Verizon Wireless has announced that Google's Nexus 7 tablet will be available on February 13th — almost six months after it was first introduced. The 32GB model will be available for $349.99 both online and in the carrier's retail stores. Verizon at first refused to activate the Nexus 7 on its network, drawing the ire of many customers. The company quickly issued statements claiming that Google's tablet hadn't yet passed its 4G LTE certification process. Soon after that, Verizon revealed that Google and Asus discovered an issue during testing that would be fixed with Android 4.4. With KitKat now on Google's tablet, Verizon has officially cleared it for launch. For a limited time, Verizon says that users can purchase the Nexus 7 for $249.99 with a new two-year activation. The carrier will also offer several cases and accessories for the Nexus 7.
And if you've already purchased the second-generation Nexus 7, you'll soon have a much easier time getting it working on Verizon's network. An incoming software update will introduce full support for LTE data from America's largest carrier. You'll no longer need to swap in a SIM card from another Verizon tablet — a workaround some users discovered before today's announcement. Everything will finally work as it should.