Verizon Bringing Worldphone Capabilities to Many Recent Models

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Most of the smartphones Verizon Wireless’ has released in the last six months are about to get a new feature: the ability to make calls outside of the United States.

Verizon WirelessThis carrier’s phones make calls over CDMA networks, while much of the world uses a completely different standard, GSM. Verizon’s devices that have both — typically called worldphones — allow customers to use their handset in the U.S. and abroad.

Most of the Android models coming from this carrier in recent months have not been worldphones. However, this was because of a software limitation, not a hardware one. Verizon is reportedly getting ready to introduce a software patch that will allow customers to make calls in 185 additional countries.

The smartphones in question are the Motorola Droid 4, Droid RAZR, and Droid RAZR MAXX, the HTC Rezound, and the LG Spectrum. When the software patch will be available is not known, other than “coming soon”.

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