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    Default Nexus 4 on Verizon

    I have Verizon and would find difficulty in changing seeing that the rest of the family is locked into it. I really want a Nexus 4 and was wondering if I could get a Verizon SIM card and insert it into the Nexus 4. Would it work and if so would I have to root the Nexus 4? If not do you see Verizon having its own Nexus 4 anytime soon?

    P.S. What do you guys think of using a Nexus 4 without a carrier and an alternative to an iPod Touch? Love Android and do not want to settle for the Galaxy Player and it's old Gingerbread OS
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    Nope different technology, it's like AM and FM radio, completely incompatible.
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    There's no such thing as a Verizon SIM card AFAIK. CDMA (i.e. Verizon, Sprint) doesn't use SIMs. Plain and simple, this particular phone isn't for those who are on CDMA networks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GreenFox View Post
    I have Verizon and would find difficulty in changing seeing that the rest of the family is locked into it. I really want a Nexus 4 and was wondering if I could get a Verizon SIM card and insert it into the Nexus 4. Would it work and if so would I have to root the Nexus 4? If not do you see Verizon having its own Nexus 4 anytime soon?
    No, it is not possible. I don't know if we'll see it come to Verizon. Given how the GNex went down between Google and Verizon, I wouldn't hold my breath.

    P.S. What do you guys think of using a Nexus 4 without a carrier and an alternative to an iPod Touch? Love Android and do not want to settle for the Galaxy Player and it's old Gingerbread OS
    Well the price is certainly right. That's a personal call as to whether or not you wanna use 2 separate devices and spend $300 for a device you won't use on a carrier.

    Quote Originally Posted by DirkBelig View Post
    There's no such thing as a Verizon SIM card AFAIK. CDMA (i.e. Verizon, Sprint) doesn't use SIMs. Plain and simple, this particular phone isn't for those who are on CDMA networks.
    Verizon uses SIMs now to authenticate LTE devices on their network. So does Sprint, but their SIMs are embedded inside the devices.
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    There is a rumor that carrier versions will come after the new year. It is from a single source via twitter that has been accurate before, but I'm not counting on it. I really think google missed the boat on this. I understand selling an unlocked version via google play, but it hurts no one to have carrier versions, especially on VZW, for folks like myself who have no other choice for decent coverage. People know now what to expect: a delay of about 8 weeks behind the unlocked update. As a VZW, I would gladly take that. Nearly 6 months post jelly bean, the GNex remains the ONLY android phone running jelly bean. That I'll change with the gn2 and htc phablet.

    Those who don't like that have choice, go unlocked, but to punish us who who don't have a choice as well as eliminate the largest US carrier makes no business sense. Work it out google/VZW.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aestep1014 View Post
    Those who don't like that have choice, go unlocked, but to punish us who who don't have a choice as well as eliminate the largest US carrier makes no business sense. Work it out google/VZW.
    Verizon is the only entity punishing you right now.

    Google made a decision to make a phone that serves nearly every country in the world, including the U.S. (just not Verizon/Sprint). I think they'd rather serve the 6 billion people not on Verizon than the 110 million on Verizon. It would clearly take a disproportionate amount of resources to bring a completely separate SKU to serve the couple hundred thousand (maybe??) people that would buy the Nexus 4 on Big Red.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Martonik View Post
    It would clearly take a disproportionate amount of resources to bring a completely separate SKU to serve the couple hundred thousand (maybe??) people that would buy the Nexus 4 on Big Red.
    And some of those resources have to be Sprint or Verizon employees, since the phones have to be modified to work on their proprietary CDMA networks which are different from each other and neither company wants to hand out the source code necessary to build radio drivers.

    Which means to sell a couple hundred thousand phones, tips, each carrier has to either commit resources to recompile the firmware with their radio drivers one every couple of months, or delay the release of the new firmware constantly (Galaxy Nexus, anyone) and ******* all over the concept of a Nexus phone.


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