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LG Nexus 4 to roll with HSPA+42, twice as fast as expected

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LG Nexus 4 to roll with HSPA+42, twice as fast as expected
The LG Nexus 4 has a little secret inside. The newest Nexus handset, introduced Monday by Google, has an HSPA+42 radio under the hood. That means it can upload and download data at a peak speed of 42Mbps, twice the speed of the 21Mbps radio that was expected on the phone. The reason this is important is that without LTE connectivity, using HSPA+ is the only way to get 4G speeds on the device.

The LG Nexus 4 supports HSPA speeds as fast as 42Mbps

The LG Nexus 4 supports HSPA speeds as fast as 42Mbps

Even more exciting is the prospect of downloading data faster than Verizon customers using the LTE pipeline belonging to the nation's largest carrier. You might recall that this past June, a test done by PC Magazine found that 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.

source: AndroidandMe

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posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:33 28

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This definitely sold me to the new Nexus. Google read my mind! :D

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:53 5

9. Nadr1212 (Posts: 741; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Not interested, thank you very much!

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:58 1

10. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


How? :o

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:14 2

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...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:43

26. Leon101 (Posts: 90; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)


He has different taste...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:26 3

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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 04:00

49. PhenomFaz (Posts: 1236; 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

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 19:07 7

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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 23:37 3

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..

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 04:22

50. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Huh...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 21:41

40. Danre (Posts: 85; Member since: 02 Sep 2012)


Me 2.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 23:33 3

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...

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 00:04 2

46. remixfa (Posts: 14255; 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.

posted on 04 Nov 2012, 17:18

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 :)

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:33 2

2. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


does att network use 42+? also, eh emm..i am first.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:35 3

4. ahhxd717 (Posts: 332; 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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:37 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


AT&T deploying HSPA 14 at the beginning and then rolled out HSPA+ 21 near the end.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:05 3

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 22025; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Yes they do use 42 Mbps hspa+ the iPhone 5 has it

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:15 1

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

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:34 1

3. droiddomination (Posts: 203; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


dang well i am second. slow att network.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:42

23. TheMan (Posts: 491; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


No. Even slower than that.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:55 3

31. bigdawg23 (Posts: 455; 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).

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:37 3

5. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; 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

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:44 13

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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:41 1

22. jan25 (Posts: 470; 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.

posted on 31 Oct 2012, 18:45

56. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; 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...

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 17:46 2

8. Captain_Doug (Posts: 1017; 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.

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:04 2

11. Galen20K (Posts: 541; 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 ; )

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:07

13. Mr.Mr.Upgrade (Posts: 474; 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....

posted on 30 Oct 2012, 18:11

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I'm not sure what kind of HSPA+ I get in my town... Is there any way to check?

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