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Verizon’s HTC Rezound Shipping With Hidden World Phone GSM Radio?

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Though unadvertised and not marketed by HTC nor Verizon Wireless as a global world phone, the Android LTE HTC Rezound may in fact be a world phone complete with a GSM radio. After the device was shipped overseas, a user had inserted a T-Mobile UK SIM card into the advertised CDMA/LTE smartphone and was able to make and receive 3G WCDMA data calls as well as voice calls. At this time, the user noted that there were some issues with sending text messages, but there wasn’t any problems receiving texts.

The T-Mobile UK SIM was said to be functional in the device without the requirement of any SIM unlock code or utility.

It’s unclear why HTC and Verizon would want to hide and not market the feature, as it would make the Rezound stand out in the pack of 4G LTE smartphones on Verizon’s network. The device was originally introduced as the first 4G LTE device in the U.S. with a 720p HD display and Beats Audio integration.

The Rezound follows the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon’s network and is seen as many to be an updated version of the Thunderbolt.

Via: Phandroid

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6 Comments

  1. Bhans

    01/30/2012 at 4:20 am

    Does this mean the phone could be used on AT&T, T-mobile if you install a sim card? That’s the phone I am waiting for.

  2. Mark Ehr

    01/30/2012 at 1:03 pm

    I have a US HTC Rezound and just tried putting a US T-Mobile SIM into the phone. It came up and said ‘unknown SIM’ and did not recognize the TMO GSM network. 

  3. Dennys Padilla

    01/30/2012 at 6:22 pm

    well i trioed a foreign sim card and phone can be make and receive call,no tried text well i recievd one so i know i can receive but i cant set data,i dont even see 3g or any data icon….this is awesome lol i mean is a bonus right,since nobody expect this phom this phone

  4. DoctorAllam

    02/13/2012 at 7:36 pm

    I’m from Egypt and we’ve GSM networks here and would like to know if this phone can operate here on not ?!!

    Thanks for your help

    • Ali

      02/16/2012 at 10:07 am

       it will work..i am from Yemen and have a Verizon htc rezound and it woks on both network  cdma  and gsm %100 sure.

      • Jake Wollman

        08/31/2012 at 1:51 pm

        Ali. How are you able to use gsm network. I do not have an option to switch to gsm only cdma/lte and cdma only

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