Motorola DROID 4, DROID BIONIC And DROID RAZR Work On T-Mobile’s EDGE Network

This story personifies why Android is an awesome platform as it allows for hacking, tweaking, rooting, and tinkering as the folks at XDA make a very cool discovery. As it turns out, the Motorola DROID BIONIC running on Verizon Wireless actually supports global GSM bands for use on both AT&T and T-Mobile networks. At first, the idea was dismissed, but after working deeper and deeper into the phone’s hardware, it was discovered that the MDM6600 radio works on AT&T’s HSPA network and T-Mobile’s EDGE network.

Famed Android hacker P3Droid posted some images for proof of concept on his Twitter account earlier this morning, showing the DROID BIONIC up and running on AT&T after some software changes.

Other Motorola and Verizon devices, like the DROID RAZR and DROID 4 also work as well. While this hack is likely to never receive Verizon’s blessing, it would allow for Verizon’s network to expand its lineup of global devices, especially if you’re a fan of XDA, rooting and hacking. Development is progressing nicely although Motorola’s locked bootloaders are said to be putting up┬áspeed bumps as work continues.

It’s all pretty awesome and while running a phone on T-Mobile’s EDGE network isn’t ideal, it’s fun to recognize that it would work if you wanted to. Also, you’d want to be surround by Wi-Fi 90% of the time. Still, this is why Android is Android.

XDA via Phandroid, P3Droid

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