News by Andrew Kameka on Friday November 23, 2012.
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Google and LG disappointed many when the two companies announced the Nexus 4 without LTE support, but that didn't stop the device from selling out minutes after going on sale. Some of those lucky Nexus 4 owners report that the phone does support LTE after all.
Anandtech discovered recently that the Nexus 4 has the hardware to support LTE, but the device lacks the proper set-up to work on any existing LTE network in the U.S. Members of the XDA Developers Forum have since managed to turn on LTE simply by changing the preferred network connection. Customers of Canada's Bell, Rogers, and TELUS networks are able to access the faster 4G network because those carriers have deployed LTE over the Band 4 AWS frequencies that are compatible with the Nexus 4 hardware. A quick settings tweak turns on LTE and boosts download and upload speeds.
U.S. customers cannot take advantage of the LTE workaround because AT&T has yet to use Band 4 for LTE. T-Mobile says that it will use the frequencies for its network, but LTE is not expected to arrive at T-Mobile for some time. U.S. consumers will have to rely on the HSPA+ networks employed by AT&T and T-Mobile unless an LTE-capable version of the phone is released later this year.
Here's a video demonstrating LTE being accessed on TELUS
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.