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PSA: LTE Nexus 7 2013 Available for Purchase Through Verizon

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Today marks the end of a ridiculous saga:  the LTE-enabled Nexus 7 2013 is available for purchase through Verizon. It only took six months, but the Google-branded tablet has finally been “approved” to work on Big Red’s network. Talk about a thorough certification process!

It’s no secret that LTE Nexus 7 owners have long been able to use the device on Verizon’s network through unofficial methods, but the carrier’s approval and a a software update released yesterday will make the process a lot simpler.

Verizon’s offering the LTE Nexus 7 for the on-contract price of $250. An unlocked tablet will cost you an additional $100 for a total of $350, but that’s the price of freedom, I guess.

Anyone planning on picking one up, or did that ship sale last year?

Via: Verizon
  • BigMixxx

    I’ll say this:

    No carrier bloat AND no aweful labeling. Verizon actually did right by this device.

  • RiotPenguin

    @Kyle

    “Anyone planning on picking one up, or did that ship ‘sail’ last year?”

    There, fixed it for ya :)

  • JWells

    One could probably do most of their phone activity on speaker phone, eliminating the awkwardness of holding such a large device to your ear in public. But how does a guy carry one everywhere conveniently? I love my Nexus 7 Wi-Fi and would love to have only one device that does it all, but that’s my hangup on going going for this.

  • M3D1T8R

    Can anyone confirm if native android tethering (WiFi hotspot) works out of the box with this on Verizon? Or did they some how disable it to force you to use their pay hotspot “feature” during that 6 month “certification” process.

  • Chris

    Now with a ✓ Verizon logo

    • John

      Verizon loves their logos all over the place

      • Fry

        Except there isn’t one on this tablet…..hopefully.

        • John

          Well that will be a first for verizon…

          • The Narrator

            Why do logos matter? It’s called free advertising.

          • John

            You must work for them if you think a huge logo on the front is “cool” or “hip”

          • The Narrator

            I never said it was cool or hip. It’s advertising. Keep up your whining, see how far it goes.

          • Chris
          • Jimkane67

            Not sure why you need to advertise that your phone you bought from Verizon is from Verizon…

          • NexusMan

            So others who see it, and admire it, know that a. you are a Verizon customer (and therefore, there is an implied endorsement of their brand by the owner), b. Verizon has great phones (since you are admiring it), and c. just in general you will have Verizon on your mind….I would think those would be Verizon’s top reasons.

          • Adrynalyne

            Except that:

            Person who is interested in your device checks their carrier first to see if they have it. They usually do, making that line of thought ineffective.

          • Boblank84

            its accepted to have branding from the company that makes the device, not the company that sells the device… Would you drive around in a vehicle with a dealership logo painted on the trunk?

          • The Narrator

            How do you think Verizon got to where it is today? Not by sitting around , and doing nothing.

          • Boblank84

            Probably by having the best coverage in the states, not by slapping huge logos on devices.. I would like to think we as a society are not that impressionable.

          • The Narrator

            It’s advertising. Everywhere you go. You see signs, commercials, logos, etc.

          • Chris

            Right. so if you see it on “signs, commercials, logos” you wont need it on your phone

          • NexusMan

            Advertising is everywhere. Not just “signs, commercials, logos,” and certainly not just on phones. Look around your house right now and count how much “advertising” you see.

          • Adrynalyne

            Under what circumstance does that mean people want it on their cellular devices?

            I bought my monitors at Costco.

            They say HP on them. Not HP, Powered By Costco.

          • NexusMan

            And watches, tvs, computers, t shirts, luggage, wallets, purses, dvd players, radios, game consoles, microwaves, refrigerators, etc, etc, etc….I agree with you, The Narrator. Look, I feel a logo less front of a device is much more aesthetically pleasing, just like the next man, but people in the tech blogosphere go a little overboard with the crying over carrier logos, as if logos don’t appear on most other electronic (and some non electronic) retail devices being sold to man.

          • Chris

            Verizon has a long history before being a wireless compney. I suggest you do research….

          • NexusMan

            Actually, Verizon is STILL not a wireless company. They are a broadband and telecommunications company. It’s also fairly obvious they have a “history” before entering the wireless game, considering the “wireless” industry is fairly new.

          • Adrynalyne

            If you consider 14 years fairly new…

            That said, they didn’t get to where they are now by badging up their devices.

          • NexusMan

            Yes, I do consider 14 years fairly new. The 1st telephone was invented in 1876.

          • Adrynalyne

            I thought we were talking cellular phones. Verizon is not a new company.

            I was talking about Verizon Wireless.

            Verizon Communications, aka Bell Atlantic, aka one of the baby bells that was split from ATT in the 80s.

          • NexusMan

            ACTUALLY, my comment was made to Chris, who stated, “Verizon has a long history before being a wireless compney. I suggest you do research….” which is why I was NOT “talking cellular phones,” or “about Verizon Wireless.” HE brought up the fact of Verizon’s HISTORY, and I was therefore commenting on Verizon’s HISTORY. I went on to comment to Chris, “It’s also fairly obvious they have a “history” before entering the wireless game, considering the “wireless” industry is fairly new.” You then interjected, implying 14 years was not fairly new. Which again, as I stated before, it is. Either way you look at it. 14 years is fairly new as the 1st telephone was invented in 1876, and Verizon, as a company is 31 years old.

          • Adrynalyne

            My comment to YOU was regarding Verizon Wireless.

            Is it hard for people to talk under the context of cellular on a cellular phone site? I’ll ignore the fact that Verizon was an offshoot of ATT, which was around in the beginning, so technically it is not 31 years old either.

            FFS, why don’t you just concentrate on the real comment at hand, which is that Verizon WIRELESS did not get where they are by branding the hell out of their hardware. Why did you choose to ignore that?

          • NexusMan

            You’re still missing the point. Chris made a comment about Verizon’s history, and I responded about Verizon’s history. You then responded to my comments about Verizon’s HISTORY saying “I thought we were talking about Verizon Wireless.” No you were WRONG. At that moment, I wasn’t. It’s not that difficult to grasp. Clearly it is not hard for “people to talk under the context of cellular on a cellular phone site,” as you put it, because people myself included, have been doing it all along. However, in THAT MOMENT both Chris and myself were not. Is it so hard for people to follow other people’s conversations on a “cellular phone” site?

          • Adrynalyne

            Chris as talking about Verizon Wireless, bro.

          • Tim242

            Once again, you interjected yourself into an argument. I’m glad you find others to argue with in my absense

          • Adrynalyne

            STFU, hypocrite. You do it all the time, but others cannot. Right.

          • Tim242

            Haha gotcha

          • NexusMan

            “FFS, why don’t you just concentrate on the real comment at hand, which is that Verizon WIRELESS did not get where they are by branding the hell out of their hardware. Why did you choose to ignore that?” didn’t ignore it, just didn’t think it was necessary to elaborate, but since you insist…there is no ONE REASON why Verizon is where they are. That is common sense. Successful companies become successful for a multitude of reasons. Everyone knows that. The person who referenced Verizon’s logos, ie advertising, made that comment, I would assume, not to be taken 100% literally. But I didn’t make it, so I can’t comment fully on what was going on in his head. However, Verizon’s advertising ABSOLUTELY plays a part in their success, as does tons of other things, so YES, their strong branding HAS contributed to their success.

          • Adrynalyne

            Do you have any evidence that device branding has increased Verizon Wireless marketshare?

            Please elaborate.

          • NexusMan

            Do I have evidence that advertising helps increase marketshare. LOL. You are a special one.

          • Adrynalyne

            That isn’t what I said.

            Feel free to bolster yourself by insulting me though.

          • NexusMan

            I called you special. In what language is “special” an insult?

          • Adrynalyne

            In every context used on the Internet. Don’t play stupid, because I know you are smarter than that.

          • NexusMan

            Do you have any evidence that I was insulting you?

          • Adrynalyne

            Moving on. It is clear that you cannot prove that device branding has increased marketshare, so you have invalidated your entire argument.

          • NexusMan

            Right. In conclusion, in your own little bubble, 14 years is an extremely long time in the context of history, Verizon was founded long before they were founded, advertising (which INCLUDES) carrier branding) has no effect on sales growth, calling someone “special” is an insult, but telling someone to “not play stupid” isn’t, you have the foresight to see what one can and can not prove, and you have the judicial authority to proclaim one has officially invalidated their entire argument (not based on actual evidence, but based on the fact that you proclaimed that one can not present evidence to prove it). Did I miss anything? It’s been a very insightful conversation.

          • Adrynalyne

            So you are admitting that you cannot prove that device branding helps, despite arguing that it does.

            Got it.

          • NexusMan

            Nope. Admitting this conversation is dumb. And I’m moving on to the next site.

          • Adrynalyne

            Thanks for proving that you cannot backup your claim that device branding helps.

          • NexusMan

            Verizon was FOUNDED in 1983. It is 31 years old. Period. An “offshoot” becomes an actual entity of it’s own after it offshoots. That’s like saying “The tv series Joey did not only last 2 seasons, because it was a spinoff of Friends which lasted 10 seasons, so technically, the show Joey is not 2 seasons old either.” Your arguments are silly. Give it up.

          • Adrynalyne

            Verizon was SPLIT by the DOJ in 1983 from ATT. PERIOD.

          • NexusMan

            Like I said before. You just don’t get it.

          • Adrynalyne

            Neither do you apparently, so maybe we should drop it.

          • NexusMan

            Anyway, I’m bored with this. But I did answer your question that you were just burning for me to respond to, and claimed I ignored. Why don’t you respond to that?

          • Adrynalyne

            I did. Apparently you missed it.

          • NexusMan

            I did. I was distracted by your distractions.

          • Ravi Rao

            Most cars in California come with license plate frames for the dealership where you bought it from. Not many people replace their license plate frames.

          • Boblank84

            right but that is very easily removable…i would say that would be the equivalent of a sticker on a device.

          • n900mixalot

            Lots of people have dealer badges on their cars … and I don’t mean dealer place holders, I mean metal or silk-screened badges.

          • Boblank84

            i have never seen a dealer badge not easily removable. Even metal ones (which are rare) can be removed fairly easily…. I feel the analogy is valid.

          • Adrynalyne

            When we bought my wife’s car a few months ago, the dealer scrubbed off the badge that was painted on the car when they detailed it.

          • NexusMan

            Not quite the same. Carriers are more than just the people who “sell” the device. Your analogy equates Verizon with Best Buy. Verizon is not a store. A better analogy is how you DO drive around with a license plate with your registered state stamped on it and registration stickers.

          • Adrynalyne

            Don’t forget the type of fuel you use.

            “Powered by 87 Octane Gas” scrawled across the back window.

          • Tim242

            Dealerships put their logos on all cars sold…

          • Adrynalyne

            Our dealership scrubbed it off. We didn’t even have to ask.

          • Tim242

            That doesn’t change the fact that they put their badge on them, which disproves your analogy.

          • Adrynalyne

            What analogy would that be?

          • Adrynalyne

            I am waiting. What analogy did I use?

          • Boblank84

            every badge i have seen from a dealership is easily removable, as i stated above that would be the equivalent to a sticker on a device.

          • Tim242

            Mine is metal. Every new vehicle has a metal one attached. It might be removable, but certainly not easily. As far as your sticker analogy, most stickers are extremely difficult to remove.

          • Boblank84

            heat it slightly then use a plastic spatula and usually you can rub off or use goof off to remove the rest of the double sticky tape (those are all double sticky taped on)

          • Adrynalyne

            Thats the point. Let Verizon pay for their own advertising instead of pushing it off on their customers.

  • mikewilson1021

    The LTE price is the same on the Google Play Store for all of the 32gb variants. I’m no fan of Verizon, but at least they didn’t jack up the off-contract price.

    • EC8CH

      If they did that, there should be hell to pay.

      Delaying activations is bad enough.

      • michael arazan

        Question is if they will activate all the VZW LTE N7′s that people bought in the Play store already?

    • Rocketdaddy

      They would if there was any way to get away with it.

  • Blue Sun

    After my Verizon Xoom LTE experience, I will never, ever buy a carrier locked tablet again.

    • The Narrator

      Not sure why it would be locked. Its the same as the one in the play store.

    • Seanboy1

      What happened? I just ordered one. I have the wifi one but my sister wants one so Im giving her mine and i’m taking the lte one…

      • n900mixalot

        Ugh … the Xoom was a NIGHTMARE!!! But really, not that much unlike other manufacturers who don’t work with carriers to ensure that updates are reasonable.

        My Xoom is sitting in the top of my closet, having been waaaay past its useful period; i.e., when it would have been most useful, Verizon and Motorola were sitting on updates. I blame Motorola, though, because I have other Verizon devices and while they take their time, the Xoom was just a stupid experience.

        As for Motorola going to Lenovo, good riddance.

        • Jim Brewer

          My Verizon Xoom was stolen today and I will greatly miss that tablet. I used every day, all day on sales calls. Probably will buy a Samsung tomorrow but I want LTE on it.

    • n900mixalot

      PLEASE don’t remind me.

    • ceejw

      This isn’t carrier locked and gets updates straight from Google without going through Verizon for approval.

    • akazerotime

      Not sure I understand. Only thing really wrong with this device was the weight. The tablet was unlockable and you could put a hand full of roms on it back in it’s day. Now you can put bigpart on it, flash Omni rom and enjoy KitKat. I was waiting for a MotoX tablet but now Lenovo owns them I gave up the ghost on that one.

  • Fry

    Yea….no thanks

  • Tom Kiley

    Careful, now. You run around using the word ‘saga’ willy-nilly, and King.com will take you away in the night.

  • T4rd

    If only that said 5 instead of 7. =(

    • Seanboy1

      Is there a LIKE button here!!!!