Before you get too excited, let's start with the disclaimers. For starters, while yes, some users over on XDA managed to get LTE service working in very select AT&T markets, this probably won't work in your area. Also, this is not the intended use of your phone, so if you're not comfortable screwing with radios on your phone, you should probably skip the whole freaking out thing.

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So, here's how it goes. The Nexus 4 technically "doesn't" have support for LTE in that it does support certain bands due to the default hardware present in the Optimus G that this handset is based on, but it lacks the capability to utilize most major bands (there are 25 separate LTE bands).  If you're on AT&T and you're using LTE, chances are you're connected via band 17, which operates on the 700 MHz frequency. This low frequency allows the signal to reach over great distances and penetrate buildings better than higher frequencies.

However, in some, very select areas, AT&t utilizes band 4. Also referred to as AWS, the carrier has holdings on this spectrum in select markets including Phoenix, Raleigh, San Juan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte. Also Athens, GA and College Station, TX. That being said, the fact that AT&T owns spectrum here doesn't mean it's deployed. If you don't live in one of those cities, though, I wouldn't hold your breath for getting your hands on sweet, sweet LTE goodness. Even within them, it's no guarantee.

The user who shared it hasn't seen fit to provide a write-up for just how he accomplished this yet, but if nothing else, it proves once again that it is possible to get LTE on the Nexus 4. Though it's not something that you should anticipate.

Source: XDA

Eric Ravenscraft
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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

    Neat and all, but I still don't understand why people care this much. I get 12mbps and 75ms on HSPA+. If I need more then that on my phone, I'm doing something wrong and/or need to connect to WiFi. I'm going to be downloading bluray rips on my home connection, not on my phone.

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

      Fully agree.

    • RandomRant

      I also get really good HSPA+ speeds on T-mobile.

      But there are other places where the HSPA speeds are abysmal, especially on AT&T. You and I are lucky with the HSPA speeds we get, but it's understandable why many other people can't stand them.

      • Mark

        Heavy tourist areas right? Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, New York, etc. places where HSPA+ is just overloaded. Consider how many iPhones are out there, and 90% of them are on the HSPA+ band. Isn't it nice to move to a new band, a faster less crowded one?

    • UniBroW

      Some people just do things "just because" plus for those that like tinkering with things this is pretty awesome. getting LTE working on a phone that officially doesn't support it? awesome!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1312291338 Tim Miller

        I totally agree with doing it just for the fun of it. I'm referring more to people who think they can't live without LTE.

        • logicrulez

          As DrewNusser wrote, "AT&T HSPA+ is a joke compared to T-Mobile". I just went from a SGS2, which averaged around 2mbps to an SGS3, that averages about 20mbps. And no, I can't go back to HSPA+ on AT&T, I'm jaded.

    • DrewNusser

      AT&T HSPA+ is a joke compared to T-Mobile. The best I've ever seen is like 4.5mbps. 20 vs 4 is a big difference.

    • Cherokee4Life

      I soo want to say some snappy witty comment, but I am on Sprint so I fell like I have no right to...

    • http://twitter.com/Xyrax1 Xyrax

      This is Android bro. People that like to "(Joker Voice): Do Things......" absolutely flock to this operating system.

    • Mark

      I care because of congestion. I'm in Orlando, Fl on vacation right now and my wife's phone is on HSPA+ only and she's having a heck of a time getting online and when she does it's sluggish at best. My phone when on LTE works great, speed is decent, connectivity is reliable. Occasionally I'll get forced into HSPA+ mode due to bad LTE signal and instantly I can feel the poor connection speed. It's because of all the tourists and such in the parks, all with their iPhones and even HSPA+/3G Android phones, in short, the spectrum is overloaded. People in lines waiting, bored, all using their phones. So in heavy tourist areas, being in a completely different spectrum, one with a lot more capacity, is a good thing. Back at home it doesn't matter, HSPA+ isn't overloaded but in a tourist area, I'm greatful for LTE.

  • http://twitter.com/EatsShootsEdits Steven Schwartz

    Glad I live in Canada where LTE works pretty much out of the box with the Nexus 4, due to the bands that our carriers use for it.

    • ddpacino

      Can't wait for Tmo to roll out their LTE network as they'll be using the same bands and the Nexus 4 will support it out of box. Whoooop!

  • smirkis

    my speeds are faster then that, on hspa+, whamp whamp

  • http://twitter.com/SParKlngCyaNide SparklingCyanide

    I get 20-29Mbps regularly on T-Mobile HSPA+42, so I'm good and very content to wait for their LTE Advanced next year plus I'll have an absolutely Fantastic fallback.

  • Louis

    I get 22mbps download on HSPA+:15 on Three UK on my Nexus 4.... Faster than LET and better data allowances (all you can eat). Plus Three UK is rolling out the 42mbps this Christmas too... Who needs LTE?

  • http://profiles.google.com/ted.boone Ted Boone

    As a resident of College Station, TX, I may have to pay attention to this development.

  • milanyc

    Like how this article copy/pasted the list of AWS cities in the same particular order that I wrote on XDA. Nice :)

  • Jaime

    Works in Telcel in México :-)

  • Marco Mendoza

    Telcel from mexico also has band 4.

  • Blinken

    Thought those phone settings didnt stick after a reboot, or did i miss that part..

  • master94

    Who says the Nexus 4 doesnt do LTE

  • storm14k

    Seems to me folks need to go back and rewrite all these bashing articles questioning why Google can't do LTE at this price. They did do it. It looks moreso like they may have done this to make a bit of a statement to U.S. carriers maybe. And with the demand for the thing it looks like they have. They've said we don't need you to approve our work or define the terms of how we offer our devices.

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

    When I connected to Rogers LTE, it said LTE:13 in the about screen as well even though this was the same normal trick that was everywhere on the internet.

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

    Grrrrr! I was in Las Vegas just over a week ago. I would have loved to try this!

    I even had to do a factory restore, so I wouldn't have even cared if it did whack out the current setup a bit.

  • http://twitter.com/CJayJM CJay

    LTE is super sweeeeeeeet