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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Yes, clearly, they don't understand the customer base well enough. The type of customer that is going to go out of their way to buy a local sim and install it is not the kind of customer that will merely use their global roaming option (albeit useful, and for short business trips essential).

    Instead, they upset their loyal customer base. They should have made this clear to us, and all of the reps should understand well enough that the phone will work fine, 'cept for data. This is not a difficult thing to understand for even the level one reps.

    BTW, the "non-Verizon sim: this sim card is not supported" message is just a minor annoyance... it doesn't effect your ability to make calls or receive SMS messages. In fact there is a service/app running that if one disables, you can get rid of the message. Do a few google searches on this, and you'll find it. It just hasn't really affected me enough to bother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YBCold View Post
    Will I'm in Cayamn now and tried to pop in a Digicel sim and was able to pick up voice but no data. What good is this phone without data? After talking with Verizon Global Tech support he blamed it on the SIM card but I was able to get the SIM to work fine with another GS3 that is part of Digicel's network and it is fine.
    Look, don't rub it in...you are in the Caymans and we are jealous! I was there one year ago tomorrow (does that make sense?) and enjoyed some snorkeling. Was disappointed that the high winds created swells that were too high to allow us to visit Sting Ray City, but the water on the leeward side was pretty nice!

    But, thanks for reporting. I'm very interested in the GS3 and one of the reasons is that I could use it internationally. Sounds like there is a partial solution (voice and SMS) but data too would be great.
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Guys its looking like the only solution is to root and use APN Manager Pro. If Verizon won't provide us with a solution, that will be the only option

    Sent from my SCH-I535 using Android Central Forums
  4. #29  

    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Since rooting and then using APN Manager Pro is the way to go, has anyone tried this yet on the new Jelly Bean update?

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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    I have to yet root my phone.

    I am waiting until my wife and I make it to Uruguay on Sunday until rooting, because her family is there and I will have a support network if I need something.

    On the very off-chance I brick my phone here in Chile, I'm on my own... so for me right now voice+SMS but no data when no wifi is the safest route.

    If I root the phone next week, I will report back how it works with APN Manager or one of the other manager softwares.
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    [CODE]Well, I was ill today, so I stayed inside the hotel and managed to get data working. Here ya go:

    1) ROOT THE PHONE
    First, I rooted the phone (as well as gave it an unlocked bootloader), which I've never done before... I did it using this xda guide... and followed every step. I chose the ClockWork recovery mod.
    It wasn't bad if you read over the steps, familiarize oneself with the video, and read through the steps again.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2046439

    Download Titanium Backup Pro via Google Play store
    Download HiAPN Global via Google Play store

    2) Use Titanium Backup Pro to turn HiAPN Global into a system app
    -- you do this by going to the Backup/Restore tab, and LONG HOLD on "HiAPN Global", and then choose "Convert to system app"

    3) Open up HiAPN Global, and choose "Click to AutoSet APNs"
    -- here, you're possibly done!

    Note:
    -- HiAPN will ask you if you want to blow away the other APNs in the list... it recommends blowing away the old list... a couple of comments here.
    I don't think it matters either way, 'cause I tried both ways... it, in my case figures out the information (I guess) from the Entel servers, and writes the APN entries into the list. If you choose the option to blow away the APN entries prior to writing the new ones, it will delete all of the Verizon settings. You can get the Verizon settings back by choosing the menu option (the only menu option in the APN Settings screen) called "Reset to default." I've tested this, and it brings back the Verizon settings. You can also, like I did, choose to backup the APN settings using HiAPN or other APN programs which will store a private backup of those settings just in case.
    -- I've also tried using the APN settings found in "Offline SIM APN Database Pro", as well as "Tweakker" (which I was able to install via Aptoide, 'cause Google Play says it is incompatible), and then entered the APN settings in via APN Manager Pro (after having converted it to a System App)... well, all I can say is that I don't think this is necessary to manually enter the data if HiAPN works for you... it just magically finds the correct settings from the operator, and BTW, they weren't exactly the same (but very similar) as the others I had found using the other apps. Though, the other settings had worked, I suspect the most correct settings will be through HiAPN.

    I'm currently able to use data in Santiago using Entel.

    Thanks (not!) Verizon...
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Madison you're awesome!

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  8. #33  

    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    rooting the Galaxy s3 won't void Factory warranty??
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    When I click on "Click to AutoSet APNs", I get the following message: Sorry, no suitable apn info for your sim card, operator is 311480.

    I'm not sure what that means. Will it change when I put in the third party sim card (I'm on Verizon and in the US right now)?
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    I'll be travelling to The Netherlands in a week, what type of microSIM card do I need to get voice + texting on my S3? Will any local one work, or does it need to be on a specific band/frequency? (No idea how these things work..)

    Apparently I'll need to root the phone to get data, but that shouldn't be a big deal.
  11. #36  

    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Well.. I am travelling in Asia and using my Verizon unlocked, but not rooted, S3 via Wifi at a coffee shop.

    Wifi is so prevalent here that I don't need the data function here....

    If you use only the phone function, then any micro SIM would work....

    Happy travels

    James

    Sent from Verizon-unlocked SCH-I535 using a non-Verizon micro SIM and a Wifi connection at a coffee shop Taiwan..
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Quote Originally Posted by puritel View Post
    rooting the Galaxy s3 won't void Factory warranty??
    Yes, rooting voids the warranty. There are ways to unroot if you have a warranty claim though (and also trip the counter back to 0).
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    No. No dice. I bought the GS3 and was going to swap for a Razr M or DNA to get a more reliable global device. I fixed my VZW Razr with AOKP which automatically picked up the APN; but the GS3 is still being a real nightmare. Desperately seeking a rom that supports UMTS/WCDMA 850mHz.
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    What APN program are you speaking of? I have the APN Manager Pro and cannot get it to delete or add new APNs.
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    Still not working for me to get a new APN in there. I can get one in there, but cannot edit any that I do get on the phone. Thus I am still without data other than wifi...
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    I love spending lots of money to go overseas just to spend most of the time trying to get data working on my S3......

    I understand being able to make and receive calls but there is no need for data unless your more interested in whats going on in fb.. You cant wait until you get to a wifi spot?
    Choose your future. Choose life... But why would I want to do a thing like that?
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    What if you've moved?

    You can always wait to get to a wifi hotspot. Then again, you can have a basic phone and a computer too.

    Quote Originally Posted by worldsoutro View Post
    I love spending lots of money to go overseas just to spend most of the time trying to get data working on my S3......

    I understand being able to make and receive calls but there is no need for data unless your more interested in whats going on in fb.. You cant wait until you get to a wifi spot?
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    okay sounds stupid, but i was wondering if anyone has had success in rooting their gs3 to use on a different american network, such as tmobile. I'm sick of paying verizon extreme amounts of money when, a switch to tmobile would save me tons. only issue i'm having is the phone, as i've looked for a gs3 on tmobile and they sell for higher than the gs3's from verizon so there is a price differece i dont want to pay. so if i switch the apn, can i get data to work on tmobile.
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    Here are my experiences roaming using Samsung Phone roaming with another SIM around Asia Pacific (APAC). Summary: It works fine for both voice and data. I only have an issue with not being able to see which network I am roaming on.

    I recently upgraded from iPhone to Samsung S3 4G (model GT-I9305T) with Jelly Bean 4.1.1. I have not rooted it. [I wish they'd chosen a better name as this mean something else in Australia] I got the Samsung in Australia (AU) as an upgrade to Australian mobile account I still have an use when in AU. However, I live in Singapore (SG). I am able to get HSPA and 3G data fine in SG with my SG SIM card (post-paid). I am able to roam around APAC (Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India, ...) with my SG SIM card in my Samsung phone getting voice and 3G data ok.

    LTE roaming is an issue due to the disgusting mess of different frequency spectrums used in different regions. I knew about the LTE roaming issue before I got the phone. SingTel in SG operates 2 frequencies for LTE. One is common with AU so I can at least enjoy LTE in SG and AU. So no surprise there.

    I have not tried using SIM cards from countries other than SG. But given it works with SG SIM card, then I expect it will work with others too.

    What I am struggling with is determining which network I am on, and being able to select the roaming network of my choice with Android JB. When I go to Settings->Wireless and networks->Mobile Netowrks->Network Operators, every entry says either SingTel (UMTS), or SingTel (GERAN), or SingTel (LTE). In SG we have SingTel, M1, Starhub mobile operators. The 3 real SingTel entries say "current network" or "available network", but all the others say "forbidden network". I expect the forbidden state for other networks as no roaming between operators within SG. But I would expect the names to be M1 (UTMS), ... Why they are not I am still trying to solve. Anyone know of a fix?

    Similarly when I go overseas and roam, all the entries are SingTel (UTMS), SingTel (GERAN), ... I can select anyone available and roaming works fine for Voice and Data. But for some reason Android does not display the correct network name. I have downloaded several apps for monitoring mobile and WiFi network signals. All say SingTel network. Even when I am roaming and definitely not on a SingTel network, it still says SingTel. Anyone know of a fix?

    I am still getting use to Android even after 3-4 months. Perhaps I am missing some simple setting hidden somewhere.
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Confirming that the HiAPN method worked in Spain with Yoigo prepaid SIM
    Saved VZW APNs using APN mananger
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    Wink Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    This worked great when I was in Hong Kong using a verizon s3. I was already root before I arrived. I was connected to Cmhk. Thanks Madison.
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    For those who got this to work, are you getting 3g speeds? I have an AT&T SIM in my Verizon GS3 and I can only get Edge data speeds. This process worked to some extent for me, because before this I could get no data with the AT&T SIM. But I want 3g/4g! I appreciate any advice.

    Quote Originally Posted by worldsoutro View Post
    I love spending lots of money to go overseas just to spend most of the time trying to get data working on my S3......

    I understand being able to make and receive calls but there is no need for data unless your more interested in whats going on in fb.. You cant wait until you get to a wifi spot?
    No, I actually can't wait until I get to a wifi spot. I'll be in London and Dublin for 4 days each and just as I do when I travel in the US, I plan to use my phone for reviews and directions of places I find along the way. I find it invaluable to have access to reviews and suggestions for restaurants and other business while I am on the go--if I didn't have my smartphone with me, I wouldn't have seen the Lagunitas and Bear Republic breweries on my trip to California.
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    Confirming this worked in England and Ireland with O2 and Three as my carriers respectively. My speed tests were horrible, 2-3 mb/s at best and .5-1mb/s on average, though actual-use speeds felt like solid 3G.

    Quote Originally Posted by sergeyuf View Post
    When I click on "Click to AutoSet APNs", I get the following message: Sorry, no suitable apn info for your sim card, operator is 311480.

    I'm not sure what that means. Will it change when I put in the third party sim card (I'm on Verizon and in the US right now)?
    Yes, this is because you still have the Verizon SIM in the phone. I'm not quite sure why it does this, but any time I tried to set the APN with my Verizon SIM, I got this as well. Once you put in a non-Verizon SIM there should be no issues.
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    Default Re: Using the Verizon GS3 with an international sim card.

    Here is the way you do it it works!!!!
    *Join Date: Aug 2006Location: Nord RomaniaAge: 32Posts: 109*Member: 323481*Status:*OfflineThanks Meter: 14Unlock Verizon Galaxy S3 i535 as World GSM Phone - simplified method1.You need to root your phone if you want to have data conections if not skip this step.How to root instructions you have here:*[GUIDE] For beginners - Root Verizon Samsung Galaxy S3 SCH-i535/d2vzw - xda-developers2.From Google Play store install the following apps if you do not have them: APN Manager Pro (81 Square), Phone Info (sc@taiwan), Titanium Backup Pro.*3 Turn off phone, pull out battery and put in micro SIM from your foreign country.4. Use Phone Info app to change preferred network type "Global" or "Gsm only" (click on Device Information and scroll down to the first box to change). Some have reported that other choices were needed for their providers, so you may have to experiment.5. Reboot phone. You should have the SIM card working for phone calls.6. In Titanium Backup Pro, go to Backup/Restore, find and “long select” APN Manager Pro, and then select “Convert to system app”.7. Open APN Manager Pro, select Insert APN, and input the data needed from your desired service provider.*8. Reboot phone. You should have the SIM card working for phone and data.9. Remove notification*"NON-VERIZON SIM" :*Using Titanium Backup, delete(uninstall) or freeze an app called Setup wizard 1.0 (its icon is a red check mark with a magic wand) and that should remove the notification10. Enjoy.*
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    Quote Originally Posted by madison437 View Post
    [CODE]Well, I was ill today, so I stayed inside the hotel and managed to get data working. Here ya go:

    1) ROOT THE PHONE
    First, I rooted the phone (as well as gave it an unlocked bootloader), which I've never done before... I did it using this xda guide... and followed every step. I chose the ClockWork recovery mod.
    It wasn't bad if you read over the steps, familiarize oneself with the video, and read through the steps again.

    http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2046439

    Download Titanium Backup Pro via Google Play store
    Download HiAPN Global via Google Play store

    2) Use Titanium Backup Pro to turn HiAPN Global into a system app
    -- you do this by going to the Backup/Restore tab, and LONG HOLD on "HiAPN Global", and then choose "Convert to system app"

    3) Open up HiAPN Global, and choose "Click to AutoSet APNs"
    -- here, you're possibly done!

    Note:
    -- HiAPN will ask you if you want to blow away the other APNs in the list... it recommends blowing away the old list... a couple of comments here.
    I don't think it matters either way, 'cause I tried both ways... it, in my case figures out the information (I guess) from the Entel servers, and writes the APN entries into the list. If you choose the option to blow away the APN entries prior to writing the new ones, it will delete all of the Verizon settings. You can get the Verizon settings back by choosing the menu option (the only menu option in the APN Settings screen) called "Reset to default." I've tested this, and it brings back the Verizon settings. You can also, like I did, choose to backup the APN settings using HiAPN or other APN programs which will store a private backup of those settings just in case.
    -- I've also tried using the APN settings found in "Offline SIM APN Database Pro", as well as "Tweakker" (which I was able to install via Aptoide, 'cause Google Play says it is incompatible), and then entered the APN settings in via APN Manager Pro (after having converted it to a System App)... well, all I can say is that I don't think this is necessary to manually enter the data if HiAPN works for you... it just magically finds the correct settings from the operator, and BTW, they weren't exactly the same (but very similar) as the others I had found using the other apps. Though, the other settings had worked, I suspect the most correct settings will be through HiAPN.

    I'm currently able to use data in Santiago using Entel.

    Thanks (not!) Verizon...
    I originally tried with APN Manager Pro. My SIM wasn't working. After I switched to HiAPN, it worked!

    Thanks for your post. You saved me much grief!
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