If you have entered the interwebs today and are a Verizon customer who loves Android, then you likely caught wind of a story which criticizes them over their inability to (or decision not to) activate the Nexus 7 on their network. Before we go down this road, though, we should point out that the Nexus 7 with LTE works just fine on Verizon’s network – we have proven this already. The sticky point of this story is the fact that you can’t walk into a Verizon store and activate a new tablet line with the Nexus 7. But since this is the internet, and we freak out about everything, talk of C Block regulation violations and such are flying about! So what’s the deal? (more…)
Google added two new Nexus 7 LTE purchasing options to the Play store this morning, one of which includes an AT&T SIM and a deal that will land you a $100 bill credit for signing a 2-year service agreement. It certainly isn’t the 2GB of free data for a month that T-Mobile is offering without a service agreement, but it’s a deal none-the-less.
If carrier SIMs aren’t your cup of tea and you’d rather your new LTE-equipped tablet arrives by itself, they also are now listing the LTE model at the same $349 price without any sort of carrier add-ons or features.
As a reminder, the LTE model works on Verizon’s network perfectly well.
If you live internationally, you’ll be pleased to learn that the LTE model is also now available in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, UK, Japan, and Korea.
We’re not sure if Google has run out of stock, simply removed it from inventory for unspecified reasons, or is tweaking Google Play store pages, but the new 2013 Nexus 7 with LTE is now showing as “not for sale at this time.” In the past when devices have gone out of stock, Google Play will reference the reasons, which typically involves inventory levels. This statement of “not for sale” at this time, just 7 days after the device went on sale for $349, is a bit odd.
We’ll keep an eye on its status and update this post if we learn more.
Update: It’s now showing as “out of inventory” for some. Maybe Google sold through ‘em.
Update 2: It’s now back in stock.
Via: Google Play
This morning, Sprint announced that it had turned on 34 new 4G LTE markets across the country, bringing their total to 185. It’s mostly smaller markets, but you will see Sprint LTE in spots like Oklahoma City (OK), Corpus Christi (TX), Port Arthur (TX), and Salem (OR).
While this is an improvement and good news for Sprint customers, with Verizon pushing past the 500 market mark, and AT&T eclipsing 400, you can see how far Sprint has to go to compete. Even T-Mobile is lighting them up faster than we can keep track of these days. (more…)
T-Mobile updated its complete 4G LTE coverage list, flaunting that the new LTE network now covers up to 180 million POPs, a number that saw a massive spike in growth last month when their CEO flipped the switch live on stage. While T-Mobile grows at a steady pace, AT&T is almost wrapped up with its rollout, though. (more…)
Straight Talk, one of the most popular and affordable prepaid smartphone options, now appears to support AT&T’s 4G LTE. At $45 per month for unlimited talk, text, and data, this is now an incredibly interesting choice if carriers, subsidies, and contracts are not something you ever want to see again in your life. (more…)
When the new Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE became available earlier this week on Google Play, I immediately purchased one even at its $349 price. This is the version of the tablet that I have been waiting for. Since it has the ability to connect to Verizon’s LTE network (AT&T and T-Mobile’s too), it was a no-brainer as a device that I could use while on-the-go when traveling or should I happen to step out of my
cave home office. WiFi tablets have never really fit into my life as I always felt as if they needed to be stuck at home on WiFi, tethered, or in a state of struggle while finding an open network in an airport or other location. With this LTE model, that’s no longer a worry. (more…)