Monday, October 7, 2013

Supposedly leaked Nexus 5 service manual indicates support for Japanese LTE bands.

If this is really the Nexus 5 service manual, then this is good for Android users in Japan: Support for LTE without having to deal with a device that locks you out of mobile network settings.

FDD-LTE: Bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20.
WCDMA (HSDPA 3G): Bands 1, 2, 4, 5, 8

Band 1 is Docomo and Softbank's 2100 MHz, used for both LTE and 3G. As far as I can tell, the Nexus 5 does not support the low frequencies of either carrier, though.

CDMA is mentioned in the manual, but as you can see below, it is not listed as a "Supporting Standard". Therefore, my guess is that the reference to CDMA is probably just a standard copy-paste, to be read as "IF this did CDMA, here's what it would be."

However, as far as I can tell, CDMA is unsupported. (Also FeliCa, mobile Suica, etc. is not supported.)


  1. And likely won't come to Japan until the eve of the Nexus phone following the Nexus 5.

    Do local carriers and smartphone manufactures really have that much sway over Google not to release their product here?

  2. At least now we will be able to import it and get LTE though. If I didn't already pick up an Xperia A over the summer I would buy one of these when I am in the US for Christmas.

  3. Looks like it may be possible to pre-order the Nexus 5 now.

  4. BTW, it's highly doubtful any phone outside of Japan will have a built in FeliCa system. It's only used in a few places outside of Japan.

  5. I doubt that's a factor for many buyers.

  6. Hi, I am a little confuse with docomo data plans..I am using nexus 4 unlocked with docomo lte plan. That means I only have to pay extra 500 yen for using internet with mopera U right ?

  7. Strange, because Google hasn't even officially announced the Nexus 5 yet.

  8. Reading on XDA forums that there will be two Nexus 5 released: D821 for Asia/Europe and D820 for North America. Looks like only the D821 will be compatible with Japanese LTE networks (unless Softbank's band 41 has wide coverage, which is included on the D820).

    This is bad news for anyone wanting to buy a Nexus 5 in America and bring it to Japan...

    D820: LTE bands 2/4/5/17/25/26/41
    D821: LTE B1, B3, B5, B7, B8, B20

  9. If I go to the Google Play store with a Japanese IP address (at home) it tells me this:
    2G/3G/4G LTE
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    WCDMA: 対応バンド: 1/2/4/5/6/8
    LTE: 対応バンド: 1/3/5/7/8/20

    If I refresh with an American IP address (work VPN) it tells me that:
    2G/3G/4G LTE
    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

    Supposedly these are the LTE bands used by Japanese carriers:
    au (KDDI)- 1, 11, 18, 28
    SoftBank- 1, 8, 9, 11, 28, 41, 42
    NTT (DoCoMo)- 1, 3 (Limited areas), 19, 21, 28

    Looks like the Japanese version has support for bands 3 (docomo?) and 8 (softbank?) that the US one doesn't. But the US one has band 19 (docomo?) and 41 (softbank?). I wonder if either one would work fine here with LTE networks then.

    The Japanese version is also more expensive.

  10. Hi, maybe a bit out of topic, but is there anyone who has an idea that Galaxy Note 3 will work on Softbank LTE sim? I currently have an iPhone 5, but wanted to try android so Im thinking of buying Note 3 from expansys and use my current iPhone 5 sim. Is that possible?