LTE Nexus 7 (2013) arrives to several new countries; meanwhile Verizon is denying LTE Nexus 7 activations

by: Andrew GrushSeptember 17, 2013

Nexus 7

Yesterday we reported that the LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013) was temporarily out of stock in the United States. Fast-forwarding just a day, the LTE Nexus tablet is not only back in stock, but has also made its way to Google’s Play Store in Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, France, the UK, Japan, Korea and Italy.

How much will the LTE model of the tablet cost? While pricing will vary from country to country, it is listed at $349 in the United States.

In the U.S., the tablet comes in three configurations: an AT&T model that comes with an optional $100 AT&T bill credit with contract signing, a T-Mobile model that has free shipping and one month free 4G LTE access, and finally a third configuration that doesn’t include a SIM card.

What about a Verizon configuration? No such luck.

When Google first announced the LTE model of the Nexus 7, they revealed the tablet would be compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon. Unfortunately for early adopters, Verizon isn’t playing nice right now and is refusing activations for new microSIM cards on the Nexus 7. While the news of Verizon’s refusal to activate the LTE Nexus 7 (2013) is troublesome, there is hope.

According to a Verizon spokesperson speaking to CNET, “This is not yet a device that is Verizon 4G LTE certified. As you know, when devices are certified, we’ll let folks know.” Based on the wording of this response, it seems likely that Verizon will eventually get their act together and allow new activations on their network. Unfortunately, no word on how long that will take.

In the meantime, the SIM card-free model of the Nexus 7 LTE will work with Verizon, as long as you have a microSIM card that has already been activated on another device.

  • Joshua Hill

    U.S.A. telco’s and the laws that they operate under are a joke. Makes me very grateful I’m not subject to such a ludicrous situation.

  • I am also excited with the Nexus 7. Ever since, I always chose the Nexus brands. Let’s just say I love its quality and style.

  • IDontKnowMyName

    Cool. I was wondering why Australian Play Store was still showing the old Nexus 7 and not the new one. Time to buy gifts now :)

  • John George

    Received my Nexus LTE on Thursday and had it activated at Verizon last Friday.

  • jjordan

    Imagine that Verizon not playing nice with a nexus device…I’m sick of this shit with Verizon…I would like to be able to buy the nexus 5 and activate it on my Verizon account

  • jeddo45

    What they mean by its not certified had nothing to do with the network, its just Google isn’t letting them brand their stupid logo on the tablet…