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Verizon’s Galaxy S3 Can Globally Roam With a Bit of Hackery

If you are heading overseas with your brand new Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon, but don’t have time to wait for Big Red to turn it into a global beast, you do not need to stress. According to an intense set of instructions put together by an XDA member, the device can be set up to roam globally already, as long as you are willing to work for it.

There are essentially 4 sets of instructions in this guide. The first is a preliminary set that involves rooting your device, installing a custom recovery, a bunch of apps, and then some APN work to get you prepared for travel. The second set walks you through the steps needed to jump from LTE to GSM once you get to your foreign destination. The third set takes you back to Verizon’s LTE for when you return home. And finally, the fourth set of instructions teaches you how to get back to normal should everything completely fail.

Again, this is intense, but if you are traveling abroad and need your phone, this is your chance to make it happen today.

Via:  XDA

Cheers Scott!

  • Dilson Silva

    Whats the difference between this and just setting the phone to global mode in the IOThiddenmenu using the anycut app?

  • Once the update rolls out, will we be able to swap the micro sim and jump on a foreign carrier whilst abroad?

  • Just wondering, how does global roaming work? Is it free or do you pay verizon extra for the service?

  • zepfloyd

    since this feature is actually coming, it looks like unless you’re traveling immediately, probably easier to just wait for the radio update.

    • mustbepbs

      Thanks Captain Obvious!

      • zepfloyd

        Not exactly, most hacks/work arounds, even complex ones are worth it to enable features. In this case, see above. It’s good to know there’s a POC avail, but hardly worth it, considering if it fails you have to wipe everything.

        • mustbepbs

          Of course, but your comment was painfully obvious. You could either wait for it, or if you need it now you could do this work around, which is basically what the article is pointing out.

  • Wish I could have done this with my Gnex last month when I went to Prague. I had to pickup a cheap Nexus S and get a prepaid SIM over there.

    Which, btw, Cell phone service is DIRT CHEAP over there. In Budapest I paid ~$20 total for 500 minutes and 500 MB of data. Of course, coming from LTE, it was just hideously slow mobile data, but it worked!

  • kevin

    dumb question but does that mean you can get this thing working for AT&T if you do all of this?

    • Why not just buy the AT&T version then?

      • kevin

        Oh no I have no intent on using this phone on AT&T at all im happy with Verizon I was just curious is all thats it haha

      • The problem is AT&T. 😛