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