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New Nexus 7 Appears to Support LTE Networks for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile

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After the FCC filing for the new Nexus 7 became public this morning, the device as model number K009 has been the talk of tech world (well, outside of Kanye’s album leaking early). A Bluetooth SIG filing for it was discovered, plus most of the specs for the new 7-inch Google slate have all but been confirmed now, including LTE support. And speaking of LTE support, while doing some extra digging in the FCC report, Brian Klug of Anandtech discovered something that we haven’t seen often if ever in a new tablet or smartphone. We’re talking multi-band LTE support for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. 

The test reports show that the FCC tested the new Nexus 7 on LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, and 17. For those who don’t have U.S. LTE bands memorized, know that all three carriers have at least some band 4 (AWS) LTE spectrum, however that’s where T-Mobile plans to make most of their magic happen. The majority of Verizon’s LTE network runs through band 13, while AT&T has setup shop on band 17. Sprint’s LTE network uses band 25, which did not make the list in this filing.

So what does this mean? Well, we really don’t know at this point. With the original Nexus 7, we saw three models:  WiFi only, AT&T HSPA+, and T-Mobile HSPA+. This new Nexus 7 appears to run on GSM850 and 1900 when not using LTE, which are typically referred to as AT&T’s GSM bands, though T-Mobile is refarming their 1900 for HSPA+.

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Here are the frequencies numbers that each band was tested at. The 779-784MHz for band 13 is spot on for Verizon, while the low 700s is where AT&T tends to operate their LTE network on band 17.


While I’m no FCC expert, this looks like a model made for a connection with AT&T, but the parts or building blocks are certainly there for Google to sell models that work on multiple LTE networks. I don’t want to go as far as suggesting that we’re looking at a true multi-band LTE ready tablet, but maybe.

Via:  FCC

(H/T @nerdtalker)

  • Louie

    I hope the same for the Nexus 10, crossing fingers and keeping my hopes up.

  • Front camera? {{-_-}}

  • Jeff

    If this tablet can do all the big 4 carriers. I’m FREAKING STOKED!!! Because you would think that the next Nexus phone device would carry these as well. I’m still loving my Nexus 4!!!

    • Steve Benson

      A Nexus phone on Verizon is a different story. The phone would still need CDMA radios inside because Verizon isn’t ready for VoLTE yet (maybe late in 2014). Google isn’t dealing with Verizon and CDMA ever again. At best I’d predict we’re at least 2 full years away from true multi-band devices that will work on any carrier in the world. Once that happens, everyone wins.

  • Simon Belmont

    Haha. So Google can get an LTE Nexus tablet to play nicely on Verizon, but not an LTE Nexus phone?

    Ain’t that some crap. I guess this is about not having CDMA radios, though.

  • Nexus7Forum.com

    I’m not convinced this is the Nexus 7. it could easily be the Asus MemoPad HD (7 inch) in one and the MemoPad FHD 10 (10inch) in the other…which would explain the horizontal labeling and Asus logo but no Nexus logo. Both are Asus Memo Pads that were introduced at the recent Computex and the processors match what was unveiled at Computex. The MemoPad FHD 10 comes in two varieties…Wifi and LTE. The LTE comes with the Snapdragon S4 Pro like the filing above…and it looks just like this tablet with the Asus logo horizontal. The Bluetooth Sig of the 7 inch tablet could easily be the Memo Pad HD 7 inch tablet also introduced at Computex.

  • Alan Paone

    Because its a tablet and doesn’t need to worry about voice, this oughta just work on verizon without any CDMA BS.

  • KingKilla

    I am going to buy it for sure, i was waiting for 2nd gen for years.

  • Wasn’t that specifically one of the perks of the new Snapdragon CPU, multiLTE support?

    • Kenton Douglas

      I’m not sure it’s integrated into the Snapdragon, but they do have a companion part called RF360, which is multi-band LTE. It’s just launching now so …

  • Shane Redman

    Am I the only one that doesn’t really care about cellular tech in tablets?

  • Trevor

    I hope there are 2GB of RAM in this thing. I will definitely be buying one if the price is similar to the original N7. I’m all for a wifi only version as well, assuming it is cheaper anyway.

  • Qbancelli

    My money is ready…

    I’ve waited fot a year.

  • Skittlez

    wait what? supports verizon LTE bands?! maybe theres hope for another Nexus!

    • Shane Redman

      only becuase it doesnt have a need for CDMA radios.

      • Skittlez

        right, but the fact that it actually supports it has to say something. I mean, the last Nexus 7 with mobile support was only GSM, so maybe towards the end of the year, we can see an LTE only device, especially since verizon is already 95% done covering the current 3G market with LTE

        • anezarati

          the chromebook pixel also offers verizon lte

          • Skittlez

            so maybe this year, we can see an LTE Nexus device again. do i wait, or get the One? hmmm

          • Same conundrum here

          • Skittlez

            i mean, i have unlimited anyway, so i would have to pay full price. might as well get the one, and if the next “nexus” comes out, get it and sell the One

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        dingding. An LTE-only tablet makes sense as a first CDMA-less offering for Verizon because it doesn’t need to make calls, so they can roll it out before VoLTE is running. And, because of the C-block restrictions, they’ll need to have a really really good reason not to let it connect.

      • Raj Bhatt

        I would buy an LTE only device from Verizon. My alternatives are to switch to another carrier which would offer me inferior service anyway. I just really want a stock device with updates from Google. My GNex didn’t live up to that expectation.

    • michael arazan

      A nexus 7 that tells you to turn on wifi all the time with Verizon.

      I’m surprised Verizon has created software for all devices on their network that automatically switches devices to wifi when near a wifi enabled are.

      • Skittlez

        the nexus 7 doesn’t come from Verizon though, so it won’t have that in it. you just pop a sim in so you can access the LTE, and thats it. That wifi noti won’t be there

  • MichaelFranz

    I really want have a nexus tablet, but i wish there was an 8 inch or 8.9 inch variety. I feel at times it is just a little to small. I would be stepping down from a xoom

    • sadfsdfasdfjjjjjjjjjjjjj

      They make a nexus 10 you know…

      Sure it isn’t 8 or 8.9 but you really can’t be picky when you want Nexus. You get what Google personally agrees to sell.

      • MichaelFranz

        Agreed, but i like having the data plan. Plus it allows me to keep an extra line for upgrades 🙂

        So a 8-9 inch device with LTE and not samsung is my ideal next device

        • K

          Or just wait for Nexus 10 v2 (probably coming in Q4), am pretty sure that will have LTE seeing as N7 has LTE.

  • Tony Byatt

    Kanye’s album is trash. This though is pretty exciting…

    • Fozzybare

      lol i skimmed the article and didnt realize what this had to do with this post 😛

    • sadfsdfasdfjjjjjjjjjjjjj

      New Slaves and Black Skinhead are the best tracks.

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    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Kanye never disappoints.

      • Daeshaun Griffiths


      • S2556

        Imma let you finish, but Kanye has been one of the most disappointing rappers of all time!

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Numbers never lie. Every album is Multi Platinum. Last album MBDTF Most critically acclaimed album.

          • S2556

            He’s not that bad i’m just a Hater haha.
            Nas is my favorite right now

          • Larizard

            “Numbers never lie.”

            Same can be said for the iPhone and Apple’s Profits?

        • michael arazan

          He’s not a rapper, he’s a hip hop artist, using the term artist loosely here, please don’t insult the old school rappers. Hip hop is basically pop music, no message, no meaning.

          –Fight the power–

          • Jimneezy

            No Hip-Hop is the culture, old school rappers with great lyrics and content were also considered hip hop. Those “hip hop” artist you’re talking about are just pop stars that think they’re rappers

            and yes that Kanye West album is horrid trash

  • Tyler Durden

    Too bad Verizon doesn’t have unlimited anymore. Data is useless on a tablet now. Good thing places have WiFi.

    • Skittlez

      Us grandfathered still do…..not for long though i hear 🙁

      • clay

        you wont be able to add a new device to an unlimited data plan.

        if you sign a contract, you are forced off unlimited as well.

        after 10 years of verizon, im dumping them after my gnex contract is up.

        • cheezer88

          put your unlimited SIM card in to your tablet. Verizon can suck it.

          • Frettfreak

            AFAIK vzw doesn’t use sim cards. I am pretty sure it’s only for roaming but could be mistaken.

          • JackTheRipper

            sim cards are used by Verizon on all 4g phones/devices. You can take that sim from phone to phone and it will work without a hiccup.

          • Raj Bhatt

            LTE requires a sim card and all VZW LTE devices have one.

          • ALL LTE devices on Verizon require a sim card

          • Steve Benson

            Are you living under a rock?

        • LionStone

          Can you clarify? I bought a new DNA outright in Nov and put it on my Unlimited plan.

        • Jeff Creemer

          You can add a new device to an unlimited data plan. You just have to pay full price or buy it somewhere else. You just can’t keep the unlimited data and pay the subsidized price.

        • Skittlez

          you can add a new device. just need to pay full price

      • Brent Cooper

        What have you heard? How long are you talking about? any specific date?

      • phoneman67

        What have you heard on unlimited data?

      • mini-me

        what you talking about Willis (Skittlez)

        • Skittlez

          Friend that works at best buy spoke to a rep, and said that a plan to get unlimited gone for good is in the works. no specific date yet, but it’s going to happen.

      • LionStone

        What does vzw have to gain by doing away with Unlimited data plans for those grandfathered? I see them persuading people off of them every time I go in a vzw store. Those that are Grandfathered and are adamant about keeping it are getting fewer and fewer, so I just don’t think its a priority to Vzw is all.

    • Ian Smith

      i like places