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Want a little LTE in that Nexus 7? You can have it for $349, which includes 32 GB of storage. Oh, and T-Mobile is throwing in a SIM card with a free month of LTE service up to 2 GB. Smart move.

Nexus 7

If a Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 doesn’t cut it for you road warriers, perhaps the new LTE model will: Google is now selling the Nexus 7 with integrated LTE on the Google Play store for $349. This version includes 32 GB of storage, so the addition of LTE connectivity is just $80 over the comparable Wi-Fi only model.

That’s pretty aggressive pricing on Google’s part. For that matter, the entire Nexus 7 line is priced well when compared to Apple’s iPad mini, which starts at $329 for a 16 GB Wi-Fi model. The Nexus also has a much better display with 1920 x 1200 resolution fit in a 7-inch screen.

Nexus 7 display up close

The new LTE model is unlocked but comes with a T-Mobile SIM card. Sweetening this deal is one month of free mobile broadband data, up to 2 GB, on T-Mobile’s LTE network. The slate also supports frequencies for AT&T’s network covering LTE in these bands — 700, 850, AWS, 1900 MHz — and HSPA fallback in the 850, 900, AWS, 1900, 2100 MHz frequencies.

After the free month of T-Mobile service, Nexus 7 owners can get month-to-month service ranging from 500 MB to 10.5 GB costing between $20 and $70 a month. It’s a clever move on T-Mobile’s part to get people to try its new LTE network; if the carrier delivers on performance and coverage, it’s sure to benefit from folks who sign up for additional service.

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  1. Can we get one of these even if we are tourists who are just passing by in the USA ? It would be nice to have LTE access when we are there.
    Marcelo
    from Brazil

    1. I don’t see why not but I’d guess you’ll have to have it shipped to a US address.

      1. But, if I am in the US, can I just buy it and take to my hotel, or do I need to provide an american address to register for this plan ? Could I maybe use the hotel as address ?
        Thanks
        Marcelo, still in Brazil

  2. Ordered and shipped! Now, to take my Wi-Fi model back to Best Buy :-(

  3. Any news on the Nexus 10?

  4. Nikhil @ MobileJury.com Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Google came late into this market. ALready there are brands which people like the most other than this nexus series

  5. Does anybody know what LTE frequencies it covers? if it’s only 700-800 mhz it won’t work anywhere except the US

  6. if I get a T-mobile version, can I use with ATT sim later or any GSM sim?

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