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    Default Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's update

    I don't know if this has been posted or not, but the Verizon Galaxy Note II is now a true global phone.
    Use GSM SIM cards from any carrier for VOICE, TEXT and DATA(!)

    No rooting required,
    if you updated it to Android 4.1.2 via the update released by Verizon Wireless earlier this month.

    I confirmed this on two Verizon Galaxy Note II phones.(mine and my co-worker's)

    The tests were done using AT&T post-paid GSM SIM card and T-MOBILE prepaid GSM SIM card.

    Insert the GSM SIM card, go to Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Access point name
    > Menu button > +Add new access point and input the APN name. (for example: fast.t-mobile.com
    for T-Mobile GSM SIM card) Wait a few seconds and the 3G data symbol will pop up.

    Data is only at 3G speed for ATT and TMO, obviously. I did a few speed test and got around
    1mbps consistently, but that really depends on the signal strength in my area.

    I also tried a T-Mobile Croatia prepaid GSM SIM card. The phone had no problem seeing it and
    picked up T-Mobile USA signal. However, since this card is not capable of roaming, I had no way
    of testing it.

    Final thoughts... I rarely have nice things to say about Verizon Wireless, but they deserve my
    respects for updating the Galaxy Note II and making it a true global phone.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah_Kirschbaum View Post
    I don't know if this has been posted or not, but the Verizon Galaxy Note II is now a true global phone.
    Use GSM SIM cards from any carrier for VOICE, TEXT and DATA(!)

    No rooting required,
    if you updated it to Android 4.1.2 via the update released by Verizon Wireless earlier this month.

    I confirmed this on two Verizon Galaxy Note II phones.(mine and my co-worker's)

    The tests were done using AT&T post-paid GSM SIM card and T-MOBILE prepaid GSM SIM card.

    Insert the GSM SIM card, go to Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Access point name
    > Menu button > +Add new access point and input the APN name. (for example: fast.t-mobile.com
    for T-Mobile GSM SIM card) Wait a few seconds and the 3G data symbol will pop up.

    Data is only at 3G speed for ATT and TMO, obviously. I did a few speed test and got around
    1mbps consistently, but that really depends on the signal strength in my area.

    I also tried a T-Mobile Croatia prepaid GSM SIM card. The phone had no problem seeing it and
    picked up T-Mobile USA signal. However, since this card is not capable of roaming, I had no way
    of testing it.

    Final thoughts... I rarely have nice things to say about Verizon Wireless, but they deserve my
    respects for updating the Galaxy Note II and making it a true global phone.
    Is the HTC one as well?

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah_Kirschbaum View Post
    I don't know if this has been posted or not, but the Verizon Galaxy Note II is now a true global phone.
    Use GSM SIM cards from any carrier for VOICE, TEXT and DATA(!)

    No rooting required,
    if you updated it to Android 4.1.2 via the update released by Verizon Wireless earlier this month.

    I confirmed this on two Verizon Galaxy Note II phones.(mine and my co-worker's)

    The tests were done using AT&T post-paid GSM SIM card and T-MOBILE prepaid GSM SIM card.

    Insert the GSM SIM card, go to Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Access point name
    > Menu button > +Add new access point and input the APN name. (for example: fast.t-mobile.com
    for T-Mobile GSM SIM card) Wait a few seconds and the 3G data symbol will pop up.

    Data is only at 3G speed for ATT and TMO, obviously. I did a few speed test and got around
    1mbps consistently, but that really depends on the signal strength in my area.

    I also tried a T-Mobile Croatia prepaid GSM SIM card. The phone had no problem seeing it and
    picked up T-Mobile USA signal. However, since this card is not capable of roaming, I had no way
    of testing it.

    Final thoughts... I rarely have nice things to say about Verizon Wireless, but they deserve my
    respects for updating the Galaxy Note II and making it a true global phone.
    You could actually do this before the update but not all GNII's worked though. I used a SIM Vodafone while overseas with no issues back in November and was even able to use a T-Mobile SIM here but it would only do voice. I complained and Verizon gave me a new phone in December and I've been able to use any GSM service. I truly wish it wasn't only 3G though.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnly View Post
    Is the HTC one as well?

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    What HTC one? There is no Verizon variant yet.

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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by nrfitchett4 View Post
    What HTC one? There is no Verizon variant yet.
    Hopefully, there will never be....
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Considering the device was sold as a Global-Ready phone from the get go, yet it really isn't, yeah they get no praise from me. Nor for the fact that their update is almost 6 months late to the party and is about to be completely obsolete...
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by DaRkL3AD3R View Post
    Considering the device was sold as a Global-Ready phone from the get go, yet it really isn't, yeah they get no praise from me. Nor for the fact that their update is almost 6 months late to the party and is about to be completely obsolete...
    better late than never?
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    Default Re: Note 2 is now a true global phone, thanks to Verizon's latest update(3G data on GSM, NO ROOT NEE

    Quote Originally Posted by nrfitchett4 View Post
    What HTC one? There is no Verizon variant yet.

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    well... it's coming in the summer
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarah_Kirschbaum View Post
    I don't know if this has been posted or not, but the Verizon Galaxy Note II is now a true global phone.
    Use GSM SIM cards from any carrier for VOICE, TEXT and DATA(!)

    No rooting required,
    if you updated it to Android 4.1.2 via the update released by Verizon Wireless earlier this month.

    I confirmed this on two Verizon Galaxy Note II phones.(mine and my co-worker's)

    The tests were done using AT&T post-paid GSM SIM card and T-MOBILE prepaid GSM SIM card.

    Insert the GSM SIM card, go to Settings > More settings > Mobile networks > Access point name
    > Menu button > +Add new access point and input the APN name. (for example: fast.t-mobile.com
    for T-Mobile GSM SIM card) Wait a few seconds and the 3G data symbol will pop up.

    Data is only at 3G speed for ATT and TMO, obviously. I did a few speed test and got around
    1mbps consistently, but that really depends on the signal strength in my area.

    I also tried a T-Mobile Croatia prepaid GSM SIM card. The phone had no problem seeing it and
    picked up T-Mobile USA signal. However, since this card is not capable of roaming, I had no way
    of testing it.

    Final thoughts... I rarely have nice things to say about Verizon Wireless, but they deserve my
    respects for updating the Galaxy Note II and making it a true global phone.
    I have a Verizon note 2 with the latest software which makes the phone unlocked like you stated , i see that the speeds were like 1mbps but are you able to Talk and surf the web at the same time Since its a GSM Sim inserted to the phone?
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by masetas View Post
    I have a Verizon note 2 with the latest software which makes the phone unlocked like you stated , i see that the speeds were like 1mbps but are you able to Talk and surf the web at the same time Since its a GSM Sim inserted to the phone?
    I used my Verizon Wireless Note 2 in Europe. I left my Verizon 4G LTE sim card at home and bought a local gsm micro sim card for 25 euros which included 1GB of data. (good for only 30 days)

    When I talking to someone on the phone, it was not possible to browse the internet. Once I hung up, I was able to browse immediately. Don't know if this is caused by the carrier or the phonne?
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Even while on Verizon, my Note let's me talk and surf the web, so I don't see a reason why it shouldn't work.

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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by Kylethekool View Post
    Even while on Verizon, my Note let's me talk and surf the web, so I don't see a reason why it shouldn't work.

    Posted via Android Central App
    That's only when the phone is on Verizon 4G LTE network...

    probably not when it's on a foreign GSM 3G network
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    I think this phone only allows simultaneous talk-and-surf while on LTE networks. Those aren't yet available in Europe.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    I think this phone only allows simultaneous talk-and-surf while on LTE networks. Those aren't yet available in Europe.
    so it depends on the carrier?

    (not that I talk and browser at the same time that much )
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    can now easily use VZW N2 on any carrier... but still not PagePlus (MVNO of Verizon Wireless)... pretty ironic
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by masetas View Post
    I have a Verizon note 2 with the latest software which makes the phone unlocked like you stated , i see that the speeds were like 1mbps but are you able to Talk and surf the web at the same time Since its a GSM Sim inserted to the phone?
    can't do talk and surf at the same time... but otherwise data works perfect on T-Mobile
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    I have just talk with Verizon Technical support and they explained that is unlocked so I can made calls and text but DATA is not possible.BECAUSE APN is locked and do not let enter the new information for the Local carrier on the country that we visite.

    As I am ready for Vacation please Could you clarify this issue.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by jozeinusa View Post
    I have just talk with Verizon Technical support and they explained that is unlocked so I can made calls and text but DATA is not possible.BECAUSE APN is locked and do not let enter the new information for the Local carrier on the country that we visite.

    As I am ready for Vacation please Could you clarify this issue.

    Thanks
    Verizon tech support was wrong. (well.... they had outdated info)
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by jozeinusa View Post
    I have just talk with Verizon Technical support and they explained that is unlocked so I can made calls and text but DATA is not possible.BECAUSE APN is locked and do not let enter the new information for the Local carrier on the country that we visite.

    As I am ready for Vacation please Could you clarify this issue.

    Thanks
    I can confirm that you will not need to add APN data to get data with a foreign SIM. I am using a Nova SIM in Iceland right now...all I did was pop the card in, boot up and send the activation text as instructed. Working like a charm.

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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by tfly212 View Post
    I can confirm that you will not need to add APN data to get data with a foreign SIM. I am using a Nova SIM in Iceland right now...all I did was pop the card in, boot up and send the activation text as instructed. Working like a charm.
    I've also used my Verizon Note 2 without root in several foreign countries. All I had to do was to buy prepaid GSM sim cards from supermarkets or hotel front desks. However, it's necessary to enter the APN setting on some GSM carriers. (no biggie, since it usually comes on a piece of paper with the SIM card, or available by calling the customer service number)
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by Kiersten_Kress View Post
    I've also used my Verizon Note 2 without root in several foreign countries. All I had to do was to buy prepaid GSM sim cards from supermarkets or hotel front desks. However, it's necessary to enter the APN setting on some GSM carriers. (no biggie, since it usually comes on a piece of paper with the SIM card, or available by calling the customer service number)
    It's a biggie if, like Vodaphone in Prague, the customer service staff have no idea what they're doing. I had to throw the Vodaphone SIM away and go with T-Mobile instead. No problems then, just as I had no problems with A1 in Austria.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    It's a biggie if, like Vodaphone in Prague, the customer service staff have no idea what they're doing. I had to throw the Vodaphone SIM away and go with T-Mobile instead. No problems then, just as I had no problems with A1 in Austria.
    I always buy T-Mobile sim cards when I'm in Europe. I just pop the SIM card in my Verizon Galaxy Note 2. Never had a problem.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    It's a biggie if, like Vodaphone in Prague, the customer service staff have no idea what they're doing. I had to throw the Vodaphone SIM away and go with T-Mobile instead. No problems then, just as I had no problems with A1 in Austria.
    Where do you buy the sim cards? (in Prague and Austria) thanks!
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by MissyHaney View Post
    Where do you buy the sim cards? (in Prague and Austria) thanks!
    I just found an A1 store in Vienna (can't remember the street name, but near the main shopping district and on a corner) and a T-Mobile store in the mall in Prague across from the Andel metro station.
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    Default Re: Note 2 is finally a true global phone(ROOT NOT NEEDED for 3G data on GSM) thanks to Verizon's up

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxBuck View Post
    I just found an A1 store in Vienna (can't remember the street name, but near the main shopping district and on a corner) and a T-Mobile store in the mall in Prague across from the Andel metro station.
    I ended up going to a T-Mobile store near my hotel. Worked like a charm!
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