One of the biggest disappointments that came with Google’s and LG’s announcement of the new Nexus 4 smartphone is that the phone did not support 4G LTE. Many enthusiasts who were looking forward to the phone were kind of disappointed because LTE is becoming so popular and is gaining ground as the future of data transfer. Just a few weeks after the phone came into the market, some folks over at XDA have figured out that enabling LTE on Nexus 4 is actually possible – and you will not need to buy any hardware or software.
When the secret that enabling LTE on Nexus 4 is possible broke out, many people went ahead and tried it and actually reported a success. However, it seems that only one LTE band (Band 4) also called AWS is supported. This LTE spectrum operates on 1710-1755 MHz band frequency for uploads and 2110 to 2155 MHz for downloads. This means that the LTE on Nexus 4 may not work on all networks. Some of the networks in North America whose networks are on the supported frequency are Bell, Telus and Rogers in Canada and AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, but only in some markets. T-mobile however has no AWS LTE at the moment.
The folks who managed the enable LTE on Nexus 4 are based in Canada – we only figure out that they will work with networks operating on Band 4 at the same frequency ranges. There is a possibility some more networks in the US markets will be able to use LTE as well, especially T-Mobile which plans to deploy AWS LTE spectrum on its network in 2013.
Here are the steps to follow when enabling LTE on your Nexus 4.
a) Open the phone dialer
b) Key in *#*#4636#*#* to access the testing menu
c) Once in the testing menu, change the radio from to LTE (It might be either GSM Only or WCDMA preferred)
d) LTE should now be enabled.
For LTE to work, some users had to change their network settings APN. This approach may work with the AT&T network but no one has tested it yet. However, since AT&T uses different bands on its LTE network in different regions, the trick may not work on all regions.
Now we know that initially, Nexus 4 was designed to be an LTE capable phone but somewhere along the way it was abandoned. I don’t understand why Google and LG did not just go through with it but then again, there are many technicalities with the nature of LTE and bands, and it probably wouldn’t have been a wise move to introduce a phone with LTE that work only in a few parts of the country.