When the Nexus 4 was first released, many were initially disappointed that it did not support the latest LTE standards for high speed mobile browsing. Subsequent research revealed that Google’s supplier LG did actually build LTE capability into the phone but it was disabled. Naturally, this got people thinking that LTE could somehow be enabled. Now, according to a number of recently posted Youtube videos, it seems like Canadians at least can benefit from greatly increased mobile speeds by simply modifying a few settings and then accessing a test menu according to a post on Howardforums.
First go into the main settings menu, then click, More, Mobile Networks and then Access Point Names.
Then click on the Menu button and tap “New APN”. According to Howardforums, you should then choose a name and for the APN enter “ltemobile.apn”. If you’re a TELUS client, “sp.telus.com” should work. Alternately, Bell’s customers should use “pda.bell.ca”. After this is done, choose menu, save and then make sure the new APN is selected.
In order to access the Test Menu on the Nexus 4, simply dial *#*4636#*#*. This will bring up a screen which includes a number of debug sections along with an option to change the preferred network type. Once LTE is selected, save the settings.
There are some caveats though. For the time being, this mod has only been confirmed to work with Band 4 LTE networks which means Bell, Telus and Rogers in Canada. Other North American networks do use Band 4 but they are few and far between so users south of the border may not be able to benefit.
While the Nexus 4 does indeed include an LTE chip and antenna, it does not include a signal amplifier which means signal strength could be very low in most situations. In addition, if certain rumors are correct and this phone’s internal thermal characteristics are abnormally high, enabling the hot-running LTE chip could lead to overheating and CPU throttling.
Note that the steps mentioned above would be followed at your own risk
The videos depicting this process are below: