[Update- After calling Verizon Wireless, they confirmed that it has to be a Verizon 4G phone and not any other carrier's unlocked phone. They also mentioned that after 6 months into the contract you can pop the sim into any other VERIZON 4G phone...]
Correct me if I’m wrong (As you readers always do), but Verizon has always sold phones without SIM cards. As part of their wireless technology and Sanyo/Samsung collection, CDMA phones did not need a SIM card to operate. Now with the introduction of LTE or Long Term Evolution, Verizon has to start selling smartphones with sim cards.
This epiphany was sparked while on Google Plus. Since I’m Mobile Telecommunications Support at work as well as Desktop support, I tried to stick my nose in a post about Verizon and use of their hot-spots. The person mentioned sim cards and I was like “Whoa there cowboy, Verizon doesn’t use sim cards…”. Ok maybe I didn’t use those exact words , but I did get a free education on LTE.
How does that benefit us as Android users? Read this:
*Nodding Head* That’s right Verizon now requires Sim cards for their LTE smartphones. Here is the best part:
Q: Can I use my Verizon Wireless 4G SIM card in a 4G LTE device not purchased from Verizon Wireless?
A: Yes. You may activate any 4G LTE device that has been certified by Verizon Wireless to be compatible with our 4G LTE network, including devices not purchased directly from Verizon Wireless. Simply activate your 4G SIM card on a Verizon Wireless price plan.
Are you getting the picture now?
If you have a 4G Android from AT&T or T-mobile and your contract is up, call Verizon to see if it’s on their approved list.
via 4G SIM Information.