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Discussion in 'Android News' started by Shadez, Feb 22, 2013.
I dream of an unlocked Nexus 5 that can use any carrier, and on LTE to boot.
Keep on dreaming, that will never happen, not if the wireless carriers have a say.
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Verizon and Sprint are the only carriers that are a55 out on the new Nexus devices.
Agreed Verizon thinks they have all the clout to negotiate these things.
This chip is pretty exciting.
EDIT BY SHADEZ: Adding to the OP - Thanks Dusty!
If Moto/Goog have some sense and the cajones, I would definitely suggest they push back the rollout of the X Phone if possible to include this chip. I'm tempted to hold out upgrading until I can get a device with this onboard.
VZW play along?
with this chip, it won't matter. buy a phone, unlock it and activate it on what ever carrier you like.
Technically I think VZ and Sprint could still prevent activation if they see fit because 3G will still use CDMA bands for now, but I can't imagine them wanting to deal with the hell that would be denying paying customers an otherwise compatible device. They did what they could with the Nexus, but I think phones with these chips will be a different story entirely.
I have to say it would be quite grand to get a mostly bloat-free device straight out of the box.
this chip works on gsm/cdma/lte/edge/whatever band there is in the world. verizon is looking for roaming partners now in europe because they know people will just stick a euro sim card in their verizon phone and verizon won't make any money.
Will the new chip work in my Droid Bionic? when will it become available?
I often visit places where Verizon does not work -- will this chip help out?
Thanks for your help.
No, it won't help you unless you buy a device that contains that chip.