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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE 83

Posted by Soulskill
from the also-supports-other-letters-of-the-alphabet dept.
slashchuck writes "One of the drawbacks of Google's Nexus 4 was its lack of support for 4G LTE. Now comes a report from AnandTech that it's possible to enable partial LTE support on the device. It seems that a simple software update can allow the Nexus 4 smartphone to run on LTE Band 4. All users have to do is dial *#*#4636#*#* (INFO) or launch the Phone Info app. After that, choosing to connect to AWS networks should allow the Nexus 4 to run on LTE networks on Band 4. The AnandTech report states explicitly that the LG Nexus 4 only works on LTE Band 4, on 1700/2100MHz frequencies, and supports bandwidths of 5,10, and 20MHz."
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Nexus 4 Includes Support For LTE

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  • by gelfling (6534) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @08:27PM (#42084257) Homepage Journal

    Because maybe when Sprint gets it's 12th LTE tower up and running everyone else will be doing quantum teleportation.

  • by Tough Love (215404) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @08:38PM (#42084311)

    1700/2100 is T-Mobile USA's LTE, so does this get LTE on T-Mobile or not?

    • Re:T-mobile (Score:4, Informative)

      by BinaryTB (1556521) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @08:41PM (#42084323) Homepage
      It does, here's a quote from the article regarding T-Mobile and AT&T:

      "For example, in the USA, AT&T previously discussed plans for LTE on Band 4 but has only rolled out LTE on Band 17 to date, and is rumored to be turning to refarming its PCS (1900 Band 2) and Cellular (850 Band 5) holdings for additional LTE capacity, perhaps in the stead of AWS. T-Mobile US however will use AWS for LTE."
      • by Relayman (1068986)
        They did not say that they are actually able to connect to T-Mobile. My understanding is that they were not able to.
    • by rhook (943951)

      It will when T-Mobile rolls out LTE service next year. For now HSPA+ 42 is just fine on T-Mobile, in fact I get the same speeds on that as my friends who have Verizon LTE get. And I have unlimited data to boot.

  • So what's the catch? (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    I assume there is a reason Google does not enable this by default.
    Are the patents licensed? Does their FCC certification cover LTE?
    Maybe they just didn't think it was worth the potential confusion, given the limited frequency support. (Compare Apple's "4G" support in Australia. [guardian.co.uk])

    • by Anonymous Coward

      There's a 1% chance the phone could explode. So... just don't hold it too close to your body.

    • by osssmkatz (734824)
      It supports LTE, but not on any networks used in the US.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.

    • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday November 24, 2012 @09:35PM (#42084507)

      This didn't work for me. Still no LTE - but 30 phones appeared out of nowhere.

      • by game kid (805301)

        All 30 are free and probably enough to get you to the end, but the draconian 2y contract keeps you from using spread, laser, or fire attacks. Also, the data caps mean you'll be fighting through to it in monochrome vector glory or with heavy sprite limits.

    • I just typed this into a Sony-Ericsson Android 3G handset.

      The backlight went out and the network branding now says "It is pitch black.You ar". I Think there's a max 24 character limit.

      And there's something in the room with me. WTF?
  • Read this article: LG: LTE in the Nexus 4 is an evolutionary leftover [slashgear.com].

    Quoting:

    "The modem contains 4G LTE capabilities but is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work" the LG spokesperson explained. "It therefore cannot be upgraded to 4G LTE capability through software."
    • by rhook (943951)

      Tell that to the Canadians who are using it without issue.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      LG has to say no -- the alternative is to admit they released a terminal with an optional radio mode completely untested for regulatory compliance, failing their FCC certification until they retest it including LTE.

    • by Fuzi719 (1107665)
      But it DOES have a signal amplifier for AWS 1700/2100 MHz, for the T-Mobile system. Which, as we now know, will also work for the LTE Band 4 systems (like in Canada and the upcoming T-Mobile LTE-Advanced networks). So, yes, it CAN be upgraded to 4G LTE through software.
  • by rklrkl (554527) on Sunday November 25, 2012 @08:34AM (#42086291) Homepage

    Mobile data plans in the UK have always been a running joke with me (too little data for far too much), but Everything Everywhere in the UK have taken this to a new art form recently. They have a monopoly on 4G/LTE for a while and have decided to *start* their data plans at 36 pounds ($57) for 500 MB (yes, that's megabytes folks) per month. Yep, that's lower data and a much higher price than most 3G data plans.

    So let me see, if say I get a 10Mbits/sec connection on 4G (and that's pretty conservative) and use it for a large download or a continuous stream at that rate, I will exhaust my expensive monthly 4G plan in under 7 minutes. Way to go, EE - let's make 4G utterly useless in the UK by underquotaing and overpricing it. Geniuses!

    • I try to tell my American compatriots this exact thing when they get on the american cellular providers suck bandwagon, but it usually goes in one ear and out the other. As much as I hate American Telco's I'd take them any day over many of the European ones.

      • by amorsen (7485)

        The UK providers don't count as European. In that matter as in so many others, the UK prefers to look at what the European countries do and what the US does, and combine the bad things from each.

  • Makes sense, analysis when the LTE capable chip was first found was that the chipset could support LTE but the phone lacked the required antennas for it, I guess band 4 is the one band that can be picked up by the 3G antenna?

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