No LTE LG Nexus 4 brings Google back to its roots

One of the first things that people may notice about the new LG Nexus 4 is that despite its suite of powerhouse features, there is not LTE model. At first, we thought this could be just because Google was only announcing the version that was going to launch in the Google Play Store, and not the variant for certain carriers...
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84 Comments

1. alouden unregistered

I was hoping for an LTE Nexus for Verizon. But I completely understand and agree with Google NOT producing such a device. Nexus and Verizon seem to have opposite meaning anyway. ANyway, no matter what phone I get next, it will be rooted and free of Verizon's bloatware.

10. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

just get the new nexus..problem solved :)

23. alouden unregistered

It won't work with Verizon.

28. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Leave Verizon then. Are they the only network in your area?

56. alouden unregistered

I could, but am in a family plan. I know what my options are. Would love a Nexus, but I understand it isn't possible if I stay with Verizon. So I will look to other options: the Note 2 (although the obscene branding by Verizon has pretty much rulsed that out), the upcoming HTC phone, a potential LG Optimus phone, others I am unaware of...Not ieal, but that's how it goes.

74. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

I've heard you can just scratch off the branding from the home button as it isn't baked into the plastic. Alternatively, you could buy a replacement home button, but that would be a risky replacement.

25. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

...wait, what?

27. alouden unregistered

HSPA+ is not compatible with Verizon. And there is no LTE radio. This Nexus in its current state cannot be used on Verizon. Someone wrote below that it will only be released by tmobile.

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

released "in stores" by Tmobile. It's able to be used by any GSM carrier though and its sold through the Play Store.

41. alouden unregistered

Yes, forgot that part. Thanks. It is sold unlocked and can be used on HSPA/GSM.

29. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Looks like only Apple is capable to make carriers "my way or the highway" hate to say it but even Crapsung bends to carriers desires, just look at the Verizon's Note with the stupid branding.

49. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

I'm sorry people but I just don't see this phone selling... 16 gb and no lte. It might be good for a small crowd but I wouldn't expect any big figures on this phone. Despite the Fact the phone has every other awesome spec one could imagine with probably the most ridiculous price point EVER!!! It's a great phone no doubt but I just can't see it getting popular with the masses.

2. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Google should be more honest and just say it. u.s hasn't built its LTE enough and doing wat they did wit the vzw nexus would just shackle their profits .

62. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Are you kidding? The US is where LTE is being deployed faster than anywhere else in the planet, Europe and Asia barely started deployment, sure LTE still I'm its infancy but here in the US is where by next year will be available to the masses.

70. Zero0

Posts: 592; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

The problem is that, while LTE coverage is decent, one can't live exclusively on LTE. Data on LTE is fine, but voice over LTE has barely been tested at this point, let alone deployed at full scale. The only option is to run two antennae, which is a battery killer. And in any event, the money that would be spent licensing LTE patents would drive the price up significantly. As for producing CDMA/LTE models as with the Galaxy Nexus (and to a lesser extent, the Nexus S), the reason for not doing so is pretty clear. Google wants all Nexus devices to be pure Android. Not mostly pure Android except for when Verizon delays an update or throws on their proprietary apps. I would love for Google to push Verizon and Sprint to get out of the way like Apple is able to do, but for now, the best they can do is not offer devices on those networks. While it's a shame that there is no LTE, the fact of the matter is that we're talking about a phone that sells for $350 unlocked. To ask for a quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, and a high-res display with decent build quality at this price is crazy. But to ask for all that AND LTE, that's truly absurd.

80. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 596; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Its not the first country to have LTE not even in the first 5 and yea deployment has been fast but only on vzw which is why I said "doing what they did with the last nexus would limit profits" both LTE and non LTE variants should be sold at least until LTE is available EVERYWHERE.

3. fanboy

Posts: 38; Member since: Mar 07, 2011

Noooooooooooooo iPhone 5.0s for me. :-)

4. cretinick

Posts: 148; Member since: Jan 25, 2011

I would buy it... If they sell it to me! Unfortunately Google seems to dislike Brazilians money...

5. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

So what carriers is the Nexus 4 coming to?

16. parkwaydr

Posts: 572; Member since: Sep 07, 2011

t-mobile.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

directly, it will be sold through Tmobile. However Its unlocked GSM capable of every GSM carrier in the world. There is no advantage to buying it direct through Tmobile except that you can put it on a payment plan if your on Value and dont want to pay all 350 up front. If they promise its still a "non carrier" device that way, I might go for that. However if it has a Tmobile logo on it, its a carrier device, and I'd rather just buy it outright from the play store. Got my wife's N7 that way and it was quick n painless.

33. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Yea it makes sense.

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I would root for the 350 on the play store and problem solved :)

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2340; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

As parkwaydr said, probably T-Mobile as AT&T has already released the LG Optimus G which is basically the non-Nexus version of this device. Although you will be able to buy it unlocked through the Google Play store for AT&T and T-Mobile.

31. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Only officially on sale through T-Mo, but the unlocked will work on any GSM carrier, including AT&T. Given the history of Nexus, I'd expect a Sprint model at some point, it might be a few months from now though.

6. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Still wish Google would have sprung for a sd card or made a 32 gig version.

30. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Like so many of us...

37. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Agreed. Id much rather have an SD card slot or a larger/more removable battery than LTE.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

No LTE? What is this 2011?

13. wumberpeb

Posts: 453; Member since: Mar 14, 2011

What kind of device has a certain ESSENTIAL feature on last year's model but not the newest one? Ridiculous
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