Verizon Nexus 5 not happening, but “a set of projects for 2014” are planned with the carrier

by: Chris SmithOctober 31, 2013

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Verizon won’t be getting the Google Nexus 5, but it looks like the two companies have in the works “a set of projects for 2014.”

The highly-anticipated new Nexus handset is going to be available in the USA directly from Google, but also from Sprint and T-Mobile, a CDMA and a GSM carrier, respectively.

Interestingly, Big Red has not inked a Nexus 5 deal with Google, Sundar Pichai told The Verge.

However, the same Pichai added that Google and Verizon are working together on some projects for next year, without revealing any details about them at this time.

Considering that 2013 is almost done, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Nexus 5 hit Big Red at some point next year, but then again we’re just speculating at this point, not to mention that Verizon hasn’t been the friendlies Nexus carrier out there.

For what it’s worth, AT&T is not carrying the handset independently, but buyers getting unlocked Nexus 5 models will be able to use it on AT&T’s network.

Meanwhile, the Nexus 5 can already be ordered from the Google Play Store, and should be available from Sprint and T-Mobile in the coming weeks.

  • Andrew

    VoLTE should be rolled out soon, meaning a nexus device with bands 4 and 13 will work on Verizon, despite the shit they do. When they purchased the C-block the FCC requires them to allow any device onto the LTE network. I know the 2013 Nexus 7 had issues with activation, but taking an already activated SIM card and putting it into the device works.

    • ajm531

      But I think the Nexus 5 already has at least the band 4 so technically it should work but as we with the Nexus 7 it probably won’t activate

    • Josh Carroll

      They will find a way to screw their customers over. CDMA just makes it easier for them to do so.

  • It’d be nice to do everything over LTE on Verizon, it’s what we’ll eventually be doing anyways.

  • jjordan

    Can someone tell me if I buy a nexus 5 unlocked and put my active Sim in it from my Verizon note 2…can I use the nexus 5 without Verizon’s knowledge

    • TSK

      not positive, but i dont believe it has the proper 3G band to allow you to make calls etc. I also dont think it has the same LTE band to work, so unfortualtely no.

    • jpxa

      No. You cannot do that simply put.

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  • wezi427

    I hate Verizon. If they decide to bring the Nexus 5 next year, why not wait for next year’s edition Just give the consumers what they want. They care more aboudon’t iPhone than Android. The Nexus line is a great product, Verizon doesn’t like being told that they can’t put their bloarware on it.

  • guest

    I can’t wait for Verizon’s another response saying “not all phones were created equal” crap. I’ve had enough with verizon. I’m leaving as soon as my contract is up.

  • poop

    “that Verizon hasn’t been the friendlies[t] Nexus carrier” (Correction: friendlies –> friendlist; paragraph 4, last sentence)


  • Joseph Teply

    Verizon REALLY effed this up. I am so pissed that Im Leaving Verizon when my contract is up!! Verizon understand that some of your customers like PURE ANDROID!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And FIRE the A$$hole that made the decision NOT to get the Nexus 5!!!!!

  • Vince

    I would guess that the most we can expect on Verizon is a “Developer version” of some of the “flagship” phones. They’ll never have a Nexus anything again.

  • they can go ahead and

    pefthhhh it’s a POS anyway

  • Tran Nguyen

    Verizon is ASSHOLE. They think that they are big not to fail. BOYCOTT VERIZON.


    If it can be used on Sprint why not on Verizon? It supports all of the bands and CDMA. It would be cheaper to buy from Google anyway.

  • annoyingposter7

    fuck verizon