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?

  • good job verizon, a step in the right direction of unlocking your phones

    • finhook

      So can I use Straight-Talk network ? How much is an unlocked DNA?

      • Yes, if Straight-Talk supports 3FF(Micro) SIM cards. An unlocked HTC DNA is supposed to be priced @ $599. Information taken from Verizon Wireless spec page.

  • JonJ

    I’m sooooo…. not excited… since it only has 16GB of storage and a “tiny” battery for its 5” screen and Quad Core processor to accompany the non-existent SD card slot. Fail. But I have to agree, the fact that is it unlocked and can get on other networks is one step in the right direction.

  • Elliot Ingram

    So…does this mean…I’ll be able to buy one from the UK, and it’ll work on vodafone/O2/Giffgaff……including this new 4G set up?

    • Unfortunately, the DNA is only being sold by Verizon Wireless in the USA. It is global ready though, supporting almost all(if not all) GSM bands as well as CDMA. So if you wanted one, you could have someone from the US buy you one and you’d be able to use it in the UK. As for 4G in the UK, I can’t comment on that as I have no knowledge of 4G in that region.

  • Terrence

    what about 4G lte? Is it working on ATT as well? Thanks

  • Furqan Mohammed

    Too bad it’s only Edge connection with 2G though..

    I did this, changed APN, settings, and did everything but if you don’t have 4G or HSPA+ or 1700 in your area then you’ll be stuck with 2G.
    Also MMS picture messaging was a problem but these worked for me: