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7-24-2013 9-19-28 AM

This is definitely one of the highlights of today's Nexus 7 presentation for me: multi-network LTE support in one device. No mucking about with carrier-specific models. This is really great, assuming your carrier is supported.

The new Nexus 7, if you opt for the LTE model, will support LTE data connectivity on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile. That's just kind of awesome. There are some potential caveats, though. Google did not elaborate on which frequencies were specifically supported, or if 3G support would be available on all three networks.

7-24-2013 9-43-51 AM

I have to assume it will, though, as I have not yet heard of any device on Verizon that connects only through the LTE network. 3G support is all but a given for AT&T's world-friendly frequencies, as is at least partial support for T-Mobile 3G where it has not already been re-farmed into LTE.

The 32GB Nexus 7 LTE model will cost $349 in the US, and it's not looking like it will launch alongside the Wi-Fi models on July 30th, but rather "in the coming weeks." For more about the newest member of the Nexus family, check out our announcement post.

David Ruddock
David's phone is an HTC One. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, imparting a legal perspective on tech news, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Taedirk

    Sup, Sprint?

    • earth

      New N7 supports band 2, Sprint band 25 is a subset of band 2. Probably will support Sprint too.

      • Kirn Gill

        This would be contingent on two factors: Living in Sprint's sparse LTE coverage area and Sprint actually issuing SIM cards for the first time ever.

        • earth
          • analyzethis

            Where T-Mobile has HSPA+ 42mbps and or LTE it is much faster than Sprint's LTE at least from user data on Root Metrics.

            However when Sprint releases tri band phones and Clearwire starts rolling out LTE towers the shoe may be on the other foot.

          • earth

            Sprint's 800Mhz rollout now starting is significantly improving coverage, more comparable to ATT/vZW where rolled out. Tmobile is doing OK with performance now but needs a lower band to compete in coverage.

          • analyzethis

            It doesn't do much for users who don't have tri band phones though which haven't been released yet.

          • earth

            Agree but long term Sprint will be in good shape, certainly positioned better than Tmobile and has pieces in place to compete with ATT/VZW. Sprint has to prove they can execute though and Softbank big $$ and telcom experience increases chances.

          • analyzethis

            Agreed, in the long run Sprint's spectrum is a huge advantage that is barely mentioned and certainly not by TMobile users.

      • tanzil

        No this is not very nice.for better go here:http://device.androik.com

  • mattdonders

    Does this mean LTE in AOSP then?!

    • Kirn Gill

      AOSP has had LTE support in the code for quite a while now.

  • sammy

    I don't care about no gigahertz or no terabit all I want is my nexus 7 with mad terahertz

  • http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=1356962 ThilinaC

    Can we have the wallpaper used in the device in the pictures above ? :D

  • Plerisei

    A non-contract device, with multiple carrier LTE support? That's pretty exciting...

    • Marsg

      Let's hope the Nexus 5 follows it, Need it on Verizon lol

      • Epic Tea

        Same here i just hope it works on sprint currently using a rooted GS4 to get the Nexus experience, I honestly want to go pure Nexus for everything and if it doesn't happen soon I'll just go prepaid and cancel my contract with sprint. Idk why this Article mentions Verizon which is CDMA but not Sprint?

  • Rice21

    People Saying "F...CK YEAH" in 3 2 1......

  • Dinofan01

    My wishful thought: This technology was given to Motorola to be thrown in the Moto X. With this tech in the Moto X Verizon customers could get the Moto X off contract for a very moderate price and avoid an upgrade, successfully keeping their grandfathered unlimited data if they have it.

    That would be me and a few other people who have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus. We could potentially have our unlimited data on the most reliable network without falling into Verizon's manipulations of getting you onto a family plan and having a locked bootloader. Wishful thinking I know but my fingers are crossed.

    • A.J.

      I was typing as you posted this. I think if the Moto X isn't the default Nexus phone for this year that the true Nexus phone may have this technology. I am right there with you as a Verizon Galaxy Nexus owner.

      • Dinofan01

        I almost forgot there could be a Nexus 4 update (or whatever) this year. My Galaxy Nexus is starting to show it's age and I must admit I'm eager to jump to a new device. If the Moto X doesn't have the tech I can wait a few months for a possible Nexus 4.2 reveal. I can have a little patience for a few months hopefully...

    • Kirn Gill

      There's nothing reliable about Verizon.

      • Marsg

        Except their constant raping of customers wallets. You can definently expect them to jack up prices again, that's a given.

  • A.J.

    This is definitely a huge plus as it means that the next Nexus phone may finally support all carriers. I would hope Google is smart about this as Verizon keeps adding subscribers by the day.

  • Scott Clark

    Since it is on LTE, does this mean it could potentially be used as a phone? I'm assuming Google voice or some other VOIP would need to be involved.

  • Geoffrey Gunter

    I really really want this right now....

  • http://androidandme.com/ Taylor Wimberly

    Also interested to see if it does CDMA. Verizon won't sell a device that is LTE only, but they are not the ones selling the device here. I would assume there is some 3G networks support, but curious which ones.

    • Sqube

      I'm thinking AT&T and T-Mobile.

      You... you really wouldn't want to go down to CDMA on Sprint.

      • Kirn Gill

        Sprint does not currently issue SIM cards for their LTE network, there's no current means of connecting the Nexus 7 to their network, even with proper band support.

    • Kirn Gill

      The Nexus 7 does not have CDMA support. It would operate on Verizon solely on LTE.

  • Jeff Badger

    I'm pretty sure that the Chromebook Pixel is LTE only on Verizon with no CDMA on-board.

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

      Huh, good observation. Maybe it will be LTE only. Not that it really matters - VZW's LTE will have 100% overlap with 3G by year's end.

  • ins0mn1a

    there was a leak several weeks ago of the fcc filing of an asus 7" device, presumably this one. the bands shown there were dual EDGE, dual WCDMA (at&t and t-mo 3G) and tri-band LTE. there was no mention of any CDMA bands, 3G or otherwise. so it might really be the device to feature only LTE where verizon is concerned.

    • Kirn Gill

      According to Google's website, this device has quad-band GSM/EDGE, hexaband WCDMA/HSPA+, and hexaband LTE.

      • ins0mn1a

        that sounds fabulous! the international bands were conspicuously absent from the fcc site, so i was wondering if they were going to be present on the device, but it was fair to conclude they wouldn't be CDMA. where did you find the specs? i only see the wifi version on google play.

        • lewishnl

          "Optional 4G LTE

          North America:
          4G LTE: 700/750/850/1700/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/4/5/13/17)
          HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8/10)
          GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

          Europe:
          4G LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)
          HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8/10)
          GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz" - google.com/nexus/7

          • Kirn Gill

            They've updated the listing as of 2013-08-06

            It appears that they've switched to a pentaband HSPA+ and septaband LTE.

            It's good that they've got the "big five" covered on LTE for all regions, especially since in the future, bands 1-5 will be running nothing but LTE.

            Optional 4G LTE

            North America:
            GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
            HSPA+: 850/900/1900/1700/2100 (AWS) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
            LTE: 700/750/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/13/17)

            Europe:
            GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
            HSPA+: 850/900/1900/1700/2100 (AWS) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)
            LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)

  • Elias

    Let's say I like big, big phones. Using earphone or Bluetooth handsfree, could I use this as a regular phone?

    • Epic Tea

      thats what I'm thinking an all in one device, have the GS4 rooted with Stock its good but still not as good as the Nexus Experience. I'm stuck on sprint though considering just selling my GS4 getting a Nexus 7(2013) and going prepaid.

  • jfreml

    Actually the Chromebook Pixel is a device that only connects to Verizon's 4G LTE network.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    I wonder if I can just pop my Verizon Galaxy Nexus' SIM card in and activate it.

  • Marsg

    Why can't they do this with a smartphone, had to skip on the Nexus 4 cause it wasn't compatible with Verizon bands

  • DeeNIce

    will the LTE model come equipped with wifi or just LTE?

  • Deenice

    Will the LTE model come equipped with wifi?

  • Eric

    You should edit your article to be a little more specific. While Verizon currently offers no smartphone or tablet that's LTE-only, they certainly sell other devices that are LTE-only, such as the LTE Router, the LTE Home Fusion Device, and the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

  • John O’Connor

    "I have not yet heard of any device on Verizon that connects only through the LTE network"

    Chromebook Pixel (Only connects on VZ LTE)

    Someone beat me to it. darn

  • Nay Htet

    I am from Myanmar, the only service provider provides only GSM with 900 MHz. So I want to know whether I can use N7 LTE in our country's GSM network? If I can use, data-service and voice call service can be used like Galaxy Note 8.0?