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    Default Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Hello Friends,
    I keep hearing that the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 is a world phone. Yet many people tell me that if I buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 then I can't unlock it and use it with ATT or straight talk with their SIM. I guess by calling it a world phone what I think it meant is that I can use it on GSM as well as CDMA networks? I am currently in the middle of a contract with Verizon, so if I buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 on EBay can I use it for the rest of the contract and then at the end of the contract unlock it and move to a prepaid provider like Straight Talk?
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    Quote Originally Posted by salilsurendran View Post
    Hello Friends,
    I keep hearing that the Verizon Galaxy Note 2 is a world phone. Yet many people tell me that if I buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 then I can't unlock it and use it with ATT or straight talk with their SIM. I guess by calling it a world phone what I think it meant is that I can use it on GSM as well as CDMA networks? I am currently in the middle of a contract with Verizon, so if I buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 2 on EBay can I use it for the rest of the contract and then at the end of the contract unlock it and move to a prepaid provider like Straight Talk?
    it is a world phone but it does not allow you to put in other APN's so you need to root it then make a modification and you can use it on other networks, i have used At&t prepaid sim and it worked both voice and H+
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    Yes I saw a link somewhere I believe xda-developers that said that you could use it for text and voice on other GSM networks but to use it for data you had to root it and do some modifications. Is this the same you have done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by salilsurendran View Post
    Yes I saw a link somewhere I believe xda-developers that said that you could use it for text and voice on other GSM networks but to use it for data you had to root it and do some modifications. Is this the same you have done?
    it didnt recognize the sim card till i rooted and added the APNs
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    So what you are saying is that I can go ahead and buy a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and when the contract ends just unlock it and root it to use it on Straight Talk. This would basically be perfect for me as long as the unlocking works or else it is a wasted investment. Can I instead buy an unlocked Samsung Note 2 use it on Verizon? They don't have a sim so how will I make it work?
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by salilsurendran View Post
    So what you are saying is that I can go ahead and buy a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and when the contract ends just unlock it and root it to use it on Straight Talk. This would basically be perfect for me as long as the unlocking works or else it is a wasted investment. Can I instead buy an unlocked Samsung Note 2 use it on Verizon? They don't have a sim so how will I make it work?
    You don't need to unlock because italready issim unlocked.its just that Verizon removedthe abilityto add other carrier info. just root it and manually add the APN info in. ......... you can not use any other note 2 on Verizon because they do not have cdma radios inside, they are set up for gsm. But Verizon version has both cdma and gsm radios inside.

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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    A Verizon rep informed me that they anticipate releasing an update or an app that will allow automatic conversion to world-phone capability in 1Q 2013.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    A Verizon rep informed me that they anticipate releasing an update or an app that will allow automatic conversion to world-phone capability in 1Q 2013.
    wow, that would be so great......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    A Verizon rep informed me that they anticipate releasing an update or an app that will allow automatic conversion to world-phone capability in 1Q 2013.
    It is world phone ready for voice and text. Just place a SIM card and you are set. The data part will not work.
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    This is simply crap! I just traded in my GS3 to get a Note cause I was told that the Note 2 is a true world phone and should support data, voice & text. If this is not the case I'm going to have a long talk with VW!
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by YBCold View Post
    This is simply crap! I just traded in my GS3 to get a Note cause I was told that the Note 2 is a true world phone and should support data, voice & text. If this is not the case I'm going to have a long talk with VW!
    It is if you root it. Otherwise you are sick with Verizon global services

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    The part that I don't understand is why would they add the capabilities of using other sim cards on a data hungry phone like this without giving you the capability to use data?

    If this doesn't work than Verizon has failed miserably in my book. Which of course wont make a difference to VW cause they don't care for their customers anyways.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    You don't need to unlock because italready issim unlocked.its just that Verizon removedthe abilityto add other carrier info. just root it and manually add the APN info in. ......... you can not use any other note 2 on Verizon because they do not have cdma radios inside, they are set up for gsm. But Verizon version has both cdma and gsm radios inside.

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    Isn't this the same for the verizon gs3? my husband is traveling to brazil in march. can he just get a prepaid sim when he gets down there and pop it into the gs3? if not would that work for the note 2....it would make me tense but i guess i could let him take mine.
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by karsdroid View Post
    Isn't this the same for the verizon gs3? my husband is traveling to brazil in march. can he just get a prepaid sim when he gets down there and pop it into the gs3? if not would that work for the note 2....it would make me tense but i guess i could let him take mine.
    I dont know about the GS3 (you can ask adviser creccaj1about the GS3). But for the Note 2 we could root it and make the modification and yeah it should work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    I dont know about the GS3 (you can ask adviser creccaj1about the GS3). But for the Note 2 we could root it and make the modification and yeah it should work.
    would i have to root? or only to have the data option.....i think if he could talk and text that might do it.....hmmm although i guess it would be nice to have mms available to send pics or email to send the pics.....i'll have to check out the gs3 forum and that advisor, thanks so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by karsdroid View Post
    would i have to root? or only to have the data option.....i think if he could talk and text that might do it.....hmmm although i guess it would be nice to have mms available to send pics or email to send the pics.....i'll have to check out the gs3 forum and that advisor, thanks so much
    Yeah you would have to root, if you know the APN settings he is going to use all we need to do is root using the app.
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    I have traveled to Cayman with a GS3 and was not able to add the APN which is why I switched to the Note2. I'm hoping to have better luck withe the Note but it sounds like adding an APN is what will end up holding me back.

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    I have traveled to Cayman with a GS3 and was not able to add the APN which is why I switched to the Note2. I'm hoping to have better luck withe the Note but it sounds like adding an APN is what will end up holding me back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    Yeah you would have to root, if you know the APN settings he is going to use all we need to do is root using the app.
    my son is in brazil right now and says the prepaid sims are everywhere so we thought we would just wait and get the sim when he gets down there....but now i'm not sure. maybe all round easier to get a cheap pay as you go att phone and throw a sim in it when he get down there. i would have to be super simple for him or he'd be flumuxed....
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by karsdroid View Post
    my son is in brazil right now and says the prepaid sims are everywhere so we thought we would just wait and get the sim when he gets down there....but now i'm not sure. maybe all round easier to get a cheap pay as you go att phone and throw a sim in it when he get down there. i would have to be super simple for him or he'd be flumuxed....
    for our phone its pretty simple modification. just copy and paste a file.
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    So to summarize. You can use text and talk with any network with a Verizon Samsung Note 2 by just inserting a SIM. But in order to use data with that network you have to root it. Correct?
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by salilsurendran View Post
    So to summarize. You can use text and talk with any network with a Verizon Samsung Note 2 by just inserting a SIM. But in order to use data with that network you have to root it. Correct?
    i dont think you can even use talk and text without rooting. Ill go back to stock and try it out sometime this week and let you guys know
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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post
    for our phone its pretty simple modification. just copy and paste a file.
    How do you do that?
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    Default Re: Confused about Verizon Galaxy Note 2 as a World Phone

    Quote Originally Posted by beefchopper View Post
    How do you do that?


    You copy the modified apn list. Fron your sdcard to the /system/etc folder and overwrite the original. You do this with root explorer or another file manger that had root access. Above is a quick video I made on how it's done.
    There is another way to do this , that let's you get to the hidden menu in settings that allows you to enter apn settings but for that you need a deodexed rom.
    I will attach this file to this post tomorrow since I don't think I can do it from tapatalk. I will still be making a thread on this and the other way as soon as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DroidXcon View Post


    You copy the modified apn list. Fron your sdcard to the /system/etc folder and overwrite the original. You do this with root explorer or another file manger that had root access. Above is a quick video I made on how it's done.
    There is another way to do this , that let's you get to the hidden menu in settings that allows you to enter apn settings but for that you need a deodexed rom.
    I will attach this file to this post tomorrow since I don't think I can do it from tapatalk. I will still be making a thread on this and the other way as soon as I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karsdroid View Post
    my son is in brazil right now and says the prepaid sims are everywhere so we thought we would just wait and get the sim when he gets down there....but now i'm not sure. maybe all round easier to get a cheap pay as you go att phone and throw a sim in it when he get down there. i would have to be super simple for him or he'd be flumuxed....
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    How do you do that?
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