By Stephen Schenck | November 30, 2012 3:04 PM
Verizon phones sure have been becoming a lot more attractive since the carrier started offering LTE service, bringing a SIM slot to its hardware. That’s led to some great developments like the iPhone 5 on Verizon being unlocked for operation on GSM networks, right out of the box. That situation continues with the release of HTC’s Windows Phone 8X, and combined with other Verizon exclusives, it’s making that version of the phone one of the most intriguing around.
Verizon already has a bit of a leg up on the other carriers offering the 8X as it has an exclusive on offering the hardware with support for wireless charging. Users are now reporting that the Verizon 8X is also SIM-unlocked, and using it on AT&T or T-Mobile is as simple as swapping out the SIM for an appropriate one.
We’re still curious about the 8X’s frequency coverage. While we’ve seen evidence that the phone operates on T-Mobile 3G, HTC doesn’t claim that the Verizon 8X supports the 1700MHz AWS band. While it might be the case that the test was done in an area that’s already re-farmed for 1900MHz T-Mobile coverage, there’s also a good chance that there’s actually some 1700MHz support that’s just not advertised; to be fair, even HTC’s page for the T-Mobile 8X itself doesn’t mention 1700MHz coverage.