LTE Nexus 7

32GB, Wifi and LTE Nexus 7 (2013) for $349

The LTE version of the Nexus 7 (2013) tablet is now available at Google Play. Shipping in one to two days, the 32GB unlocked LTE device will work on all most major US carriers as it carries the 700, 850, AWS and 1900 MHz LTE bands. Additionally, the device will come bundled with a T-Mobile SIM card, meaning you can get up and running on a pre-paid plan with just a phone call.

Shipping is free, and the device checks in at $349. Also, the Google Nexus Twitter account says the Nexus 7 LTE will be at T-Mobile stores in October.

Update: We've just heard from T-Mobile, who has confirmed that every purchase will qualify for 2GB of free LTE data during the first month. Their statement is after the break.

Source: Google Play; @googlenexus

Beginning today, the Google Nexus 7 – Google’s flagship 7-inch LTE tablet – will be available with T-Mobile service via the Google Play store for $349 (plus taxes and fees). Only America’s Un-carrier will let customers try its speedy nationwide 4G and growing 4G LTE network before they buy with an exclusive offer of 2GB of free data for one month.

The Nexus 7 is built to deliver the best of Google in a slim, portable tablet. With a stunning 7-inch Full HD display and powerful quad-core processor, the Nexus 7 will seamlessly connect to T-Mobile’s high-speed nationwide 4G HSPA+ and advanced 4G LTE network.

As of early August, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE reached 167 million people across the U.S. in 116 metropolitan areas and is on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people. Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile’s 4G LTE has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and is expected to roll out in many others.

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msc1014 says:

Finally! Order placed.

dslayer86 says:

ditto... order placed as well

very nice

They would have had me if this had launched at the same time or a couple weeks after the WiFi version but almost 2 months later I no longer care as I can hotspot off any of my devices at this point

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patruns says:

Same here. I finally gave up waiting as well and now tether.

msc1014 says:

I use TMo for my Nexus 4, thinking about going with another carrier for the tablet. I travel a lot for work and there are times my phone doesn't have the best service. Is there a way to get a Verizon micro sim for prepaid service? I know it will only be LTE, no fallback to CDMA. Or should I go with ATT, Aio, Straightalk, etc?


If this is supposed to be compatible with Verizon, what happens if you are in an unlucky spot that doesn't have LTE coverage? This tablet wouldn't provide 3G CDMA service, right?

Yup, no CDMA. Just LTE, HSPA+ and GSM.

jeffreytz says:

OK ordered, but it wasn't easy. No matter what I did my Chrome browser on my PC wouldn't show the LTE version. It had the "splash banner" on the main page, but when I clicked through it only shows the Wi-Fi versions. I had to use Internet Explorer to see the LTE version as the third option and order it that way. A bit of a bizarre irony. Probably a cache thing in the Chrome browser but refreshing should have retrieved the latest page.

Anyway, ordered and I can't wait. I purchased the 32GB wi-fi model just to check it out (I wasn't much of a believer in the 7" size) and found it so useful its the first tablet device I knew I wanted LTE built-in.

msc1014 says:

I had the same issue, had to click the Google Play button at the top of the article and it loaded the page with the cellular version.

jameskk1 says:

I wonder when Amazon will have this?

chronophilos says:

Does anybody know if Google will disable the tethering capabilities of this device as they did with the previous mobile data N7?

danyzfr6 says:

I'd like to know this too. Can you tether your Nexus 7 LTE? I would think so since it's an independently sold Nexus (i.e. not through a carrier) and, as such, they don't have to adhere to any carrier demands.

MissyHaney says:

still no MicroSD card slot, so this is useless... since 50% of the places that I travel to have zero data coverage from AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint..... :(

this is especially funny since the new Nexus 7 comes with a T-Mobile SIM card..... T-Mobile is still stuck at EDGE data speed in my area.... a city with 270,000+ population


Nexus devices will never have SD card slots (mind blown).

Also, if you're frequently traveling to areas with absolutely no coverage whatsoever, then you don't need a new tablet... You need new places to travel to lol.

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ScottJ says:

270K is a town.

Interesting map from Forbes showing where the places with NO service really are.


And, just think, that picture is from 2007. So, I would imagine, those areas have some sort of wireless presence, now.

WV is still the same, but those are places you need climbing gear to reach. We all serious and shit about our middle of nowhere places :P

jtc276 says:

WV actually has some LTE through Verizon and AT&T in the major cities, now. T-Mobile is useless here, though.

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About 11-17M/sec download on T-Mobile here at Chez Jerry.



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sectime says:

If you believe that map then shave off your beard.

rudyy50 says:


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NoNexus says:

It will never have a SD card slot again. Count on that.

Jim Gribbin says:

Plug in an OTG cable and connect a thumb drive. My city is 295,000+. We have 4 LTE carriers, T-Mobile just isn't one of them.

No OTG support for nexus 7 flo. Except you root and flash a new kernel (alot of ppl won't do that).

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CMercs says:

I just read that there is no Sprint support.

People reference Sprints 1900 band as the reason why.

I think that sucks. Sprint always seems to get the short end of the stick.

Cubfan says:

People who choose Sprint deserve the pain.

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NoNexus says:

Same could be said for the Cubs, the difference is that Sprint actually improves from year to year.


Lol, As a White Sox fan, I strongly approve this message.

NoNexus says:

Just tether it to your phone, problem solved

thoughthalo says:

Ordered it, with 2 days shipping, just in case.
Just wondering if the timing was to have some impact in terms of pulling potential buyer interest away from Apple back to Google, with the upcoming iPhone event tomorrow?

RaiderWill says:

Good Job T-Mo..
Glad I'm on your Team.

mech1164 says:

So my next question is will you be able to use the LTE on say tmo to place calls? Use something like talk tone with a bt headset. Would be a real good tablet then.

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bleached says:

I tried that for a couple months on t-Mobile with a HSPA hotspot feeding a Sprint Galaxy Nexus. It worked quite well when you had great service, but was very frustrating in spotty or slower areas. Disabling all the cell radios made the Galaxy Nexus have epic battery life, although the hot spot was a different story. It would get super hot during use and would die in an hour or two. I think it was defective as it died after a couple months.

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sk8trix says:

Will any of the frequencies it supports work on ATT LTE?

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Yes... Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.

sk8trix says:

So glad to hear that man...soon...ill order mine...

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jmcging says:

Can I move my ATT Sim from my 2012 Nexus 7 to the 2013 version and have it work and get LTE? It's 3 gigs for $30 and works well where I live.


I'm not sure why that wouldn't work.

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darkoman4 says:


mlndshh says:

will 2g/3g data work in this (planning to buy it in india)?

darkoman4 says:

Yes if bands are compatible.

kayropr says:

Have been waiting for this. I order a case yesterday to have it ready. Lol :-)

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emg75189 says:

I have a t-mobile wifi hotshot from over a year ago. Can I take out its sim and use it in the new nexus 7? It isn't LTE, just 3G+ or whatever it's called.

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darkoman4 says:

Yes if it is a micro sim, if not order sim cutter on ebay and switch back and forth. Just save the rest of sim to use as an addapter.

S-Doo-1965 says:

Ordered one from my WiFi old Nexus 7. Google makes it to easy.

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someguy01234 says:

I had the 1st gen Nexus 7 GSM version, but I prefer if this had phone capability, like the FonePad 7. (For the sarcastics: No I'm not going to put it up to my ears, there are speaker mode and headsets).

I thought that Tmobile was the un-carrier. These prices for lte data are higher than at&t. Get ready for overage charges too. I would blow through 3gigs of data in 10 days with lte. Videos are 1gig per hour. Crazy. I finally just turned lte off and used hspa+. I wish we had plans like the European carriers, but that won't happen.

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mrmexican87 says:

"At T-Mobile we don't charge overage fees. Once you have used all the high speed data allotted on your data option, your data speed will automatically convert to up to 2G web speeds for the remainder of your billing cycle. At the beginning of your next billing cycle you'll be back to nationwide 4G data."


rx76onu says:

Ordered mine last night. I have been a long time Android user on the phone side, but this will be my first tablet. Been using that stupid iPad 2 entirely too long.

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Kenny G Jr says:

When will it be available in Canada?

SharadP123 says:

I wish they would have launched this on day one. I ordered my Nexus 7 as soon as it was available for pre-order. Oh well, I will just keep using my phone as a hotspot.

I need to sell my TF201 w/keyboard and get this.

@mrmexican87, I couldn't comment on your post for some reason. IMO, dropping the speed to 2g is just as bad as an overage charge. I would rather pay $10 more to keep on using the internet than be essentially blocked from it by giving me 2g speeds. Thank you for the link, as I did not know about the no overage charges.

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