Jan 16 AT 5:08 PM Dustin Earley 29 Comments

T-Mobile news roundup: Expanded Nexus 4 and 7 availability, LTE coming soon to Kansas City


Today has been a great afternoon for T-Mobile customers. Not only has T-Mobile announced that the Nexus 4 will be available in all retail locations in the coming weeks, but the Nexus 7 3G is now available in the Google Play store with a T-Mobile sim card. And the second city slated to get Magenta’s LTE network has been revealed.

T-Mobile has shown great support for the Nexus 4. The carrier introduced the handset with limited retail availability near its original launch, but that’s about to change. T-Mobile has announced that, despite supply constraints, the Nexus 4 will be available at all retail locations in the coming weeks. The Nexus 4 will also be available on their website by January 23. While this is great news for anyone looking to purchase a Nexus 4, a T-Mobile supplied handset does come at a price. You can get a Nexus 4 from T-Mobile on contract for $199, but without you’re looking at $499 — a $150 premium over the Google Play Nexus 4.

If you’re looking to use a Nexus 7 3G with T-Mobile, it got a lot easier today with the release of a Nexus 7 3G/T-Mobile sim card bundle on the Google Play store. The T-Mobile Nexus 7 3G is identical to the AT&T bundle; it just saves you the extra step of having to obtain a T-Mobile sim card. Google Play currently lists the T-Mobile Nexus 7 3G bundle as shipping in 3 to 5 days.

Finally, in network related news, T-Mobile has revealed that after Las Vegas, Kansas City will be the next city to receive access to T-Mobile’s LTE network. Las Vegas LTE should be going live any day now, with Kansas City soon to follow. According to Fierce Wireless, T-Mobile USA EVP and CTO Neville Ray hinted that T-Mobile’s LTE buildout will likely follow the same pattern their 1900MHz 3G buildout has. That means Baltimore, Houston and Washington, D.C. could be seeing LTE access shortly.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • CaptainDoug

    I want T-mobile LTE and 1900mhz 3G now!

    • Dustin Earley

      I am stuck between two major towns that have 1900 3G and I don’t. It’s very frustrating.

    • Richard Yarrell

      It’s great to see tmobile taking care of business on the Nexus front. One thing is for sure the BEST NEXUS resides on Tmobile. Not that bloatware infested Galaxy Nexus on Verizon. The Verizon Galaxy Nexus is the WORST NEXUS EVER. Get use to it boys every time you here about tmobile in 2013 you will be hearing from me. It will be a great year.

      • squiddy20

        You talk of the “bloatware infested Galaxy Nexus on Verizon” (which only has 2 Verizon specific apps, which most people I’m sure find useful), and yet your “pimp slapping” Note 2 on T-Mobile has at least triple the amount of “bloatware” :rollseyes

        What a hypocrite.

        • CaptainDoug

          I just ignore him. I mean really, if you say that some phone/network “pimp slaps” another phone/network, you can’t be taken seriously. Also those who overuse caps lock. Not people you want to have a discussion with.

  • Akshay Pall

    Still waiting for a Play Store restock LG!

  • Thomas Biard

    TMo has great appeal for me with their speeds and MVNO providers, but the service is so terrible in Orange County, CA, that I always walk away from exciting posts about them with sadness. I want to be able to use them, but I feel like the bad service here would infuriate me.

    • http://www.focuszonedevelopment.com Homncruse

      When was the last time you used them in your area? According to Root Metrics and Open Signal, it’s not too bad. Not too great, but certainly not “terrible”.

      • Thomas Biard

        I have never used it, but I work with a few people that have SGS II phones and their reception around work is almost nothing. Downloads would stop for so long they just fail out.

        From what I understand from friends that have it around her, you have to live in the right place and not be moving around throughout the day too much to have it be reliable. I’m not bagging in TMo, I’m just seeing what friends/coworkers are experiencing and deciding I’d rather have uninterrupted service for a little bit more money.

    • Ned P

      Today I just switched from T-Mobile Monthly 4G back to AT&T. I’m in La Jolla/San Diego and the reception is pretty variable. Horrible building penetration. I love T-mobile’s prices (of course) and would stay with them, but surprisingly even in well-developed SoCal, their reception is pretty weak.

    • Tangent

      I know the feeling. When I have a good signal the speeds are awesome. At my work though I’m constantly dropping to 2G and occasionally no signal at all while my AT&T and Verizon using co-workers all have screaming fast speeds. At my house I’m reliant on my WiFi calling because I have no signal at all even though their coverage map claims “Satisfactory 3G/4G” there… The little cell booster they sent me can’t even work because it doesn’t get enough of a signal.

      I’ve stayed with them because of their great customer service, but at this point they just have until the end of my wife’s contract in about a year and a half to improve in my area…

  • josegb2011

    Here hoping they release LTE around maryland in the coming month and maybe google releasing an update for the nexus 4 to support this? just here praying.

  • trees247

    Nexus gotta get the green light on LTE cause new network the want as many phones on it as possible

    • Ahmed Mansuri

      and 787 fleet grounded! The screamliner burning again???? Do not fly this aircraft, you will die

  • Josh

    So when T-Mobile brings out their LTE what happens to all the hspa phones? Will you have to buy an LTE capable device? Or will the LTE just automatically work with my Galaxy S3?

    • atmyside99

      Nothing will happen to your Samsung Galaxy S3, It will still run like normal on the Current HSPA+ Network. IF you want LTE access, you will have to buy a new phone with an LTE modem inside.

  • hurracayne

    Time to make a trip to a T-Mo store. I want to play with a Nexus 4 before I buy one.

    • Broo2

      exactly what I was thinking! :)

  • donger

    I actually tested and played with my first Nexus 4 at a t-mobile location.

  • Nathan D.

    I’m feeling pretty good about my network right now :-)

  • http://genesischess.com/ MJM128

    Can’t wait for some data tests to show up for T-Mobile’s LTE.

  • Christopher Wueste

    Got my Nexus 4 today at T-mobile. I live in College Station, TX if anyone is interested. They received 11 handsets. This thing is a freaking beast.

  • jamal adam

    Can’t wait for LTE to arrive to the Twin Cities.

  • inviolable

    I really hope they carry official accessories, since Google and LG don’t seem to be too concerned that people want to give them money.

  • Jehu

    It’s crazy that they’re letting them get away with charging that much more for the Nexus 4. $400, I would understand, but $500 is more than 40% more than the Play Store version! That’s a bit excessive.

    • inviolable

      Google has no say on how much T-Mobile sells it for, and $500 is pretty standard for this kind of device. Its actually cheaper than other high end phones unlocked. Google just made an unprecedented move and sold it much cheaper than market value.

  • Jonathan Nowee

    Is the Nexus 4 without a SIM lock for $500 dollar at T-Mobile USA?
    I’m from Europe and i’m in Boston/New York in February.

  • jamal adam

    Talk about demand, the Nexus 4 is gone from T-Mobile’s website.

  • Kylez64

    One of the perks of living in Vegas. It does not make up for the tweakers though.