The Nexus 4 is the hottest Android phone, but many people wish it had support for 4G LTE. Andy Rubin told The Verge that the lack of LTE was a “tactical issue,” but now it appears the Nexus 4 has hidden support for LTE, and it’s already working in some countries.
So how was LTE magically enabled on the Nexus 4? Users navigated to the Phone Info menu and changed the Preferred Network Type. The option to change network types is hidden, but it can be accessed by dialing *#*#4636#*#* (INFO) or using a free app called Phone Info.
Currently, the Nexus 4 only works with LTE networks that operate on band 4 (AWS 1700/2100). This includes Bell, Rogers, and Telus in Canada and many users have reported that their Nexus 4s are getting 4G LTE speeds. Brian Klug of Anandtech also tested the Nexus 4 and confirmed LTE was working on band 4.
T-Mobile USA plans to deploy their 4G LTE network on band 4 in 2013, so there is a small chance that the Nexus 4 could operate on LTE in the US. T-Mobile is the official launch partner for the Nexus 4, so it’s a little suspicious that the device includes hidden LTE support for the same band 4 as their future network.
I wouldn’t get my hopes up yet, but this could be a major selling point for the Nexus 4 in the US. Google wants to provide an unlocked device that operates on LTE, and it appears they could be getting their wish next year.