Nexus 7 tablet now available on Verizon Wireless network

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nexus7Just like every other device that goes to Verizon Wireless, the Nexus 7 had to wait in line and seemingly get the golden ticket in order to be sold on one of the largest cellular networks in the country.  It has been since November that rumors circulated that Verizon Wireless was finally going to offer the new Nexus 7 tablet from Google, but the exact date was never discussed at that time.  This month is just about half over and now there is confirmation that Verizon Wireless will finally be offering the new tablet to its subscribers.

Almost 2.5 months later, Verizon Wireless has finally confirmed that the Google Nexus 7 2013 model will be ready to ship this week and it will come with LTE support for the fastest network in the country.  Google initially suggested that all 4G LTE networks in the country would be ready to take the Nexus 7, but shortly after that announcement, Verizon Wireless stated that it would not be certifying the device so quickly.  Just like with many other devices, like the HTC One, Verizon Wireless finally gets its plan together to offer the new devices, only months after other carriers.

At first, rumors suggested that Verizon Wireless was going to be waiting until the Android 4.4 KitKat software was ready because Android 4.3 Jelly Bean would cause issues with its network.  The new Nexus 7 does support Verizon Wirelesses’ 4G LTE network, but there is not 3G connection available should you leave the 4G area.  Not having a 3G radio might have been the reason that Verizon Wireless waited so long to certify the device.  Now it is available and it will be shipping to customers without any Verizon Wireless branding.

If you would like to pick up the Google Nexus 7 2013, you can also do so from the Verizon Wireless website and the model in the Google Play store will now list Verizon as a supported mobile carrier in the United States.  The prices when shopping in any location should be the same and that is about $349 for the 32GB model of the 2013 Nexus 7.  The Nexus 5 smartphone, on the other hand, will not be available on the Verizon Wireless network, so if you were hoping that would change, you are out of luck at this time.

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