Earlier today, a Verizon Wireless customer who churned out his cash to buy a Nexus 7 was disappointed that his device was not registering to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, so the folks at Android Central tweeted Verizon Support @VZWSupport in an attempt to find out why the problem seems rampant. The feedback was surprisingly not so good. Verizon says that ‘not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our line up and can’t be activated’.
This is a big disappointment to Verizon Wireless customers who bought or were planning to buy the Nexus 7 refreshed tablet to take advantage of the carrier’s blazing 4G network which is the most expansive in the country. Isn’t it surprising that all along we knew that Nexus 7 will be coming to all and any carriers and neither Google nor ASUS, the hardware manufacturer, mentioned anything about 4G LTE not verified for some networks?
When Google announced the new 2013 Nexus 7 back in June, in one of the images there three carrier logos (T-Mo, AT&T and Verizon) below ‘in coming weeks’ which we cannot understand why it is there if Verizon users cannot get the full benefits of the tablet. The guys at Android Headlines think that Verizon has decided a Nexus 7 4G LTE isn’t good enough for their network, hence will not officially support it. It means that the tablet cannot be activated and users cannot buy a different data line for the tablet. If you must stick to Verizon and have a Nexus 7, the $349 you spent on it may not be such a steal after all.
The main reason why Verizon isn’t very keen on the Nexus 7 is because the device has a GSM and LTE modem inside only – no CDMA versions. Verizon (and Sprint and other smaller carriers in the US) uses CDMA technology unlike AT&T, T-Mobile and many other carriers in the world who use GSM. Google intentionally chose GSM as the world drifts towards 4G LTE as the future of communications as it is the most popular mobile communications technology in the world today.
Other blogs I read, such as an updated story on Android Headlines say that Verizon may be working on getting the Nexus 7 LTE certified although this sounds like something Google should have done before the device was released. According to Android Police, a Verizon representative they talked to says that the problem is that the device has not been for its LTE networks, but it will, in time, but no timeframe was given.
For now, you cannot buy a Nexus 7 and insert your SIM card then expect to start surfing the net at 4G speeds out-of-the-box, but you can get the tablet and if you already have a Verizon SIM card, you can use it on the Nexus 7 without problems, you just cannot get a separate line for the tablet. This may be a sign of changes to come as Verizon plans to go full VoLTE – technology based on GSM and not CDMA.
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