LG Nexus 4 to roll with HSPA+42, twice as fast as expected
T-Mobile's HSPA+42 pipeline downloaded data faster than Verizon's LTE service in 11 cities. In other cities, like Miami, T-Mobile's HSPA+42 service nearly beat Verizon's 4G LTE speed.
Not every GSM carrier offers HSPA+42 service, so it's best to find out if you carrier does have the faster pipeline available before you purchase the LG Nexus 4, which will first be on sale from the Google Play Market. Unlocked, the handset can be yours for $299 (8GB) and $349 (16GB) without a contract. And if the lack of LTE connectivity was a deal breaker before, perhaps this news puts the phone back on your radar.
1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9660; Member since: 14 May 2012)
This definitely sold me to the new Nexus. Google read my mind! :D
16. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Seriously, are you not on Tmo?
Cuz that's the only reason you could have for hating this phone...
34. MeoCao (unregistered)
well Nexus 4 is not for every1 obviously so it's normal when some do not like it.
But this phone will appeal to many and even first time smartphone users can buy it and it will raise the loyalty to Android brand substantially.
49. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1122; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
I was a little skeptical of the design and materials used by LG but the more I look at the pics and videos the more I like the Nexus design with its all glass finish and LG's patented crystal-whatever tech but yeah I am sold to it
32. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)
Wow, yeah. The Galaxy Note 2 definitely didn't have this when I tried it at Tmo. Should be freakin' awesome.
45. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
The Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Htc One S, and now the Nexus 4 all run on Tmobile's hspa plus 42MPS network and it just works fantastic..
43. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)
I have been telling people often that hspa plus 42MPS network of Tmobile is pretty stable and a great experience. People on Verizon is Strung out on Lte when they don't need to be. Tmobile and it's HSPA network is rocking...
46. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
if your in a metro area, you need to give it a shot.
Yea, im sorry, but 1/2 the price of VZW for the same super speed... WIN.
buy the nexus, get on the unlimited tmo prepay plan, save money.
57. metalpoet (unregistered)
too bad i crave LTE for my carrier, this phone had potential for me. Oh well Ill just settle for my GS3 until next June :)
2. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
does att network use 42+? also, eh emm..i am first.
4. ahhxd717 (Posts: 325; Member since: 08 Dec 2011)
I don't think so. I think they stopped at HSPA+21 or probably even 14 in most parts, since they're doing LTE now.
6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9660; Member since: 14 May 2012)
AT&T deploying HSPA 14 at the beginning and then rolled out HSPA+ 21 near the end.
12. darkkjedii (Posts: 14118; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Yes they do use 42 Mbps hspa+ the iPhone 5 has it
17. nak1017 (Posts: 328; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)
Correct, HSPA+42 is most just a software upgrade for the tower so AT&T should have it just about everywhere
3. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
dang well i am second. slow att network.
31. bigdawg23 (Posts: 406; Member since: 25 May 2011)
Not sure where you are but many locations I go AT&T is faster than VZW in all technology(3G & 3.5G(HSPA+) & LTE).
5. wumberpeb (Posts: 451; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
Great news for ATT and T-Mobile, but it still drives me nuts that they're alienating Verizon and Sprint entirely...Hopefully this changes in the near future
7. Zero0 (Posts: 592; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
They're alienating the CDMA carriers because the CDMA carriers destroyed the purpose of a Nexus: A pure Google device with timely updates.
22. jan25 (Posts: 435; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
ask any owner of Verizon's G Nexus about his experience with updates and you will totally understand why Google wants the Nexus brand to be consistent with what it has to offer.
56. wumberpeb (Posts: 451; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)
I totally understand why they're doing it, but as a sprint customer, this does nothing for us. Sprint wasn't nearly as bad as Verizon was with their galaxy nexus, but now this means I won't even have a shot at the phone. Maybe the Optimus G with have great developer support for those on CDMA networks, here's to hoping...
8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 844; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)
Eh, all I need is a minimum or 3-5mbps. An average of 6 at T-mobile seals the deal. Totally switching. I'm on wifi enough that I don't care who provides my service. Just that I can send texts, make calls and whatnot. Data? whatevs.
11. Galen20K (Posts: 521; Member since: 26 Dec 2008)
the fact that I get 20 to 25Mbps regularly on T-Mobile’s HSPA+42 in my area, makes this an Exciting and viable option. LTE can wait until next year as far as I’m concerned, I’m not suffering ; )
13. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 425; Member since: 30 Aug 2011)
Im not surprised.....most of customers on tmobile making the lines uncontested for use......plus.....if you notice if your flagship phone is not on Verizon.....it doesn't stand a chance..... Like lg optimus or any other phone....
14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4154; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I'm not sure what kind of HSPA+ I get in my town... Is there any way to check?
20. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
Yes, browse. if it seems fast, it's good enough.
52. Contreramanjaro (Posts: 153; Member since: 04 Dec 2011)
I wanted to hate this comment but I do agree. After all my testing, whether on 90Mbps WiFi, 10Mbps WiMax (oldschool I know), or my 12Mbps home connection, somewhere around 6-8Mbps I just can't tell a difference, on a phone at least.
58. remixfa (Posts: 14252; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)
you cant tell the difference between 8mb/s and 30mb/s browsing on a home computer either.. its all 'instant' at those speeds.
The rest is bragging rights. Unless your doing some heavy tethering or large file downloads you will never have a need for such speeds.
Regardless, HSPA+42 is just as fast as current LTE.
21. denn90 (Posts: 14; Member since: 03 May 2011)
Do a Speedtest On Your phone . Download the Speedtest app From The Google Play Store from ur phone
25. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4154; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
I have done that, I get about 12 down. But that doesn't really show much, considering 42 is just a theoretical peak. But most people tend to be showing 20-25 down their area with HSPA+ 42, so I probably have HSPA+ 21.
15. HectorSanchez957 (Posts: 1; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
I'm confused about AT&T's HSPA+...does AT&T use the full 42mbps or just 21mbps? And how do I find out if I got it in my area?
18. gallitoking (Posts: 4698; Member since: 17 May 2011)
is a good deal if you live in those selected 11 cities. hope they are major cities
19. jroc74 (Posts: 5245; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
LTE is great n all... but I have only seen a max of 20-25Mbps on average on Verizon in good to great reception areas. With a RAZR, G Nex, Rezound, Maxx HD. DC area.
If HSPA+ gives me 20Mbps on the regular, Its all good.
So many ppl were up in arms about no LTE....this is a good option. AT&T might get a closer look from me. Not because of this, but a combination of things.
24. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Will be enjoying this here in the UK, very soon... 42mbs wow thats much faster than Wifi?
27. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4154; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)
That's just a theoretical peak. Most you'll probably see is 25, but that's still faster than a lot of people's WiFi.
29. fistigons (Posts: 264; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
Hey troll I'm heading to the UK in February. I'll be living there for the next 4 years. Do you recommend any good/cheap prepaid services? I'm leaning towards Vodafone right now.
35. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Sorry im still not sure, cause its only vaiable on T.Mobile and Orange, its only on post pay, but soon very soon in december or Jan should be on Voda, and o2.
36. fistigons (Posts: 264; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I've also been reading about this thing called giffgaff that uses O2 network. I might be leaning towards that as soon as it becomes availiable on O2s network.
53. wassup (Posts: 565; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)
I would reccomend going 3, they have a £15 Sim only plan (you buy the phone full price from elsewhere), and it gives you unlimited net, and 5000 texts with 600 minutes (I'm not sure about the minutes/texts thing, but I am sure about the unlimited data), and their speeds are pretty damn good!
28. fistigons (Posts: 264; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
I just wish that google would charge $400 for a 32gb nexus 4. I would be sold.
30. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
Why do carries build 4g lite and Hspa+ seem to be just as good, and even better when it comes to battery life?
42. cmikeh2 (Posts: 26; Member since: 09 May 2012)
LTE is more efficient with bandwidth and generally has lower latency.
37. jackhuny (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
If you can reach 21Mbps on you cellphone who cares about LTE?
38. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Good luck with this. The advantage of having an LTE network is that, even if there's many subscriber in a cell, the speed is still fast. The reason HSPA+42 is faster is that, it's not being used by most subscriber unlike LTE. Given this, you could get faster data transfer/internet connection because less subscribers are using same connection.
39. TechnewzGR (Posts: 2; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
For it's price it's a very good deal, it has HSPA connection that is as fast as you need for a mobile. In Athens at speedtest app i have scored 20 MB/s with my SGS III. And has also NFC that phones two times more expensive have not...
41. JusMePnut (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)
I thought the one on the Google store only supported 21+ and the one tmo is releasing supports 42+...
44. Troysyx (Posts: 154; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Wow! If Google keeps this up, I'll buy a new nexus phone every year! :-D
48. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
I'm definitely throwing away my old iPhone 4 for this beast
51. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)
DAFUQ NEXUS 4 WILL SELL FOR $550 in my country ! HOLY f**k IM REALLY UPSET
55. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1718; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
The price and the lack of LTE network in my area, I'm going to get one once I see a full review. It's a bit more than a phone with contract ($200), but it's worth it to play with the new Nexus for sure.