Nexus 4 LTE available in some AT&T markets


The Nexus 4 by Google launched with a huge bang in the form of half the price of rival smartphones, but it lacked one key feature - 4G LTE support. With cellular data connectivity limited to HSPA+ only, the device was fast, but not fast enough to match the current cream of the crop competition.

Soon after, though, it was discovered that curiously enough, LG has included a 4G LTE chip inside the device, it just was not active. The surprising finding allowed users in Canada to simply enable it and have the device working on local 4G LTE.

In the United States, though? No such luck. Until this time around when careful users noticed that AT&T is using the same 1700MHz Band 4 type of LTE in some regions.

Yes, this means that in some regions in some markets you could have a fully functional 4G LTE on your Nexus 4.

Here is the list of U.S. markets where LTE is on Band 4 and you might be lucky to use it:

  • Phoenix, 
  • Raleigh, 
  • San Juan, 
  • Los Angeles, 
  • Las Vegas, 
  • Oklahoma City, 
  • Dallas, 
  • Chicago, 
  • Charlotte, 
  • Athens, GA,
  • College Station, TX

The rest of AT&T’s 4G LTE markets however are on Band 17 (700MHz) and unfortunately the Nexus 4 does not support them.

source: XDA Developers via Android Authority

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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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17 Comments

1. sportsinger75

Posts: 72; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Works in Green Bay, WI too. Please note this in the article.

2. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

now to all those complaining about no lte...........Look at those MAJOR cities!

3. wendygarett unregistered

Beautiful design + monsterious spec + killing price = epic phones :p

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

indeed wendy......indeed

5. techloverNYC

Posts: 601; Member since: Nov 20, 2012

I don't get those complaining about this phone not having LTE. This phone is a beast and will probably have all major/minor updates light yrs before the same phones in his generations. In U.S one of the 4 major network don't even have LTE yet.

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Yea.. the network its used most on.. Tmobile. 42mb/s... gawd, its just not fast enough, right!? lol. lets whine because it doesnt have a 50mb/s cap!!! (no LTE currently hits 100mb/s, thats LTE-A peeps) first world problems.

8. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Because 25mbps isn't fast enough for people's needs. T-Mobile's LTE Advance is going to make AT&T look silly.

11. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

How is At&t going to look silly when they are planning to start launching their LTE-A network next year as well?

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

show me where they have plans for LTE-A in 2013. They are still rolling out LTE to keep up with VZW. Technically though, TMobile is wiring up LTE-10 which is still faster than VZW/ATT and its the same equipment for LTE-A.. just needs an OTA software upgrade when the time is right.

15. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

it was posted on here on phone arena an article were at&t made it official they will be launching LTE advanced in 2013 look it up, and will offer speeds 10 times faster than what its currently offering which if it were tru then it would be awesome as im already getting 40-50 mbps on at&t LTE over here in san juan pr.

17. fervid

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

I have yet to see a TMobile phone reach even half of that 42Mbps max they are supposed to reach in theory. Shoot even in Excellent coverage areas it is about 1/4 of that. Their network is like ATT's 3.5G they called 4G early on. I owned a couple of the phones considered 3.5G too that ATT released the year before they really promoted the 4G that were capable of 14Mbps. They never let them connect at it though to make the 4G appear faster. Then ATT released faster 4G that was supposed to get around 20Mbps, but never did...just like TMobile never approaches it.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

When Tmobile starts their LTE market tests Ill turn on my LTE chip and see if it can catch it. People tend to forget that 1700mhz IS the frequency that Tmobile uses for HSPA+ and is converting to use LTE on. If the phone isnt officially updated at some point in the future for LTE use on Tmobile, I'd be surprised. Maybe its turned off so it will be a "bonus" to Tmobile users.

12. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

This wouldn't surprise me considering the Note 2 should be compatible with T-Mo's LTE network once it's active and an update is sent to the Note 2 to enable it.

9. Omarc07

Posts: 574; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

yay san juan puerto rico is on the list ima have to go to the at&t store later n see if its true...

10. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

So if I'm from LA, I'll be able to use the same 4G LTE as say, SGS III users use?

13. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

You might get use of LTE if you know how to activate it and if you are in LA, or one of the other cities on the list.

16. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

If I know how to activate it? As in? I have a Galaxy Nexus that supports LTE, but not on AT&T apparently. How do I activate it?

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