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Is the Nexus 4 Domestically Doomed?

Google  (Nasdaq: GOOG  )  just recently unveiled its new Android flagship, the Nexus 4. The biggest omission on the feature side is that the Nexus 4 will not feature 4G LTE data speeds. 4G LTE is the new standard the domestic market, where the two largest carriers, AT&T  (NYSE: T  ) and Verizon  (NYSE: VZ  ) , are aggressively pushing LTE in the hopes of increasing data usage and revenue after spending billions in network expansion. The decision shows that Google is focused more heavily on the international market, where Android now has a 75% global market share. Apple's (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) iPhone comprised 60% of smartphone activations on AT&T and Verizon last quarter, so it's a more even competition in the U.S.

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  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2012, at 11:29 AM, nabeel1127 wrote:

    I'm sorry, but I feel like this website is heavily biased against Google and towards Apple. Having 60% of activation's in a given quarter does not even a playing field since Android still has a fairly large margin over iOS in the smartphone market, both internationally and domestically. This article, titled for an Android device, mentions Apple much more than it does the Nexus 4...

  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2012, at 3:53 PM, BlackHeron wrote:

    Because 14+ Mb/s isn't enough speed for a phone?

    HPSA+ can deliver speeds nearly as fast as LTE and on the Nexus 4 will go up to 42Mb/s. Are these speeds not fast enough for you? How many seconds will it take you to get to your data cap? This phone is no good because you can't hit your MONTHLY data cap in under a minute? It'll take a whole 4-5 minutes to eat your whole monthly data up?

    Unlimited data plans are going away. LTE is crazy-fast speed that is more than you can expect to see over the long-haul on the internet anyhow. Just because you have a 50+ Mb/s link to your local cell tower doesn't mean you have a 50+Mb/s pipe to the internet from there.

    LTE is only available in a few select cities in the USA. Go outside the urban centers and LTE will not be available. You will need HSPA+ to get any decent speeds. Most folks in the USA won't be using LTE.

    This is a world phone for any network. LTE is a buggy new technology that is different for each network. A phone that can go to any network with LTE would be a liability.

    Right now LTE is the Betamax to HSPA+ VHS. Apparently the tech press hasn't figured this out yet. They whine that this phone doesn't have LTE even though that it probably would have made it cost $100 more for the radio and licensing. Is it worth that? And the fragmentation that it would have caused because Google would have had to release 2 phones instead of one that does any network.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. You want a low-cost no-contract phone that works everywhere and on every network? Then LTE is a liability.

    If you need more data on your phone than 14Mb/s I dont' know what you are doing with it. Most of the country doesn't even have wired internet that is that fast.

  • Report this Comment On November 06, 2012, at 4:01 PM, abrahavt wrote:

    The only reason the iPhone sells in the numbers that it does in the US is because of carrier subsidies. Elsewhere in the world these subsidies dont exist nor do LTE networks. At half the price of an iPhone with comparable specs and performance there is no question which phone the majority of people will choose. A Nexus 4 paired with TMobile $30 prepaid account along with a sip client set up to use an iNum can get you unlimited voice, test and data at a fraction of the price the big carriers charge for their post paid plans.

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