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Nexus 5 UK one month Travel - can I use local carrier SIM for Navigation while I'm there?


I will be going to the UK for the month of May. I have a Nexus 5 and would like to use the Google Navigation feature over there (uses lots of data). I see that you can buy a 30 day plan from local carriers cheaply. Can I just remove my Koodo SIM and use the local SIM for the month, and then reinsert the Koodo SIM on my return? Will there be any problems at either end (I know the local networks there are freq. compatible)? I understand all Nexus 5 Phones are unlocked even though I currently have a Tab with Koodo.

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Absolutely, Denis, the Nexus is unlocked so go for it 🙂 Happy travels!
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shouldn't be a problem. I did that all the time with my nexus 5 going south of the border.
Appreciate your replies BUT after further research last night I find that the Nexus 5 sold for North America is NOT frequency compatible with the UK networks for 3G or 4G. They have a number of different networks and frequencies available but none that I have found will work with the Nexus 5 from Canada (you need the International version of the phone). I will do a final research check today to confirm my findings of last night; otherwise you might want to delete this post to avoid confusion for someone else! I am hoping that I can maybe get by using Google Maps/Navigation Offline for local trips as I will have WiFi access over there but I will experiment here to see how large an area I can download.
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Denis Woods wrote:

Appreciate your replies BUT after further research last night I find that the Nexus 5 sold for No...

There aren't many modern phones that won't work overseas, Denis. I travel to Europe all the time with many different phone models, and ever since the Nexus One they all work both here and there. As JP said, you won't get LTE speeds but your Nexus 5 will work - guaranteed 🙂
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Denis Woods wrote:

Appreciate your replies BUT after further research last night I find that the Nexus 5 sold for No...

I've personally used a Nexus 5 from here in the UK and Switzerland. I can assure you that it works.
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North America (D820) Nexus 5 model: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10 WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8/19 LTE: Bands: 1/2/4/5/17/19/25/26/41 Outside North America (D821) Nexus 5 model: GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/6/8 LTE: Bands: 1/3/5/7/8/20 The following mobile technologies and frequencies are used by UK mobile networks: (WCDMA 2100 = Band 1 which is supported by both versions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands) 3 (Three): WCDMA 2100 (Three do not provide a GSM/2G service!) Orange: GSM 1800, WCDMA 2100 O2: GSM 900, GSM 1800 (some limited coverage), WCDMA 2100 T-Mobile: GSM 1800, WCDMA 2100 Vodafone: GSM 900, GSM 1800 (some limited coverage), WCDMA 2100 No LTE but for google maps, WCDMA should suffice I think?
Thanks for the prompt responses - most helpful and I will continue with my planning for phone use over there using WCDMA 2100.

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