Verizon has confirmed that select handsets on its stable of smartphones will get the global roaming feature this coming summer.
According to a statement reportedly from Verizon and posted by the site Droid Life, the Droid Razr, Droid Razr Maxx, HTC Rezound and Droid 4 will all get the global roaming feature once any time during this summer.
However, Verizon would not be more specific about what date this summer the new feature will be released on the said phones.
The U.S. mobile carrier said:
This summer, Verizon Wireless will be updating the following 4G LTE smartphones for global use.
DROID RAZR by Motorola
DROID RAZR MAXX by Motorola
DROID 4 by Motorola
Customers will see a notification on their device when the software update is available for their device. After the software update, customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.
Nonetheless, even if Verizon did not give a more specific date than “summer”, it has long been revealed that all the devices listed in here are getting the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update.
This presents the best opportunity for Verizon to update the devices to have the global roaming feature.
Meanwhile, a particular detail which we noticed about the statement from Verizon is that it says that “customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 countries and receive data in more than 205 countries.”
There are actually only 196 countries, if you count Taiwan which passes all other criteria to be considered as an independent state but isn’t recognized by other countries as another country because China insists that the territory is but a province of China.
So this statement may mean that “customers will be able to take their smartphone overseas and use voice service in more than 220 territories and receive data in more than 205 territories.”
Or, this could mean that once the global roaming feature is activated on these select Verizon handsets, they will be able to have voice service when covered by 220 partner mobile carriers and will be able to receive data when covered by 205 partner mobile carriers.
We expect the global roaming feature on these Verizon handsets to be launched soon as print materials in Verizon stores indicating the feature have already been spotted.
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