Basking Ridge, N.J. - Verizon Wireless is expanding the number of 4G LTE devices that can roam in an expanded number of countries.
The carrier announced May 24 availability of its second LTE-equipped USB modem with global roaming capability and announced that four LTE Android smartphones will get over-the-air updates sometime during the summer to give them global-roaming capability.
The new USB modem is the ZTE-made Verizon Jetpack 890L, announced at International CES and available May 24 in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores and at
. The price is $19.99 with two-year contract after a $50 mail-in rebate that takes the form of a debit card. The device enables up to 10 Wi-Fi devices to share a cellular data connection.
The ZTE device joins the recently launched global-roaming Novatel-made Jetpack 4620L USB modem.
Both USB modems can be used in more than 220 countries (and in 125 countries at 3G speeds) thanks to the inclusion of EDGE and 3G HSPA+ data technologies in multiple bands. The devices also operate in 4G LTE model in the U.S. 700MHz band and in 3G CDMA 1xEV-DO Rev. A mode in the U.S. and foreign 800/1900MHz bands. Rev. A is also available in 40 foreign countries on the 850/1900MHz bands. The countries include India and China.
To expand roaming capability to additional countries, the USB modems incorporate GPRS/EDGE data in the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands and 3G HSPA+ data in the 850/900/1900/2100MHz bands.
The four LTE smartphones to get such global-roaming capability for data as well as for voice are the already available HTC Rezound, Droid Razr by Motorola, Droid Razr Maxx by Motorola, and Droid 4 by Motorola. With the updates, the devices will deliver voice service in more than 200 countries, thanks to the inclusion of GSM technology, up from the 40 foreign countries that use CDMA technology in the same bands as Verizon. The devices will also deliver data in 205 countries, up from 40, thanks to the inclusion of EDGE in the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands and 3G HSPA+ in the 850/900/1900/2100MHz bands.