Verizon HTC Windows Phone 8X Unlocked For Operation On AT&T, T-Mobile

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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.

Source: WPCentral

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!