Telstra has no plans to offer the Nexus 4, lack of LTE radio is to blame
With yesterday’s announcement of the Nexus 4, we’re all incredibly interested in who will be offering it down under. LG told us yesterday that we’ll hear more at the end of November, but we wanted to get just a little bit more information. From what LG had to tell us, it looks like the Nexus 4 would not be coming to any carriers, at least with any restrictions or locks – the Nexus 4 was toted to work on all networks.
However, we were interested to see which carriers are thinking about offering the N4 to customers for a subsidised price. The first carrier to get back to us is Telstra, who have sadly informed us that they currently have no plans to offer it.
Anyway, here’s what Telstra had to say:
At this stage we don’t plan to offer the Nexus 4. Our customers are increasingly demanding a high speed mobile internet experience on their devices so we are focused on bringing models that are compatible with our 4G LTE-enabled network to market.
While it’s sad that Australia’s largest telco won’t be stocking Google/LG’s latest and greatest, it is understandable. This falls in line with what we were hearing at the Motorola/Telstra event for the the RAZR HD and RAZR M. Our very own Norman Ma attended and a telling line of the day was that Telstra and Moto are focused on bringing 4G LTE enabled devices down under, and nothing else really.
While the N4 is not packing an LTE radio, it does feature the Dual Channel HSPA+ radio that is said to reach speeds of up to 42 Mbps, though in the real world this may not be likely. We also reached out to Telstra (who have the strongest network) in regards to the speeds we could expect on this network and this is what we heard back:
Telstra offers HSPA+ Dual Channel coverage to 80 percent of the population on the Telstra Mobile Network. Typical download speeds are between 1 and 20Mbps.
To go without an LTE radio is an interesting choice by Google. We’ve heard from multiple news sources around the world why exactly there is no LTE radio, but for many of us the reasoning just doesn’t matter. According to Telstra, Australians want speedy Internet and we want 4G LTE.
Does the lack of the 4G LTE radio stop you from snatching a Nexus 4 of your own?