Nexus 5 Works on Verizon, So Why Won’t Big Red Sell It?

Lack of Nexus 5 Support Leaves Angry Verizon Subscribers Threatening to Leave

Galaxy Nexus 5 on Google Play

Credit: Google

While fans can purchase the Nexus 5 unlocked, which for those who don’t know means they are not locked into a contract with a specific carrier and can choose their own – the current carrier availability is limited to Sprint and now T-Mobile, although AT&T uses the same network band they other too do.

Now, usually, when a phone is released for a specific carrier, it is because the technology built into the phone won’t work on another carrier’s network.

With so many people wanting a Verizon compatible Nexus 5, why is it that a Verizon Nexus 5 release will apparently never see the light of day – especially after Nexus 4 was shunned from Verizon as well?

According to The Verge, Sundar Pichai, Android’s VP, stated that Verizon will definitely not, and we repeat NOT be getting the Nexus 5. The Verge also notes – and quite rightly so – that they are surprised at that decision, especially since Sprint was getting it instead. We have to agree.

Is Nexus 5 Compatible with Verizon?

While these and other higher ups would like the Nexus and Android community believing that the Nexus 5 simply isn’t compatible with Verizon’s CDMA/LTE network, it has come to our attention that this simply is not the case.

In fact, according to an iFixit Nexus 5 teardown via a NetworkWorld report, Nexus 5 certainly is compatible with Verizon’s network – whether Google, Pichai, and the rest of those higher ups like it or not. It would appear that LG installed a tiny little piece of technology in the Nexus 5 that iFixit found that speaks the truth – and quite loudly.

That little piece of technology is called the Qualcomm WTR1605L transceiver – and it works to connect the different wireless networks together.

Qualcomm Transister

 Transistor by Qualcomm Makes Nexus 5 Compatible with Verizon

Why is this such a big deal?

Because the transistor makes it possible for a single smartphone to work seamlessly on multiple networks, including international networks without having to manufacture devices that are technically different to match each network’s compatibility.

Qualcomm states in its transceiver product information that it supports all cell frequency bands and combination bands worldwide, whether already in use or in planning.

In other words, the WTR1605L transceiver makes it possible for the Nexus 5 to run on Verizon, not to mention every other cellular network in the world.

Angry Verizon Subscribers

Angry Verizon Subscribers Threaten to Leave

So why won’t Verizon get Nexus 5?

That’s a question that needs an answer, and soon, especially since a number of Verizon subscribers – long-time subscribers of 10 years and more – free web templates are threatening to leave the carrier when their contacts expire this year if Verizon doesn’t offer the Nexus 5.

Speaking of long time Verizon subscribers, user speculation has it that Verizon is purposely not carrying the Nexus 5 so that those grandfathered in on  Verizon’s unlimited data plan will leave, though we’re sure Verizon would rather they upgrade.

What do you think about Nexus 5 not going to Verizon? Let us know below!


  1. Ayen Zdon

    November 25, 2013 at 2:54 am

    I have been a loyal VerizoNSA customer for almost 9 yrs now, and have the unlimited data plan and not locked into a contract… I had 2 prior Nexus’ and enjoyed them.. Since I just found out that VerizoNSA is deliberately not giving their loyal customers a choice.. I am HIGHLY considering leaving and taking my money(which ill pay less of) and my loyalty somewhere else.. Where the customers are respected a bit more.!!!

  2. Bob Johnson

    November 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    I think we need a revolution in the mobile industry, too many constraints are placed upon consumers.

  3. Jeff

    December 14, 2013 at 9:13 am

    I already left control freaks Verizon, my guess is they can’t load their bloat ware on the Nexus 5 and they fear losing all that money. You pay for the phone, why should you have to put up with their crap and lengthy delays in updates. Went to T-Mobile.

  4. Ryan

    December 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    I have been a Verizon customer for over 6 years and have already been stripped of my unlimited data package. Our contracts expired at the end of November. I will be buying 2 Nexus 5 phones this month. If I can add them to the Verizon network, I will consider staying with Verizon’s service. Otherwise, we are going to join a month-to-month carrier like T-Mobile or Ting.

  5. Mo

    December 21, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Verizon -> T Mobile after 11 years with Verizon.

  6. magdalena choa

    January 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    be upgrading soon and was hoping for Nexus 5 and hate contract, would consider leaving my red network!!! BYE…

  7. S.R.Btw

    January 7, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I was hoping for the Nexus4 last year. Now that the Nexus5 is available and Verizon is still not allowing it, that’s it, i’m leaving.

  8. Mike M

    January 9, 2014 at 3:34 am

    My family has been loyal Verizon users but now that our unlimited plan is gone, our 5 lines will be moving to T-Mobile. I root/unlock all my phones anyway and the Nexus devices are exactly what I want. My galaxy nexus is finally showing its age and T-Mobile has what I need. Bye bye big V. I’m seeing red for the last time.

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