HTC 10 Verizon hack lets unlocked model operate on carrier's network

What's so special about Verizon's HTC 10? Right now HTC's selling two versions of the handset in the States, one unlocked model ready to be used on carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile, and one that's configured to work with Verizon. Worse, the Verizon HTC 10 is available in only one color – Glacier Silver – while the unlocked model also has a Carbon Gray option. If that “unlocked” HTC 10 is truly unlocked, why can't you use it wherever you choose – including Verizon? Well, the carrier may have its own reasons why it does things this way, but that's not stopping some intrepid new HTC 10 owners from taking matters into their own hands, and developing a method to get the unlocked HTC 10 working on Verizon's network.

As with any process where you're fiddling with flash memory and low-level phone software, there's the potential for risk here, so go in with your eyes open.

Modifying an unlocked HTC 10 for operation on Verizon is straightforward enough, and begins with unlocking the phone's internal storage with S-OFF security settings. From there, users have to flash the phone with a new Verizon-friendly radio image, before configuring some hidden software settings.

And of course, you'll need a SIM card activated to work on Verizon. While the carrier's not likely to help you out with a modified HTC 10, you should be able to pull the SIM from an existing Verizon handset.

But with that SIM in place and those software changes made, the unlocked HTC 10 is ready to start connecting to Verizon's network. Right now the hack's in an early state that lacks some advanced calling features, but it sounds like those could be added in the very near future.

If you'd rather just buy a legit Verizon HTC 10, we can't fault you for taking the path of least resistance. But if you've just got to use an unlocked HTC 10 on Verizon, now you can rest easy knowing there's a way; hit up the source link below for full details.

source: dottat (XDA-Developers forums) via Droid Life

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1. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

So does this mean that Verizon is now using a GSM network or are they talking about the typical LTE sim card? I thought their phones use the CDMA network to activate their handsets.

2. StephenS

Posts: 18; Member since: May 02, 2016


3. tuminatr

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

nope they use the LTE network, however they still use CDMA for voice and sms

4. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Oh ok just making sure, I just checked the specs and the unlocked version has both GSM and CDMA radios, initially I thought it was an unlocked GSM only device.

5. JC557

Posts: 1926; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Kinda like the Nexus 6p in that it was never released for Verizon but pop in a Verizon nano SIM and it works on the network for both calls and data. Now if only they did this for the HTC One A9 instead of having to deal with refunding people's money for it not working on the LTE only for Verizon.

6. andynaija

Posts: 1267; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

But when you insert a Verizon SIM into the phone did the calls also go through the LTE network, like VoLTE or is the CDMA radio activated when you set up the phone?

7. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Sounds like a reliable method. I forsee no issues with this at all.

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