Dial *#*#4636#* and Change Preferred Network Type For The Nexus 4 To Support LTE In Canada

Posted Nov 23, 2012

The Google Nexus 4 is one of the best new Android phones.  The Google Nexus 4 was left at a bar in San Francisco and Google scrambled to get the device back before bloggers got their hands on it and leaked details the actual release.

Earlier this month, the demand of the phone exceeded the supply because it sold out in the Google Play Store.

The Google Nexus 4 has some powerful hardware specifications, but some people were disappointed that it did not include LTE 4G support.  However, a video recently popped up that shows how LTE works on the device by using a simple software tweak, but only in Canada.  Videos of the Nexus 4 running on Canadian carriers’ LTE networks had appeared on the website  XDA yesterday.

All you need to do to get LTE working in Canada on the device is access the phone’s test menu by dialing *#*#4636#*.  From there, you just need to change the “Preferred Network Type” to LTE.

This is possible because the Nexus 4 is using a Qualcomm chipset that has support for an LTE band 4.  The LTE band 4 spectrum range is used by Canadian carriers Rogers and Telus.

LTE band 4 (AWS 1700 and 2100MHz spectrum) is not really supported outside of Canada.  Verizon and AT&T’s LTE network uses different spectrum bands.