Android Phones

Nexus 4 can access LTE speeds on certain Canadian LTE networks

November 23, 2012 | by Natesh Sood

Android Phones, Carriers, LG, Rogers, T-Mobile, Telus

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If you decided against purchasing a Nexus 4 on launch day not because it sold out incredibly quickly, but because it lacks LTE support, then this next story may change your opinion of the device.  It had been recently discovered that the Nexus 4 actually contains the necessary hardware to support LTE, but the internal hardware was never enabled or optimized by the software to work.  However, several XDA members were able to switch LTE support on and discovered it actually works under the right network conditions.

To leave out most of the technical jargon, it appears that the Nexus 4 LTE chip works well on Band 4 AWS with bandwidth support up to 20MHz.  In Canada, Telus and Rogers operate their respective LTE networks using Band 4, meaning it is possible to access LTE network speeds on the Nexus 4 if you live in Canada.  In the United States, AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon each use a different LTE band.  However, it is worth mentioning that T-Mobile plans to launch their LTE network using Band 4 sometime in the near future.

For the time being, it is pretty neat that LTE can be enabled simply by changing a profile in Preferred Network Type under Phone Info.  This serves as good news for those in Canada, and potentially good news for those waiting for T-Mobile’s LTE network.