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Thanks to Tinkering, Nexus 4 Begins Pulling AT&T 4G LTE In Some Markets

More news on the Nexus 4’s 4G LTE capabilities, as some folks have been able to connect to AT&T’s 4G LTE network, through band 4 (AWS spectrum). The frequency in question is currently used in a small amount of markets by AT&T, but it’s tough to tell if or where you’ll get it, since AT&T doesn’t primarily use band 4 for its LTE. We aren’t sure if they are simply using band 4 in markets that they don’t have enough band 17, or what the deal is. Either way, you should probably test your phone to see if it can pick it up. It should be noted that band 4 is the same LTE frequency that the Nexus 4 connected to in Canada.

In order to test, jump into the dialer and type *#*#4636#*#*, tap “Phone Information,” and then scroll down until you see the pull-down menu that reads “WCDMA.” Toggle that menu to read “LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL). Once completed, you will know pretty quickly if you have picked up AT&T’s LTE as the data icon will change from a “H” to “4G.”

If you happen to live in certain areas of Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Oklahoma, and a few others where the frequency is in use, you should jump on this immediately.

For more info and how to possibly get it working on your device, hit up the XDA threads below.

Via:  XDA [2] | Android Police

  • Geo

    someone is so getting fired

  • Hatyrei

    i have T-Mobile HSPA+ and i got 21mbps down & 2mbps up :),. does it count as an LTE? or does setting could possibly do some magic ? rofl.

    • Zero0

      LTE is a technology, not a speed. HSPA+ is sometimes considered 4G, but it’s not LTE.

      That said, T-Mobile Band 4 LTE is coming next year. I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s testing in a couple of cities now.

  • Jim McClain

    off topic question, how do you clear your batteries memory ?, trying out a new battery todya

    • Butters619

      Batteries don’t really have memory anymore. But sometimes your phone gets a little off. The way to do it is to drain all the way to 0. Wait 15-30 minutes or so. Plug your phone in and leave it off. Charge all the way to 100%. Leave it plugged in and off for another hour (batteries trickle charge the last bit). Then turn it on.

      Side note: Don’t do this too often because completely draining Li-ion and Li-Po batteries is hard on them.

    • SeanBello

      boot into recovery. in Clockwork it’s under Advanced, in TWRP it’s under Wipe

  • cooksta32676

    All 8 markets?

  • cheezer88


    • Mark

      I live in OKC and my Girlfriend has At&T might try out her At&T 4g sim card

  • Bob G

    Just so you know, whenever the phone restarts, it will default back to WCDMA preferred.

  • foob0t

    Im assuming this will never be possible on VZW?

    • BulletTooth_Tony

      Never is a strong word… In a few years when they launch LTE on the near nationwide AWS spectrum they got from the cable companies it sounds like it’d certainly be possible… You wouldn’t have a phone probably… But you would have data

    • Correct

    • ceejw

      In order for this to work on Verizon, Verizon would have to enable VOLTE and then someone would have to hack the Nexus to work on Verizon’s LTE bands. I don’t think that is possible but who knows.

  • Yet more proof that the LTEless Nexus 4 was a cop-out by Google by epic proportions.

    • none

      All Verizons fault

      • ceejw

        It’s not Verizon’s fault Google didn’t make LTE officially available on the Nexus 4 for AT&T.

    • IMHO, marketing that under-promises and over-delivers is a refreshing change. Rather than say “With 4GLTE*” (*LTE only available in limited markets), they said they didn’t want to support LTE as-is in the market. I don’t recall them ever saying that the device wasn’t capable of running on LTE networks, only that the device didn’t support LTE (which it doesn’t, as without a dedicated antenna the signal is terrible). Subtle differences, but very significant.

    • violator702

      They should have just said, “We don’t want to deal with carriers anymore,” instead of making the lame hybrid network excuse.

  • This is one of the most beautiful developments in mobile news.
    >No LTE capability in the phone
    >Wait, there’s an LTE radio in here? Eh, it’s probably dormant.
    >So now it gets LTE in Canada, so?
    >So now it get’s LTE in limited American markets, so?
    This is great.

    • im sure band 4 will be cut off for AT&T once they get band 17 established. its great, but its not widespread use yet…

      • Qbancelli

        Why would AT&T do that?

        • BulletTooth_Tony

          … Especially since they continue to buy more AWS spectrum from smaller stake holders now…

        • Butters619

          Band 17 (700 Mhz) does penetrate walls far better than Band 4.

          • TheCheapGamer

            That’s what she said.

    • zepfloyd

      It was originally reported that it would work where the AT&T uses Band 4, the issue is they really don’t and don’t plan to in mass, so it’ll be very very sporadic if at all.

    • Liderc

      It should just have LTE in the first place. It’s called terrible decisions. There’s nothing beautiful about it except the back before it cracks.

      Yes, I’m a bitter Verizon Galaxy Nexus user. Luckily, I have no reason to upgrade.

      • michael arazan

        Maybe the LTE was an easter egg they put in it.

      • bnd123us

        Have you blamed Verizon already for lack of update?