Nov 06 AT 6:22 PM Dima Aryeh 14 Comments

Verizon won’t start certifying Nexus 7 LTE until after KitKat update

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After the fiasco with the Nexus 7 LTE and Verizon, it’s been really quiet. If you don’t remember, Verizon has not allowed customers of the Nexus 7 LTE (which supports Verizon LTE) to activate their tablets on the network. They cite a lack of certification, but they have left all Verizon customers with the tablet stuck. After releasing the statement that it will certify the tablet, the company has been been silent on the matter.

Today, we finally got a statement from Verizon:

During the certification process for the Nexus 7, Google, Asus and Verizon uncovered a systems issue that required Google and Asus to undertake additional work with the Jelly Bean OS running on the device. Since Google was about to launch its new Kit Kat OS, rather than undertake this work, Google and Asus asked Verizon to suspend its certification process until Google's new OS was available on the Nexus 7.Verizon

Yes, due to some sort of issue (we can’t imagine what it is), the tablet will not be going thorough certification until after the KitKat OTA. This means that whenever the tablet receives KitKat, Verizon will start the certification process. But it could be weeks afterwards before people will be able to activate their tablets.

This situation has been an absolute mess. Knowing Verizon, the Nexus 7 LTE will be replaced by the time it’s certified. And worst of all, this ordeal is just hurting customers. If I were you, I wouldn’t really be holding my breath waiting for the certification process to end. Maybe you should go get that 200MB of free T-Mobile data for your tablet?

Source: Android Police

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • Napos

    I have a 2013 Nexus 7 LTE tablet. I put my Verizon (pre-activated) SIM card in it the day I received the tablet and can use LTE with no problems. I can imagine this is an issue for those trying to activate it for the first time but if you already have an active Verizon tablet SIM, it works magically. For me, I’m bringing the SIM from a previous iPad LTE.. which my account thinks is still using the SIM.

    • Dima Aryeh

      Yep, it’s an issue activating the tablet, not using it. If someone has an existing SIM, it’s seamless. If they don’t, which most don’t, it’s impossible.

  • Nate B.

    Flat out lie from Verizon. They would have said this from the start (still lying). Verizon is truly terrible.

    • DroidSamurai

      They probably aren’t lying, as I can see no reason why Google and Asus will let them get away with such “lie”. But, as Jeff below said, the fact that a tablet requires a carrier certification to be used on their network is a problem of its own. It’s like saying your home’s ISP requires a PC to be certified before it can be used. The thing is, neither AT&T nor T-mobile requires such certification and their network is doing just fine. On top of that, their so called certification has produced numerous jokes in the past, including some same-day recalls of updates that were supposed to have gone thru vigorous “testing”.

      • Dima Aryeh

        I agree, it probably isn’t a lie. They claim ASUS and Google decided this, and probably announced this now rather than earlier to not blow KitKat before it was released. And about everything you said on certification, 100% agreed.

  • Jeff

    Except that’s not the problem, a device isn’t supposed to need to go through carrier certification in order to be used on Verizon’s LTE network, as that’s the entire point of standards. People were using iPhones on T-Mobile’s network for several years before the carrier got it officially because Apple built it to a standard. And its obvious that people have been using the Nexus 7 LTE on Verizon if they had a SIM from another device on their account.

    Just yet one more reason why I will never have Verizon as a carrier.

    • donger

      Well said.

  • mrwirez

    Verizon sucks. 41 more days and I walk. A good network only gets them so far, and their phone selection stinks.

    …….Watch it be they want the bootloader locked on the N7lte

    • mrwirez

      Ummm…. 40 DAYS!!!!

  • MrMrMan

    Verizon is the reason this industry needs to be more heavily regulated. They’re using their power to abuse consumers.

  • donger

    Verizon sucks.

  • Merk

    Left Verizon yesterday, and went to AIO Wireless. Great service so for and half the price.

  • John Patrick

    From what I recall reading back at the time VZW when acquiring additional spectrum, standards-enabled BYOD was supposed a requirement as part of that deal. Besides, it’s 2013. Why isn’t VZW’s back end smart enough to accommodate any device operating within spectrum? They make it seem like one wrong device on the could Bork their whole network.

  • Skis03

    I love your network Verizon, but you are a pain in the a$$!