Back when Google announced their brand new and improved 2013 Nexus 7, it was met with tons of excitement due to the fact they’d be offering an 4G LTE model with support for AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon all for just $349. After a month of waiting last week the tablet with LTE finally went up for sale. But now we’re hearing bad news that Verizon (once again) isn’t playing nice with Nexus devices.
It appears that Verizon isn’t too keen on the idea of the Nexus 7 working on their network, and as a result, won’t let users activate the new Nexus 7. Don’t get us wrong, the LTE Nexus 7 will work fine with Verizon, as we saw from Droid-Life last week. The problem is Verizon apparently doesn’t want it on their network, and won’t let you add a line and “activate” it with a SIM or a share everything plan.
However, if you have a SIM just throw it in the Nexus 7 and you’ll be up and running in no time, it’s the activation part that isn’t working, and might never actually work. A few of our readers were complaining about the situation earlier this week, and today Verizon’s official Twitter support page replied, and things aren’t looking good. Basically saying “not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our line up & can’t be activated” in response to questions about the new Nexus 7. Fail!
We have reached out to Verizon for more details, and will update the moment we learn more. At this time we’ve received a few different reports of Verizon not being able to activate or support the new slate, so hopefully you can get a SIM some other way.
As a reminder the Nexus 7 works with GSM (3G and faux 4G HSPA) with AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon. LTE works for all three. The CDMA of Verizon’s network being the issue here. It makes sense for them to not support a device that only works with LTE, even though they have the “widest LTE coverage in the US.” If you aren’t in an LTE area the device won’t work at all, while an AT&T or T-Mobile variant will drop back to GSM and work without fail.
Are you having the same problem with Verizon? We’re also getting scattered reports that AT&T might not “officially” support the Nexus 7 either. Drop us a comment below. Hopefully we learn more shortly, because this is a hot mess. Also, my faith in the LG Nexus 5 coming to Verizon is starting to dwindle.
— Thanks Jeff, and everyone else who sent this in!