Verizon’s been offering more and more phones with global roaming lately, allowing you to hop on over to a GSM-based network when out of the country and without other CDMA networks to turn to. That’s a big convenience, but it’s never been the sort of thing that Verizon seemed too keen on users taking advantage of, often having subscribers jump through hoops in order to activate the feature. In what may be a sign of things to come, the new iPhone 5 for Verizon appears to be much more GSM-friendly, and is reportedly working on such networks right out-of-the-box.
Of course, you’ll need a nano SIM for a GSM provider to take advantage of this ability, but if you’ve got a Verizon iPhone 5, a spare AT&T SIM, and a steady hand while you trim things down, that AT&T SIM will work just fine in your iPhone. You won’t get AT&T LTE this way, but HSPA+ will still deliver some hopefully decent wireless speeds.
Verizon has reportedly confirmed that this is intentional, even for users with phones still on-contract.