Feb 10 AT 3:55 PM Dima Aryeh 8 Comments

Verizon to start selling Nexus 7 LTE February 13

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The story of the Nexus 7 LTE on the Verizon network is a very interesting (and annoying) one. It all started when the Nexus 7 LTE launched. The device came equipped for both GSM carriers, and in a big surprise, Verizon LTE compatibility. However, when folks tried activating the tablets on Verizon’s network, it didn’t work. Verizon didn’t allow an “uncertified” tablet to be running on the network, despite putting in an already activated SIM that work perfectly.

So started the Verizon certification process. It was expected to take 4-6 weeks, and we were hoping for the best. That was back in September. In that time, Verizon and Google decided to focus on approving KitKat instead of Jelly Bean, and after an even longer wait, the tablet is finally certified. Five months later. Good job Verizon!

Unfortunately, those who bought the tablet for use on Verizon had to wait almost half a year if they wanted to use it (unless they got it activated in other, sneakier ways). But the good news is that the wait is almost over. The tablet is certified, there are Verizon branded Nexus 7 models already shipping to stores, and the tablet will officially be sold at Verizon stores on February 13.

The Nexus 7 LTE sold by Verizon will be the 32GB variety and will go for $349.99, exactly what it goes for on the Play Store. You can also buy it on contract for $249.99, but as you can imagine, that’s not a great deal. Along with the Nexus 7, Verizon will be selling a few cases, like the Adopted Folio Frame and Speck StyleFolio that go for $50 and $35 respectively.

It’s incredible to me just how long Verizon took to certify this tablet, especially when people wanted to use it and pay Verizon money for use on its network. It’s just unbelievable. However, I shouldn’t be judging. You should be! Tell us in the comments what you think of Verizon’s actions and whether you’ll be using a Nexus 7 LTE on the Verizon network!

Source: Droid-Life

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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  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    So will people who bought an N7 w/GSM back in the day be able to still use it on Verizon? Or is there anything different in hardware between the ones that are “certified”?

    So ridiculous it took this long, more ridiculous that it even took place. When I saw Verizon tweet about the Nexus 7 I replied with a snarky “should have supported from day one.” No reply of course.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      No difference, those who bought the original model way back when should be able to activate it on Verizon starting on the 13th.

  • redraider133

    Verizon beats to their own drum. Not surprising it took this long for them to get it, just wonder how long those will have to wait for updates. Just another reason I’m glad I got the wifi model. Now if they could get the nexus 5….

    • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

      Shouldn’t they still get updates fairly quickly? I re-read the article and another one and saw that Verizon was waiting for the KitKat update (didn’t want to have it on their network on 4.3 for whatever bullshit reason).

  • Jeff Messer

    This was the final nail in the Verizon coffin for me. I’ve been enjoying my Nexus 7 LTE for months on AT&T (and for a short time on T-Mobile) with no issues whatsoever. The fact that Verizon STILL after all these months is going ahead with selling it on their own, and not just outlining the activation process for those of us who bought it from Google Play…it blows my mind. I don’t care how great your network is if getting the devices I want to use ON your network is unmanageable.

  • Ross Winn

    The Verizon ideal is to destroy customer choice and overcharge. After years as a customer I will never do business with them again.

  • redflame17

    Very little customer choice, locked down handsets and now “certified” LTE products? The fact that this tablet works on ATAT LTE means it is already certified by FCC to meet LTE protocol. VZW is all about $$$ and nothing else… Just disgusting, hope ppl complain to the FCC as VZW is violating its terms of having an OPEN LTE Network per request by FCC when it acquired spectrum license

  • donger

    Big Red.