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[Q] EU LTE Bands on a NA N5

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29th April 2014, 04:12 PM   |  #1  
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Hi, I'm going to pick up an American Nexus 5 in 2 weeks which I'm going to use in Germany.
Unfortunately, I just found out that the American N5 does not support LTE Bands 3,7 and 20, which are necessary to get LTE in Europe.
Now my question is, is it possible to enable those needed bands with a custom radio or is this a hardware issue?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, I pretty much don't know anything about that stuff.
Thanks in advance for your help everyone.

Edit: I looked through this thread: http://forum.xda-developers.com/goog...us-5-t2502574/
but still couldnt find the answer.
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hardware thing.
29th April 2014, 06:48 PM   |  #3  
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Originally Posted by Zepius

hardware thing.

This.

Although they technically have the same radio hardware, the radio unit is "factory programmed" differently. We don't know if it is a physical configuration or a firmware one as there is no documentation about this... Which means even if it is firmware, we wouldn't be able to change it. Essentially, physically changing the Radio hardware which is part of the SoC, which is part of the Motherboard is the only way.

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Alright thanks a lot. I guess I'll have to live without LTE for now.
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