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    Default Verizon Note 3 is factory sim unlocked

    In case anyone was wondering, the Verizon Note 3 is factory sim unlocked. No need for root or anything. I tested a straight talk sim using tmobile and was able to get calls. Edited the apn and got data H+. Verizon does support band 4 lte, perhaps the band is locked now, but H+ worked just fine.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    Thanks. You may have no idea, but I was over at Imore last week and they were saying the Iphone 5S VZW supports a lot more bands than previous versions and that it is possible to get At&T and TMobile LTE in addition to HSPA+. Does the Note 3 offer the same support?
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesteldorf View Post
    Thanks. You may have no idea, but I was over at Imore last week and they were saying the Iphone 5S VZW supports a lot more bands than previous versions and that it is possible to get At&T and TMobile LTE in addition to HSPA+. Does the Note 3 offer the same support?
    The 5s and 5c support all bands that tmo and att support. They are the same device, Verizon version having additional cdma radios.

    Note 3, lesser, it only supports band 4 and 13 lte, and band 4 may be currently locked, I was not able to get 4glte on tmobile, but I didn't really try that long since I was borrowing a coworkers sim for a minute. TMobile LTE is band 4, att secondary band is band 4 as well, but used in limited areas. It doesn't support band 17,att primary 4GLTE. It does support H+ in refarmed areas on tmobile, I was able to connect to this. Interestingly tmobile Note 3 supports att band 17 4GLTE

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    Meaning no region lock sticker either?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    Meaning no region lock sticker either?
    Telus - Canada, no sticker for Sim Lock Region !
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    Thank you. Would like to hear the same (or not) from a Verizon customer. Tired already to ask the same damn question in every other thread.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    Thank you. Would like to hear the same (or not) from a Verizon customer. Tired already to ask the same damn question in every other thread.
    Where is the sticker? I didn't see it on my phone, but I did not really look

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    Where is the sticker? I didn't see it on my phone, but I did not really look

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
    On the outside of the box. It looks like no one can miss it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    On the outside of the box. It looks like no one can miss it.

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    I didn't see that sticker. Though maybe the Verizon rep removed it before giving me the phone?

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    This is what that whole hullabaloo has been all about on the XDA forum for days and days. That would be doubly crappy if the stores remove these stickers so that the customers don't see them. After all, people outside the US discovered that their newer S3s and S4s had been region locked and nobody told them.
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    No sticker on my Note3 box that was shipped to me from Vzw.

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    There was an opinion that US carriers lock carriers, instead of regions. But dphm00 seems to be refuting this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    There was an opinion that US carriers lock carriers, instead of regions. But dphm00 seems to be refuting this.
    I am simply referring to my Verizon note 3. I doubt that the att or TMobile Note 3 would be factory sim unlocked.

    As to region lock, I have not tested, so I don't know

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    There was an opinion that US carriers lock carriers, instead of regions. But dphm00 seems to be refuting this.
    It could be too that the Verizon edition is more open than the AT&T one and possibly also Tmobile. All of Verizon's 4G phones IIRC are factory sim unlocked as part of the condition for their use of the 700 band LTE spectrum.

    I thought it was funny when a few AT&T customers were recommending that people buy the VZW Iphone if they were going to pay full price anyway. It actually makes sense when you consider that it can function uninhibited on all the U.S. Networks except Sprint.

    If they ever had a Verizon Android phone with the same band support, I might buy it. As someone said, I'm sure Verizon cries tears of rage, knowing that the Iphone 5s can be taken directly to Tmobile and AT&T, but they have no choice because of their deal to get the 700 spectrum.

    I just wish Verizon would get the next Nexus, but maybe the VZW Note 4 will support the other bands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by diesteldorf View Post
    It could be too that the Verizon edition is more open than the AT&T one and possibly also Tmobile. All of Verizon's 4G phones IIRC are factory sim unlocked as part of the condition for their use of the 700 band LTE spectrum.

    I thought it was funny when a few AT&T customers were recommending that people buy the VZW Iphone if they were going to pay full price anyway. It actually makes sense when you consider that it can function uninhibited on all the U.S. Networks except Sprint.

    If they ever had a Verizon Android phone with the same band support, I might buy it. As someone said, I'm sure Verizon cries tears of rage, knowing that the Iphone 5s can be taken directly to Tmobile and AT&T, but they have no choice because of their deal to get the 700 spectrum.

    I just wish Verizon would get the next Nexus, but maybe the VZW Note 4 will support the other bands.
    The s3 was not factory sim unlocked. It was unlocked later via update. There may be other phones too.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk 4
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    This may or may not be relevant, but when we spent last weekend with a couple from Germany and another, from England, at the drop of the hat they whip out their iPhones, and immediately connect to AT&T. They also didn't show much concern about the roaming charges. Go figure.
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    Maybe they purchased a local US sim.
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    So, for the sake of clarity...

    I can use a Verizon Note 3 (or any new Verizon smartphone) on any carrier but Sprint? Whether it is nationwide OR global? So when I go to, say France, I can buy a prepaid SIM card and call it a day? All this so that Verizon can get some primo spectrum?

    Am I missing something/not taking something into account?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg101 View Post
    So, for the sake of clarity...

    I can use a Verizon Note 3 (or any new Verizon smartphone) on any carrier but Sprint? Whether it is nationwide OR global? So when I go to, say France, I can buy a prepaid SIM card and call it a day? All this so that Verizon can get some primo spectrum?

    Am I missing something/not taking something into account?
    Yes these phones are global roamers.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    Yes these phones are global roamers.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
    So stupid question number 2...

    Why does Verizon want me to contact them when I go out of the country and get their Global plan or whatever? (Hence stupid question, because I have a feeling I know what the answer is...)

    Semi-stupid question: If I do go to say, Europe, I don't have to call Verizon and tell them to unlock it or whatever, because it's already unlocked?

    I don't do any real International travel (Canada and Jamaica were two places I've been to...that's it), but I know Europe is in my future...very possible next year or the year after. I have heard real horror stories about folks bringing their Verizon phones and they were incurring charges in the hundreds if not thousands. Getting a prepaid sim over there and popping it in like it's nothing would be very clutch, but I had no idea you could do that on Verizon phones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg101 View Post
    So stupid question number 2...

    Why does Verizon want me to contact them when I go out of the country and get their Global plan or whatever? (Hence stupid question, because I have a feeling I know what the answer is...)

    Semi-stupid question: If I do go to say, Europe, I don't have to call Verizon and tell them to unlock it or whatever, because it's already unlocked?

    I don't do any real International travel (Canada and Jamaica were two places I've been to...that's it), but I know Europe is in my future...very possible next year or the year after. I have heard real horror stories about folks bringing their Verizon phones and they were incurring charges in the hundreds if not thousands. Getting a prepaid sim over there and popping it in like it's nothing would be very clutch, but I had no idea you could do that on Verizon phones.
    Why else? Verizon wants your money... But the phones support the radios of international carriers so you can slap a SIM from one of them and be good .

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cg101 View Post
    So stupid question number 2...

    Why does Verizon want me to contact them when I go out of the country and get their Global plan or whatever? (Hence stupid question, because I have a feeling I know what the answer is...)

    Semi-stupid question: If I do go to say, Europe, I don't have to call Verizon and tell them to unlock it or whatever, because it's already unlocked?

    I don't do any real International travel (Canada and Jamaica were two places I've been to...that's it), but I know Europe is in my future...very possible next year or the year after. I have heard real horror stories about folks bringing their Verizon phones and they were incurring charges in the hundreds if not thousands. Getting a prepaid sim over there and popping it in like it's nothing would be very clutch, but I had no idea you could do that on Verizon phones.
    Sprint att and Verizon all charge about $20,000 per gb of data if you don't sign up for an international plan ahead of time.

    TMobile offers unlimited but something like 0.1mbps. So pretty slow, but free, and you don't have to worry about overages

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 3 via Tapatalk Pro
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    Sprint att and Verizon all charge about $20,000 per gb of data if you don't sign up for an international plan ahead of time.
    So, popping in a prepaid SIM card when I arrive at a country, and I'm good to go then? Awesome. That really is good to know as I know that I'll be leaving the hemisphere sometime in the future and I would love to use my Note 3 doing it (without paying Verizon more money than I'd have to.)

    You guys wouldn't happen to know if the same holds true with a Jetpack (ZTE 890L--it takes a 2FF sim [full size])? Or are only Smartphones unlocked?
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    You, guys, are freely giving these soothing reassurances, but I've yet to read a single report from anybody who bought his/her N3 in the US, traveled to Europe, just popped in a foreign SIM, and cruised.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_y7 View Post
    You, guys, are freely giving these soothing reassurances, but I've yet to read a single report from anybody who bought his/her N3 in the US, traveled to Europe, just popped in a foreign SIM, and cruised.
    It's because users here have popped in something like a T-Mobile SIM and it worked for Verizon.. Or an AT&T one.. So it's unlocked. You can ensure with Verizon before hand.. Just don't let them sell you on their plan. Stick to the topic of the phone being unlocked or not.

    Sent from my T-Mobile Note 3 using AC Forums.
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