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    Default If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Everyone agrees that the RAM and processor (and screen) on the Nexus 4 make it powerful enough to run future Android versions and apps for a number of years, but without LTE, it won't have access to the fastest network speeds in a few years...or will it?

    The Nexus 4 has a fully working Band 4 LTE radio (google for how to get it working without rooting). And MetroPCS and TMobile want to have an LTE network that covers 200 million people on band 4 only within just a few years!



    What makes it better is the combined spectrum of the two networks would give all the major cities 50MHZ (and more in some cities) on Band 4, meaning they'd be able to handle more users and about 2x the speed of Verizon's LTE.
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Well, that WAS breaking news when the article was first published.... In October 2012.

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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    I've heard there is a basic radio component missing that makes the range of LTE in the N4 not so very good?

    Either way, I would be perfectly stoked if this happens. In fact, I bought into a Tmo biz value plan hoping to be grandfathered into this future, unlimited and uncapped.
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    The Nexus 4 IS fully equipped for band 4 LTE. What it doesn't have is carrier permissions to use LTE radios. If T-mobile decides to grant non-branded devices (such as the Nexus 4) the ability access their network, as well as Google/T-mo provides a software update to enable it, it has the potential to be a game changer. The combined success of unlocked phone and the T-mobile's open network model may even start releasing the carrier grip on LTE that we have thus far seen.
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    "But Nexus 4 owners don't get a free LTE modem. While the Nexus 4 has LTE capabilities, according to LG, "it is only effective when combined with other essential hardware parts such as a signal amplifier and filter in order for it to work." These components have been omitted from the Nexus 4 in order to reduce cost."

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    Don't know if it's true, but I wouldn't count on a strong lte signal.

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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    This can't honestly still be a discussion worth having.

    *sigh*
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Quote Originally Posted by minnemike View Post
    I've heard there is a basic radio component missing that makes the range of LTE in the N4 not so very good?.
    It was a guy from LG that said that, and he lied. That has been proven:

    The same guy had said earlier that the Nexus 4 had no LTE capabilities at all.
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Quote Originally Posted by Qbancelli View Post
    It was a guy from LG that said that, and he lied. That has been proven:

    The same guy had said earlier that the Nexus 4 had no LTE capabilities at all.
    It's just weird that he would lie. It's not like that sounds like an honest mistake of being clueless or something.

    There's probably some reason, ranging from not wanting to hear incessant harassment from verizon fanboys wanting the N4 to some secretive plan to take the LTE market by storm once they deploy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yfan View Post
    The Nexus 4 IS fully equipped for band 4 LTE. What it doesn't have is carrier permissions to use LTE radios.
    It doesn't have FCC permission either. The N4 was approved by the FCC for HPSA+ but was not approved/certified for LTE.
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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Quote Originally Posted by Nonymous666 View Post
    It doesn't have FCC permission either. The N4 was approved by the FCC for HPSA+ but was not approved/certified for LTE.
    I see. Is it possible to do this after the release of a phone? Can Google go back to the FCC and get this certified for LTE one T-Mobile rolls their LTE network out?

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    Default Re: If TMobile + MetroPCS fulfill their plan, they'll singlehandedly future proof the Nexus 4!

    Quote Originally Posted by yfan View Post
    I see. Is it possible to do this after the release of a phone? Can Google go back to the FCC and get this certified for LTE one T-Mobile rolls their LTE network out?

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    Yes they could just reapply for approval on the lte bands.

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