Android fans know by now that HTC together with Verizon announced the Droid DNA at a special media event held in New York City on November 13, and that the handset is already available for pre-order.
However, the phone is a Verizon exclusive, and unfortunately for international Android smartphone buyers, HTC doesn’t seem to care that much about other markets when it comes to launching this particular high-end device.
The Droid DNA has a Japanese older brother, the J Butterfly, but other than these two models, there are no other 5-inch HTC handsets to go around to international buyers. Or at least not yet, as a Chinese version is apparently in the works.
While we wait for HTC to unveil such a product for other markets, we can tell you that the HTC Droid DNA comes SIM-unlocked, which means that it can be used on any GSM network on earth. Yes, the phone will have global features right from launch, which means it will most likely support your local GSM carrier.
The HTC Droid DNA comes quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support (850/900/1800/1900 MHz) and quad-band UMTS/HSPA (850/900/1900/2100 MHz), and since it’s going to be SIM-unlocked, like other Verizon smartphones that sport global capabilities, it means it can run on any GSM network in the world, including AT&T’s (2G and 3G) and T-Mobile’s (2G) network by simply modifying the APN settings accordingly.
That also means that with some luck, you’ll be able to convince your American friends to send you a Droid DNA to use it in other GSM-friendly regions of the world. Anyone excited?