Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon is reportedly going to eventually get global roaming support
As we know, Big Red’s version of the Galaxy S III will be surfing on its extensive CDMA network domestically – with 4G LTE in tow to satisfy those demanding web surfers out there. However, it’s now being confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S III for Verizon Wireless will eventually gain global roaming support, though, it’ll be absent during its initial launch with the carrier.
In fact, Verizon mentions that a future software update will be made available that will unlock the 2G and 3G roaming capabilities of the handset when it’s abroad in other countries. Needless to say, that’s yet another wonderful thing to know, as we’re sure there are some customers who frequently travel outside of the US. Rather than having a separate handset on hand for the occasion, these Verizon owners can rely on the Samsung Galaxy S III for all their needs.
Indeed, it’s great news for those who are planning to pick up the handset when it’s launched, but there is no exact timing on the availability of this software update.
1. Zumo911 (Posts: 22; Member since: 02 May 2012)
thanks big red. i talked to a rep yesterday who stated that if i pre order the phone then i will NOT lose my unlimited data plan......nice
7. mandkeee (Posts: 78; Member since: 27 Feb 2009)
yes...that is true.....you can keep your unlimited data ...100%
i checked as well.
2. belovedson (Posts: 832; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)
i talked to someone as well but the rep wasn't absolutely sure until it is released
4. McLTE (Posts: 714; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
My experience with Verizon global roaming has been abysmal at best. The speeds are slower than 1x and unreliable as hell. I've never lost data more times in my entire life than the times I have been abroad with Verizon's roaming.
Switched to AT&T for my work phone and that has been absolutely perfect while in Europe.
9. omarc26 (Posts: 357; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
i agree i took a verizon iphone 4s to europe yea it worked but on gsm edge only i tried everything to get it to work on vodafone 3G in spain no dice while my at&t iphone 4S had full bars of 3G everywere i went. Its the same thing in mexico which i go alot since its just a 2 hour drive from LA yea they both work verizon roams on iusacell and only get 1x everywere no 3G evdo roaming AT&T roams on telcel and movistar and gets 3G EVERYWHERE . So yea i think at&t deff wins with the better roaming agreements. Heck even sprint has better roaming than verizon i have friends on sprint that have gone to mexico with me and get 3G evdo while roaming in mexico while verizon only has 1x . And on at&t and sprint u can still use data services while roaming on verizon u cant u can only call and signal is not reliable it constantly keeps searching which i dnt understand cuz sprint also is cdma and is more reliable in mexico nvr looses signal same with att So yea i think verizon has the worse roaming agreements .
13. lsutigers (Posts: 785; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)
A few months ago I went to Europe for the first time since switching to Sprint and the Motorola Photon 4G worked flawlessly on 2G and 3G with Sprint's global SIM card and I also ended up purchasing Vodafone, TIM and Orange SIM cards as I traveled through Europe, they all worked like the Sprint SIM but I saved a few bucks in the process. The only reason I ended up going back to the Sprint SIM card was because my phone number stayed the same. I was afraid it would not work as well as when I had AT&T but I was pleasantly surprised. I didn't travel overseas when I was with VZW so I can't comment on that.
On a separate note, I am going to Puerto Rico and the US / British Virgin Islands in July and Sprint's Network Vision is supposed to be up and running by then, I can't wait to try out the EVO LTE out there since LTE wont be available in FL until August - September.
6. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5653; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
this appears be becoming the norm for Verizon LTE handsets. even phones like the Razr are getting updates to allow Global Roaming.
10. skymitch89 (Posts: 1149; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)
If it has LTE, I bet that it will have Global Roaming.
11. avasponge (Posts: 40; Member since: 03 May 2012)
i be walking around the world with the S3. OH YEAH...
12. Saamic (Posts: 119; Member since: 20 Feb 2012)
I talked to a sales representative at Verizon today and they said that it will be comnig out July 6th-9th