LG Nexus 4 will support HSPA+ 42, Google and T-Mobile both confirm

by: Andrew GrushOctober 30, 2012

LG Nexus 4

Yesterday Google posted the official specs for the LG Nexus 4 on its Google Play Store and in doing so created more than a little confusion. The problem was that Google’s specs claimed the Nexus 4 would only work with HPSA+ 21. This was in stark contrast to T-Mobile’s press release, which suggested the Nexus 4 did in fact have HSPA+ 42 support. Essentially this meant that either LG had more than one version of the Nexus device or someone had made a mistake. The good news is that Google was at error here, not T-Mobile.

Google has since confirmed that the they had posted incorrect specs and that the LG Nexus 4 did in fact offer 42Mbps support through HSPA+. This is great news for T-Mobile users planning on purchasing the LG Nexus 4. The only news that could be better is if Google and LG announced that the Nexus 4’s lack of LTE was just a typo, too. We can dream at least.

Are you excited for the upcoming LG Nexus 4? If so, are you buying it off-contract from Google or will you get it at a subsidized price?


  • Wise_Support_Woman

    It includes support for very rarely used HSPA42, and no support for the extremely widespread LTE towers.

    No thanks

    • Klesk Antonus

      For the majority of Google’s potential customers LTE is irrelevant at the moment. Keeping costs down is of more benefit to more people.

    • bozzykid

      Where are these widespread LTE towers? Certainly not in Europe where HSPA+42 is more widespread.

    • AndroidBrian

      This is a international phone not a USA phone. Most places still use 3g.


      Are you kidding me? Rarely used? If you put all of the LTE markets together you still wouldn’t have as much network coverage as T-Mobiles HSPA+42 network. 37,000 cell sites covering 220 Million people. And in Europe HSPA+42 covers even more. So you may want to get a refund on that “wise” certificate you got.

    • Aca

      You have a very interesting definition of the word “widespread”.

  • LTE support = bending to the carriers and waiting months for updates, no thanks. Good move Google, thanks


      Boo hoo, so sick of hearing “delayed updates” as some big reason why people shouldn’t get a certain phone. 1st world problems, cry me a river. Horrible move by google and they will pay for it when they lose money by not offering this phone to more than half of the US market. Bet you were bashing iPhone users for their lack of LTE for the past few years. Nice to see Google going back in time as well as the mindsets of consumers. I guess making two versions of the phone was too much work for a multi-billion dollar company.

      • sean

        Got news for you. Half the US market is only 150 million people. There are 7 billion people in the world. Do you think Google cares if 2.5 percent of the population is too snooty to get a phone without LTE. I guess no one in the US has learned anything about finance as of yet. $350 price tag. If Apple had the balls to put out a $350 phone with no LTE a few years back people wouldn’t have had anything to complain about. Instead they put out a $700 phone without LTE. Is it getting any clearer for you yet???

        • No One

          Funny thing how Android fans react to this, Samsung and their fans have made a lot of stupid ads to show that they got 4G before iPhone and iPhone is outdated for not having it. Now when Google release their newest device and Android fan seem not care about the 4G any more. So 4G is not important now with many reasons.

          FYI, all mobile carriers in Australia have confirmed that they will not stock this device. People buy the phone mostly will be on a contract so regardless it is $350 phone or $600 phone they still get it free on the same contract, then why would they pick the none LTE over the LTE one? e.g.: Telstra in Australia is selling Motorola RARZ M LTE for $0 on their lowest $60/month plan. Why would I buy this N4 over the Motorola one? The cheap price tag only good for ppl who buy it outright then use BYO plan or prepaid. Hope this will clear it for you as well. Don’t tell me they sell outright device more than the contract.

          • marvin nubwaxer

            people are switching to prepaid. the nexus 4 encourages that and google is probably happy with that too.

          • No One

            True but how many?

          • N4 > RAZR M

            Reasons to get N4 over RAZR M ( things the N4 has that RAZR M doesn’t )
            1. 4.2
            2. Faster updates than any other phone
            3. Stock android
            4. Higher Screen Resolution
            5. Quad Core Processor
            6. Larger Battery
            7. More RAM
            8. More support and compatibility

          • No One

            You get what you pay for, nothing in this world just have the price higher than other for no reason. If that phone is so good like that with really cheap price then we will wait and see how many unit will be sold.

  • leoingle

    I been with Verizon for 2 years and I AM saying piss on LTE!! I am done with Verizon, LTE, their slow ass updates, and overpriced plans!

  • AndroidBrian

    Who will buy this for $199 when you can purchase it straight from play store? Use ur upgrade for a phone u can sell for more mlney . And buy ur nexus 4 at the play store.

  • For someone like me, this is great news! HSPA + 42 may not have as high of a top limit as LTE, but in real world use, I typically get 20-30mbps. Also, I’ve found that anything over 10mbps on a phone doesn’t make a discernable difference. So having a phone that has beast specs, is more than adequate with connection speeds, looks nice, is Nexus branded, and is only $299 off contract is quite a winner to me. I think this was a very smart move by Google.

  • marvin nubwaxer

    google has made t-mobile a much stronger competitor with the nexus 4, especially for everyone who wants to go contract free.
    also the nexus 4 should do very well in the worldwide market.

  • sproketz

    Off contract is cheaper in the long run by hundreds of dollars and allows you more freedom.

    • No One

      Only true for people who almost don’t make call. For ppl make call they just rather get the contract. e.g. I have to pay $60/month for my mobile bill in contract and get a free phone. If I buy the phone outright, I still have to go for $50 BYO plan otherwise I won’t have enough credit to use. If go for prepaid, it even more expensive compare to contract plan. So at the end of the day I stilll have to pay $50 or $60 mark a month, why would I out of my pocket $300-$400 for the phone for when I can get it free for same price. This is just one of the example.

      Again, the people who use prepaid or basicly need the phone and not calling are very little compare to the big market of people who actually making a lot of call and data.

      It might be a good device, might be not but the target of device is very clear that for people who can’t afford expensive phone or can’t go for a contract. This market share is never gonna be big. Some ppl said it is a lost for a Telco, no it is not a lost for them in anyway because their postpaid market share is always way over the prepaid one.

      In conclusion, it is all about personal taste and preference. Making so cheap device is never a way to compete with the competitors. Samsung made their device good to compete with Apple that is why Samsung device is not cheap at all. I don’t know what you think but for me I don’t expect anything good from a cheap stuff.

      • ??? T-Mobile offers a BYO plan that is $69 a month for unlimited everything. That is the plan that the Nexus 4 will use. And if you do this with another person it’s $59 a month.

        Not sure what carrier you have but T-mobile’s plan is ridiculously cheaper over a 2 year period than other providers. My wife and I are going to save about $2400 over the next 2 years, Even though we are both going to pay a $250 early termination fee to leave Verizon and buy 2 Nexus 4’s for $350 each. Even after all that we STILL will save tons of money over a 2 year period.

        Unlimited everything, Voice, Data, and Text.


  • On a Clear Day

    Faster is nicer of course, but given the current patchwork of “now you have LTE and now you don’t”; here maybe, there maybe not, regardless of carrier claims of having “the biggest, best (add your own legally qualified and exceptions vetted) hyperbole here) 4G network”, and the question re 4G is – does it really matter that much? And if does, that could lead to another question, “Should we get a life rather than make much ado about nothing?”
    The more I read about the 4G battle between the carriers the more it seems that it is just another whistle they’ve latched onto desperately to try – in vain – to give themselves some type market differentiation in a market where it is really hard to see that much difference between one carrier and another (so long as you’ve chosen one that performs well in your area).

  • AAAbsolutely buying the 32GB version OFF-CONTRACT!!!