Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P don’t support band 12 or VoLTE, but Google is working on it


Today Google finally made its Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P officially official, and the question on the minds of many T-Mobile customers was “Does this support T-Mobile’s band 12 and VoLTE?” Now it looks like we’ve got an answer.

In response to a question on Twitter, T-Mobile’s support team says that neither the Nexus 5X nor the Nexus 6P will support band 12, but that T-Mo is working to enable the feature. Meanwhile, Wi-Fi Calling won’t be turned on by default, but you can enable the feature when you connect one of the new Nexuses to T-Mobile’s network.

T-Mobile product guru Des Smith fielded the same questions on Twitter and gave similar answers. He explains that Google is working on T-Mobile band 12 and VoLTE support on the 5X and 6P and that while Wi-Fi Calling is turned off by default, putting in a T-Mobile SIM and connecting to the network will let you turn it on.

Band 12 LTE is a big deal for T-Mobile. That particular flavor of LTE does a better job of reaching over distances and penetrating buildings than T-Mo’s other LTE coverage, and T-Mobile has been pushing it heavily lately, touting their plans to have the service in more than 350 markets by year’s end. To that end, it’s kind of surprising to see that Google’s new Nexus phones don’t support T-Mo band 12 LTE and VoLTE out of the box. We’ve heard some rumors that T-Mobile’s certification process may be a bit of a pain, but you wouldn’t think that that’d be an issue for a company like Google.

So there you go. For now it looks like band 12 LTE and VoLTE aren’t enabled on the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P, but Google is apparently working on fixing that. The two phones are expected to begin shipping later in October, so here’s to hoping that Google and T-Mo have this whole situation sorted by then.

Via: Android Police
Sources: @TMobile (1), (2), (3), @askdes (1), (2)

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