T-Mobile's Nexus 5 won't support Wi-Fi calling

The carrier has confirmed that the Google Nexus 5 will not support voice over a Wi-Fi network.

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Available from the Google Play store, Sprint , and T-Mobile , the Nexus 5 is one of the most highly anticipated and low-cost Android phones of the year. For customers on T-Mobile who use a Wi-Fi connection to make phone calls, however, the carrier has confirmed with CNET that the Nexus 5 will not support that feature.

Having a phone with voice-over-Wi-Fi technology comes in handy to make phone calls, particularly when you're in an area where reception is weak or inconsistent.

Several T-Mobile devices offer this service, from the high-end LG G2 and Samsung Galaxy S4, to the midrange Nokia Lumia 521 .

The fact that the Nexus 5 will not be included on this list will be especially important to T-Mobile users living or working in areas with low-signal strength. However, the handset does offer other network features like HD Voice and 4G LTE.

It's also a reliable device with a bevy of great hardware specs, which include a zippy Snapdragon 800 processor, a razor-sharp 1080p screen, and the newest Android OS, KitKat. In addition, T-Mobile is offering it at about $100 to $180 cheaper than other flagships like the GS4 and the HTC One.

The carrier will sell the 16GB model online, beginning November 14 for $41.99 down, plus $17 a month for 24 months. It will hit its retail stores on November 20.

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