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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RE: Why 4G LTE means very little
by Morgan on Wed 31st Oct 2012 00:22 UTC in reply to "Why 4G LTE means very little"
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Indeed, when I was testing a Nexus S 4G on Sprint I never got better than 8Mbps on 4G (granted, that is WiMAX and not LTE). Prior to that when I was on T-Mobile with a Nokia N900, I was regularly seeing 20-25Mbps, which rivaled my cable connection at home.

Sadly, T-Mobile inexplicably permanently capped my account at 300Kbps just one month after getting that phone, even though I had an unlimited data account and never went over 2GB/month bandwidth (at that time, they would only slow an account down after 5GB/month and would reset the soft cap every billing cycle). When I "upgraded" to a MyTouch 4G (and sold the N900 to finance it), my artificial cap soon disappeared. That was the move that eventually pushed me to Sprint.

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