How’s your morning? Mine was filled with shovelling and snowblowing and general Canadian wintery stuff. We just got a huge dumping of snow, so it was a nice ‘surprise’.
Know what made it all worth while? Finding out that the Nexus 4 can have LTE.
We heard in the tear downs recently that there was the LTE chip in there, but it was probably ‘switched off’ as it was nearly an identical build to the Optimus G, so it was easier to leave it in, but off than change your production (that’s the theory).
Well, apparently “switched off” is a flexible term, as it’s been found out how to enable it. Thank you XDA.
And apparently anybody can do it. It was a trick I showed you a while back about how to ensure your phone stayed on 4G or whichever bands were strongest (I found mine often switched too easily to 2G and just stayed there).
- Load up the dialer
- punch in the following *#*#4636#*#* (essential *#*#INFO#*#*)
- this will bring you to a special screen with some phone settings, choose “phone info”
- scroll down for the ‘mode’ and you’ll see that it has something like “WCDMA preferred” click it to bring up a list to change the option, pick one with LTE
- wait to see if LTE is brought up
And don’t play with anything else in there… you can really mess up those settings.
What’s extra awesome is that it’s only good in Canada. The LTE bands it has are the ones that are compatible with most Canadian carriers. How cool is that!?!?!
Now, the caveat here is twofold: a) don’t mess with your other settings, you can seriously have a bad time doing that; b) I’ve found that when you reboot it defaults back to WCDMA mode, so you’ll have to redo it everytime you reboot.
But you know what? You’ll have LTE! Well, give it a try and let’s see the SpeedTests!