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Traveling to Japan early May for a couple of weeks, exploring options for data access while there for easier navigation, translation, etc.

I have an LG V10 on the Verizon network, my girlfriend has a Motorola Droid Turbo also on Verizon. We got both phones with our plans, so I don't know lock/unlock status.

Can we pop a pre-paid SIM card from a place such as this one (http://japan-wireless.com/) into our phones or are they locked off?

Other issues/concerns/suggestions?

We could rent the portable LTE Wifi Pod, but complicates things by having to mail it back.

  • They are very probably locked, ask your carrier about getting them unlocked. If you can't, you can get a pocket wifi. – fkraiem Mar 27 '16 at 2:20
  • Verizon hasn't locked its phones for many years. But the complication here isn't SIM locking, it's radio bands. – Michael Hampton Mar 27 '16 at 4:23
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You can pop a SIM card into your phones. The Verizon LG V10 and the Verizon Droid Turbo have at least one LTE radio band necessary to talk to at least one Japanese carrier (Band 3; NTT DoCoMo and MVNO operators using their network) in what appear to be limited areas, so don't count on it working everywhere. 3G doesn't appear to be a problem, though.

  • It seems that LTE Band 3, which both phones support, can be used with Docomo-based prepaid SIMs in Japan. eConnect says it is supported in "some areas", but they are all technically the same. – fkraiem Mar 27 '16 at 4:54
  • Ah, you're right. The phones do have LTE band 3. I somehow missed that, as I didn't see that any carriers in Japan offered it. I wouldn't have expected it either; Band 3 is the primary LTE band in Europe. – Michael Hampton Mar 27 '16 at 4:59
  • According to this page Band 3 seems mostly limited to major metropolitan areas (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka), but the page is almost two years old. – fkraiem Mar 27 '16 at 5:16

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