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For those of you traveling abroad outside the U.S. with your Verizon Galaxy Note 3, did you know that your Verizon Galaxy Note 3 is a “world phone”?
The Verizon Galaxy Note 3 comes “unlocked”, meaning you can use any GSM SIM card and use it as a world phone. And yes, this method will allow you to use your Verizon Note 3 on networks like AT&T or T-Mobile. However, you will not be able to get 4G LTE on AT&T or T-Mobile, you may be able to get 4G LTE in other countries though (if 4G LTE is compatible with Verizon’s 4G LTE frequencies). HSPA+ works just fine also, I was able to get nice 6-7Mbps download speeds on AT&T.
Note – No root is required to use GSM SIM on your Verizon Galaxy Note 3.
Step 1. Go to Settings->More Settings.
Step 2. Choose “Mobile networks”.
Step 3. Choose “Network mode”.
Step 4. Choose “Global”. This will put your Verizon Note 3 into “auto” mode and will select the correct network based on the SIM card inserted.
Step 5. Power off your Verizon Note 3. Pull you Verizon SIM card out and put your GSM SIM card in.
Step 6. Once your phone has completely booted, go back to Settings->More Settings->Mobile network then choose “Access Point Names”.
Step 7. Here you can add APN for your carrier manually. You can google for your carrier’s APN such as “AT&T 4G LTE APN Settings”. Hit the “+” button then input your APN Settings.
Step 8. To get data (3G/HSPA+/4G LTE) working, you only need to input the “Name” and “APN”. You can add other values later which may be needed for SMS/MMS.
Step 9. Hit the Menu button then hit “Save”.
Step 10. Make sure your new APN is selected, you should see green circle next to it.
Step 11. Within couple seconds, your data should be working. I was able to get AT&T HSPA+ data working within seconds after putting the APN.
When you return back to the U.S. from another country, you can simply pop in your Verizon SIM card and your Verizon data should immediately work as it will auto reset. If you have trouble, you can try changing Preferred network mode back to “LTE/CDMA”.