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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm going to France in the next couple of months. I know my Galaxy Nexus won't work there because it doesn't have the GSM radios. However, I've got a Nexus 4 that I plan to use there. Does anyone know if I put my Verizon sim from my Galaxy Nexus in my Nexus 4 if it'll allow me to connect in France (assuming I've gotten setup with an international roaming plan)? I spoke to Verizon about this and they said it might or might not work and that I'd have to try it to see.

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Old February 7th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't believe it will work because the Verizon sim card is only for their lte. If you pop it into your nexus 4, it in all likely hood won't result in you getting any signal at all. You're best bet would be to buy a prepaid sim card once you arrive in France and pop that into the nexus 4. You should be good to go then.
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as the above said. It won't work.
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That's what I would have thought but I believe my wife's Droid 4 will work with her current Verizon sim card in France. Given this, somehow the Verizon sim will work with the gsm radios in her phone to work on a GSM only network. Given that the CDMA hardware in her phone is of no use in France, it can only be her sim card and the GSM stuff working so I figured it might be possible that the Verizon sim in the Nexus 4 could work.

The Verizon people seemed to think there was a good possibility that it'd work but they couldn't absolutely confirm. Given this I wanted to see if anyone had actually tried it.
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your wifes Droid4 is a global device if i'm not mistaken. therefore it actually has GSM radios in it. Also it is a different sim than the sim in your LTE Nexus.

If your nexus works it will because there is a CDMA signal where you're at in France. Some counties still have a few carriers that do CDMA.
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You are correct that my Galaxy Nexus only has the CDMA radios and can't work in France. However, my Nexus 4 is a quad band gsm phone and this is the phone I'll be using in France. What I'm wondering is if the sim card in the GNex would allow the Nexus 4 to work there. I've not heard that the sim in the Droid 4 is different than the one in the Galaxy Nexus; do you know how they're different?
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I still say you're best off buying a prepaid sim card once you get to France. It guaranteed to work, and you won't be stuck paying huge Verizon roaming charges in case you do use the phone a lot. Prepaid sims in Europe can be cheap.
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yes they are different. The sim card in the Galaxy nexus is only for accessing VZW's LTE network.

The sim in the Droid4 is for accessing GSM networks.
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