Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Oct 2012 19:15 UTC
Google "We know what Nexus means now. There can no longer be any doubt: a Nexus device is about openness first and foremost. That does not mean Google won't make compromises with the Nexus program. It simply means that Google will only make compromises when it comes to increasing openness. Why? Because Google benefits from open devices as much, or more than you do. Last year the technology sphere was busily discussing whether or not the Verizon Galaxy Nexus was a 'true' Nexus device. This year we have an answer: a Nexus controlled by a carrier is no Nexus. Rather than get in bed with Verizon, Sprint, or AT&T to produce an LTE version of the Nexus 4, we have HSPA+ only. Even the new Nexus 7 with mobile data is limited to this enhanced 3G standard." Interesting take on the whole thing - reeks a bit of finding a reason for a feature deficiency, but it does fit into the available facts.
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by Luminair on Tue 30th Oct 2012 22:40 UTC
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on products with margins this thin, the extra cost of LTE will significantly change the final price and ruin the whole idea. The reason there are no $350 LTE phones is not because the carriers are closed, but because that would be a stupid money-wasting product.

An LTE phone is a different product. It takes thousands of people to make a different product. And for what? Has anyone paid attention to how expensive, rare, and unpopular LTE phones are? Apple makes the most expensive premium electronics, and they could have done LTE from day one. Their opinion on LTE has been correct.

LTE is the most fringe of fringe phone features. It exists for carriers to extract cash from customers. It is not because people need the speed upgrade, despite what huge nerds think. Eventually the 700mhz band will provide better service, but not yet.

Edited 2012-10-30 22:41 UTC

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