Yesterday news surfaced and flooded the interwebs surrounding the fact that Verizon wasn’t letting users activate and use the new Google Nexus 7 tablet on their network. Instantly many were fired up and getting out the pitchforks, but it sounds like it wasn’t all their fault. Their usual 4G LTE certification process is in the final stages, and once complete, the Nexus 7 will be all set to rock out with Verizon LTE speeds.
According to a Verizon blog post this afternoon, the Nexus 7 by Google was sent to their usual and rigorous certification process a bit late, sometime in August, and it usually takes at least 4-6 weeks to clear. Which isn’t anything new in the industry. So once that gets finished, they’ll work with Google to offer it on the Play Store for the same $349 price.
For those confused, the new Nexus 7 works with AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon LTE. All under one SKU and the same device. However, those who purchased it couldn’t activate service and the device on Verizon Wireless. If you already have a micro-SIM for Verizon, pop it in and 4G LTE works just fine. It’s their system that won’t allow an uncertified device to be activated and used.
Verizon states that once the device clears their process, users will be able to quickly and easily activate the new Nexus 7 tablet on their Share Everything plans, and for full use with Verizon Wireless. On the other side of things, hopefully this means Google and Verizon are working together (and playing nice) and we could end up seeing the LG Nexus 5 on Verizon too, but don’t get your hopes us.