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Developers Show the Nexus 4 Can Handle LTE, Kinda

A bunch of developers over on the XDA forums have been tinkering with the Nexus 4 to see if they can persuade it to play nice with LTE. Turns out that, despite a lack of signal amplifier and filter, it can handle the high-speed connection. Kind of.

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The developers have shown that LG's phone can be forced onto an LTE network—but only one one that uses LTE band 4, which runs at 1700MHz and 2100MHz. If you're wondering, that band is used by Telus and Rogers in Canada and AT&T in the US.

The finding builds on Anandtech's claims from last week:

"Band 4 (AWS) could essentially be supported with the power amplifiers and transceiver that already are onboard the Nexus 4, but again it ultimately comes down to a particular OEM choice whether these get supported."

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And it can! The speed boost over HSPA seems modest, but it's there. Clearly Google opted out of providing LTE support as standard—presumably because of it being a pain in the ass to arrange internationally—but the tweak remains a project for the tinkerer. [XDA Developers via Verge]

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vdaedalus
Scantron Crothers

Haha, 'developers.' If switching your APN and network preference makes one a developer, I'm practically Linus bloody Torvalds.