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Would a US Google Nexus 5 work in the UK?

Would a US Google Nexus 5 work in the UK?
I read it's $349 for the 16GB so that'd be £217 or so.

Most Useful Answer spruceyb  Nov. 16, 2013 at 20:59

For 2G/3G yes.

For 4G, no.
The US model lacks support for LTE Bands 3/7/20
Which are the bands most carriers in Europe use (as you can see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks)

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Migglester  Nov. 16, 2013 at 16:24

Yes, but you'd end up paying much more after shipping and import fees.

spruceyb  Nov. 16, 2013 at 20:59

For 2G/3G yes.

For 4G, no.
The US model lacks support for LTE Bands 3/7/20
Which are the bands most carriers in Europe use (as you can see here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks)

satchef1  Nov. 17, 2013 at 21:26

That's $349 + US sales tax, shipping, VAT and a handling charge (no import duty as mobile phones are exempt). I'd guess at a total cost around £280, could be £10 more or less. You'll save £10-£30, but lose 4G and any kind of warranty (unless LG/Google take pity on you and fix the phone if it ever brakes).

Importing is usually only worth considering if the £££ amount is equal to or greater than the $$$ amount (e.g. £299, $299 or £349, $329). That's where you save money. Otherwise, cheap goods are just a nice bonus for people holidaying in the US.

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