Sunday, November 25, 2012

Nexus 4 Has Hidden 4G Antenna, Can Be Easily Activated on Some Carriers

The recently released Google-branded Nexus 4 phone from LG is a great phone for those on a budget. It starts at $299 without a contract in the US. However, some reviewers pointed out its lack of LTE support as a prominent disadvantage. But as it turns out, the phone does have a functioning 4G-compatible antenna that can be turned on with a very simple tweak.

This little hidden feature was discovered by someone on this forum. The tweak doesn't seem to work on AT&T's network, but it may work on Verizon and T-Mobile. The Verge has more details about this. It boils down to the fact that the antenna on the Nexus 4 is not technically fully LTE-capable, but the tech under it can easily function on certain LTE bands. AnandTech covers a lot of technical detail in their blog post.

You can follow the instructions in the video below to try and force your phone Nexus 4 to work on a 4G network: