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The Nexus 6P and 5X are compatible with major carriers in the U.S. — here are the full radio band listings

Nexus phones are all about the freedom of buying without any carrier interaction and just popping your SIM card in, and the new Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X are no exception. Both phones have a hefty number of radio bands inside, and while they don't have exactly the same set of radios they both have all the bands you need to bring your phone to any conceivable carrier here in the U.S.

Though Nexus releases have varied a bit on how much the carriers have been involved, this year it doesn't look like there was much interaction between them and Google. None of the U.S. carriers have voiced official support for the phones (nor are they selling them), and while that isn't an issue for the likes of T-Mobile, AT&T or their prepaid subsidiaries (just pop in your SIM and go), it can theoretically cause issues with Verizon and Sprint because both need to have the phone's IMEI in their database to work properly.

The official line from the event presentation and Google's websites is "support for major carriers across the U.S." — and it'd be extremely surprising if there were any hold-ups with getting the phones to work on all of the carriers here. We know the phones have proper hardware to run on all of the carriers, so there's no cause for alarm.

Nexus 6P radio bands

RadioBands
GSM/EDGE850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS/WCDMAB1/2/4/5/8
CDMABC0/1/10
LTE (FDD)B2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/30
LTE (TDD)B41
LTE CA DLB2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41

Nexus 5X radio bands

RadioBands
GSM/EDGE850/900/1800/1900MHz
UMTS/WCDMAB1/2/4/5/8
CDMABC0/1/10
LTE (FDD)B1/2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/20/25/26/29
LTE (TDD)B41
LTE CA DLB2-B2, B2-B4, B2-B5, B2-B12, B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-B29, B4-B4, B4-B5, B4-B7, B4-B12, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29, B41-B41

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

43 Comments
  • Apparently they will not support T-Mobile band 12 initially. This means no VoLTE on 12 initially. The certification process need to be opened up to all manufacturers Posted via the Android Central App
  • Seriously hoping this doesn't mean a 4-6 month wait like it was with the Moto Nexus 6. I have a bad feeling it will be, though.
  • That is weird. The n6 has band 12 and it's working just fine. I also use Wi-Fi calling all the time and volte works just fine also. Don't know why it wouldn't work on these nexus phones. With Android m it should be fine. Posted via the Android Central App
  • There's an issue T-Mobile, band 12 and WiFi calling are NOT supported but they are working on it, according to John legere on twitter. The last time we got the "working on it" line was when the nexus 6 was released in November without WiFi call which didn't show up until end of may. Google should clarify this!!!!
  • I'm nowhere near calling Band 12 support missing being an "issue" — literally anyone who picks up a new Nexus and puts a T-Mobile SIM in it will have a solid experience. This just isn't something people need to worry about so much at this point. Google's spec sheet lists Band 12 hardware in both phones, and I'm sure if they need to work with T-Mobile to make something happen, both parties can get it done. And if you really do have to rely on Band 12 and Wifi calling, both things that at this point are very much T-Mobile specific, you shouldn't be expecting an unlocked an unbranded phone to provide those things for you. Unfortunately this is just how it is right now.
  • This will work just need time Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oh really, because they just turned on band 12 in my area, before that I got no reception inside my house and had to rely on WiFi calling on my nexus 6, which is extremely unreliable. Now with band 12, I can turn off WiFi calling and have reception through out the house. I don't doubt it will be eventually be available but the question is when...
  • T-Mobile is worried that making the Nexus device do everything a device bought from T-Mobile's retail store can do will cause them to lose revenue. If you're already on T-Mobile, and plan to switch to Project Fi with a Nexus device, it's in T-Mobile's interest to make sure your Project Fi experience is not 100% as good as your experience being a T-Mobile subscriber.
  • Well that's quite the accusation. Please cite your source.
  • I think it's Capitalism... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Sprint has WiFi Calling and it works like a dream. LTE is kind of shotty in my apartment building but I never miss a call with Sprint's WiFi Calling on. Because I choose to use a GSIII over the Note 5, I own a Note 4.
  • Judging from the initial response to the article, you may want to reconsider if it's an issue. As someone who lives in a band 12 area, where those I know with compatible phones get much better Tmo coverage than I do for the same service, it's an issue. Besides, in an article based solely on the carrier compatibility of the phones, it is an oversight not to note these things. If you don't find them terribly relevant, say so, but please include the information for the reader to interpret. It also seems reasonable to expect an unlocked/unbranded phone to provide band 12 on launch. I can go out and get an unlocked/unbranded iPhone 6s and use Tmo's band 12. Somebody dropped the ball here.
  • I can already hear Phil screaming on the next podcast... "So what band 12 is missing, they are working on it, everyone just calm down" lol I do agree with you that it should be mentioned in the article and Google should mention it on their website unless they are 100% sure it will be working by the time the first phone is delivered
  • Ha! I can almost hear him now. My reply was a bit strong, so apologies Andrew. Maybe having a Nexus 5 with a crack through the body has me on edge. I'm not sure how long this thing is going to hold on and really don't want to shell out $$$ on a new Nexus until I know it will work with band 12. I suppose I could just grab a moto x pure... oh wait... ugh.
  • I don't have to say that. I pay Andrew to do it.
  • I have a Oneplus 2 that doesn't have VoLTE or wifi calling, and band 12 works for me just fine. When I'm in the basement my phone jumps to band 12 and I keep good signal and speed. I'm in Northern Virginia. Would be nice if I had those other features but it doesn't affect me in any way not having them.
  • Perfectly said !!!
  • Haha, what? Google says phone has band 12, Tmobile has rolled out band 12 in my area, I shouldn't expect it work?! Whatever dude, you go right ahead and keep defending Google for this half assed, half baked bullshit.
  • You are SUCH an apologist.
    Amazingly, APPLE could get it done.
  • T-Mobile has already said WiFi calling will work out of the box and band 12 support is being worked on. That should put people at ease. http://www.tmonews.com/2015/09/nexus-5x-and-nexus-6p-dont-support-band-1...
  • Thanks for info on WiFi calling, I'm glad to hear at least that's an option. I hope WiFi calling is more reliable on the nexus 5x because it sucked on my nexus 6. I have been using an iPhone 5s and so far the WiFi calling seems to be working pretty well.
  • My T-Mobile WiFi calling has ALWAYS worked well, from my Blackberry Pearl years ago to my N6 now. If you're getting a bad experience it's almost ALWAYS your router. Just go get a T-Mobile CellSpot (really just an ASUS AC-1900 router with custom firmware to prioritize WiFi calling). Just a $25 deposit on postpaid plans. Problem solved. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I actually own that exact router, been through all the tweaks and as I mentioned wifi calling seems to be way more reliable for me on iPhone 5s...so something is up with the n6. I have tried restoring it too.
  • That's exactly why CDMA sucks.
  • You realize that almost NO calls go out on any late model VZW devices on CDMA, right? It;s ALL VoLTE/VOIP.
  • Im sure verizon will find a way to mess it up!!
  • I'm sure the 6P and 5X will initially not work on Verizon. It will take a public flogging before Verizon allows these handsets on their network.
  • And yet the Moto X is untouched? Got mine today, plopped in my sim card and I was up and rolling on Verizon's network.
  • They actually did have issues activating them for the first two weeks.
  • I believe they already have a team assigned to do just that working out of Building 105 in the Advanced Value Diversion and Delay Department.
  • Love it ... No useless carriers involved or crapping them up with ugly logos. Bad for Google because consumers have no clue or interest in devices not sold by useless carriers.
  • Until it's confirmed on sprint I wouldn't give a dime. Trying to get services activated with them can be a nightmare especially if they don't come with a compatible sim which these won't.
  • Well, good thing VZW has that new program where you can bring a non VZW sold phone to VZW. Let's just hope there is no snag for the folks who wanna use it on VZW. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No band 12 in Vegas so.......... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't even know that.... Which band do they use? Posted via the Android Central App on my HTC Desire 610
  • Ok, help me out here.
    Can the 6p do data and voice at the same time? I just got my Project Fi invite, and I am considering the 6p. Problem is, playing a game kicks people off on Sprint when a call comes through. So, if I buy the 6p, will I have this problem?
  • Does the screen of the 5X round off on the edges like the nexus 4 did or is it sharp like the edge of the nexus 5?
  • Project fi? Posted via the Android Central App
  • I didn't have an issue with the Nexus 6 on Verizon, and no issues with my Moto X Pure. I don't expect to have issues with these phones. Why do some people have issues? If you're a Verizon customer, pop your SIM in and go. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe they need to whine or complain first before getting the phone without realizing that it would work anyway in the first place? I dunno but that's my guess.
  • Hopefully Verizon won't screw it up the activation to bad. I'm sure they will have some king of delay thou Posted via the Android Central App
  • Won't work on US Cellular. The way I understand it, unlocked phones can't be activated on their network. Bummer. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ok so this doesnt make any friggen sence if vo/lte isnt out on the nexus 6p or 5x but wifi calling is then think of it like this. I can have my s6 give a hotspot off on band 12 to my nexus and make a wifi call using the s6 hotspot on band 12 this make no freaking sence if i can make a wifi call why cant they fogure this situation out makes me so angry they cant just make this bs certification process easier