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Last Updated: August 29th, 2013

Remember that nifty multi-carrier LTE version of the Nexus 7 that was shown off when the tablet was revealed last month? Google has been mum on a specific release date for that version, but United Kingdom carrier O2 is more than willing to chat it up. According to both a tweet from the official 02 account and a short blog post, the "4G" Nexus 7 will hit the UK on September 13th.

The 4G version of the Nexus 7 (UK carriers never muddied the "4G" nomenclature with HSPA+, so "LTE" and 4G" are interchangeable across the pond) will retail for £319.99 without a contract, just shy of $500 USD. The WiFi version of the tablet just launched in the UK, and O2 will sell you a 32GB model for £249.99, which is £10 more than the Play Store. So far Google has only announced a 32GB capacity for the LTE Nexus 7, so I'm assuming that's the model that O2 is gearing up to sell.

O2 customers will be aware that the carrier's LTE network isn't actually live at the moment - they claim that they'll begin rolling out 4G service starting tomorrow. The product page for O2's LTE Nexus 7 says that the "4G version is exclusive to O2," which is odd: the unlocked GSM-LTE tablet should work with any carrier in the United Kingdom. Perhaps O2 will be the only carrier to offer the Nexus 7 LTE via its online and brick-and-mortar retailers. I hope that Google is still planning to sell the LTE variant on the Play Store.

There's still no word on when Google is planning to release the Nexus 7 LTE in the United States, but given their launch schedule of "the coming weeks," it could be any day now.  

Source: O2 UK

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • mystilleef

    Will be using it as my next phone. Release it already, Google!

    • CasperTFG

      That's the way I'm leaning.

    • Steve Williamson

      you odd man! lol

    • Dan

      Hi. What app are you gonna use to turn the tablet into a phone?

      • mystilleef

        I use Google Voice and GrooveIP. So I don't look like a dork, I have bluetooth headsets and headphones.

        I have a $20 monthly T-Mobile mobile data plan. It gives me 5GB per month of data at 4G speed. After I use up the 5GB of data it switches to unlimited data at 2G speeds.

        Calls made using Google Voice in the US are free. So I save anywhere from $30 to $50 per month using this method.

        I don't see the point of using a phone anymore. The Nexus 7 gives me a beautiful large screen, persistent internet connection and portability. tt is now my only mobile device. My Nexus 4 is sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust.

        • zonedguy

          How did you get 5GB for $20/mo from T-mobile?

          • mystilleef

            Ah, I just checked. It's not 5GB it's 500MB. Ma bad.

        • Dan

          Can't use Google voice in Canada to perform what you're doing so I'm waiting for the LG pad 8.3. Looks like it will be an 8 inch screen with very little bezel that may be very close to Nexus 7 in size but with phone capability integrated already. Should be announced in Berlin.

  • Tony Brooks

    Too expensive for an LTE version - almost £100 more than the WiFi only, plus you'll need to fork out another £150 a year for data.

    • mystilleef

      Even though I'm still going to get it, I agree. I think the LTE version should be around $50 more expensive than the WiFi version. Especially since the cellular chip is built along with the SoC by the same company. I think $300 would have been a great price for the LTE version.

  • Todd Yates

    Couple of errors in this article. The 4G version is available from September 13th according to the O2 blog, and their £250 price for the Wi-Fi version is £10 more than on Play, not the same price. All indications point to a £300 RRP for the 4G version.

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

      Looks like they had both 12 and 13 listed. Now the post has been updated to say 13. As for the price, you're right. I'll have Jeremiah fix it.

  • BozzyB

    Unboxing video from german LTE-Version can be found on androidnext.de:

    http://www.androidnext.de/news/nexus-7-2013-lte-unboxing-video/

  • Miah

    I made up my mind to buy the wifi model, as LTE seems to expensive for me. I still can't figure out why I am buying it in the first place,

  • Wrighty2002

    Has there been any confirmation whether the 4G will be locked into O2 or not? Happy to get the free £30 cover & 2GB sim on PAYG but don't necessarily want to be locked into O2!

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