Video: Someone in Canada has figured out how to enable LTE on the LG Nexus 4

by: ŠtefanNovember 23, 2012

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.

  • Chiraag G

    I have mine in the UK now and I won’t be enabling this – it will search for LTE draining battery for no reason. BAH! Good for Canadians, but LTE costs too much and is capped at 8GB in the UK. Three’s upgrading from 21Mbps to 42Mbps DC-HSDPA+ as we speak (50% of the UK by Christmas) which costs significantly less and is uncapped so I went for that one and got the N4 from CPW. Was worth it for me.

    • Daiel

      It won’t work on the 800/2600 EU LTE bands anyway.

      • The 800/2600MHz bands are the ones O2 and Vodafone will be fighting for in next year’s auction. EE and Three are on the 1800 MHz band. I guess it still won’t work on EE despite only the 100MHz difference.

        • Louis Otway

          Only 100MHz difference eh?
          I guess you don’t have much experience with RF engineering!

    • Iucidium

      You paid the £389.95?
      I’m waiting…I’m a skinflint :D

  • Qbancelli

    AT&T uses that LTE band. Do some reserch before posting an article.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      AT&T uses the 700 MHz band. Do some research before posting a comment.

      • MasterMuffin

        Victory :D

        • Qbancelli


      • 1700 not 700. att verizon use 700 not 1700 so they are right

      • Qbancelli

        ” The three models of iPhone 5 that are set to go on sale beginning Sept. 21 are specialized for certain markets.One model, the GSM Model A1428, looks geared toward AT&T, the original carrier of the iPhone and a mainstay of Apple’s U.S. phone business. It’s built to use LTE in bands 4 and 17, both of which are deployed by AT&T. (T-Mobile USA’s planned LTE network will also be in band 4, though that doesn’t mean an AT&T iPhone 5 will work or even necessarily roam on T-Mobile, it only makes it possible to build units for that network.”

        Yeah do your homework before posting an article.

  • Laborin_HK

    Not useful in Aus, not the same bands :( At least there is 4G for people who can use it.

  • hmm i’ll test that out on MTS when i can finally get my hands on a nexus 4

  • Qbancelli
  • Qbancelli

    Deleted my posts. How lame! Lol

  • andfan

    The 1700 MHz and 2100 MHz bands are the 3g T-Mobile bands in the U.S. So that might mean that the nexus 4 will be able to work on T-Mobile’s future LTE network.

  • Zebelious

    @- I already know Android Authority will eventually ban me from their site to prevent me from posting the comment below. I have no choice but to stand up, as a principle, against the censorshipment I experienced whilst I did nothing wrong. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you in advance.

    @ Stefan Constantinescu (Android Authority Author)

    You have removed two comments I made in the following links in response to your derogatory response.

    “Someone sounds like an angry college freshman.”

    In my first comment I made it clear that in one sentence alone you made one accusation, for being angry, and drew one wrong conclusion about my status, for being a college freshman. I also asked you to enlight me about any nonfactual, lies, or incorrect information I provided in my three paragraph response to your article even though I made it clear my response wasn’t a disagreement one.

    You have also clearly insulted many readers by using ‘college freshman’ as an adjective in your derogatory comment.

    Being very curious about your comment I then clicked on your user name to find out more about you. It was then I found out about a comment you made on ‘progress’ discussion, something also related to your article in above link. I quoted your statement in the second response which as I wrote it originally found it “disturbing if not frightening”. In that discussion you made it clear you couldn’t care less about human rights and China’s politics. I could not find your comment for the purpose of this post because you simply removed it to save your face. You kept your original derogatory comment to me nonetheless.

    You have clearly misused your ‘Mod’ privilages for your personal crusade which I don’t take lightly especially with someone who disregard human rights and think in the name of progress any wrong doings are justified. This kind of mindset is inline with fascisim.

  • Stian French

    I’m actually happy to be Canadian right now. Most of the time it’s like, dang, the Americans get all the cool stuff(which you still get most of it) but this just made my day.

    • Stefan Constantinescu

      Glad I could help you have a kick ass day!