We've seen hacks and hints, but Verizon has finally confirmed that select devices in its 4G LTE stable will be getting access to global roaming soon. The HTC Rezound and the Motorola DROID RAZR, DROID RAZR MAXX and DROID 4 will all have their latent GSM capabilities switched on this summer, with voice roaming possible in "more than 220 countries" and data in "more than 205". Exact dates were not given.
Just like current CDMA world phones, customers will need to pay extra for a global roaming feature from the carrier. Luckily, this can be enabled independently from your contract when you begin travelling and turned off when you return. Likewise Verizon didn't detail the prices it would charge for international roaming, but the current prices at the Verizon Global website range from about 40 cents per minute to as much as nine dollars.
In related news, a Verizon retail associate told us that all Verizon 4G LTE devices were capable of international roaming, and that the feature would be activated for these devices soon. Take this with a grain of salt, of course: retail employees are known for being rather creative when it comes to information. In any case, this is good news for Verizon customers planning on travelling abroad - hopefully the LTE roaming capabilities will be added before the Summer Olympics begin.