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I have a nexus one that (by default) does not support 8500/19000 3g frequencies.

That forces me to use EDGE or lower with my carrier.

The question is: Is this something that can be modified or is it a hardware limitation?

Note that I don't mind rooting the phone to get 3g support
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This is set in hardware, there is nothing you can do about this. You can learn more about this in

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