LTE Nexus 7 available for AT&T and T-Mobile, not yet on Verizon
The T-Mobile pack includes a SIM card and no commitments. The tablet is even sold unlocked. If you want to use AT&T for your Nexus 7 data needs, though, you’re in for a special treat: $100 credit towards your monthly bill. To get that, however, you’ll need to sign a two-year contract with AT&T or get a Mobile Share plan if you’re already a customer. How and when you’ll receive your credit will be announced when you activate your Nexus 7 (which can be done online, in-store, or via AT&T’s phone line).
If your carrier of choice is Verizon… then no Nexus 7 for you. Yes you could buy the ‘generic’ version of the LTE-capable Nexus 7 from the Play Store, but Verizon simply won’t activate that on its network. Is this just another case of Verizon being Verizon?
A Big Red rep said things like “not all LTE tablets are created equal” and “it’s not part of our line up & can’t be activated” in response to a customer asking what he had to do to get the Nexus 7 working on Verizon.
The carrier attempted to clarify things in an official statement, saying that “This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. We’ll let folks know when it’s certified”. So apparently you will be able to use the Nexus 7 with LTE on Verizon, just not yet. And so the waiting begins.
Interestingly, if you don’t want to wait, and have a Verizon 4G LTE SIM card around, and you pop it into the Nexus 7, it will work. So this is clearly not a technical issue, which is why we’re hoping it will be taken care of sooner rather than later.