Verizon can be a real pain in the neck sometimes. Owners of the Nexus 7 LTE model learned that if a device is not certified by Verizon, it cannot be activated on their network. Yes, despite the Nexus 7 LTE having full support for Verizon LTE (and AT&T and T-Mobile), Verizon refuses to activate the devices on a new line. You can throw a SIM in and have it working immediately, but those without an active SIM are out of luck.
Verizon has finally responded to the issue:
The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.
Verizon Wireless’ certification process, which generally takes between four and six weeks, is one of the most rigorous testing protocols of any carrier, and is focused on guarding the safety and security of our network. Certification is done by third party labs approved by Verizon, and selected by the device manufacturer. Over the years, Verizon Wireless has certified hundreds of devices; information on the certification process is available to anyone at opennetwork.verizonwireless.com.
Verizon is committed to ensuring our customers have the best overall experience when any device becomes available on the nation’s most reliable network.Verizon
Yes, this means that the device will have to be certified in third party labs chosen by the manufacturer. This process takes anywhere from four to six weeks, but it could have started a while ago.
So that’s the good news. Verizon will allow the device to be activated on their network. Unfortunately, those who purchased the tablet already will have to wait for what is in my opinion a very poor reason. If you have a device designed to work on the network, you should be able to just activate it without a problem.
Knowing Verizon, this process could stretch beyond their estimate of six weeks. I wouldn’t put it past them. If you don’t like these business practices, you should definitely speak with your money and leave. But for those who can’t leave, you’ll have to stick around and wait for Verizon to sort the entire thing out so you can use your brand new tablet to its full potential. Do you think it’s fair for Verizon to require certifying devices before they’re activated? Leave a comment!