You can give Verizon the boot, but maintain your Verizon phone around to be used on another carrier.
Verizon is one of the worst offenders when it comes to pre-installed apps and adjustments to the Galaxy S7’s software, but if you so desire the phone will at least allow you to use another carrier’s SIM. As has been the case for some time on its LTE mobile phones, Verizon’s versions of the Galaxy S7 and S7 advantage are completely SIM revealed and ready to be used with another SIM of your choosing — for example , our T-Mobile SIM here.
Unlike the models from some other carriers, there generally are not any extra hoops to undergo on the Verizon Galaxy S7 — if you want to use an additional carrier’s SIM, just pop it in and you’re basically good to go. The phone will likely switch to a “Global” system mode once it detects a non-Verizon SIM, you could switch over to “LTE/GSM/UMTS” mode under “Mobile networks” in the settings in a matter of seconds. Odds are the phone won’t load the proper APN settings for the company (which makes sense), but those are easy enough to find and enter by hand as well.
Here’s the thing, though: You could keep an eye on what radio rings you want to use before you go relying on your Verizon Galaxy S7 with a different carrier’s SIM in it. Just because the SIM slot is unlocked won’t mean the phone is properly set for use on another carrier. Per Samsung’s support website, here are the rings that its version from the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge support:
- FDD LTE: Band 2/3/4/5/7/8/13/18/19/20
- TDD LTE: Band 38/39/40/41
- UMTS: Band 1/2/5/8 (850/900/1900/2100 MHz)
- GSM: Band 2/3/5/8 (850/900/1800/1900 Mhz)
- TDS CDMA: 34/39
For example , T-Mobile plus AT& T use Artists 2, 4, 12 plus 17 for LTE — but the Verizon GS7 and GS7 edge only support 2 and 4. That means you’ll still be able to utilize the phones on T-Mobile and AT& T, but you might not get the full power of the network depending on where that you simply using them.
So long as you keep that in mind, you aren’t pretty well set to pop SIMs from major carriers into the Verizon Galaxy S7 or S7 edge — regardless of whether that’s just for a few days, or permanently when you decide to give Verizon the boot but want to keep your phone.
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