Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Will the Nexus One work in India?

Will the first Google Phone, the Nexus One work in India?

The Nexus One works over the following wireless bands:
- UMTS Band 1/4/8 (2100/AWS/900)
- HSDPA 7.2Mbps
- HSUPA 2Mbps
- GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)

The top three bands above are 3G. If you can find a cellular carrier who provides service over those bands, you can use the Nexus One to its full potential.

In the US, T-Mobile is the only large GSM carrier who supports the above 3G bands. On AT&T, the other large GSM carrier in the US, Nexus One users will be limited to 2G EDGE speeds.

Almost all Indian cellular operators support at least the above 2G EDGE bands. 3G service availability in India is extremely limited right now. Even among the few Indian operators who seem to offer 3G in just one or two Indian cities, I did not find anyone who supports the above 3G bands. If you have differing information, please leave a comment with as much details as possible.

Bottomline: If you are in India and you want to use the Nexus One, you are assured of at least EDGE speeds.

I don't know how fast EDGE connections are in India. Here in the US, it is as fast as most residential wired Internet connections in India. I can watch Youtube videos on my BlackBerry phone over EDGE network. So, your Nexus One experience in India may not be so bad.

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