The rumors that the Google Nexus 5 will operate on Verizon are likely true. That’s because there is no technical reason why the Nexus 5 wouldn’t work on the Verizon Wireless network, or any place else in the world. The Nexus 5 has a Qualcomm WTR1605L transceiver used to connect to carrier networks. It is a multimode/multiband device that supports all the carrier networks in the world.
According to Qualcomm’s product information:
The WTR1625L can accommodate all cellular modes and 2G, 3G and 4G/LTE frequency bands and band combinations that are either deployed or in commercial planning globally.
The LG-manufactured Nexus 4 disappointed many 4G LTE enthusiasts when they learned that it too had a WTR1625L but 4G LTE was not operational. Android Police speculated that the Nexus 4 design, a derivative of the LG Optimus G lacked an LTE amplifier and antenna.
The Nexus 5 shares its design with the LG G2. Ifixit’s teardown of the North American version of the Nexus 5, Model D820, proved that the Nexus 5 included a WTR1625L, and since it supports 4G LTE, it has the hardware that its predecessor, the Nexus 4, lacked.
The G2 works everywhere: AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon in the U.S., and almost everywhere else in the world. One can infer that the G2 includes a fully functional WTR1625L too.
To confirm this I spoke to Verizon technical representatives who confirmed that a G2 acquired in the U.S. will work in European countries, including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, and in Asian countries including South Korea, China, Taiwan and Japan.
The WTR1605L reduces smartphone OEMs’ manufacturing and logistical costs because a single design eliminates changing over manufacturing lines to build a variant and to forecast the right distribution of product variants. This is the third generation of Qualcomm multimode/multiband transceiver chips. And the chip manufacturer, in this case Qualcomm, performs a lot of testing and integration with the mobile carriers and base station manufacturers in advance of the product release, assuring the OEM’s newly released smartphone will be approved by and compatible with the carrier networks.
Before multimore/multiband trancievers were available, the manufacturer would need to make regional variants of its phones to meet the network requirement of worldwide carriers. An example of this was the iPhone 5, which had six variants to work with carrier networks around the globe.
There is no guarantee that there won’t be variations in the antennas between the North American Nexus 5 Model D820 and the international version model D821 and the LG G2 effecting inter-carrier operations. The independent Android ROM developers will no doubt experiment and confirm this possibility.
There isn’t a reason why the Nexus 5 shouldn’t be available on Verizon or why it would be available in both a North American and international version. The leaked service manual of the Nexus 5 international version (it is not cited here for copyright reasons but can be found with online search) compared to the ifixit teardown confirms the two devices contain the same components. Isupply reported on its website that it will complete a teardown of the LG G2 by December 30th. Maybe that will reveal the reason.