Saturday, November 24, 2012

Nexus 4 really has 4G after All?

When the new Nexus 4 was announced, a lot of people felt cheated for not being a 4G/LTE phone. However, when it actually came out, the first teardowns revealed that it had in fact a 4G/LTE chip inside even though it wasn't announced.

The question was: maybe this was due to some licensing agreement, and maybe the 4G firmware wasn't in place... But, some users are reporting they've been able to enable the 4G mode in the Nexus 4 by accessing the test menus: *#*#4636#*. And then changing the setting "Set preferred network type" from WCDMA to "LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL)" - and after it reconnects to the network (if it reconnects) check your data speeds to see if it's really in the 4G LTE broadband range.)

But, don't keep your hopes up. For now, the only successful reports have been arriving from Canada where they use the LTE Band 4 (AWS 2100 / 1700MHz). People from other countries, where operators use different bands have been unable to successfully replicate it.

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