When the Nexus 4 was announced yesterday, there was a bit of confusion regarding its HSPA+ support for faster HSPA+42 speeds offered by companies like T-Mobile. The Device Play Store pages showed HSPA+21, but T-Mobile's press release claimed the faster HSPA+42, also known as DC-HSPA+ (dual-cell). Did that mean that T-Mobile customers needed to get a special variant of the Nexus? The answer is no, but the inaccuracy surely puzzled some.

Google just cleared up the confusion and updated the Device Play Store with the right data. Both the 8GB and 16GB pages now correctly mention HSPA+42:


If you're a customer of T-Mobile, AT&T, or a myriad of related MVNOs, buy the new Nexus without fear when it becomes available November 13th.

Artem Russakovskii
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  • efan

    it becomes available November 13th. Just a heads up.

  • http://profiles.google.com/keith.geissler Keith Geissler

    I think you meant November 13th and not October 13th.

  • tanknspank

    Thanks for the clarification. Was hoping this was the case.

  • http://twitter.com/JoshuaSantiago Joshua Santiago

    November, not October.

  • badri

    Its November 13th not Oct 13 as mentioned in your article

  • http://twitter.com/kfirms Kyle

    Nov 13th**

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665510878 Jose Salas

    November 13, not October 13

  • ManiDePRico

    *November 13th

  • David

    I think you mean November 13th :)

  • sky stanojevic

    dang october 13th?.. before it was even officially announced?. man where was i at when this came out haha ;)-

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      We fixed it, thanks guys. :)

  • http://twitter.com/kentuckydean David Moore

    If I didn't get an Unlocked Galaxy Note 2, I'd be all over this.

  • http://twitter.com/S_Kamalesh Kamalesh

    Its actually available on Nov 13th

  • Jared Meyering

    Hey don't know if you realized but its November 13

  • http://twitter.com/frankyvalentino Franky V

    November 13***

  • http://www.afzaln.com/ CuriousCursor

    Can. Not. Wait. I will be pissed if it's starts selling and gets sold out between the time I am going to work and the time I reach work (to order it).

    Maybe I should work from home to ensure I am able to order it... :/

  • Martim

    "buy the new Nexus without fear when it becomes available October 13th."

    You mean November.

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  • Rahul Garg

    That's november 13th

  • RedPandaAlex

    So we're all up in arms about the lack of LTE why?

    Snark aside, on T-Mobile, I get the same speed scores in my apartment on my 20mps wifi as I do on HSPA+. I can wait for LTE to mature a bit.

    • Spoken Word™

      Because it's still not as fast as LTE in most markets. Because 42Mbps is the theoretical speed and not anywhere near what most will ever see. Because T-Mobile coverage is hit or miss at best for most. Because HSPA/HSPA+ are LTE's b*tch! Does that clear it up for you? Class dismissed.

      • sgtguthrie

        Sounds like you're Verizon’s b*tch! Just sayin ;-)

        • New_Guy

          Booyah! All in ya mouth =D

      • http://twitter.com/mimrixmike Frettfreak

        ur a moron. LTE is only available in VERY select markets in the states (vzw is the biggest but you PAY THROUGH THE FN NOSE and get treated like SH!T, sprint and AT&T are a joke) and only 1 carrier that i am aware of WORLDWIDE offers LTE. LTE is not widely available in most the world... educate yourself before holding a "class"... now FOD.

      • FrillArtist

        Spoken like a true idiot.

      • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

        Sounds like spoken BS. In practice both Sprint's and Verizon's LTE networks (when you get LTE) are still under 10 MB/s. And when you dont get LTE (which is pretty often) you are on HORRID CDMA networks.

        if their CDMA networks didnt suck so hard it would be a non issue.

    • markt9002

      I'm sick of the LTE hype. The entry level data plan for Verizon with 1GB of LTE is $100, after FCC fees and taxes. T-Mobile's off-contract $30 plan gives you 5GB of data on HSPA+ (6-18Mb down realistically). By going with T-Mobile over Verizon, you're saving $840 per year, and you're not bound to a contract. I see no justification for paying the Verizon premium, unless you receive a discount from work, or it is the only carrier available in your area. People will still complain, because they're mom and dad are paying their bill, or they're too ignorant to realize they're paying way too much.

    • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

      Or you can be on Sprint's LTE and get 4MB/s, yay!

      My contract is up, unlocked Nexii from here on out.

      • Freak4Dell

        If you can even find a tower that has LTE, that is.

        • Matthew Fry

          and happen to be in one of their *small* list of cities.

          • http://www.facebook.com/archercc Ryan Stewart

            I'm in Atlanta proper and its a crap shoot when you get it and i only got "cable" speeds once in East Decatur the day of launch. Other than that I am lucky to even match my friend's "3G" AT&T phone in speed.

            Having it constantly switch, the battery drain, etc. Just not worth it. Maybe its more useful on Verizon (my co-worker probably gets closer to 50/50 coverage and averages about 8-9MB/s) but its still not built out enough and I am considerably less of a power user than I was before.

            No matter what its not worth dealing with Sprint's 200kb/s CDMA network any longer. And that HAS to be on Sprint and not CDMA because years ago I could get 2+ MB/s.

  • http://twitter.com/nphandre Nicolas Andre

    i believe you mean November 13

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665510878 Jose Salas

    awesome news but still don't know if I should get it on the first day or wait till a 32gb version is out, can't really do the whole cloud base thing for my music, can't listen to music on the subway through google's play music app if you have no internet service

    • Iucidium

      Pin your favourite album when wifi'd before your day begins ;)

  • marvin nubwaxer

    i was going to get a galaxy s2 at walmart for $300 but now for the same price i can get the nexus 4, get t-mobile preapid unlimited data, tether for an extra $15/month with what appears speeds much better than my current comcast. so it's just the upfront cost for a great phone that will be among the top phones for the next couple of years.
    i want it but i don't need it but i want it.

    • Alex

      Paying extra for tether?

      • Laschoni

        I believe TMo blocks the desktop user agent

        • Mitchell Feigley

          So use an extension to spoof your user agent ;)

          • jorgitin

            well said.

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanhouse David VanHouse

    I don't think it has been mentioned enough that it's actually November 13th .... lol

  • Humberto Hernandez

    I'll wait for a 32GB model.

    • sgtguthrie

      Ya, I'm hoping for that. But if it doesn't happen in a few months, the camera takes decent low light pics, and battery life is good, ill settle for the 16gb version...

  • Ryuuie

    Guess I'll be trying out Straight Talk or Red Pocket in a few weeks then.

  • Axel594

    Argh, I wish Google would let us Preorder this bad boy (:

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Wait, guys, I'm not sure if you noticed - I made a little booboo and said October 13th. Doesn't seem like anyone paid attention though.

    • John O’Connor

      I vote for Octember

    • Kenny O

      Wishful thinking :-)

  • Kenny O

    Soooo, there is absolutely no reason why any rational person would (read:should) buy this phone straight from T-Mobile.

  • La Parca

    Do i see HDMI port?! JIZZ IN MY PANTS!

  • http://www.facebook.com/andddlay Andrew Black

    with all this hype on the nexus 4, i'm hoping they wont sell out too early! i wasn't too quick on pre-ordering the nexus 7 but still got one, i hope they have enough

  • JG

    So the phone should basically get LTE speeds, even in 3G only market.... Neat-o....

    Out of curiosity, does it also support T-Mobile's Wifi Calling?

    I'm actually kind of talking myself into seriously considering switching from Verizon to T-Mobile... I was checking out T-Mobile's Family Plans & it looks like for about what we'd have to pay Verizon for a 2GB shared plan, we could be on T-Mobile & have unlimited data to both phones (as well as text & voice). According to the coverage map, voice is listed as "satisfactory" and 3/4G is "good" so coverage should be comparable to Verizon's I'd assume... But if we can use our wifi router as a mini cell tower, that'd be even cooler...

    • markt9002

      It doesn't support T-Mobile's wifi calling, but you can easily place and receive calls with CSipSimple, and a Pbxes.com account, or with a personal PBX server like PBX in a flash. I've been using the latter with my Galaxy Nexus on T-Mobile, and it's been great. Whenever I receive an incoming call, a hardware SIP phone rings at my house, at my work, and CSipSimple rings on my Gnex. This works great with the T-Mobile $30 plan.

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I was looking it up the other day, AT&T is only supporting HSPA+ 21, so it really wasn't a concern for AT&T users anyway.