Nexus 4 can access Canadian LTE coverage after network settings tweakAlex Wagner - Deputy Managing Editor, News Desk
Much noise has been made about the Nexus 4's lack of 4G LTE connectivity since its introduction late last month, but it was recently discovered that the new Nexus actually does contain hardware support for select LTE bands. Now some owners have discovered how to get LTE up and running on the Nexus 4. However, so far it only works on Canadian carriers like Rogers and Telus. The tweak, discovered on XDA-developers and then explained by Anandtech, is performed by diving into the device's Phone Info menu by dialing *#*#4636#*#* and then selecting the correct option in the Preferred Network Type menu.
It appears that the Nexus 4 will only work on LTE band 4, also known as AWS, which is currently used by some Canadian operators for LTE. AT&T is licensed to roll out LTE coverage on band 4 here in the U.S., but it's pretty much stuck to Band 17 for its LTE deployment so far. T-Mobile has said that it plans to introduce LTE coverage on the AWS band here, which is part of its network modernization process that's been bringing HSPA+ support to its 1900MHz spectrum. The only information that T-Mo has shared about its LTE rollout is that it'll be kicking off some time in 2013.
For now it looks like this news of working LTE for the Nexus 4 is good news for any Canadian owners of the device, but any T-Mobile customers that want to ready themselves for Magenta's upcoming LTE network could pick up a Nexus 4. Of course, it's possible that option of selecting LTE in the Nexus 4's network menu could eventually be disabled by Google and LG, so it may not be wise to base a Nexus 4 buying decision solely on this LTE connectivity. For those of you that'd like to see the Nexus 4 in action on LTE, you can find a video embedded below for your viewing pleasure.