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HTC Rezound Has Secret Global Radios After All?

  

So the HTC Rezound now has an unlockable bootloader, one of the best screens in the mobile universe, Beats audio enhancements, a stellar $199 price tag, and now global radios that work without an unlock code? Nice work, HTC.

The back story is as follows. A UK user of XDA ordered the phone over the holidays hoping that it would work on T-Mobile. Sure enough, after slapping in a SIM card and changing the network settings to “WCDMA Only,” he had a connection and data. Verizon and HTC are apparently claiming that the phone does not have global capabilities, but this thread has been going strong for a few weeks now with more evidence mounting by the day that it indeed does.

If you have a Rezound and are traveling overseas any time soon, feel free to hit up the source link for instructions on how to get your phone up and roaming the globe.

Via:  XDA

  • STFU, yea you

    can’t we all just agree that most everyone thinks the phone they have is the best!

  • Hardy Karl

    I didn’t see any mention of GNex, and from the looks of it you were plugging for the RAZR just like the gnex and i*phone fanboys of which you speak.

  • TC Infantino

    And the Beats audio enhancing actually works through my car stereo when the phone is plugged in the Aux jack.

  • Anxious Droid Buyer

    Question: Would this work on AT&T if I popped in a SIM card?

  • https://plus.google.com/104242241965716988815 boo Jay

    This is why HTC is so amazing, they are the anti-Apple.  Apple says NO, you can’t do that and we will make sure with everything in our power that you can’t.  HTC says NO, you can’t do that…..nah, just kiddin’ :D

  • saly max

    @c099077ce92c1728d0b29615bb8f165c:disqus … 

  • Jmichalakjr

    Galaxy nexus…
     *#*#4636#*#* in the dialer and pressing send.
    Phone information
    Just above “turn off radio”, press GSM/CDMA auto (PRL)

    • Jmichalakjr

      Radio bands are switched by pressing the 3 dots at the bottom of the screen and then selecting “select radio band”

      • QtDL

        So when I do that and click any of the bands it says unsuccessful….so this setting can’t be changed then?

        • Jmichalakjr

          Only know how to get there in the menu…not sure what throwing in another sim card would do.  Some claim nothing.  I haven’t played around with it.

          • QtDL

            Gotcha. So the test would be to get a T-Mo sim card and experiment right? lol.

    • Anonymous

      GSM = LTE

  • Taajcheema

    My questions is, after it is unlocked will it wok on at&t hspa? I need some good android love over here.

  • Trophynuts

    someone point me to the link where a GSM radio passed through the FCC for the ReZound…..

  • http://twitter.com/EricErk Eric

    i hate to ask but would this work on the gnex?

    • http://www.hammertechnologies.net/ Chase Johnson

       HTC =/= Samsung.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      It’s not a matter of working, it is a matter of hardware.  No, the G-Nex is not capable of working overseas or on T-Mobile. 

      • http://twitter.com/EricErk Eric

        Why do you say that?

  • Daniel Archibald33

    Take a look on the Motorola Droid RAZR too. I get a menu that also lists WCDMA preferred and other options. Anyone care to shed light on this??

  • Anonymous

    This phone cuckolds my thunderbolt. Plain and simple.

    I just wish they had chosen a less douchey name. Sounds like a 90s rap/metal band. Vigor at least sounded cooler.

    Not that the name really matters, just sayin for aesthetics sake.

    • Anonymous

      It was released with Beats by Dre audio. Of course it has to have a cheesy, 90s rap name.

  • Anonymous

    I had a bug like this happen to my GNex, it showed all of those options for me but none of them would connect, and I couldn’t get back on 3g/4g either. I ended up having to factory reset which fixed the problem. Could anyone tell me how it happened?

  • Anonymous

    So how does it have a “secret” radio when this site and others usually dissects the phone down to the very last screw?  I thought the new 4g phones only came with LTE radios?  Call me crazy, but couldn’t they have opened it up and seen two different radios like 2 months ago? 

    • Highwire

      Currently all LTE phones have at least 2 radios, one LTE and the other CDMA or GSM

    • Anonymous

      The GSM/CDMA radios are all on the same chip.

  • Anonymous

    Great! Lets post this so VZW sees it and sends an update to lock out the radios. Real smart!

    • Highwire

      omg can you please complain some more. You assume the only way VZW would ever find out about this was from DL. They have to be watching XDA as well, go post there, maybe they’ll tolerate your crap

      • Anonymous

        Wow, someone is sensitive today.  Have you ever heard of a joke?  Perhaps you need to go change your tampon?

        • Bangkok

          I’ve heard of a joke. It also seems that there is no indication of a joke in your original post.

          …but then again I suppose trolls do have a strange sense of humor….

          • Anonymous

            ..-. ..- -.-. -.- / -.– — ..-

        • Highwire

          Whoa there turbo!

          In addition to my previous argument, do you really think the dev community would allow Verizon to take such functionality away. Doubtful

          • Anonymous

            Oh yes, because Verizon really cares about ROOTers and ROMers!  Are you serious?  You really think they care about what the 1% think?

          • Highwire

            What I’m saying is, Verizon may be the tool and lock down the radios but the dev community will figure out how to block, revert, or override Verizon’s update if they want this bad enough.

            Try to follow along.

          • Anonymous

            Not if they decide to lock it down.

          • TC Infantino

            Actually, they can’t, as evidenced by HTC allowing you to unlock your bootloader.  Verizon can’t just send out an update that locks the handsets down where the developers would be unable to develope a root method again.  It is the bootloader that allows easy perm root and Verizon does not have access to that, only HTC.

  • QtDL

    $99.99 on Wirefly.com for new VZW accounts!! That’s a steal for this phone.
    http://www.wirefly.com/eCommerce/SpecialOffer.aspx?cid=36210_c029cab2d11a4d81a25e250f0f11dc95

  • Chris G

    Ok.  This is the first and so far only piece of anything that makes me 2nd guess wanting a galaxy nexus.

    • James

      CDMA/GSM chip + LTE chip. Unlike Moto with the Razr and D4, HTC didn’t lock it out. I guess Moto hasn’t realized that you can say no to VZW and still get your phone on their shelves. It’s called negotiating.

  • EC8CH

    Way to keep that a secret Verizon.

    Seriously what does Sanjay do to the VZW execs behind closed doors?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002918282828 Christopher Grame

    Yeah seriously..it would be awesome if there was more community support for this thing

  • Aoholmes95

    Hands down the best all around device out, and the foreseeable future

    • Highwire

      Someone might want to do a “hands-check” on this guy…

      • Aoholmes95

        Hands down the best all around device out, and the foreseeable future

        Tisk Tisk

    • Barnaby

      Opinion? this is probably why you don’t have a site with thousands of followers :)

  • Anonymous

    Super Amoled is better then this phone’s screen

    • Mr Obvious

      Even you don’t believe that.

    • Anonymous

      That and the Snapdragon kept me from the Rezound, but I know if I got it I would have been happy with it. You can’t really go wrong with any of the current, top tier offerings from Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      That and the Snapdragon kept me from the Rezound, but I know if I got it I would have been happy with it. You can’t really go wrong with any of the current, top tier offerings from Verizon.

    • Anonymous

      Obviously you have not compared them side by side, I did last weekend and the rezound screen is so much better.

      • Anonymous

        No but ive used a rezound in a store and was not impressed witg the tge display, its noticabley pixelated, and by that I mean Icould see where the individual pixels are.
        I dont see this on my nexus,which is very clear and has nopixelation.

        • Alex

          Your a freaking retard man. There is absolutely no pixilating on this device. None whatsover. At 344ppi i want you to personally show me the pixilating :P

          • Anonymous

            There is pixelation, It was the same as on the Incredible, the reason I brought this up is because whenever this site talks about this phone they mention how amazing the screen is, when I don’t see any way it looks better then the display on the Galaxy Nexus or Motorola Razr. but not to say this phone does not have a good display but I still think my Gnex has a better screen.

          • Anonymous

            Agreed.

  • Anonymous

    What does this mean for the average global business user? Would he/she have to buy service in the other countries to use or could it be used globally like the D2G?

    • Jason

      Pretty sure when you travel you can buy sim cards with mintues and just pop it in, makes your phone a prepaid phone. I would not reccomend using regular service as that would be pretty costly.

  • Anonymous

    Someone needs to try this on the LTE Galaxy Nexus and see if there is some secret magicalness locked inside, yet to be discovered.

    Probably not, but…hey, one could hope!

  • hans

    i actually own a nexus AND a rezound.  of course my rezound’s motherboard died and bootlooped for eternity and is just about to return from RMA.

    i’ll probably keep the nexus now that I’ve gotten used to it and bought a bunch of cases and stuff, but the rezound is tempting.

  • Schoat333

    Now it just needs cm9. Sense is enough to ruin all of that great hardware for me.

    • Anonymous

      I hear ya, I used to love the way sense themed everything (but hated the launcher). I’ve been running the ICS leak and vanilla ICS is beautiful compared to what sense is. CM9 will make this phone even more of a beast than what it currently is!

      • Anonymous

        I’m sitting on my DX until CM9 comes out.  As soon as CM9 is released for the Rezound, I’m picking it up. 

        If the G-Nex had a better camera and didn’t feel like a Tonka Truck, I’d probably pick up the G-Nex instead.

        • TC Infantino

          (sigh) Such a sad sign of the times.  While I completely agree with you, I am saddened by the reference to the Tonka Truck as a negative on how something is built.  Yes, today the Tonka Trucks are cheap, plastic and fairly easily damaged…but when I was growing up (yes I know, cliche) the Tonka toys were made of steel, tough as you could ever imagine, and heavy enough to use as a weapon if some other kid tried to kick your sand and dirt construction project down.  Ahh nastalgia..

          • Granted

            Hell yeah they used to be built like a tank! I have no idea their build quality today, but if I ever spawn any little bastards I’d definitely want them to look back at their childhood and remember playing with a Tonka truck in the dirt, just like I do. That and cremating my G.I. Joe’s when they died in battle.

  • http://twitter.com/JONvsLEE Jonathan Lee

    As each day passes, my decision of buying the Rezound is affirmed, and that, is how I know Jesus loves me.

  • Bewara2009

    Wow I didn’t know about this honestly. Can this phone get any better than it already is.

  • Jer85008

    Seems like there is a new reason every day to squash any hint of buyer’s remorese with this phone. I don’t travel much, but it’s nice to know I could use it in a pinch.

    • Jer85008

      Grrr…not enough coffee yet. r-e-m-o-r-s-e

  • http://www.facebook.com/LuisElTiburon Luis Rojas

    Great. Telling my girlfriend to swap her no data gnex for the Rezound is starting to look better ad better. She can take her phone to France this summer. Ha!

  • http://twitter.com/jcardona1 Jose Cardona

    The best phone currently available on Verizon. Period. 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25001493 Hank Godwin

      That all depends on ones needs. If you plan on traveling overseas and want a good camera (good for a phone, not good compared to a real camera), go for the Rezound. If you want updates from Google first and a larger screen for watching movies, go with the Galaxy Nexus.

      By the way, yes, there are people that watch movies on their phones. I watch movies/shows every single weekday on my lunch break. I have went through the Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, and more, all on my phones. Right now, I am on season 4 of Six Feet Under having watched every episode on my Galaxy Nexus.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Kirk/1386021939 James Kirk

        what app do you use for that? I am looking for a good tv app and or movie app. Or do you watch it on the web?

    • Anonymous

      Sure. I just prefer having a device with more support from the community rather than a few things like this. Just me I guess.

    • Bewara2009

      You can say that again. Love this beast!

    • Anonymous
      • QtDL

        +1 for the Lebowski reference.

    • Matthew Rosidivito

      Thanks for that, bud.

    • Miles

      Looks like I’ll be getting this instead of the D4!

    • Anonymous

      Agreed.

    • Tydfthr

      lol not anymore

  • Anonymous

    http://bit.ly/8YXJe8
    Yup. I went there.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

      thank you for going there….

      • Anonymous

        Sarcasm detected.

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Travis-Erickson/563313398 Travis Erickson

          lol no sarcasm was there actually i laughed quite hard at the appropriateness 

    • Anonymous
      • EC8CH

        Oh Meow Gawd!