If the Pixel 4a 5G or Pixel 5 will likely be your first foray into America’s emergent 5G networks, you will wish to know the place you may take the telephone you have purchased — particularly for those who’re shopping for it instantly from Verizon. So, let’s get to sorting these airwaves out.

All Pixel 4a 5G and 5 items will be capable of hop on the most typical kind of 5G community the place spectrum is positioned at or beneath 6GHz or “sub-6” as it’s identified. Nonetheless, all U.S. Pixel 5 (mannequin ID GD1YQ) and Verizon-sold Pixel 4a 5G (G6QU3) items may even be capable of entry high-band millimeter wave spectrum — supercharged throughput with extraordinarily restricted protection.

Should you’ve bought a Pixel 5 within the U.S., you’ll entry each sub-6 and mmWave for those who’re on AT&T’s (together with Cricket Wi-fi and FirstNet) or U.S. Mobile’s (sub-6 now, mmWave later) community.

Mobile help for Pixel 4a 5G (U.S. unlocked on left, Verizon on proper) with distinctive bands highlighted

The Verizon Pixel 4a 5G helps each its mmWave and eminent sub-6 networks, however is listed to not help some other 5G community — theoretically, that should not be true in lots of instances because the unlocked model solely has 4 distinctive sub-6 frequency bands and shares compatibility on six others with the Verizon mannequin. Google has acknowledged to us that customers who convey the telephone to a different provider might get it to work on some community bands. As it’s, although, the gadget is licensed to be used solely on Verizon.

As a sidecar and a nod to our worldwide readers, it is possible for you to to roam on different 5G networks in case your SIM comes from Taiwan Cellular, T-Cellular Deutschland, and Vodafone in Germany, Eire, Italy, and the U.Okay.