Okay, so you’ve got yourself a Nexus 4 and are wondering why you can’t have 4G LTE even though there seems to be a chip inside. Not that HSPA+ is all that bad, but 4G LTE is always going to be better. And now after numerous reports going back and forth about the device’s 4G LTE support, we now have news that the LG Nexus 4 is able to fetch AT&T’s 4G LTE networks in select locations. But there’s obviously a catch here. The Nexus 4 apparently supports AT&T’s 4G LTE networks running on Band 4 (1700 MHz) which isn’t available everywhere in the U.S unfortunately. Rest of the 4G LTE markets in the U.S are based on Band 17 (700 MHz), where users will have to rely on regular HSPA+ speeds. So where is Band 4 LTE available in the U.S? Here’s the list of locations.
College Station, Texas
Green Bay, Wisconsin (yet to be confirmed).
So for all those people complaining about not having LTE support for the Nexus 4, this should be pretty good news. While it’s still not the kind of LTE support you expect from other major flagships, it’s good enough. It will be good to have a word on this from AT&T, so as to alert users about what their device can do. The Nexus 4 as you might know, has a fully functional LTE in Canada. The news of this broke out when people realized there was a NFC chip inside the device, thanks to a teardown of the device. Unfortunately, American users weren’t as fortunate as their Canadian counterparts as the device didn’t show support for LTE. And to be fair, in some remote regions the speed difference between LTE and HSPA+ isn’t a lot. So it is possible that people might have not realized they were in fact on LTE.
This should pretty much mark out the “no LTE support” from the cons list of the Nexus 4. If you belong to any of the aforementioned locations, make sure to leave a comment below to tell us if you’re experiencing 4G LTE speeds on your Nexus 4.