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Just days after we learned of an expanded international availability, another interesting bit of news may be on the way for the Nexus 7.

According to Paul O'Brien of MoDaCo, a "very well placed insider" has indicated that a 3G-connected variant of the device is on the horizon, expected to be ready for shipping "in around six weeks."

9-1-2012 1-34-53 AM

If you've been holding out on buying the Nexus 7 due to its WiFi-only capability, this may be the news you've been waiting for. MoDaCo's source didn't divulge any pricing, availability, or carrier-related details, though the source did indicate that 3G connectivity would constitute the only hardware change to the device. Details are sparse for now, but we'll keep you up to date as more information does or does not emerge.

Source: MoDaCo via the Verge

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000372600312 Joseph Pojunis

    Coming to Verizon in 2017

    • http://www.facebook.com/YAYSAVERGN Eric James Salcido

      With The All New Ice Scream Sandwich!

    • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

      Why did you signed with Verizon in the first place?
      I'm not from USA, not even from that continent. But even in Europe we all know how Verizon sucks.

      • btod

        best coverage, fastest speed at the moment...

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001992840095 Tj Allen

        Just as btod said.. best coverage and fastest speed. Isn't the first reason enough to deal with things you don't like about a carrier, what good is service if you don't have any?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        CDMA is non-existent in Europe that is a fact. So that means we can all jeer at Verizon.

        Source: I am in the UK and use GSM carrier Vodafone.

      • Freak4Dell

        I make rash judgements about how things work in other countries without actually knowing a thing about them, too. What a small world!

  • FrillArtist

    Yeah, because Modaco has a great track record with rumors and leaks...

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      It actually does, Paul's very well connected in the Android world.

  • WORMSS

    NOOOOOOOO.. Not like it matters, I'm in the UK and it will take 6 months (if not more) to come out over here. But I had just brought the WiFi only version.... :(.. Though, I just tether it via my phone so not that much of a difference.

    • Vyrlokar

      As a Spaniard, I must say that I don't have buyer's remorse. Tethering is the way to go.

      • Göran Sävström

        Out of curiosity: Why is that? I'll take a "surf subscription" from Pepephone for 6.90/month (plus IVA) anytime over tethering between tablet-phone (and spending battery on 2 devices at the same time in the process).

        • Vyrlokar

          Because I already have a subscription with Simyo (using the 5 cents/minute+555 MBs plan), and I'm already paying every month for it? Even while tethering, I seldom go over my quota, and when I do, since I barely call, it doesn't matter (The plan gives you 555 MBs for free, but requires you to spend at least 6.99€ on calls or data overages. If I don't spend enough, it charges me 6.99€ anyway).

          The issue with the battery is true, but look at it this way: when the phone is tethering, it is usually in my pocket with the screen off. When I'm using it under the Spanish sun, I have it at max brightness, and the screen eats through the at about the same rate or faster than the wifi hotspot (at least in my experience).

    • http://twitter.com/PCSievers P.C. Sievers

      Britain will be one of the launch markets. Unlike a lot of things we tend to get things earlier than America because our carriers are betters.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        I would agree with you but Vodafone have been terrible to me with billing and we are still waiting for 4G+LTE.

  • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

    Finally!!!
    Without 3G Nexus 7 was not more than overwised calculator for me. I know Google fanboys won't agree with me :D Finally I can put Nexus 7 into the wishlist.

    • José Cabo Carsí

      Tetheringg?? Hello...??

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        Tethering? With what? With Galaxy Nexus? For how long? 2 hours?
        Thanks but NO!!! I want to be onlyne 10 hours. And not 2 hours or even less if my Galaxy Nexus is not fully charged at that moment.

        • Matti

          While not quite 10 hrs, I've gotten much, much more than 2 hrs with my Galaxy Nexus in hotspot mode.

    • David

      To me, a 3g tablet is more trouble than solution. I *always* have my 3g galaxy nexus with me, so why should I keep swapping my SIM or pay for another data plan when I have tethering?

      Again, that's just me. I understand people may want a single device (using BT headsets with tablets), but for me a WiFi tablet is not just enough but better actually.

      • Vyrlokar

        If it was like the original Galaxy Tab, that is, could be used as a phone, and costed less than $300, it would be the king of budget Android phones ;)

        Now seriously, why do 3g/4g tablets not include a calling service? You may need a headset to avoid looking like a weirdo, but other than that?

      • http://twitter.com/bat0nas Tomas Misevičius

        I'm not sure how it costs in USA. But in EU 1GB/month costs me from 1€ (tele2) to 2€ (orange or similar carrier). Which is peanuts.

        And even with the EU salaries we can afford 1-2€ for a tablet.

        So just stop moaning and talk about tethering which is a compromise not a solution.

        • Göran Sävström

          Sorry, but you're on very thin ice (and also very wrong) if you think about EU as one entity when speaking about the cost of subscriptions including data allowance (or separate data plans added to standard contracts).
          I don't know what country you're from/referring to but I know that you in Sweden (for example) can get quite a lot of data for close to nothing, while in Spain a very basic combination with Orange costs 14€ (Subscription 6€ and 100 mb of data for 8€ more - all excluding i.v.a/v.a.t./moms or whatever the value added tax is called in your country) but it's not uncommon having to pay 30, 40, 50 € and even more for subscriptions that won't give you much more than 1-2gb's.
          Among the more cheaper deals you can get here in Spain are - curious as it might seem - what the virtual carriers that both me and Vyrlokar write about in this "thread" but even then you wont get close to the 1-2€ that you speak about.
          I have two contracts with a company called Pepephone (uses Vodafone) - one for 6.90€ that gives me 651mb and calls for 1.9cent and another for 11.90€ giving me 1.2gb and calls for 1.9cent/min (all prices excluding what we call I.V.A). Those contracts are (more or less) as cheap as you can get today in Spain, and the situation is similar in many other countries in EU.
          So excuse me if words like "moaning" doesn't sit very well with me.

  • http://twitter.com/AlexDa900 Alex Dorovskikh

    I wiil buy 3G veesion if it is available in Russia.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

      Is the Wi-Fi version available in Russia? If so then if the 3G version does come into fruition then you should be able to get it.

  • Matti

    So, if everything else is the same internally, should we expect some sort of reduction in battery life when using cellular/3G?

    • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

      Of course you will. I really do not see much of a business case for a 3g version. how did the kindle fire 3g sell? Ill wager not too well..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

    I thought the Nexus 7 would be Wi-Fi only because Google didn't want carriers to screw with it. Looks like I am wrong.

    • Jonathan Wong

      I thought so too. But this rumored 3G version may be sold unlocked directly by Google. That being the case, carriers will keep their greasy mitts off the Nexus 7.

      • Colin Richardson

        That's what they did for Nexus S in the UK (possibly world?). It's why I went for it.. Ironically I have actually since **Installed** a Carrier App, to look up my Bill easier. Much nicer that way around.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1745689461 Hal Motley

        Hope so, this will certainly be good news for those who want a 3G 7" tablet. All I can say for Amazon is that the next Kindle Fire better be legendary!