09.12.2011Personal Tech

Review: Verizon Wireless global services

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Brad Sams from Neowin.net shares his experience with Verizon’s global service on a recent trip to Italy.

Traveling represents many opportunities: You can venture outside your comfort zone, see the sights, explore history, and also go outside of your cell phone coverage zone. If you use Verizon as your wireless provider, you might think your options are limited for global roaming, but the truth is, they are not.

Sure, not all of Verizon’s devices work globally, but they do have a plethora of devices that will work on GSM frequencies. On a recent trip to Italy, Verizon gave Neowin a global device so we could test out their services.

Up for the globetrotting challenge was the Droid Pro. This device has a SIM slot tucked away behind the battery door that gives you coverage outside of the US. It should be noted that you can have your device SIM unlocked, meaning that if you want to replace the Verizon provided SIM card with a local SIM, that option is available to you. This is the most cost effective way use a phone in Europe but you do give up one key aspect: Your own phone number.

There are a a few things you need to setup before traveling abroad. First, get a global data and calling plan added to your account to help reduce the budget busting data prices while roaming. Then a couple of simple things need to be completed: turn on global roaming on the device and allow data to be used while roaming.

Read the rest of the review here.