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

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 24, 2012 @08:58PM (#42084371)

    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 RobbieCrash (834439) * on Saturday November 24, 2012 @10:08PM (#42084645)

    I understand why the plebs are so anxious for LTE, but I don't understand why nerds are. For a moderate speed boost in most cases (+/-5Mbps in real world) there's such a drastic (6+ hour) cut in battery life.

    Does anyone really need to prove they're right about who did the original voice for Boba Fett that quickly?

  • 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!

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