the internet which will modify the software on the smart phone which will in turn enable it to use other carriers’ frequency, thereby making it a world phone. A world phone is a phone which will work even if you take it over sears to other countries and use that country’s SIM cards. So which are the four phones that Verizon is making world phones?

This summer, Verizon Wireless will be updating the following 4G LTE smartphones for global use.

  • HTC Rezound
  • DROID RAZR by Motorola
  • DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola
  • DROID 4 by Motorola

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.

 So, are you one among the lucky guys?

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