1. AC Question's Avatar
    Are there huge differences between the Note 5 on Verizon vs T-Mobile? Is the firmware the same, style, durability, etc?
    08-26-2015 01:06 PM
  2. Rukbat's Avatar
    The firmware is different, the Verizon bootloader is locked, the bloatware is different. Some of the LTE frequencies may be different (I can't find full specs on either the T or the V yet).

    Choose the carrier by the coverage, not by the phone. The best phone in the world, free with free service, is less useful for communications than a rock if you have no service.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-26-2015 04:43 PM
  3. dpham00's Avatar
    The Verizon one is factory sim unlocked (though as pointed out, the bootloader is locked).

    Different carriers also support different frequencies.

    Sent from my Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 5
    08-26-2015 07:04 PM
  4. tanson1011's Avatar
    Canadian carriers don't put any ugly logos on their phones... Usually leave the software alone with the exception of a couple of carrier apps.
    Carlo Villa and djroy03 like this.
    08-26-2015 07:13 PM
  5. browri's Avatar
    I know this is an old ticket, but I thought I would point out the two biggest differences that I've noticed.

    Firstly, the bands. Verizon has SEVERELY restricted the radio to the following frequences:

    LTE: 13(700), 4(1700/2100 AWS), 2(1900 PCS), 3(1800), 7(2600), LTE CA 13+4 (10+10)

    ...and then T-Mobile:

    LTE: 1(2100), 2(1900 PCS), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100 AWS), 5(800 CLR), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 20(800 EUDD, not SMR)

    So essentially, the Verizon Note 5 may have some compatibility with other carriers because of band 4 and band 2, but Verizon's band 5 is missing from the picture. What happens when Verizon starts refarming that?

    Additionally, as stated earlier the bootloader is locked. Samsung Knox #FTW. Rooting your phone turns it into a really pretty looking paper weight. This is not the case for the carriers.

    Hope this sheds some light on things.
    05-11-2016 11:23 AM

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