How to use your Verizon branded Nokia Lumia 822 as an unlocked GSM phone

How to use your Verizon branded Nokia Lumia 822 as an unlocked GSM phone
We've touched on it before, but it still remains a secret to many. The Nokia Lumia 822, the Verizon-exclusive version of the mid-range Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8 model can be used as an unlocked GSM smartphone. There is a SIM card slot that will work with just about any card. You can use it with low priced pre-paid carriers like Straight Talk. All you need to do is to make sure that the carrier you use is compatible with one of the following bands: GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900 or LTE 700.

The device can be purchased cheaply from eBay, which makes this whole thing work. Verizon might be trying to fight back by offering the phone for free, which it has promoted on television as part of a Valentine's Day sale. And while a free phone sounds good, you will be locked into Verizon for two years or face the dreaded money sucking ETF. If you're going to take advantage of this glitch, you will need to buy the phone without a subsidy. Right now on eBay, the phone is the subject of two auctions, one ending soon with the lowest bid at $217.50. 

The Nokia Lumia 822 is equipped with a 4.3 inch AMOLED screen with WVGA resolution which works out to a 217ppi pixel density. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 processor. The Adreno 225 GPU crunches the graphics while 1GB of RAM is on board. 16GB of native storage is included and can be expanded by using the microSD slot on the phone. The 8MP camera on back has a duel LED flash and captures video in 1080p at 30fps. There is also a 1.2MP front facing camera.

source: DailyMobile

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Lumia 822
  • Display 4.3" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 1800 mAh(11.7h 3G talk time)



1. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Band-wise, this looks both 2- and 3G-capable for AT&T and T-Mobile, but probably no 4G or LTE. Not certain, but just a guess

3. chrischau1308

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

It actually has 4G (for the U.S kind of 4G of course). But yeah, can't use Verizon 4G LTE if we bought it without contract. Or may be still can somehow which I'm not sure. But for GSM LTE, a big no!

2. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

What happened to the rumor of an impending release of a flagship Nokia phone on VZW? I hope the L822 isn't the 'flagship'. Cause if it is, the folks over at AT&T will be wetting themselves from laughing so hard.

4. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

One problem? Straight Talk stop selling the AT&T sim cards a few weeks ago.

6. TrainFromUkraine

Posts: 95; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

Not true. They simply ran out of stock, as confirmed by multiple ST reps. Readily available on Walmart website.

7. kindlefireowner

Posts: 504; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not true. Straight Talk never confimed anything. The AT&T sims are done on Straight Talk. Most Walmart are out as well. It's over.

11. Bodeanicus

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Uh, no it isn't. They're selling them again.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1169; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

fyi my understanding is ALL verizon LTE & global phones are unlocked something about there agreement To use the LTE technology some do have trouble text messageing but evertthing else works

8. eddieoliveira

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Is it 100% sure all verizon lumia 822 are unlocked out of the box?

9. Menanie77

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

Hoping you can help clarify this for me. I currently have Straight talk using their standard SIM card in a phone. My friend gave me her Verizon Nokia Lumia 822 phone. The SIM card I have will not work with the phone. On Straight They have At&t micro cards. Is that the same as the micro card in this Verizon phone? When I contacted Straight talk about using this phone, they told me I couldn't. What I am understanding by reading this is that I can buy the At & t micro card directly from Straight Talk and it WILL work in this phone? Is that true?

10. Bodeanicus

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

If you bought a Straight Talk phone, the SIM in it won't work in other phones. It's locked the the phone it came in. However, if you buy the Straight Talk SIM alone from the website or local Walmart store, it will work in any GSM phone. Hope that helps.

12. xapwv

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That is correct. Straight Talk encrypts their sim cards so a ST sim cant be handed over to someone else but buying a new sim would allow your lumina to work on their network. I work for one of the companies being talked about in this article. which one doesnt matter but i will say that all verizon phones are in fact unlocked and can be used anywhere. when verizon receives the phone however, they lock it themselves. they will give the unlock code for a price. newer models can run $100 for the codes but older devices are free. The Lumina is a great loophole in that Microsoft and Nokia built the phone the way they did and it was never locked down by verizon.

13. jdfrank2013

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

Okay I have a straight talk zte majesty and I want to use the Verizon L822 my current phone has no sim card if I purchase the micro don't from straight talk can I put it in the lumia 822 and transfer my straight talk service to that?? Straight talk is telling me I can't

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