Hello world. I figure today, since this is my first blog post, I will talk about some research I recently did. I currently have a Motorola Droid RAZR on the Verizon network. I am completely happy with my phone, however, I am completely unhappy with my phone carrier’s customer service. To this, I am going switching.
Now, for anyone who has ever heard of straight talk, they have sim cards which you can purchase which will allow you to use your smart phone on their network. Where my conundrum came in was, can a Droid RAZR XT912 work on Straight Talk’s network. The answer I found was no. The Droid RAZR XT912 will not work because it does not utilize the right frequencies.
While looking around though a certain post in the XDA forums caught my eye. It stated that the individual had bought a SIM card unlock pin to unlock the sim card to work with any network from Verizon themselves. This was exactly what I was looking for! An unlock code which all you have to do is buy and use to unlock your phone! With this I could use my phone with Straight Talk! Alas, I found not only was this person wrong, but he had literally paid for his ignorance.
Verizon’s sim card is nothing more than a smart card which hold’s your account information for use when utilizing the 4g network. Theoretically, according to Verizon’s FAQs page, you are able to take the sim card out of your XT912 and place it into another phone. That phone will immediately start utilizing your bandwidth and will be able to access 4g. This of course only works with phones capable of accessing the 4g bands.
Let’s say, then, that you do not want to share your sim card with someone else? Well, says Verizon, why don’t you put a key code on it! Now when inserted for the first time, a password is required to utilize 4g services. But wait, theres more!!!! If you get it wrong 3 times it will lock out your sim card, so some joe shmoe can’t just steal your sim card and rape your data usage.
This is where that unlock code comes in. After your sim card is “locked out,” you have to goto Verizon and purchase a sim card unlock from them to reset the password.
Lets address another quick rumor turned true. ICS for the Droid RAZR XT912 will work with NON US external networks. This is unfortunate for those of us who use US networks. That is how we must deal.