Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Nexus 7 LTE "currently" incompatible with emobile LTE

UPDATE: A firmware update will make the Nexus 7 compatible with emobile LTE.

From the Nexus 7 LTE purchase page, we have the following:
E-mobile band 3 (1800MHz) not currently supported.

I have no idea how to interpret the word "currently" in this sentence. It could mean that this current hardware revision is incompatible, and if you buy it, you'll never have the option of emobile LTE. Or, it could be that there is currently a firmware incompatibility that a future OS update will fix.


  1. Or they might need to white-list the device internally to allow it to connect?

  2. I guess that's a possibility, but I've never heard of an android device that did that (unlike the carrier profiles used by iOS). This being a Nexus device, I would be very surprised if that was the cause.

  3. I meant that emobile would need to white-list it in their systems. But that's moot; a commenter elsewhere said that the current N7 firmware doesn't support the needed LTE band, though the hardware does.

  4. Hi! Julia, from Barcelona. Thank you so much for the info, it's a shame I don't understand most of it :( I wanted to get a b-mobile sim (I'm staying in Japan for a year of study) but it won't work on my Alcatel One Touch 977D, am I right? What do you recommend me to do? Buy a new phone there? I read your post "trying to get an unlocked phone working on Docomo is a waste of time" but I'm desperate, I have no idea of what to do. I am completely lost and I have no time to learn all I need to understand your posts and relate them to my situation:( Sorry for the trouble!

    To use the Bmobile Visitor Prepaid Data SIM, your device must support the either of the following frequencies: W-CDMA/HSDPA/HSUPA Band 1 (2100MHz) or Band 6 (800MHz)
    This page seems to indicate the Alcatel OT-977D supports HSDPA 2100Mhz. If this information is accurate, your phone should work if it is not carrier locked.

    Either way, you have a year to figure out what to do. Enjoy your time in Japan, and study hard!