Verizon Will Not Activate Nexus 7 On Its LTE Network!!!

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    Verizon customers who purchased a Nexus 7 can not activate it on their network. It is not because it does not work on their network, the Nexus 7 with LTE works just fine on Verizon’s network. The problem is the fact that you can’t walk into a Verizon store and activate Nexus 7.
    Jeff Jarvis found out that the Nexus 7 with LTE is “not part of our line up & can’t be activated,” Verizon has since gone into damage control and attempted to clarify the situation. Their latest response to Jarvis on Twitter from Verizon claims that they cannot activate the tablet because it is not on a list of their compatible tablets, so the problem cannot currently be solved.

    And in a statement to the press, Verizon PR has said:
    What are your thoughts?

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    I think its hilarious that even in 2013 corporate hickups still occur. The speed and rate that data can and does exchange hands, this kind of thing shouldn't happen. How can companies drag their feet like this? Money is the name of the game and to miss a cash cow like an add on tablet is quite frankly pathetic. Verizon is supposed to be on the forefront of technology, yet lags so hopelessly behind in moving things forward. Sad...really sad.

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    I think this is yet another example of why Google wants nothing to do with Verizon for their Nexus devices.

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    Sprint ran into a similar issue when the iPhone 5 came out. Since Sprint's software searching for an ESN match against a database of allowed devices if an ESN doesn't match the device cannot be activated. That is also the same reason you cannot flash a phone from another carrier to work on Sprint. My guess is that Verizon's issue has something to do with LTE requiring a SIM card.
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    The thing is that the guys at Droid life put in a a Verizon LTE sim card in the Nexus 7 and it worked.
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    I had a similar issue with a Motorola Xoom I self upgrade to 4G. If you call in and give them the IMEI number instead of the MEID number it might work. My device was only 3G in their network until I had them put the IMEI number it. It doesn't show as a Xoom but I have 4G.

    You have to triple check that the rep has entered it in the right place.

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    Could this be more of an issue of vzw not getting anything out of activating the 7? Since they don't sell them they have no financial gain there fore no motivation to allow the device.

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    The answer is pretty simple guys.

    Verizon doesn't like unlocked bootloader devices on their network.
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    And the amount of people surprised by this is: 0
    Seriously, even if the Nexus 5 is supported by VZW (Which I doubt) I won't be getting it with them.
    Even a friend who works with verizon hates them because of some networking issues.
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    to me, I am ok with it. But version should be able to do better.
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    This is one reason why I doubt I'll ever have an LTE tablet. I can hotspot over through my phone. I'm not going to give VZW 10 bucks a month just to access data I already use. If it wasn't for the fact that most other carriers in my area suck reception and data speed wise worse than Verizon's customer service... I'd be gone.
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    I wouldn't imagine Verizon makes that much money from the hardware sales. Since the upgrade plans have came out, it has been discovered that most companies were making you pay for the rest of the phone (after the initial $199 or $299) during the 2-year plan anyway. With the tiered data plan, they could make at least $50 dollars a month ($10 for the device on the line, $40 for just 4GB of data).
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    What do I think? I think VZW is the new M$...
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    I'm not really sure why VZW hates unlocked bootloaders so much.

    But I do have a new theory: with rumors of Google looking to become a carrier (I don't think this could happen without running amok of antitrust), this might be more defensive on the part of VZW. People get a Nexus device and get timely updates and they could definitely be a fan of future Google mobile service.

    Also, Google subsidizes nexus devices. Presumably they limit the number they will produce, and from VZW perspective that might not be kosher if Google isn't producing enough to satisfy anticipated demand. VZW could be looking for an exclusive nexus device, and maybe Google doesn't want to do that.
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    Official Statement


    The Google Nexus 7 is not yet a Verizon 4G LTE certified device, though it entered our process in August and we expect it will be certified shortly. Once the device is certified, we will work with Google to enable the device to be activated on our 4G LTE network.

    Verizon Wireless’ certification process, which generally takes between four and six weeks, is one of the most rigorous testing protocols of any carrier, and is focused on guarding the safety and security of our network. Certification is done by third party labs approved by Verizon, and selected by the device manufacturer. Over the years, Verizon Wireless has certified hundreds of devices; information on the certification process is available to anyone at opennetwork.verizonwireless.com.

    Verizon is committed to ensuring our customers have the best overall experience when any device becomes available on the nation's most reliable network.


    Via: VZW
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    But why don't they subsidize it? The number of people who will pay full retail for a phone is very, very small. That's almost just a bone to the "few" remaining unlimited users, and obviously developers.

    What is the reason that VZW wouldn't make a developer phone available to the masses? I wonder if they aren't worried - and maybe haven't experienced - blowback from quality issues when an update (out of VZW control) creates user issues.
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