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

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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Nexus 4
  • Display 4.7" 768 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, Quad-core, 1500 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 2100 mAh(15.3h talk time)

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58 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

9. Nadr1212

Posts: 741; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Not interested, thank you very much!

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

How? :o

16. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Seriously, are you not on Tmo? Cuz that's the only reason you could have for hating this phone...

26. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

He has different taste...

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: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 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: Mar 16, 2012

Wow, yeah. The Galaxy Note 2 definitely didn't have this when I tried it at Tmo. Should be freakin' awesome.

45. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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..

50. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Huh...

40. Danre

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 02, 2012

Me 2.

43. richardyarrell2011

Posts: 510; Member since: Mar 16, 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: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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: Dec 01, 2011

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

4. ahhxd717

Posts: 332; Member since: Dec 08, 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: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30836; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

17. nak1017

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 08, 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: Dec 01, 2011

dang well i am second. slow att network.

23. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

No. Even slower than that.

31. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 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: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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: Jul 05, 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: 470; Member since: Feb 26, 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: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 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: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 568; Member since: Dec 26, 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: 474; Member since: Aug 30, 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: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

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

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