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Will the US Nexus 5 work internationally?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by viper689, Dec 14, 2013.

  1. viper689

    viper689 Android Expert
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    More specifically, will I be able to make calls internationally? From what I've read, I'll be able to use LTE here in the States, but internationally I'd be stuck with non-LTE speeds?

    I'm still a little confused with the lingo saying that the Nexus 5 is unlocked. Does this mean region unlocked? If so, does this mean that I can buy a Nexus 5 here in the US, use it on T-Mobile for day to day, but if I have to travel to say Canada or India, i could just pop a sim card from that area in the phone, and it'll work?

    Any clarification would be a big help. Thanks!

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  2. Ranhead

    Ranhead Android Enthusiast

    Unlocked means that you are not “locked” to a single carrier, so yeah you can use other countries SIMs.

    I can share my experience from a recent trip to Germany. While there I bought a pay-as-you-go Constar SIM with 15 Euros on it, for 9 Euros. (It generally came with 10 Euros on it but it was some sort of Christmas special.) That allowed me to call or text any German number for 9 cents (per minute or text). Calling other countries from Germany had different rates. I cannot remember the exact rates but it was something like 1.25 Euros for a US cell line and .70 euro for a US land line. Data was H most of the time and coming from Virgin Mobile US’s crappy speeds, it seemed really fast to me. Data costs were brutal, so I generally had data turned off and used Wi-Fi when I could.

    On a side note if you have a Google Voice number and supporting app like GrooveIP you can text and make called for free back to the US using your Google number. Well free as long as you are on Wi-Fi. Hope that helps.
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  3. viper689

    viper689 Android Expert
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    Awesome, that's perfect. Thanks a bunch!

    You wouldn't happen to know if the Moto G is the same way, would you?
  4. Ranhead

    Ranhead Android Enthusiast

    I know nothing about the Moto G, but any unlocked GSM phone should be the same.
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  5. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    It will come down to which frequencies are supported if the device is unlocked. Most come with the standard 850/900/1800/1900 for GPRS & EDGE, but HSPA frequencies will vary from device to device.
  6. LuvMusic

    LuvMusic Well-Known Member

    You mentioned you are on TMo. I don't know which plan you are suing but you may not need to purchase a SIM when you are traveling internationally. TMo has a very competitive international roam plan. No roaming fees, free text and data. High speed data is capped but you won't get whacked with a huge surprise data charge.

    You have to make sure it is a country that is included in TMo's plan. You can get the details here: International Service

    FYI, I spend about 30% of my time in Europe and this is one of the reasons I'm switching to TMo. As a matter of fact I'm in Zurich right now. ;)
  7. zipred

    zipred Android Expert

    My GSM Nexus 5 works ideally world wide. Bought it from Google play, installed my T-Mobile sim and all is good to go.
  8. Ranhead

    Ranhead Android Enthusiast

    I did take a look at T-Mobile's Simple Choice Plan. It is too expensive for my limited use. But I can see how it would work for someone who spends a lot of time overseas.

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The Nexus 5 release date was November 2013. Features and Specs include a 4.95" screen, 8MP camera, Snapdragon 800 processor, 2300mAh battery, and 2GB storage.

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