A bunch of definitely curious and yet enterprising tweakers over at the XDA Developers forums have shown that it is possible to force a smartphone onto the LTE network straight from the handset’s debugging menu itself, never mind the fact that there is no working signal amplifier and filter in the Google Nexus 4. Of course, this seems to work on LTE band 4 (1700MHz and 2100MHz) which Canadian carriers Telus and Rogers occupy.
Anandtech did report last week that “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.” It is a rather tricky situation to get LTE support working across a range of carriers throughout the US and internationally, and that is the main reason why Google decided not to include support for multiple LTE bands on the Google Nexus 4 in the first place. Never say never, right?
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