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.
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.
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.
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 – 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.
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