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Verizon’s Nexus 7 Now Arriving in Stores, “4G LTE Certified” Right on the Box

Yesterday, we received word from sources that the Nexus 7 had finally received certification from Verizon and would be sold through the carrier as early as February 13. We also saw some cases for the device, with Verizon branding, arrive in stores for the launch. Today, we are now seeing the actual device hit back storage rooms of stores, but reps are told that it can’t be sold just yet. It looks like we have finally reached the end of the “certification process.” 

As you can see from the image below, the device is indeed “Verizon 4G LTE CERTIFIED.” While we were told that the certification process typically takes 4-6 weeks, we last heard that number back in September. I’ll let you do the math for number of weeks between September and mid-February. Who knows why it took this long to get this device certified.

In the end, the device worked on Verizon’s LTE network from day one, you just had to be a little sneaky at getting it activated if you didn’t already have a SIM to slap inside it. Once this device arrives in stores, I’d imagine you could take the LTE model you purchased months ago and get it activated.

The model being sold with “Verizon” branding on the package has 32GB of storage. The Google Play price on the 32GB LTE model is $349.

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  • jimt

    If you don’t have any way to get on the internet, no phone, no WiFi at home, no Starbucks, etc. I could see an LTE version as a possibility. Maybe you could use it as a phone using Skype. How much does a tablet only plan cost?

  • Tomek G

    Who cares, people who wanted it, probably bought it on “GSM” network.
    Big Red had best coverage, but map changed and so did budgets….
    Too late verizon!

  • It would be better if you could pay month-to-month like on the iPad, but
    AFAIK, that’s the only tablet where this is possible on Verizon. I work
    from home and at one point, my broadband modem crapped out and I was
    without internet for a couple of days. This would be nice as a backup,
    esp if you don’t want to sit with a tether for 8+ hours at a time that
    you’re not paying for.

  • Richard

    hmm… i wonder if the dummies at verizon sneaked in un-deletable bloatware. I’m thinking they did. Those SOBs did it the GNEX. And I bet this nexus 7 wont see any timely OS updates anytime soon. F^&#! YOU VERIZON!!!!!!

  • AkuSatou

    6 months later…. lol

  • mcdonsco

    I just dont understand why someone would buy an LTE tablet these days?

    On share everything it costs more per month when you could instead tether a WiFi tablet for free and works just as well.

    On grandfathered unlimited data, same thing, just need to root the phone.

    I’ve owned one and only one…the original 3G iPad…but at that time tethering was barely working, and not well…now it works great…I’m in the country and lose internet every once in a while but have LTE coverage on phone…I’ve used it to get on Xbox to play games, worked fine.

    • ChrisLucero

      Xbox to plays games… so you’re the reason why…

      • mcdonsco

        Apparently you missed the part about losing internet “every once in a while” and the Xbox comment was just testament to the reliability of the connection while tethered that its actually good enough to play xbox games online.

        Reason for what?

        • ChrisLucero

          You show up as sliding across my screen. If you ever hear people in the lobby saying to get off the Motel 6 WiFi, they’re talking to you.

          • mcdonsco


            Apparently you’ve never tried it…works fine (carrier/signal dependant of course).

    • Richard

      its simple. FOR CONVENIENCE!!!!

  • M3D1T8R

    Will Android native tetheringtethering (WiFi hotspot) work on this (without activating Verizon’s extra cost for the “service”)? Does it work on the already available LTE model? Is there any difference between the two other than the Verizon logo on the box?

  • Severo Rivera

    So basically if isnt plastered with Verizon logos you can’t use it on there network?

  • dennis laska

    Why would you buy this from verizon?? Buy it from the google play store Nexus 7 (32GB, Black, Wi-Fi + Mobile data, unlocked.
    Verizon jerks will charge you an activation fee and try to get you on a contract!

    • Dan DeMarco

      Zero activation fees right now with VZW and for roughly the next week or longer. Buy it off contract through Google, go into a VZW location and ask to have it activated with a SIM when it’s finally approved. Voila

  • JP

    Does anyone have the software build number to compare to a non “Verizon” model?

  • jimt

    I really don’t get why anyone would want an lte version of nexus 7, Why not tether it to a phone? Why not wifi only?

    • wade_county

      you don’t kill the battery life on your phone is 1 reason.

      • jimt

        But don’t you have to pay extra for the tablet like it was a second phone on Verizon. Granted it may be more convenient to use without a phone. All one needs is an external usb battery and a couple cables, just saying.

        • Gideon Waxfarb

          It would be better if you could pay month-to-month like on the iPad, but AFAIK, that’s the only tablet where this is possible on Verizon. I work from home and at one point, my broadband modem crapped out and I was without internet for a couple of days. This would be nice as a backup, esp if you don’t want to sit with a tether for 8+ hours at a time that you’re not paying for.

          • PoisonApple31

            You can go month to month with any device on Verizon as long as you pay full price or bring your own Verizon tablet.

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Really? That’s not what they told me. Then again, support reps are usually clueless 😛

          • Gideon Waxfarb

            Note: Wanted to reply to your newest post, but it’s not active yet …

            So on a device like this:


            (I actually want a Galaxy Tab Pro, but since they don’t have those listed yet …)

            do you find out what the actual month to month price is? If you click
            on ‘Plans’ down at the bottom, you just get the ‘Share Everything’
            stuff, and I don’t currently have a phone with them.

          • John Kitchen

            You only get a $100 price break for signing a contract

    • John Kitchen

      One time I had a WiFi only iPad. Then I got a Xyboard with LTE and ended up only using the Xyboard even though the iPad was way better. LTE tablets are the way to go. Especially now that they’re 10$ a month or have a million different prepaid options

      • Chris

        As long as you don;t sign a 2 year contract for one. Two year contracts on tablets as just as bas as contracts on cell phones.

        • John Kitchen

          Nope. Full retail. I did do a two year on an Ellipsis though cuz it was free.

      • chris_johns

        yeah but how much data can u really use…its like 1 gig…id do that on netflix in a few days

    • Adam Truelove

      Do you have internet at home? If so, why? Why not just tether all your devices to you phone all the time?

      • jimt

        Good point, guess you could, some of the kids in the family could need internet while I was out in the car with the mobile phone so I will keep the WiFi at home.I was thinking people were using the LTE tablet somewhere besides home. If using it only at home why have lte, the WiFi is faster! Why pay more for LTE from Verizon? Why use Verizon at all unless you have to? I have other devices that need to tie to the internet all the time such as NAS cloud and TiVo and sling box so phone only internet would not work for me. Maybe you.

    • chris_johns

      this^….but yeah i can see why it would be convenient…if i was rich n had disposable income id get a LTE tablet but tethering my og n7 works just fine…just wish i had a maxx for the bat life

    • peany

      I have phone service with Ting. Their messaging and minutes rates are cheap, but data…. not so much. So I use my Nexus 7 LTE ($50 premium over non-LTE Nexus 7) as a tablet and WiFi hotspot to save on Ting’s data rates and AT&T’s $10 extra a month if I had just a portable hotspot (which are $100-$200 just by itself).

  • EC8CH

    I have a feeling this is a glimpse of how Verizon will prevent our dreams of Sim unlocked phones that work across theirs and other US carriers after VOLTE occurs.

    Sorry…. That phone’s not “certified”. No activation for you!

    • tyguy829

      yeah but at least there’s a really easy workaround. Remember how kellen made a video several months showing that his n7 worked on verizon when he popped in his moto x’s sim card? So they might be able to make it difficult to activate a new sim, but once you have a sim you activate with another device, you will be good to go. I have read stories of people activating sims with the imei of display tablets in verizon stores, then putting it in their n7.

      • EC8CH

        Which is fine for the tech literate, but it would still prevent the masses, undercutting any market for open cross carrier phones from forming.

        • michael arazan

          Verizon said publicly that even when VoLTE starts, phones will still have cdma “to fall back on.”

          Besides, what’s the point of having VoLTE when 90% of the roads and Highways across the US aren’t covered by LTE and only 3G. I seriously doubt Verizon is going to blanket cover 4G the entire US and spend their 30 Billion a quarter to do so. Besides their too busy not paying taxes and collecting over 100 Billion a year now the way it is. They’ll never give up cdma control, without another way to control everything.

          • WickedToby741

            I’m kind of amazed they didn’t just go the embedded LTE route (i.e. no SIM card). Maybe they couldn’t because of the regulations for buying that one chunk of spectrum.

      • WickedToby741

        How is that easy? That REQUIRES you to have a separate “Verizon certified” device to even activate service. And forget customer service if you aren’t using a certified device.

  • Way too late.

    • Dan DeMarco

      Or you could have bought an LTE model when it was first released and used T-Mobiles free 200MBs until now?

      • Ray Gray

        from my understanding you have to have a mobile line with them also to get the free tablet data

        • djab

          Nope, I have been using free data from T-Mobile and I am on Verizon.

          • Ray Gray
        • Dan DeMarco

          Like Djab said, no line needed, surprisingly.

      • ThomasMoneyhon

        OR we could have complained to the FCC that any sort of ‘certification process’ your employer does on the LTE network violates the C block 700mhz auction rules verizon agreed to when they purchased the spectrum.

        Thats what I did. I feel like I did the right thing even though it made no difference. I also complained back in the day to the FCC about the lies verixon made saying they were not blocking google wallet in favor of ISIS.

        • WickedToby741

          I didn’t complain to the FCC, I just left Verizon. Best way to be heard is to speak with your wallet.

          • T4rd

            Indeed.. too bad you were probably replaced by 10 other people that day, so I doubt you were heard. =(

          • WickedToby741

            It’s more figurative than literal. I’m okay with it though. I’m no longer funding it (although I am funding AT&T, so it’s arguable whether that’s much better).

          • T4rd

            Lol, yeah, if there’s a worse carrier to support than Verizon, it’s AT&T. I’m convinced that they’re a duopoly though; what a coincidence that they both drop unlimited data and introduced tiered and shared data plans at around the same time!

    • Lucky Armpit

      Yeah, nothing like waiting until the device is a few months away from being upgraded to a new version because of your “certification” process.

  • Michael Quinlan

    With iterations of a device being released annually, leave it to Verizon to take over 6 months to “certify” a device for use on their network.

  • Firelight

    $349 + 2 Year Share Anything Contract of $10/m = $589 lifetime.

    Yeah … no.

    • John Legere

      Buy it off contract. Should still be $350. $250 with 2 years.

      • Firelight

        Which is why I bought it Wifi only and tethered from my phone instead.

    • Dan DeMarco

      $10/month is that dreadful? That’s one stop at a fastfood restaurant for a man in his 20s+. $10 is manageable, quit complaining because it’s VZW.

      • Firelight

        I’m an OG Droid owner and Alltel/Verizon customer since the 90’s. So I have a right to dislike VZW anyway I like.

        $600 for the lifetime ownership is how you should measure the economics and that is a lot for a 7″ tablet today that is already 7 months old.

        • JustinD2473

          you can’t just add $240 to the cost of a non-subsidized tablet and say that is the “lifetime” cost.
          1. You don’t have to sign a 2 year contract to add the data to a tablet you paid full price for.
          2. You could end up keeping it for more than 2 years….does the 4 year “lifetime” price = $829 ? Data is not free on any carrier….not sure why this is a Verizon complaint.

          • Firelight

            1. You are right
            2. It’s already 7 months old and will probably be replaced in 5 months. Economically – which is my argument – includes age of device now + my incentive to buy and own for ~x years = poor decision on VZW to delay & a poor purchase for me today. That is indeed on Verizon.

            I was shouting TAKE MY MONEY in September. Today – not so much – and that is specifically because of the delay.

          • Dan DeMarco

            It’s a “Verizon complaint” because it’s the new thing to do, apparently. I never got the memo.

          • Firelight

            As a Verizon Sales Rep (and maybe one assigned to the Social Channel?) I think your opinion is a bit biased, eh?

        • Dan DeMarco

          This all depends on how much you value one of the most powerful 7″ tablets out there. $600 lifetime investment is exactly what a lot of people are looking for to have the best LTE network follow you around, just not you. And get a new phone for Christ’s sake.

          • Firelight

            Sales pitch much?

            And I have a Moto X.

          • anezarati

            “$600 lifetime investment is exactly what a lot of people are looking for to have the best LTE network follow you around”

            hahaha, are you serious dude?

          • ThomasMoneyhon

            But its not the best. ATT’s is. Unless you figure better = bigger. I figure better = faster. Att’s is faster. This all makes sense when you figure Verizon has to have a bigger lte network since verizon 3G is painfully slow compared to HSPA+. Got to love CDMA.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Verizon Logo?

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  • Jonathan Bunch

    If one tugger nexus 5 would follow 🙁

  • Jim890

    I know this is off topic, but if anyone is interested in the Galaxy S5 Prime Variant specs.. See Attachment.

    • John Legere

      So, it’s still Snapdragon 800. Lame.

      • Jim890

        Snapdragon 800 is still good. You probably won’t see any phones that will come with Snapdragon 805 until Q3 of this year.

        • John Legere

          The M8 and G3 are guaranteed 805. If not, guess the year of smart phones isn’t 2014. Bring on 2015.

          • Tim242

            Qualcom said that the 805 would not be ready until 2nd half of 2014…

          • John Legere

            Saying doesn’t mean anything. I’m sure they are working their asss off before Tegra tries to enter with the K1.

    • If you know it’s off topic, why did you continue to post it?

      • Guest

        its Android, this is droid life. its on topic

        • The topic is the Nexus 7 on Verizon. This is an article, not a forum.

      • Tim242

        Your questioning him is off topic…

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      thanks looks possible

  • John Legere

    Let’s see Verizon match AT&Ts prices now.

  • Philip J. Fry

    To late Verizon!

  • hoosiercub88

    So, it’ll be the standard 32Gb LTE model right? just a special box sold at Verizon stores? So when will be see the availability to purchase one from Google I wonder.

  • Alex Coldstone Simon

    Needs Moar Logos

    • Maxim∑

      its the box? Who doesn’t put their logo on a box

      • EC8CH

        My laptop didn’t come in a box with my cable ISP’s logo on it…

        • Maxim∑

          good point

        • Tim242

          Your ISP didn’t sell it to you.

          • EC8CH

            My ISP hasn’t been successful at establishing business practices and lobbying for laws that have allowed them control over which devices can connect to their service. Thus forcing manufacturers and customers to exchange money for their products only in markets controlled by the service provider.

      • John Legere

        Some reason, i thought of this


      • John Legere

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