If you’re looking to buy an HTC 10 in the United States, you have a few options to choose from. You can buy the unlocked model from HTC, and that will get you quicker updates, no carrier branding whatsoever, and also compatibility with T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks. There’s also a model available for purchase from Verizon, but this one comes with the famous Verizon logo on the back and also sports a good amount of bloatware. So if you want that unlocked HTC 10 experience on Verizon’s network, what do you do? Luckily there’s a way to activate and use the unlocked model on Big Red, but do note it will void your warranty.
To get the unlocked HTC 10 to work on Verizon, you’ll need to have an activated SIM card, S-OFF, and a Verizon radio file. This process will require you to flash multiple files to your HTC 10 through the bootloader.
Here’s how to do it, via XDA:
Boot to bootloader
fastboot flash the vzw radio in bootloader mode (download here)
fastboot flash radio vzw_pme_radio.img
When phone boots go into cellular networks and make sure radio select is global.
Then enter secret menu by opening dialer and dialing *#*#4636#*#*
and chose the option “CDMA/EvDOGSM/WCDMA/LTE Auto”
Full details can be found over at the XDA thread but do be aware this will void your warranty. Don’t want to go through all the hassle? You can always just buy the HTC 10 from Verizon if you’d like, but where’s the fun in that?
Drop us a comment if you plan on trying this hack.