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Verizon Blocking AT&T GSM Bands on DROID 2 Global?

Those of you that purchased a Droid 2 Global or Droid Pro thinking that it would run on AT&T’s network may be a little disappointed to find out that Verizon has quietly blocked it.  The hardware of both phones appears to support AT&T’s 850 and 1900 GSM bands, but their may be firmware that is restricting access to them.  While I can’t imagine too many people would be surprised by this, it is something to be aware of if you were hoping for some reason to play around on AT&T’s not-so-amazing network.  The good news, is that you’ll be fine in the rest of the world and with Verizon’s coverage almost everywhere here in the states, life will go on.

After the break we have shots showing that both phones should technically work on AT&T’s network, plus a map of the few other countries you may struggle with.  

Here is a map of 850/1900 GSM countries that your phone potentially will not work in…

Update:  It appears to be working in other countries.  We’ve received confirmation of a D2G working just fine in Chile.

Oh, you may also want to pay attention to this XDA thread, as someone is already working on a fix.

Cheers Shivan for all the images and info!

  • Sherlan246

    question will this phone work in barbados?

  • Mehmet Akif

    D2 Global

  • Jimwilson

    verizon GLOBAL SUPPORT tells me the DROID 2 GLOBAL phone can only be unlocked when in the country
    for which i have a prepaid SIM. I must call their support line while “in country”. Is this true?
    jw

  • Lorena

    The motorola droid 2 global works fine in Costa Rica. My husband recentely bought one unlocked, just pass the gsm sim card of the other phone and works. The problem was when he went to the USA. The telephone showed only verizon. By the way he has an international roaming with his carrier (from Costa Rica) and did not work.

  • Lorena

    The motorola droid 2 global works fine in Costa Rica. My husband recentely bought one unlocked, just pass the gsm sim card of the other phone and works. The problem was when he went to the USA. The telephone showed only verizon. By the way he has an international roaming with his carrier (from Costa Rica) and did not work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1953314 Nathan Domier

    Japan is teal – what does that mean? If I was going to get a global phone it would be to use it going between Japan and USA. Anyone know if the D2G or Pro works there?

    • Hurfdurf

      Yes, they both work. Call Verizon, get your phone unlocked, and get a prepaid SIM on DoCoMo or SoftBank.

    • CuriousGeorge

      I know this is an old thread, but fyi for anyone reading this, I’ve read that Japan and South Korea don’t use GSM, so they don’t have sim cards you can buy and insert into you phone.  My info may be wrong, I make no claims to knowing anything conclusively.  I’d be interested to know if you really can use this phone for trips to Japan.
      As for being able to *roam* in Japan under Verizon’s plans, I don’t know anything about that, other than it should be pretty expensive.

      • PB

        Was in Japan for the last two weeks and could not get a SIM anywhere. When I finally saw a sign and prices and asked the sales rep about it he said they are contract only (I don’t speak Japanese and his English was not great, but that’s what I gathered). My DINC2 is unlocked, I live in Hong Kong and travel extensively in Asia. Japan was the first time I had a problem getting a SIM. Otherwise, it works great i Asia, Europe, and India thus far. 

  • MasterVader

    Lol, I am the who posted over at android forums that i got my droid 2 global working in chile.

    It immediately picked up local gsm service with a local prepaid card and works over 3G with the proper APN settings.

    This is all after unlocking the phone of course :)

  • Javimac

    But will it work 700 meters under ground in Chile, that's the question

  • http://www.facebook.com/dwkou Daniel Kou

    does it work in canada?

    • AverageCanuck

      Not sure if you still care, but I just got it working in Canada. I used CellUnlock.net to unlock the phone which is $35 cheaper than the ebay option.

  • Hurfdurf

    More like totally wrong. Only au/KDDI is CDMA. SoftBank and docomo are not.

    • Hurfdurf

      That was supposed to be in reply to the guy saying “yes” to “isn't Japan COMA only,” arrgh.

      • Hurfdurf

        I think I will be in a coma if I get CDMA automiscorrected once more. Into the dictionary.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mikells43 Keith Mikell

    thats against the law.

  • http://twitter.com/HighDef Ian

    Not surprisingly, Verizon is up to their old obnoxious tricks of restricting customer freedom.

  • Izzyd

    Where there is a will there is a way. And FYI there are pics of the PRO over at Hofo showing it fully active and running on AT&T and T-Mobile. So it is possible that is for sure.

    T-Mobile shows it having Edge only tho, but the AT&T pic displays H ( ie HSPA 3G)

  • Geonerd

    GO CHILE !!!!!

  • Craigg

    I'm happy to see a post dedicated to this issue. DroidLife is the best site when it comes to all issues Droid! VZW has to come up with a patch for this issue as there is no way they can advertise a quad band global phone that only operates on two bands. I filed a case with Motorola and VZW 5 days ago yet haven't received any response.

  • balthuszar

    not trying to be a douche…but editing is awesome…”, but their may be firmware that is restricting access to them. W”

  • imnuts

    It's likely due to a restriction that was placed on VZW. The Touch Pro 2 is a world phone that Sprint had to lock out and VZW was supposed to lock out from US GSM networks. However, a simple SIM unlock allowed you to use the VZW version on ATT/TMo. You'd probably need an unlocked radio to get it to work properly on the Droid 2 Global/Droid Pro

    • The350zWolf

      I believe that imnuts (haha) is right on this one

  • sc4fpse

    Ugh… Same old Verizon.

  • Briant

    Whats up with Japan? Its not purple or yellow. Its blue. Will the D2G work there?

    • sc4fpse

      Isn't Japan CDMA only?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=716789798 Lonnie Kerchief

        Correct.

  • Collin

    Kellex, I'm going to have to be a grammar Nazi here: “but their may be firmware that is restricting access to them.” That “their” should definitely be a “there.”

  • Timoh

    Now that the pressure of being first is gone I can say it.

    Damn, and I was looking forward to dropping calls, never having 3g coverage and being abused by horrible customer service reps. Today is starting off bad!

    • Timoh

      It just got worse…. I just now realized I wont be able to download my Luke Wilson clone. F@*K!

    • joe1138

      You think your day is starting badly, try starting your day by having to talk to a Dell rep…

  • Mth2134

    First?

    • Mth2134

      Oh crap. Fail?

  • Gabe

    First

    • http://www.facebook.com/ThornfullessRose Devin Jones

      you win something cool… sorry.