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Nexus 7 with LTE can work on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

Nexus 7 with LTE can work on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile

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Google plans to ship a version of its new Nexus 7 tablet that includes built-in LTE that can work on AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile — all on the same device. Google describes the device as supporting "4G LTE," though it's unclear if that refers solely to true LTE or if it also means that 3G technologies like HSPA+ and EV-DO will be included. While 3G devices that can support multiple carriers are common, that hasn't happened just yet with LTE.

The LTE-enabled version of the Nexus 7 is being sold unlocked, so it won't be tied to any one of the carriers on purchase. The new Nexus 7 is lighter, thinner, and includes a full 1080p display — it'll also be the first device to ship with Android 4.3, which was announced alongside the tablet. The LTE version of the tablet will be available for purchase "in the coming weeks" for $349.

Update: We've learned from Google that 3G service will work through HSPA on AT&T and T-Mobile. Verizon users will be left out, however, as a CDMA radio isn't included — only an LTE one. That shouldn't be a huge issue for Verizon users though, as the carrier now has LTE coverage in over 500 markets.