The Nexus 4 is the perfect smartphone, right? For a lot of people, the answer is yes. But folks who have had the pleasure of using an LTE network say they’ll never, ever, go back to 3G. If the video embedded below is accurate, then someone in Canada has figured out how to make the LTE in the Nexus 4 actually work.
Now we know what you’re thinking, does the Nexus 4 actually have LTE, but Google doesn’t advertise it? Apparently yes. All you have to do to enable LTE it to open up the dialer, type in *#*#4636#*#*, and then select LTE. Boom, you’re done.
There are some caveats of course, the LTE only works on the 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands, which in America is known as the AWS band. No one really uses that band, so … while it’s nice that this discovery was made, it’s not exactly useful for AT&T and Verizon customers.
So why did Google lie about the specifications of the Nexus 4? They probably didn’t want to offend people. Imagine the PR blunder that would have resulted if Google went ahead and said Canadians can enjoy LTE, but Americans and Europeans couldn’t. There would have been geeks with pitchforks storming the Mountain View campus.
Do you even need LTE? This is a controversial question, because 3G in some cities is downright terrible, while in others it’s frankly amazing. The Nexus 4 is capable of connecting to 42 megabit HSPA+ networks, and speed tests have shown that it can deliver 25 megabits per second down in the real world. Again, not everyone will get those sort of speeds, but do you really need a 50 megabit pipe to your smartphone to be happy? We don’t think so. The only real benefit we see to LTE is the noticeable reduction in lag. Ping times are minuscule, so things “feel” faster.