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  1. BuyOneGetFour's Avatar
    The Rep doesn't know what s/he is saying. Not true at all! I took my Note 2 overseas and the APN menu was locked to Verizon. It (voice/data) only worked when I put the Verizon SIM back in. The phone is Global ready, not Global unlocked. I am sorta pi$$ed but what can you do. I am not prepared to root just yet. I had the Storm as well and used it overseas and have similar experiences.
    that has been my experience as well.... (my co-workers who have VZW Note 2 reported the same things)

    What's wrong with Verizon Wireless? I do not mind if they lock the phone and force me to roam for $2 per minunte.
    They are a business and it's their right to charge me what they want.

    However, I really hate it when they tell me that the phone is unlocked and I can use any foreign GSM SIM card
    while overseas. I ended up wasting money on the foreign GSM prepaid SIM cards that I bought.
    02-05-2013 01:04 PM
  2. twindragons187's Avatar
    that has been my experience as well.... (my co-workers who have VZW Note 2 reported the same things)

    What's wrong with Verizon Wireless? I do not mind if they lock the phone and force me to roam for $2 per minunte.
    They are a business and it's their right to charge me what they want.

    However, I really hate it when they tell me that the phone is unlocked and I can use any foreign GSM SIM card
    while overseas. I ended up wasting money on the foreign GSM prepaid SIM cards that I bought.
    Call verizon and ask for the globel support. Ask them to unlock the phone. They should know, and if they dont. Grill them til they give u the unlock code.

    Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2
    02-05-2013 03:02 PM
  3. rwstarkey's Avatar
    Folks - prepaid sim cards ONLY work in GSM phones. Verizon is CDMA. So, two choices... Pay Verizon's expensive global per minute fees, or put a prepaid sim in a GSM phone (will NEVER work in ANY CDMA phone) and get rates for 80% less. I carry a cheap GSM phone to use the prepaids on and then if I need data I carry a GSM mifi and connect my Verizon CDMA smartphone to it wirelessly and then use my smartphone for data. Or connect your tablet or laptop or whatever. Cheapest way.
    04-08-2013 07:42 PM
  4. signaltwins's Avatar
    Folks - prepaid sim cards ONLY work in GSM phones. Verizon is CDMA. So, two choices... Pay Verizon's expensive global per minute fees, or put a prepaid sim in a GSM phone (will NEVER work in ANY CDMA phone) and get rates for 80% less. I carry a cheap GSM phone to use the prepaids on and then if I need data I carry a GSM mifi and connect my Verizon CDMA smartphone to it wirelessly and then use my smartphone for data. Or connect your tablet or laptop or whatever. Cheapest way.

    Prepaid GSM SIM cards work perfectly in my Verizon Galaxy Note 2.
    AT&T, T-Mobile, and even foreign SIM cards.(personally tested in
    Singapore and Spain) This applies to voice and text only. Data does
    NOT work because I did not root my Verizon Galaxy Note 2.

    If it's not working in your Verizon Galaxy Note 2, then it's broken and
    you should immediately request a replacement Note 2 from Verizon.
    04-08-2013 08:11 PM
  5. thechidz's Avatar
    whenever i travel abroad it's all about wifi, google voice and talkatone. It's all you need...
    04-08-2013 08:32 PM
  6. Rickgsx's Avatar
    Okay.... since I don't know I'll ask a stupid question... I have a Verizon Note 2 that "IS" unlocked & rooted... I'm heading over to Portugal in the near future and want to see what (if anything) I need to get or do to have service...?

    I haven't really looked, I'm sure there are links out there... Thank you...
    04-08-2013 08:34 PM
  7. rwstarkey's Avatar
    If you have a CDMA Verizon Galaxy Note 2 and you are putting in a GSM prepaid sim then I do not have any idea how that can work. CDMA does not work nearly anywhere in Europe AFAIK, and GSM and CDMA are two entirely different technologies, unless the Note 2 has both built in.
    04-08-2013 08:35 PM
  8. AndroidXTC's Avatar
    Has anyone tried putting in a TMobil or AT&T card in the Note 2? I know it works with the DNA. If the phone is truly unlocked it should also take a local GSM carriers SIM. Before you leave to go over seas if your phone wont work on AT&T it wont work on the German GSM system either.
    04-09-2013 01:00 PM
  9. AndroidXTC's Avatar
    This handset and the HTC DNA both have Dual radios GSM and CDMA The DNA is factory unlocked it appears the Note 2 is somehow blocked by Verizon on the GSM band.
    04-09-2013 01:01 PM
  10. signaltwins's Avatar
    Has anyone tried putting in a TMobil or AT&T card in the Note 2? I know it works with the DNA. If the phone is truly unlocked it should also take a local GSM carriers SIM. Before you leave to go over seas if your phone wont work on AT&T it wont work on the German GSM system either.
    My Verizon Galaxy Note 2 has a T-Mobile GSM SIM card inside right now. (prepaid card) Works fine for voice and text.

    Like I said a few posts earlier... my Verizon Galaxy Note 2 had no problems using GSM SIM cards while I was in Spain
    and Singapore. (again, only voice and text work.... not data)
    04-09-2013 01:10 PM
  11. mntom's Avatar
    Is there a post or a sticky that gives the whole process of getting the Note 2 to work on a GSM system overseas? For voice and data?

    Sent from my kick-*** Samsung Galaxy Note 2 via Tapatalk
    04-09-2013 09:24 PM
  12. signaltwins's Avatar
    Is there a post or a sticky that gives the whole process of getting the Note 2 to work on a GSM system overseas? For voice and data?

    Sent from my kick-*** Samsung Galaxy Note 2 via Tapatalk

    For voice:

    (1) open backcover
    (2) pull out battery
    (3) take out Verizon SIM card
    (4) insert GSM SIM card(US or foreign, prepaid or otherwise)
    (5) re-install battery and backcover
    (6) power on the phone
    (7) DONE

    For data, you must root first.
    04-10-2013 12:24 AM
  13. dpham00's Avatar
    If you have a CDMA Verizon Galaxy Note 2 and you are putting in a GSM prepaid sim then I do not have any idea how that can work. CDMA does not work nearly anywhere in Europe AFAIK, and GSM and CDMA are two entirely different technologies, unless the Note 2 has both built in.
    The verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II has gsm radios, and does come factory sim unlocked. It can be used on tmo or att domestically, and internationally on gsm carriers as well. It does have a locked apn, so you would need root to get data

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note II
    04-10-2013 10:47 AM
  14. MaxBuck's Avatar
    If you have a CDMA Verizon Galaxy Note 2 and you are putting in a GSM prepaid sim then I do not have any idea how that can work. CDMA does not work nearly anywhere in Europe AFAIK, and GSM and CDMA are two entirely different technologies, unless the Note 2 has both built in.
    Your posts simply confuse the issue; VZW phones have all the requisite radios needed to work throughout Europe, and indeed in pretty much any foreign place.
    04-10-2013 09:43 PM
  15. thechidz's Avatar
    has anybody used their vzw note 2 with a straighttalk sim?
    04-11-2013 10:20 PM
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