DroidForums.net is the original Verizon Android Forum! Registered Users do not see these ads. Please Register - It's Free!
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14

Thread: Going International, needs advice

  1. Droid
    TJConnery's Avatar
    Member #
    9357
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    67
    Phone
    Motorola Droid 2 Global
    #1

    Going International, needs advice

    So rather unexpectedly, I am going to Europe for a month, which was one of the reasons I bought the D2G in December. I have rooted the phone, flashed it to fission 2.4.3, and grown quite fond of using the wireless tether (for root users) to connect my Xoom and avoid further data charges. I hope to replicate this in Europe, but not sure the best way to do it.

    I understand you can call Verizon and get an unlock code for you sim, but what does that do? Allow you to put a int'l sim that you buy once you get abroad?

    My company pays my Verizon bill, so I am not so price sensitive, but I want to be able sure that I will have access to voice and a substantial amount of data while I am over.

    Any advice?
  2.  
     
     
     
  3. Droid
    kingwaffle's Avatar
    Member #
    156124
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Posts
    60
    Phone
    Droid 2 Global
    #2
    Quote Originally Posted by TJConnery View Post
    I understand you can call Verizon and get an unlock code for you sim, but what does that do? Allow you to put a int'l sim that you buy once you get abroad?

    Yes. It does exactly this.
  4. Droid
    TJConnery's Avatar
    Member #
    9357
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    67
    Phone
    Motorola Droid 2 Global
    #3

    SIM Lock

    Do I still need to do this if I have rooted the phone?

    Under "set up SIN card lock", "Lock SIM card" is unchecked. Does this mean I am unlocked, or does this do something else, say require you to enter a pin # before you make a call?

    It just seems to me that it can't be as easy as swapping out SIM cards. I saw quite a few posts on this and other forums from guys who got overseas and found out their phones were not global after all.

    Can some one who was done this just post a word or two so I can be 100% sure I have access when I arrive?
  5. Droid
    TJConnery's Avatar
    Member #
    9357
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    67
    Phone
    Motorola Droid 2 Global
    #4

    Some progress..

    So I called VZW and got my 2 unlock codes and was told how to use them.

    I was told that the VZW hotspot would not work with the foreign SIM, but does that also mean that Wireless tether for root users will not work either?
  6. Premium Member
    Backnblack's Avatar
    Member #
    6311
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    11,279
    Liked
    8 times
    Phone
    Samsung S4
    Premium Member
    #5
    Wireless tether should still work.

    Just make sure you unlock the device before leaving the US.
    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

    Only the Skilled Survive

    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

    Drill Sergeant Frick's Rules For Un-armed Combat.
    1. Never be unarmed.
    2. See Rule #1

    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.



  7. Droid
    TJConnery's Avatar
    Member #
    9357
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    67
    Phone
    Motorola Droid 2 Global
    #6

    Follow-up

    Quote Originally Posted by Backnblack View Post
    Wireless tether should still work.

    Just make sure you unlock the device before leaving the US.
    The VZW rep told me to enter the SIM lock codes only after I have inserted the foreign SIM. Unless I can buy one at the airport, how do I do that?

    I am missing something here. What exactly do you mean by "unlock your device?"

    Many thanks for your help.
  8. Premium Member
    Backnblack's Avatar
    Member #
    6311
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    11,279
    Liked
    8 times
    Phone
    Samsung S4
    Premium Member
    #7
    I would double check on what the rep told you. There are a lot of people trying to unlock the device once they are overseas and VZW is telling them it needs to be done while in the US.

    Unlock = Allowing it to be used with a foreign SIM.
    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

    Only the Skilled Survive

    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

    Drill Sergeant Frick's Rules For Un-armed Combat.
    1. Never be unarmed.
    2. See Rule #1

    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.



  9. Droid
    TJConnery's Avatar
    Member #
    9357
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    NYC
    Posts
    67
    Phone
    Motorola Droid 2 Global
    #8

    SIM unlock

    Quote Originally Posted by Backnblack View Post
    I would double check on what the rep told you. There are a lot of people trying to unlock the device once they are overseas and VZW is telling them it needs to be done while in the US.

    Unlock = Allowing it to be used with a foreign SIM.
    Let me clarify my question:

    VZW told me that you put the SIM codes in when you are prompted, which will happen only after you insert the new SIM. How can I invoke the SIM unlock prompt state side without the new SIM?

    Where in Settings can I invoke this unlock procedure?

    Also, I will call VZW back to see if I get a consistent message.

    Thanks again. I just don't wont the drag the Xoom over there if I don't have mobile web access via wifi hotspot. Don't want to rely on unsecure networks in coffee shops and hotels.
  10. Premium Member
    Backnblack's Avatar
    Member #
    6311
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Posts
    11,279
    Liked
    8 times
    Phone
    Samsung S4
    Premium Member
    #9
    I'm just passing on what I have heard about the unlocking nightmare some have had.
    A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.

    Only the Skilled Survive

    A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history - with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.

    Drill Sergeant Frick's Rules For Un-armed Combat.
    1. Never be unarmed.
    2. See Rule #1

    USMC rule # 23 of gunfighting: Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.



  11. Droid Ninja
    zero7404's Avatar
    Member #
    22848
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Posts
    1,123
    Liked
    2 times
    Phone
    Droid X
    #10
    they require you have the foreign sim in the phone at the time of unlocking, so if you don't have one, i would say that they can surrender the codes to you and you can unlock the sim yourself when you are overseas with the foreign sim inserted.

    there is a possibility the codes will not work, aka, there may be a 3rd code that must be generated. no way to tell until you try unlocking the phone with the first 2 codes. i experienced this when i tried to unlock the phone and had the foreign sim in it. there is confirmation that a turbosim (sim unlock device) will unlock the phone, so you may want to go that route ...

    if you get a prepaid sim with data, you should be able to use wireless tether with the xoom to do ur business in the same manner as you have been. but i would watch my data usage if the card you get doesn't have unlimited data.
    Last edited by zero7404; 03-04-2011 at 09:07 AM.
    GS4
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Links

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Similar Threads

  1. International sms
    By abalgir in forum Motorola Droid
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 01-30-2011, 06:50 PM
  2. international use?
    By BBStorm SUX in forum Motorola Droid 2
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-22-2010, 07:05 AM
  3. International roaming with BB?
    By rockinyp in forum Bugless
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 07-19-2010, 04:50 PM
  4. International Keyboard
    By kwatch in forum Android General Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-06-2010, 02:00 PM
  5. International
    By cjkeeney in forum Android General Discussions
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-27-2009, 08:18 PM

Search tags for this page

can droid bionic be used internationally
,
can htc thunderbolt be used internationally
,
droid thunderbolt international
,

htc thunderbolt international use

,
thunderbolt international sim
,
thunderbolt internationally
,
using thunderbolt in europe
,
verizon going international
,

verizon thunderbolt international

,

verizon thunderbolt international use

Click on a term to search our site for related topics.
Find us on Google+