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Nexus 7 2013 LTE Variant Available Now for $349

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The Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE just went live on Google Play for $349. Google is selling it as being unlocked with a T-Mobile SIM, however, it should work on (almost) everyone’s LTE network here in the States. We’re talking Verizon (was announced as being supported), T-Mobile, US Cellular, and AT&T, since it supports LTE frequencies of 700, 850, AWS, 1900MHz. I do not believe that Sprint is supported, at least according to the official tech specs which do not list bands 25 and 26.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to fall back to Verizon 3G at any time, but you can fall back to AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA should you choose their service.

We’re trying to confirm all of this, but that’s what was announced at the Nexus 7’s unveiling. 

If you want to use the device on T-Mobile, though, it looks like Google and T-Mo have partnered up to give you 2GB of free 4G data for the first month with “no obligations.” Ground shipping is also free.

This Nexus 7 model comes with 32GB of storage.

Here are the officially supported bands according to press docs:

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Via:  Google Play

  • Vlad Sokalsky

    Rogers Canada – never gets LTE logo in the top left corner
    constantly stays 4G

    … speeds are close enough to LTE though , i’m getting roughly 15 -28 Mbps)

  • Chris

    Verizon won’t activate my Nexus 7 LTE. I’ve emailed/called google and they say it doesn’t support verizon.

    • pjs2

      Wow, that sucks. I am getting mine today. What does Verizon say about it working with an existing sim like in the video above?

  • pjs2

    I was on the Google Nexus 7 forum and someone was commenting on having a hard time getting his N7 sim activated. Has anyone actually accomplished getting the tablet activated on Verizon?

  • Snuffy

    Ordered new LTE Nexus 7 2013 just now. Wish me luck on getting one that works! I find no one wanting it or the Ipad mini for MY use which is ONLY for a always-on hotspot. I have a Mini since 1/14/2013 for that use. Only the Ipad or Ipad mini have a hotspot. NONE! Now finally comes this new LTE Nexus 7, capable!

    I’m in a Unique situation. 4th largest city and in a 5 year major road construction that has me cut off from all Internet services for the duration. So my home network has no other ISP! The mini was always unstable and finally crashed August 23rd. Apple sucks and replacement under warranty TOTALLY SUCKS. Yup, they totally agree the Mini failed, but the warranty only gives a cobbled together piece of crap. It lasted 4 days and went to crap. The idiot bar is even worse.

    So it’s power with my Note II or nothing. That’s no good when I leave with the NoteII. I need always-on.

    So here’s hoping this New LTE Nexus 7 WORKS! My data line is $11.13 monthly with all the fees! Shares the 10gb plan. It’s all I’ve got to choose from if I want to be online! I cannot find anyone or any forum where anyone actually uses the hotspot of a tablet or any other devices hotspot. Hotspot is not just a toy for me. It’s a real need!

    The mini worked my network for 8 months, but it was never stable for more than a week or so and the Apple devices are expensive, unreliable, and the manufacturers warranty is as bad or worse than Nexus.

    Good luck to me!

  • Jonathan Agoot

    Is there another way to purchase LTE version without T-Mobile crap added on?

  • Canuck

    Can I make *phone* calls on Mobilicity in Canada? Mobilicity uses T-Mobile AND has LTE. Yes, I realize I have to smuggle one back across the border if I can get an American address to deliver it to.

  • S. LeBeau Kpadenou

    Since Verizon does not use SIM cards, could you attach this tablet to both a TMobile and Verizon account, and switch back and forth using the Setting radio page?

    • Ian Wilson

      Verizon 4g phones use SIM cards

  • Kenny G

    When’s it coming to us Canadians? 😉

  • Justin W

    Man, just 6-7 weeks ago I was SO hyped to buy this and use as a VOIP phone as my sole mobile device, on either T-MO or ATT in the SF Bay Area.

    However, over the last 3-4 weeks as Note 3 details kept pouring in, I started to reconsider, and now I’m pretty much set on making the Note 3 my next device, on T Mo prepaid, unsubsidized most likely. Reasons I decided against going with the Nexus 7 LTE:

    1) Camera – Coming from GNex’ substandard camera – don’t want to live with a crappy shooter again. Can’t always carry a dedicated camera.
    2) Ability to make actual calls/ texts outside data coverage. Imagine your are in a rural area and there’s an emergency – no legacy network/ 911 coverage on the N7
    3) One handed usability, especially with Gesture Keyboards. Note II is actually the perfect size for me to reach the entire Swype keyboard with my right thumb.
    4) Stylus – never used one but want to try it out
    5) Removable battery (Zero Lemon = juice for days) and SD card slot

    I used to be absolutely pumped for the day the N7 LTE hit the market. Now it’s here, and I’m totally Meh. How things can change…

    • Droidzilla

      It’s possible, though I don’t know how likely, that a phone SIM will work in this tablet. If that’s the case, get a Nexus 4 (or 5 when it comes out) and a Nexus 7 and just swap SIMs. Of course, if the phone SIM doesn’t work in this, like in the 2012 N7, then never mind.

      • Justin W

        SIM swapping could work, and I thought about that, but I decided I want to carry one device only. Also, don’t know how the camera will be on the Nexus 5 but probably not as good as the Note 3.

      • ddtech

        I tried that with a Samsung G tab 8.9 (AT&T) that I re-imaged with a Cyanogenmod ROM for phone service. I registered the SIM with a BlackBerry, then swapped the SIM back and was able to make/receive calls with the 8.9 tab (w/ a bluetooth headset). That is, until recently. Now I can only make outgoing call and can’t receive squat. I asked an ATT cust svc person ‘what the hell’ and he said it won’t work because they block it due to the IMEI, it’s different and an ATT branded device. Time to go to Asia and get another tablet that will make calls. I had a GT-P6200 that worked flawlessly for everything, until I lost it. Tablet are good for calls because you can have the real estate of a tablet and phone functionality of a regular phone device. Anyone who says the contrary is dead wrong. I want a tab that has phone functionality and I’m tired of fighting the provider to have what i already had!

        Shawn “No, and I have no idea why you’d want to make phone calls natively using
        a tablet anyway. But regardless, no, this tablet is data only”.

        • Droidzilla

          I was more meaning have the tablet for data only and the phone for everything else, but yeah a tablet that could do calls would be awesome. I would love that; sucks that American telcoms are such douches about it. We can hope, though, that Google comes out with a “giant phone” (i.e. tablet that can make calls) for GSM/HSPA+/LTE networks unlocked.

    • JamesU513

      Ummm… You’re comparing a tablet to a phone

      • Justin W

        You’re absolutely right. But this tablet is unique in how many frequencies it supports – more than most phones. And size wise, its screen is only 1.3″ larger than the Note 3, the other device in question. Over the last few months, several readers on DL, including myself, have thrown this idea of using the N7 LTE as a VOIP phone, and I’m just throwing my ideas out there.

    • JeffColorado

      The Nexus 7 has one feature that destroys the Note…Vanilla Android. Touchwiz is still the main reason I avoid Samsung products. It is like the Playschool version of Android.

      • Justin W

        This is actually where the lines get a little blurred. I agree that the looks are totally childish, but in the end I would rather have added functionality as long as performance doesn’t suffer. The dual-windows feature looks like a killer feature to have for a device with a large enough screen, not to mention the stylus features and the crapload of other features thrown in there – I’m sure some of them would be useful.

        I figure the worst case scenario is that I can’t live with a TouchWiz based- ROM and I flash something vanilla. I’ve been on AOSP based ROMs for the last 2 years, and as a power user I have to say stock is getting to look a little over-simplified and lacking in features (although still clean and beautiful).

  • Dave Weinstein

    I’m interested in using the EU version in Asia (Hong Kong and Singapore use LTE bands 3 and 7, Bangkok uses LTE band 1, and Philippines use 1, 3 and 5) Everyplace use standard GSM and HSPA+ frequencies.

    My question is whether the 3G/4G version of the Nexus 7 (2013) can make and receive phone calls and text messages?

    Does anyone know? It’s got the right radios for it.

  • matti861

    “Keep in mind that you won’t be able to fall back to Verizon 3G at any time, but you can fall back to AT&T and T-Mobile HSPA should you choose their service.”

    after reading that I dont understand how anybody would get this on verizon

    • JeffColorado

      Because Verizon has the best LTE coverage of anybody. Thats their only advantage over the other carriers really…it sure as hell aint pricing or support.

  • Tyrus

    so i have unlimited on verizon…could i just take out the sim card from my droid razr and just put it in the nexus 7 LTE version and use it, without any additional charges? or do i have to register the device?

    • Tim242

      Yes you can, no registration required.

    • ddevito

      you can, but the Nexus 7 won’t backdrop to CDMA(3G) – so it’s LTE or nothing.

  • NexusMan

    Clearly released to get the jump on tomorrow’s alleged iPad mini announcement.

    • ddevito

      no iPad mini tomorrow

  • Reggie T

    Yeah I have Silver Premier at Best Buy. Been contemplating returning my wifi model waiting for this. Probably will.

  • Michael Suriel

    Anybody know where to get a digitizer for the 2013 Nexus 7

    • David Verba

      Man, what a bummer. I have a cracked OG N7 that I’m still waiting for the LCD/Digitizer package to drop reasonably in price.

  • Mike Hilal

    Foxfi = $80 saved and no need for a second plan.

    • John

      until you get caught and they terminate your contract. as a verizon unlimited user this is the safer bet.

      • MK17

        Yeah, my buddy called Verizon and argued with them when his Fox-Fi stopped working with the Droid 4 update and they didn’t do anything. i don’t think you are going to have an issue.

        • Mike Hilal

          They really dont care….

      • JRomeo

        people who WiFi tether to their laptops cause all sorts of suspicious activity because windows downloads miscellaneous things and does different types of connections. however when you WiFi tether a tablet……. that tablet accesses the internet thru the play store, or thru the tablet stock browser, etcetera….. which is the same kind of traffic your cellphone does…….. so its way less suspicious.

        • Mike Hilal

          They’d never know as there are so few tablet specific apps out there.

      • Mike Hilal

        Best of luck to them, as I dont have a contract.

  • Tomen8r

    I have Verizon for my cell plan. But I wish I could put this tablet on another AND not play for a full cell plan. LIke a $20 pay for just my tablet leaving my phone on Verizon. Hate to put this on Verizon. I live in 4G but phone always says 3G. Ugh. Frustrating.

    • Andrew Thompson

      The share everything plan let’s you share data with a tablet for an additional $10 a month. I guess the whole 3G thing will be a problem though…

      Source: I work at an indirect agent.

  • JRomeo

    Is having LTE on your tablet really that BIG of a deal? Especially when everybody I know just tether’s their smartphone to their tablet……

    • aQuickBit

      For Verizon customers yes because they have to allow any LTE devices on to their network (when they acquired their LTE spectrum)…which means Nexus devices that they can’t control. And you can buy straight from the play store. The speed of the network is just a bonus.

      • Justin W

        I’m thinking about just taking the next Nexus phone, putting it on a Vzw LTE Only plan (if it has the correct bands). I wonder if they would have any complaints about that?

        • You wouldn’t be able to. VZW doesn’t support voice over LTE, so any LTE phone that you put on VZW wouldn’t make phone calls or have 3G data in areas where no LTE is available. Verizon has to, by law, allow all devices on their LTE network. They do not, however, have to allow any device on their CDMA 3G/1X network.

          • Justin Kos

            Groove IP wouldn’t work? It did on T-Mobile and at&it’s hspa+

          • It might as long as you’re somewhere with a data connection. I know nothing about GrooveIP.

          • Also, if anyone thinks an OEM would produce a phone capable of LTE on particular network, but incapable of native phone and text capabilities that same network, they are delusional.

          • JohnThackr

            “Also, if anyone thinks an OEM would produce a phone capable of LTE on particular network, but incapable of native phone and text capabilities that same network, they are delusional.”

            The blanket statement is not justified. While it doesn’t hold true for the US, in some countries operators that use CDMA2000 for their 3G service have LTE service on the same bands as GSM/UMTS operators in that same country. For example, in Japan a single phone targeted at either NTT Docomo (GSM/UMTS) or au/KDDI (CDMA2000) would support LTE on both networks, even if it only had 3G support for one of the two networks. In such a case the phone would be targeted at one of the two networks, but someone could unlock the phone and use it on the LTE, but not 3G, network of the other.

          • john0214

            Within the 700 MHz spec they Have to allow LTE devices. Never saw anything about aws bands they got

          • Justin W

            Don’t need VoLTE support, would use a VoIP services (GrooVe IP is a decent one that integrates with Google Voice).

        • Justin Kos

          You’ll have no texts and calls, you’d have to use groove IP and Google voice to pull it off

          • aQuickBit

            Which, if you happen to live in an “always on” LTE region (major city) then it’d be worth it. But the LTE service will drop in buildings you say? If you are already using VoIP, just use wifi. Nexus 5 on Verizon could be plausible this way.

          • Justin Kos

            Before I got my nexus 4 I had a gnex on Verizon..my experience with LTE was ok inside buildings, my community college is no good but other buildings were, at that point just get a different carrier if its an option for you

          • Tim242

            It doesn’t have Verizon LTE bands : (

          • aQuickBit

            Noooooo…. :'(

          • ReturnOfTheMack

            Well apparently that was a CDMA variant of the G2 and not a Nexus at all so…let us hope haha.

          • Cory_S

            Verizon’s LTE frequency actually has better building penetration than their 3G frequency.

          • Justin W

            I already use Google Voice and moving to GrooVeIP wouldn’t be a big deal since I already use the app occasionally on my tablet.

        • ddevito

          they’ll laugh at you when you need to use your phone and you’re in a 3G area

          • Brian Simon

            We get it already with your 3G comments, move along…

          • Justin W

            Last I checked, 99% of their 3G Network was going to be covered by 4G LTE by the end of this year. Also, I don’t go outside of their 4G LTE coverage areas, so I’d be fine.

      • ddevito

        except for the fact that it’s LTE or nothing. No 3G capability.

    • Tyler James Edward Hills

      For somebody still with a GNex that gets maybe 6-7 hours of battery life with light-moderate use, tethering is a killer. So for me, this is a veeeery big deal

      • ddevito

        try bluetooth data sharing

    • JohnThackr

      My wife carries around a purse, and she doesn’t use a lot of voice minutes. A LTE-enabled tablet plus an old dumb phone with a pay as you go plan is a lot cheaper than a smartphone, plus she gets a bigger screen out of it.

  • gchahinian

    What size sim card does this take? i’ll snatch one up if i can easily swap my phone’s sim card in and out

    • Micro SIM.

      • gchahinian

        Ahh boo…i guess no switching from my bionic 🙁

        • You could trim the SIM so it would fit in the Nexus 7 and then get an adapter so it also fits in the Bionic.

          • gchahinian

            Thinking about this, then i’m also thinking it’d be just as easy, if not easier to flip on my mobile hotspot and connect the n7 to that, this way i don’t lose my phone in the process

        • superdry

          You can always cut your sim and get a micro-sim to regular sim card adapter so you can switch back and forth.

        • Tojen1981

          If the Sim tray is the same style as the og Atrix, then the sim will be under a metal strap and should be able to hold the card in place without an adapter. I did that a few times with a micro sim and worked great. Just need some trial and error on lining it up right.

        • Cory_S

          Or, you could do what I did. Buy a bottle of lighter fluid. Empty it into a metal pan. Place Bionic in pan. Toss a lit zippo into said metal pan.

          Then buy a new phone, as your last one died in a fire.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    I’ve been thinking about waiting for the LTE model… now it hits me that it’s just LTE on Verizon. I mean I knew that but…. Now It has me second guessing….

    • Guest

      I don’t get what your saying

      • Tyler James Edward Hills

        As in just LTE. no fallback option to CDMA. ATT and Tmo have fallback options if you lost LTE coverage

    • JRomeo

      its not only LTE on verizon………. Its LTE on all mobile phone carriers except Sprint.

  • What is the best deal to get tmobile data for a tablet? Thanks.

    • Justin Kos

      Would the 30 dollar plan work? Its at Walmart

      • I think it ONLY works for phones. Wondering if someone could confirm or deny this and chime in on what tmobile plans they are using for tabs?

  • Remember, guys. If you buy this and use it on Verizon, it will ONLY work on LTE. It has no CDMA2000 support, therefore it absolutely positively will NOT fall back to 3G or 1X. If you travel outside Verizon LTE coverage, you will have no data.

    If you use it on AT&T or T-Mobile, though, it will fall back to HSPA or GSM seamlessly if LTE becomes unavailable.

    • JRomeo

      I thought Verizon LTE was everywhere, and Verizon had the best LTE coverage of them all……………

      • They do, but if you get deep into buildings or travel to rural places regularly, you’ll still find plenty of places where it’ll lose LTE.

        • Phillip Bee

          That was sarcasm @Shawn lol

          • JohnGaspardo

            double sarcasm so good nobody can decode it

      • michael arazan

        I drive to chicago from st.louis and KC to st.louis and 3g covers 90% of the highway between the cities. If I’m not driving its interesting to see if 4G comes up when we pass by townships or how long it will last when we see it by a populous. But once you are outside those counties of the city it switches to 3G here all along the highway.

        No way a volte phone is going to work well unless Verizon puts lte antennas along all major highways of the US, or people will be screwed in emergencies on long trips

        • JRomeo

          They could always tether their phone to their tablet… 3G Hotspot RULEZ in the absence of 4G

          • kimberly537

            my stepmom got an almost new gold Fiat only from working part-time off a laptop… view it w­w­w.J­A­M­20.c­o­m

    • steve ng

      I believe you are misleading readers. Gsm and cdma are not data networks. They are phone networks. We are talking about data network LTE. att and tmo falls back on hspa when outside of their LTE markets. Verizon falls back onto EVDO for 3G. Since nexus doesn’t support evdo, you will lose data ONLY outside of verizon lte markets. At the moment T-mo do NOT have LTE. They do not have true 4G data. They advertise their hspa+ as 4G, but never as LTE. HSPA and LTE are different technologies. T-MO plan to start putting up their LTE networks starting 2014.

      • Um…T-Mobile launched LTE earlier this year. It’s not nationwide but the certainly do have LTE. As for the CDMA issue, you’re getting caught up in semantics. EV-DO and 1XRR are technologies that only run on CDMA2000 networks. They’re the data components. You’re correct. But that still doesn’t change the fact that the 2013 N7 cannot use anything other than LTE on Verizon’s network. EV-DO has the same restrictions on connectivity that CDMA2000 has on voice. You cant simply use any device you want. That was the point. Since the N7 has no EV-DO support, it will lose all connectivity the minute you lose an LTE signal as opposed to networks like AT&T and T-Mobile where the N7 can fall back to HSPA+, UMTS, or EDGE. I’m not misleading anyone.

      • steve ng

        Here is something you should take into account. I have a verizon galaxy s3 using cdma for phone and text. Lte/evdo for data. I have no problem jumping onto gsm/hspa (used by t-mo) when traveling abroad. All samsung galaxy s3 have the radio hardware to access either gsm or cdma and lte or hspa. With the right app and a rooted device you should be able to take advantage of the hardware in your devices which is usually locked by your carrier. Since the nexus are unlocked I don’t see a problem using any phone/data networks once you get the right apn app.

        • Dude, you’re going WAY outside the scope of my original post. All I said was that if you use it on Verizon, it won’t fall back to 3G or 1X. That’s it. It’s no more or less complicated than that. If you use a 2013 N7 on Verizon, you will have no other data options other than LTE unless you swap SIMs. But if you swap SIMs, you’re no longer using Verizon, thus my original post no longer applies.

      • JohnThackr

        Look, if you want to get technical, “CDMA” is the name of a multiplexing or multiple access technique (that was hypothesized decades ago, but thought to be too difficult to implement in practice due to things like the near-far problem), but is often applied to the entire body of Qualcomm-invented 3GPP2-standardized cellular phone standards such as IS-95 (a 2G network, rebranded as CDMAOne) and CDMA2000, since IS-95 was the first cellular standard to successfully implement the CDMA technique.

        “GSM” is the name of the “Global System for Mobile Communications” (but originally in French something like Group Special Mobile), a system of cellular phone standards invented by ETSI (European standards body) for 2G (using the TDMA multiple access technique), then expanded by the 3GPP for 3G (with the UMTS standards– which use the CDMA multiple access technique, but are not part of the family of standards commonly known as “CDMA”). Technically, LTE can be considered part of the “GSM” standard as well, considering the role of the 3GPP– it’s simply the latest version of the GSM standards, one that again changes the multiple access technique, now using OFDMA. That’s why LTE handsets, including those by Verizon, have to have standard GSM SIM cards.

        In practice, people use synecdoche and metonymy to refer to, say, only the voice call part of the GSM standard as “GSM,” or to refer to the entire body of 3GPP2 standards as “CDMA,” but the usage you’re objecting to is not wrong. In fact, it’s arguably more correct that what you’re saying.

    • Houssem

      Shawn, thanks for the clarification. I just have 2 quick questions: the first is whether the LTE model will work with UMTS 900, UMTS 2100. The second is whether the adapter supports 220V (I live outside the US). Thanks!

      • I’m sure if you buy one from Europe, it’ll come with a 220V adapter. As far as UMTS support on 900 and 2100, yes, it supports that. You should have no problem getting data on this thing on almost any UMTS/HSPA+ network in the world.

    • Shaival

      GSM implies that I can make phone calls right?

      • No, and I have no idea why you’d want to make phone calls natively using a tablet anyway. But regardless, no, this tablet is data only. So when I said “GSM”, I should have said “GSM data technologies such as HSPA+, UMTS and EDGE.” I have no idea if the 2013 N7 supports the old GPRS protocol, but it may.

        • Ben

          But would I be able to use this with chat apps like viber and skype? I am almost sure since they are data only but would like someone to confirm.

    • chanchee

      Could you please tell me if I can use it to make a voice call without any data connection? I mean I want to use it as a phone, can I?

  • Bryant

    “since their LTE network runs in 800MHz and 800MHz frequencies ”

    Sprint’s LTE currently runs on 1900Mhz which is mostly why their outer city coverage is pitiful. 800Mhz and 2500Mhz are planned for deployment though. But i’m pretty sure that the 1900Mhz still wont work for sprint because it uses a different block on the 1900mhz spectrum

  • Andy Stetson

    Hmm… tempted to return the wifi version…

    • palomosan

      I can’t return mine since it’s over 30 days.

      • Andy Stetson

        Good point, now that i think about it, i’m over 30 days as well…

        tempted to give mine to the wife, sell her kindle fire, then get this one!!

        • palomosan

          Hahaha, that’s the same thing I’m thinking even though my wife paid for mine.

      • cheezer88

        bought mine at Best Buy, about to warrenty that bitch.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          Reward Zone Silver Membership 90 Day warranty I presume?

      • Chiaroscuro7

        ah.. I have best buy premier silver – 60 day no questions return – here I come 🙂

  • aQuickBit

    slowly but surely the pure Nexus family is coming back to Verizon.
    lets just be thankful for these baby steps because its in the right direction. Finally a semi-positive Verizon post!