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Although the Google event was cancelled/postponed, they announced the Nexus 4 on the web anyway. So, it will be available 11/13. I will get the 16GB version and move to T-mobile with the $30/month plan. Anyone doing the same?

I am now with Virgin Mobile using HTC Evo V 4G. I got pretty bad data speed here in San Diego. No 4G either. The phone is good although a bit thick/heavy, battery kind of lacking.

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Although the Google event was cancelled/postponed, they announced the Nexus 4 on the web anyway. So, it will be available 11/13. I will get the 16GB version and move to T-mobile with the $30/month plan. Anyone doing the same?

I am now with Virgin Mobile using HTC Evo V 4G. I got pretty bad data speed here in San Diego. No 4G either. The phone is good although a bit thick/heavy, battery kind of lacking.
Well it's not like you'll get 4G with the Nex4 since it doesn't have it.

But this is always a good idea as the T-Mobile plan is probably the most price worthy plan out there, good luck
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Well it's not like you'll get 4G with the Nex4 since it doesn't have it.

But this is always a good idea as the T-Mobile plan is probably the most price worthy plan out there, good luck
I am ok with hspa+ 21 for now... compared with what I am getting right now...
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So the nexus 4 works on t mobile prepaid monthly?
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So the nexus 4 works on t mobile prepaid monthly?
The unlocked version, yah, it has HSPA+ 21Mbps. You can also get it with 2-yr contract for $200.
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The unlocked version, yah, it has HSPA+ 21Mbps. You can also get it with 2-yr contract for $200.
So I buy the phone for$299 go to t mobile tell them I want the $30/$50 monthly and that's it?
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I am ok with hspa+ 21 for now... compared with what I am getting right now...
FWIW, I'm getting these speeds on my T-Mo Note 2, in the Balt./DC corridor (slower speeds, test was connecting to west coast due to poor GPS signal):


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Although the Google event was cancelled/postponed, they announced the Nexus 4 on the web anyway. So, it will be available 11/13. I will get the 16GB version and move to T-mobile with the $30/month plan. Anyone doing the same?

I am now with Virgin Mobile using HTC Evo V 4G. I got pretty bad data speed here in San Diego. No 4G either. The phone is good although a bit thick/heavy, battery kind of lacking.
I recently switched to T-Mo $30 plan (GSIII) from $35 VM (Evo V) and the data speeds have been fantastic in San Diego. I've ran over dozen speed tests so far in different areas and except for one spot (209 kbps), lowest so far is at 4748 kbps down/1500 up and highest is at 19610 up/3656 down. However, ping is usual around 1000 ms with occasional ~100 ms. Since my device is +42 capable not sure how much impact with +21 device like the Google Play Nexus 4, if any.
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So I buy the phone for$299 go to t mobile tell them I want the $30/$50 monthly and that's it?
Buy the phone and order a SIM Card Activation Kit from T-Mobile's website for $0.99. Once you have the SIM, you need to activate it online to get the $30 Walmart plan -- and be sure to select the right $30 plan, as there is another $30 plan that is Voice and text only. If you have any problem activating online, it will show a phone number where you can activate the SIM and, again, make sure they know you are wanting the $30 Walmart plan.




Note: the SIM card kit is free today (10/29), so if you think you might have any interest in moving to T-Mobile order it today. The Kit is good for at least 3 years. Though this is only for the Standard size SIM, the Micro SIM is still 99 cents. Though a standard SIM can be cut down to Micro SIM size.
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I recently switched to T-Mo $30 plan (GSIII) from $35 VM (Evo V) and the data speeds have been fantastic in San Diego. I've ran over dozen speed tests so far in different areas and except for one spot (209 kbps), lowest so far is at 4748 kbps down/1500 up and highest is at 19610 up/3656 down. However, ping is usual around 1000 ms with occasional ~100 ms. Since my device is +42 capable not sure how much impact with +21 device like the Google Play Nexus 4, if any.
I have to say, I'm disappointed and don't understand why the Nexus 4 is not HSPA+ 42.

The Nexus will likely see max speeds about 10 Mbps (roughly half the top speed you are seeing). Other than that, speeds may be somewhat slower but in the same range as what you are getting.
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I have to say, I'm disappointed and don't understand why the Nexus 4 is not HSPA+ 42.

The Nexus will likely see max speeds about 10 Mbps (roughly half the top speed you are seeing). Other than that, speeds may be somewhat slower but in the same range as what you are getting.
I read that you get HSPA+ 42 Nexus 4 if you buy it from TMo for $599.
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I read that you get HSPA+ 42 Nexus 4 if you buy it from TMo for $599.
I am curious to see what differences there are in the T-Mobile Nexus 4 (kind of like with the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus). Of course, the disadvantage to the T-Mobile Nexus will likely be that it has the T-Mobile bloatware, as well as not getting the Android updates directly from Google but having to wait for T-Mobile to release them. It will also be interesting to see how T-Mobile will price the Nexus 4 if you pay full price.
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So I buy the phone for$299 go to t mobile tell them I want the $30/$50 monthly and that's it?
T-Mobile (and many carriers) calls it "Bring your own device". You get a SIM card from them, online is the cheapest way, then activate whatever plan you want, pop it in your phone, and you are in business.
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T-Mobile (and many carriers) calls it "Bring your own device". You get a SIM card from them, online is the cheapest way, then activate whatever plan you want, pop it in your phone, and you are in business.
As a note, the SIM Card Activation Kit is currently free (at least for the Standard sized SIM), there is no shipping charge. Typically these sales only last for 24 hours, so if you have any interest in moving to T-Mobile prepaid, then I'd recommend ordering one. The SIM kits are good for at least two years (if not longer), so it doesn't matter if you don't use it right away (or at all, for that matter).
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As a note, the SIM Card Activation Kit is currently free (at least for the Standard sized SIM), there is no shipping charge. Typically these sales only last for 24 hours, so if you have any interest in moving to T-Mobile prepaid, then I'd recommend ordering one. The SIM kits are good for at least two years (if not longer), so it doesn't matter if you don't use it right away (or at all, for that matter).
Thanks for the heads up,just ordered the kit
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I am curious to see what differences there are in the T-Mobile Nexus 4 (kind of like with the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus). Of course, the disadvantage to the T-Mobile Nexus will likely be that it has the T-Mobile bloatware, as well as not getting the Android updates directly from Google but having to wait for T-Mobile to release them. It will also be interesting to see how T-Mobile will price the Nexus 4 if you pay full price.
It'll be $599 since if you look at their value plan for the Nexus 4, it's $199 up front + $20/mo x 20 months. Typically total cost of the value plan is the retail price.

T-Mobile Announces Holiday Smartphone Lineup, “Premier Nexus 4 Partner” | | TmoNewsTmoNews

Also the site confirmed that TMo version does indeed have the HSPA+ 42 unlike the Google Play version.
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It'll be $599 since if you look at their value plan for the Nexus 4, it's $199 up front + $20/mo x 20 months. Typically total cost of the value plan is the retail price.

T-Mobile Announces Holiday Smartphone Lineup, “Premier Nexus 4 Partner” | | TmoNewsTmoNews

Also the site confirmed that TMo version does indeed have the HSPA+ 42 unlike the Google Play version.
What's the difference between $199 version and the Google unlocked version?
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What's the difference between $199 version and the Google unlocked version?
If you purchase it from the Play store:

No bloatware
Android OS updates pushed directly from Google as soon as they're released.
The ability to take your phone and move to another GSM carrier (AT&T, Straight Talk etc.). ie; unlocked.

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I am curious to see what differences there are in the T-Mobile Nexus 4 (kind of like with the CDMA versions of the Galaxy Nexus). Of course, the disadvantage to the T-Mobile Nexus will likely be that it has the T-Mobile bloatware, as well as not getting the Android updates directly from Google but having to wait for T-Mobile to release them. It will also be interesting to see how T-Mobile will price the Nexus 4 if you pay full price.
I don't think they would call it a 'Nexus' if they have bloatware. The only difference is probably hardware, the +42 upgraded radio over the +21 standard Nexus.
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I don't think they would call it a 'Nexus' if they have bloatware. The only difference is probably hardware, the +42 upgraded radio over the +21 standard Nexus.
You must not be familiar with the Verizon version of the Galaxy Nexus...
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It's confirmed that the unlocked version also does HSPA+ 42!
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Wow, then TMo version is a total ripoff if they charge $599 for the SAME thing Google sells for $349. Even if it was slightly different, it's still a ripoff.
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Where has it been confirmed that the Nexus 4 will be $349 on the Play Store? I'll believe it when I see it...
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https://play.google.com/store/devices/details?id=nexus_4_16gb
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And Google's own tech specs on the phone say HSPA+ 42 Mbps

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Oh yeah. That has been showing HSPA+ 21 since the announcement. I've seen so many people confirming its 42, plus the tech specs say 42, I'm confused why someone hasn't changed it in the Play Store.
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Now the Play Store is updated with HSPA+ 42.
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Also it seems it's $499, not $599 directly from TMo.
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Yup. 8gb = $299 16gb = $349 and HSPA+ 42. I also was concerned when I saw +21 on the Google play store but also noticed they changed it to +42

Anyone in Las Vegas have HSPA+ 42 speed test screenshots?
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Buy the phone and order a SIM Card Activation Kit from T-Mobile's website for $0.99. Once you have the SIM, you need to activate it online
I'm planning on leaving Sprint, getting the Nexus 4 and getting this $30/month web special plan. My question is, once I get the SIM card activation kit and go online to activate it, is there a way to transfer my current phone number over? Or do I have to go in to a T-Mobile store or do anything else to keep my number? My wife and I are both going to be making this move and we need to keep our phone numbers.

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Anyone in Las Vegas have HSPA+ 42 speed test screenshots?
I would also like to know how good reception is in Las Vegas. Specifically in Mountains Edge, if anyone knows. I don't know anyone who has T-Mobile to be able to ask them. We've had a few people with AT&T at our house and they had pretty much no reception. We have Sprint and we're constantly roaming. Luckily we don't have roaming charges.
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I'm planning on leaving Sprint, getting the Nexus 4 and getting this $30/month web special plan. My question is, once I get the SIM card activation kit and go online to activate it, is there a way to transfer my current phone number over? Or do I have to go in to a T-Mobile store or do anything else to keep my number? My wife and I are both going to be making this move and we need to keep our phone numbers.



I would also like to know how good reception is in Las Vegas. Specifically in Mountains Edge, if anyone knows. I don't know anyone who has T-Mobile to be able to ask them. We've had a few people with AT&T at our house and they had pretty much no reception. We have Sprint and we're constantly roaming. Luckily we don't have roaming charges.
Once you've activated, just call T-Mobile customer support and they will help you get your phone number transferred. I believe you have 30 days after activation to get your number transferred but, obviously, the quicker you get the number transferred the better.
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Will the Nexus 4 use the regular or the micro sim card?
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Will the Nexus 4 use the regular or the micro sim card?

I read somewhere its a micro sim. I received my sim cutter a few days ago from Amazon.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 07:02 PM   #37 (permalink)
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That Nexus 4 looks very tempting and I'm already on the Tmo $30 ppd plan
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Old November 3rd, 2012, 04:40 AM   #38 (permalink)
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I would also like to know how good reception is in Las Vegas. Specifically in Mountains Edge, if anyone knows. I don't know anyone who has T-Mobile to be able to ask them. We've had a few people with AT&T at our house and they had pretty much no reception. We have Sprint and we're constantly roaming. Luckily we don't have roaming charges.
I've heard some people get as high as 22-25mb down, average of at least 12. Not sure way out in Mountain's Edge tho.
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The nexus 4 looks like a great phone, was thinking of getting the galaxy s3 on metro pcs until i seen u can get this phone cheaper on t-mobile and with similar service

how fast would u say the network speeds are compared to metro 4g?
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how fast would u say the network speeds are compared to metro 4g?
You likely will not be disappointed with T-Mobile's HSPA+ 4G speed - provided, of course, you have a good signal, same as with any provider. Could go as high as 15-20Mbps.
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I'm on Sprint and plan on getting the Nexus 4 when it comes out. But, instead of porting my current number to a particular carrier, I will port it to Google Voice. This way I can easily change carrier if I don't like the service, coverage, speed, etc.
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My SIM card arrived..just got to cut it then here comes my whore(nexus 4)
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My SIM card arrived..just got to cut it then here comes my whore(nexus 4)
FYI, they have a micro SIM you could get instead:

Sim Card Activation Kit For Prepaid Phone or Unlocked iPhone | T-Mobil
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FYI, they have a micro SIM you could get instead:

Sim Card Activation Kit For Prepaid Phone or Unlocked iPhone | T-Mobil
I know..I got it when it was free last week,
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I know..I got it when it was free last week,
Then why cut it?

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just got to cut it
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Then why cut it?
I ordered the monthly 4g sim card kit when it was free.....

Edit:just ordered this
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I ordered the monthly 4g sim card kit when it was free.....

Edit:just ordered this
So you spent $9.08 when you could've ordered microSIM activation kit last week for $0.99.
I'm just teasing.
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For anyone without a SIM cutter, you can try visiting your nearest TMo store and they may cut it for you. MicroSIM activation kit wasn't available last month when I needed it so I ended up purchasing "regular" activation kit and having it cut at the TMo store for free.
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