Verizon: Nexus 7 (2013) won’t work with 4G LTE until after KitKat upgrade

by: Andrew GrushNovember 7, 2013

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Back in September we first learned that Verizon was denying activation on new SIM cards for the Nexus 7 (2013) LTE. At the time, Verizon said it was because the device had yet to be certified for their network, a process that would take a month or more.

Now it’s November, and still the Verizon activation troubles persist. The latest excuse from Big Red is that the they encountered some kind of “systems issue” during the certification process. Allegedly the fault has something to do with the Android Jelly Bean build onboard, and to fix the issue they need Google and Asus’ assistance.

Apparently Asus and Google asked Verizon to suspend the certification process until Android 4.4 KitKat rolls out to the tablet. Here’s the full statement:

During the certification process for the Nexus 7, Google, Asus and Verizon uncovered a systems issue that required Google and Asus to undertake additional work with the Jelly Bean OS running on the device. Since Google was about to launch its new Kit Kat OS, rather than undertake this work, Google and Asus asked Verizon to suspend its certification process until Google’s new OS was available on the Nexus 7.

Yes, we know it sounds more than a little fishy. It’s also interesting timing, considering Verizon’s own low-end 4G LTE Ellipsis tablet officially went on sale today.

On the bright side, you aren’t without options for your Nexus 7 LTE. First, you could always get your hands on an already activated Verizon SIM, which plays nicely with the tablet. The next option is to make the switch to a new carrier. If you absolutely must wait for a new SIM card activation on Verizon, all you can do is sit it out and hope that the wait isn’t much longer — though we’d guess the absolute soonest would be a month from now.

Verizon’s handling of the Nexus 7 LTE just further shows us why the Nexus 5 made it to Sprint’s network while bypassing Big Red. We’ve reached out to both Google and Verizon for further clarification as to what kind of system error is causing issue here and when things are likely to be resolved. We’ll be sure to update if and when we hear back.

  • Piterson Massenat Desir

    I didn’t read the article. Just the title. Are you kidding me? Lte has nothing to do with kitkat or not. Verizon is on something green man.

  • RarestName

    What the heck is Verizon doing?

  • riven

    My nexus 7 (2013) 4G/LTE works just fine on Verizon (on a no contract, month to month data plan).

    The issue is only system activation of the SIM. The work around is to activate the SIM on another LTE device, then move that activated SIM to the Nexus 7 (2013).

    There are a few ways to accomplish this-
    Move an already activated Sim to the nexus, thus bypassing the activation process (Verizon gives out free Sim cards at all stores), then merely activate a new Sim on the old device.

    1. Borrow a lte device to activate Sim
    2. Move an activated Sim from another device
    3. Obtain a cheap/broken ‘throwaway’ Verizon lte device, and activate the Sim

    Mini Sims can be resized to micro using online templates (I resized my Sim), nano Sims can be fitted with an adapter to micro sim size.

    Easy. Done.

  • SuperSam64

    Horse shit. This is just like blocking Google Wallet under the pretense of “security concerns” because it used the secure element – yes, the same secure element that the Verizon-backed ISIS uses without such “security concerns”. It is also similar to Verizon being the ONLY network to block the Nexus 5 because Google won’t let them load it down with “improvements”. Verizon’s “excuses” department is second to none, and you can bet that when they stand to gain money from something they will do everything they can to push the competition out of the way, and in the process try to make it look as though they have the interests of the customers at heart. How this can be legal is beyond me, but the FCC angle has proved to be quite pointless as the FCC doesn’t really seem concerned in the slightest about Verizon’s continuous manipulative and blatantly immoral behavior. All we have left is the ability to vote with our wallets. Unfortunately, as long as they provide what is (or at least is perceived as) superior speed and coverage, most people will put up with this kind of abuse. They don’t to realize that with that speed and coverage comes the guarantee that they will nickel-and-dime you at every turn and operate in the most dishonest and shameful way possible at all times. To some, the quality of the services they provide makes their ridiculous policies acceptable. For me, this is not the case.