LTE on Nexus 4

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I have been reading about the Nexus 4 having LTE bands built into it and you can activate it by typing *#*#4636#*#*.

Does anyone have more information on this?
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It was eliminated with an OS update since it wasn't "officially" an LTE device. It was simply cheaper to leave the hardware in than remove it.

If you're currently on Android 4.3 you'll need to follow this-->
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Hi Jeremy,
If you have Android version 4.2.2 or higher, then the LTE option is disabled. (It still appears in the dropdown list, but the value will not "stick"). If you want to be able to enable LTE, then you will need to have version 4.2.1.

I have tried it with 4.2.1 and LTE worked marvelously, but I'm now at v4.3 so no longer have the LTE capability. My experience was as follows:
- LTE speeds were blazing using Speedtest
- I was unable to make calls or receive them when LTE was enabled
- Tethering my tablet to the N4 did not work

Ultimately, I found it not worth the bother for the boost in speed. I don't use my phone to stream content and such, so HSPA+ speeds are more than sufficient for my purposes.

Things you should be aware of:
- The N4 does not have an LTE antenna, so the phone is not designed to receive or transmit as effectively as a phone with a proper antenna.
- If you hack the phone with a different radio firmware, be aware that mixing and matching Android version with a different radio firmware is not really recommended and will likely void your warranty. It may also cause unknown damage to your radio chipset. Just be aware if you do decide to go this route.
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And let's not forget that the N4 has pretty bad battery life without LTE. I'd hate to see the longevity over LTE.
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the battery life was actually pretty decent before android 4.3.