I am going to Germany this summer for a Study Abroad program with my University and I have the G-Nex on Verizon, and was wondering if anyone knows a way to configure it to work with a Germany/European network by switching out the sim cards. I saw a video on Revision3 today allowing the new Verizon iPad to work on AT&T's network by switching sim cards and changing a few settings. Is their a similar thing for android phones out there? I really would like to keep my G-Nex with me over there and not have to buy another phone for the month I am in Germany.
The ipad for verizon and the ipad for att are different. The ipad for verizon LTE won't work on ATT LTE... EVER. Not all LTE is created equally. They have different frequency radios. So even though the Gnex has an LTE radio and LTE is based off of GSM technology, it runs on a different frequency than other LTE and 3G bands. Buy a phone when you get there... or, if you really want an Android device with Verizon and global coverage... pick up:
1) HTC Incredible S/II
2) Motorola Droid Pro
There are also Blackberry's and the iphone 4s which are also global. You can pick up all of these phones used for a good price (except 4s... that carries a premium).
I went to china and used my vzw gnex on wifi only. Sure its not a complete solution but you can still use it. Google voice for texting, there are several apps for calling, but I used fring to call over wifi.
Airplane mode with wifi only.