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The LG Spectrum and Motorola DROID 4 will be Verizon's first LTE world phones

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The LG Spectrum and Motorola DROID 4 will be Verizon's first LTE world phones
There is something interesting about the LG Spectrum and the Motorola DROID 4 that remained unannounced during their unveiling, namely that both of these smartphones support global roaming. Why is this detail of interest? Well, simply because these are Verizon's first LTE devices that can be used on any CDMA or GSM network worldwide.

However, it turns out that the feature was not mentioned because it is not enabled yet. Before global roaming on the LG Spectrum and the DROID 4 get the green light, the carrier will need to tweak its network accordingly. Here is what Verizon spokeswoman Brenda Raney had to say on the matter:

"The LTE phones work globally in over 40 countries that currently use CDMA technology. ... For the new LTE phones to provide global roaming voice and data in non-CDMA countries, we are working on a few network enhancements so we can provide customers with the best voice and data roaming experience. We anticipate this capability to be available this year, likely the first half of the year."

So, if you plan on spending your spring break at an exotic island or at an European resort, your LG Spectrum or Motorola DROID 4 will most likely be functional there as well. 

source: Verizon via Phone Scoop

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posted on 11 Jan 2012, 19:06 2

1. snowgator (Posts: 3604; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Well, the advantages for the Droid 4 keep coming. LG could use a hit, so we will see how the Spectrum does.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 20:36

2. DROIDX0430 (Posts: 469; Member since: 24 Nov 2010)

Wow..this is interesting...didnt realize the World was on Lte..especially when Vw IS HAVING a heck of a time keeping theres lit up..reason i say this is because i had a d3 in Bogota, Colombia and the signal was barely 2g...i just imagine that D4 down tbere trying to connect to Lte when 90% of the phones used down there were Blackberries and on a network at 2g

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 21:37 2

3. android1234 (Posts: 173; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)

The spectrum is a great buy at $199.99, for the high end features and GSM roaming is a huge plus.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:13 1

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i had forgotten all about that internal Verizon document saying these were world phones until i saw this. well there ya go. no downgrades.

posted on 11 Jan 2012, 22:34

5. sgreen (Posts: 4; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Is the D4 to be able to use 2G or 3G GSM or just any LTE systems that may be available? The moto website only lists CDMA and LTE.

posted on 12 Jan 2012, 00:55

6. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

im sending in the iphone 4s thats for sure. gonna get the spectrum mm mm good. i hope the bootloader is unlocked

posted on 09 Jul 2012, 13:56

7. thyworp (Posts: 1; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)

can you buy either of these phones unlocked? looking forward to the day when we can buy our phones and choose between all the carriers with no contracts, the way it is in europe. just switch the simcard out and carry on. if these things are truly world phones, i should be able to land at the airport in europe, buy a prepaid simcard, pop it in the phone, and use the phone with a euro tel number and local calling plan so i don't have to "roam", like any euro, then come back and be able to switch to any u.s. carrier offering gsm or cdma or lte service. it makes no sense to me to spend this much money on a phone that locks me to one carrier that requires me to sign a contract just to use the phone i bought. this madness has to end

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