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    Unhappy Global??

    Thought this upgrade was also going to allow this phone to be Global? Based on the settings it doesn't look like that happened, because in Settings=>Network Settings you can only choose LTE/CDMA or CDMA only.
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    Can you get to the hidden settings menu? *#*#4636#*#* phone information link has all the radio settings. Not sure you can still get to this menu though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twolastnames View Post
    Can you get to the hidden settings menu? *#*#4636#*#* phone information link has all the radio settings. Not sure you can still get to this menu though.
    That code doesn't seem to work anymore?
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    I thought so. Might have to put a call into Verizon, see if there is a different way, other than rooting.
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    same old fashioned way works, use "lte onoff " app from the Play store and select the wcdma preferred.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpham00 View Post
    same old fashioned way works, use "lte onoff " app from the Play store and select the wcdma preferred.
    Does it work on the ota for sure? It works for me, but I'm running a Rom that I can use the dialer to get into that menu.
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    Word on the street is global will come later this year in another update.

    Apparently, Verizon said it. I don't have a source link handy.


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    So, with today's software update, has Rezound become a true global phone, i.e. any SIM can be used?

    Global Roaming and Global Support
    are now enabled. Now take advantage
    of voice and data services in more than
    205 countries worldwide. For additional
    information and support please visit
    www.verizonwireless.com/global.
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    Just hung up with a woman at Verizon Global. She wasn't a tech, just their front line person, but said she had set up many people to use their Verizon phone overseas. She had heard nothing of the Rezound firmware update. According to her, one can fly overseas, buy a SIM there, give Verizon a call to change some setting, and the usage will have nothing to do with the Verizon global service or rates. Something is fishy about this, I wonder, whether somehow one's usage will roll back to Verizon, resulting in their humongous bill.
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    Still no cigar. Put in my global SIM, changed the network setting, and connected to AT&T. But nothing really changed: I was able to make and receive calls, receive texts, but not send texts out. So what was "enabled" yesterday with the firmware update?
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    I thought AT&T bands were deliberately blocked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TBolt View Post
    I thought AT&T bands were deliberately blocked.

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    I don't know why or how, but AT&T appeared at the top. Maybe it's a function of that particular global card, as it did the same when used in my old Blackberry.
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    So, has anybody actually tried a "newly global Rezound" anywhere outside the good old US?
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    I had heard the AT&T "bands" were blocked, but the global OTA ROM works with an Straight Talk SIM and other pre-paid GSM SIMs in the US... Just insert the SIM, set the APN information, and toggle the radio mode and it works, although from the few people I have seen who have tried it the radios seem very "weak" compared to other HTC devices when accessing AT&T's network, and speeds are very low on the stock ROM. This can be overcome with a CDMA/GSM ROM like Tron, Infection, Pac-Man, MIUI, or a handful of others that are now stable and extremely usable as daily driver ROMs with much increased performance and battery life, native WiFi tethering, and much more.
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    Sorry to sound so dense, but what exactly is the APN information and how is it set/reset? I just spoke w/ a guy from VZW Global and, according to him, to use the VZW network overseas just the radio mode needs to be switched to GSM. He said that, otherwise, I'd need to contact the source of my Global SIM for any special instructions.
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    The VZW guy is talking about using your Verizon phone as a Verizon Global ROAMING phone, which requires you to do nothing, but that isn't really "global"... the phone is unlocked, it has to be (by law, I think), so to use it on another carrier you will need a valid SIM card from that carrier, insert it into the phone and your phone will now be on that network (AT&T or whatever) as soon as you switch the radio mode to GSM or Global... then to use mobile data (and MMS) you need to set the APN information, which is under the GSM setting in Mobile Networks. Each carrier uses their own APN settings, and should provide that too you or a simple Google search will come up with most of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    The VZW guy is talking about using your Verizon phone as a Verizon Global ROAMING phone, which requires you to do nothing, but that isn't really "global"... the phone is unlocked, it has to be (by law, I think), so to use it on another carrier you will need a valid SIM card from that carrier, insert it into the phone and your phone will now be on that network (AT&T or whatever) as soon as you switch the radio mode to GSM or Global... then to use mobile data (and MMS) you need to set the APN information, which is under the GSM setting in Mobile Networks. Each carrier uses their own APN settings, and should provide that too you or a simple Google search will come up with most of them.
    So, if I understood you correctly, one has to contact each carrier when moving from country to country with a Global SIM? In the meantime, the VZW guy gave me no clue as to why the outgoing texts didn't work. In fact, I have a vague recollection that the very same thing XDA people were saying before the last OTA, that they could get everything work except outgoing texts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senechka View Post
    So, if I understood you correctly, one has to contact each carrier when moving from country to country with a Global SIM? In the meantime, the VZW guy gave me no clue as to why the outgoing texts didn't work. In fact, I have a vague recollection that the very same thing XDA people were saying before the last OTA, that they could get everything work except outgoing texts.
    Maybe I didn't explain it well... to Verizon Global Mode means something different than to the rest of us, for VZW's Global Mode you need a VERIZON SIM that basically allows roaming on their global network partners and uses the GSM radio in conjunction with your existing SIM card, existing phone number, and you pay Verizon for services used...

    To the rest of us, Global Mode means you can use a SIM from another carrier, for example picking up a GSM pre-paid SIM at an airport in London, swapping it out and setting the APN information in the phone, and you get a new local phone number and use and PAY a different carrier (basically an unlocked phone) for service, not Verizon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    Maybe I didn't explain it well... to Verizon Global Mode means something different than to the rest of us, for VZW's Global Mode you need a VERIZON SIM that basically allows roaming on their global network partners and uses the GSM radio in conjunction with your existing SIM card, existing phone number, and you pay Verizon for services used...

    To the rest of us, Global Mode means you can use a SIM from another carrier, for example picking up a GSM pre-paid SIM at an airport in London, swapping it out and setting the APN information in the phone, and you get a new local phone number and use and PAY a different carrier (basically an unlocked phone) for service, not Verizon.
    I completely understand the difference. Of course, I've been talking about the latter. And the question still is: where exactly does one get the APN information having bought a pristinely white SIM from an outfit in Florida?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senechka View Post
    I completely understand the difference. Of course, I've been talking about the latter. And the question still is: where exactly does one get the APN information having bought a pristinely white SIM from an outfit in Florida?
    You really need to know the carrier... With a GSM SIM installed in the Rezound, go to Settings->Mobile Networks->GSM/UMTS Options->Access Point Names and press the Menu Button and select New APN and set the fields accordingly. Again, you need to know the carrier for the card!

    For some ideas, look here: Internet Settings / APN Settings / MMS Settings or this app in the Play Store: Offline SIM APN Database

    As far as finding out more about the SIM itself and who the carrier maybe, there are any number of apps in the Play Store, just search for "SIM info" or something similar and find the MCC and MCN or SIM Operator code (Usually the MCC+MCN giving you a 5 or 6 digit number) and you can look it up in any of several databases like this one: Number Portability Lookup | Realtime Carrier Lookup | HLR Lookup
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    Thanks a lot, acejavelin. As to that XDA info, it somehow stuck in my memory that they reported exactly the same issue (inability to send texts) before the last OTA. Hopefully, we'll have some people who take their Rezounds abroad, try them there, and then post their experience. P.S. BTW, I think there used to be another thread or two about this whole issue w/ Rezound, but now I couldn't find them.
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    I kinda want to hit this hibernating horse one more time. If a plain vanilla global SIM causes the phone to ride on a different network when moving from country to country (say, AT&T in the US, Orange in GB, etc.), does this mean that APN has to be reset accordingly with every new network?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senechka View Post
    I kinda want to hit this hibernating horse one more time. If a plain vanilla global SIM causes the phone to ride on a different network when moving from country to country (say, AT&T in the US, Orange in GB, etc.), does this mean that APN has to be reset accordingly with every new network?
    Yes. You will have to change the APNs manually for the appropriate carrier. In most aftermarket ROMs (and maybe the stock ones too) you can setup several APNs and just set the one you want to be active at the time.

    The "global" mode in this phone is very hit and miss though, especially using AT&T in the US, many users including myself are not able to get better than Edge speeds, HSPA just doesn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acejavelin View Post
    Yes. You will have to change the APNs manually for the appropriate carrier. In most aftermarket ROMs (and maybe the stock ones too) you can setup several APNs and just set the one you want to be active at the time.

    The "global" mode in this phone is very hit and miss though, especially using AT&T in the US, many users including myself are not able to get better than Edge speeds, HSPA just doesn't work.
    When I tried my global SIM here, in my own kitchen in Maine, all I wanted to see if I could make and receive calls and texts. I didn't care about the data. On AT&T, I was able to call and receive calls and to receive text, but not send texts out. And I didn't do anything about setting up the APN. Btw, the SIM app indicates that, say, VZW has half a dozen APNs. If the same is true for other networks, how does one choose the right one?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Senechka View Post
    When I tried my global SIM here, in my own kitchen in Maine, all I wanted to see if I could make and receive calls and texts. I didn't care about the data. On AT&T, I was able to call and receive calls and to receive text, but not send texts out. And I didn't do anything about setting up the APN. Btw, the SIM app indicates that, say, VZW has half a dozen APNs. If the same is true for other networks, how does one choose the right one?
    lol.. you use the APN appropriate for your SIM. The SIM carrier should provide you with the appropriate APN information. If you are using a O2 SIM in the UK you would need the appropriate APN for that SIM.
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