Verizon Wireless refuses to activate Nexus 7 LTE tablets

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The Nexus 7 LTE is compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, but unfortunately Verizon is looking the other way because it’s not part of their current device lineup. News of this broke quickly once Jeff Jarvis, co-host of This Week in Google, was denied an activation. He took to Twitter and said, “Knock, knock, @VZWSupport, is anybody there? I’m trying to give you money. You’re making it hard.  No, impossible.” Verizon’s response was, “I’m excited you got your Nexus 7 but not all LTE tablets are created equal. It’s not part of our lineup and can’t be activated ^JH.”

What JH is saying is that because the Nexus 7 LTE doesn’t include Verizon’s 3G CDMA network, they cannot (or won’t) activate it. However, it does work on the Verizon network with existing SIM cards. The problem lies in that Verizon is refusing to activate a new account. To further complicate things, Verizon is violating FCC regulations based on their purchase of the 700 MHz spectrum for their LTE network. The following was part of the agreement regarding service, “shall not deny, limit, or restrict the ability of their customers to use the devices and applications of their choice on the licensee’s C Block network.”

Word is that Verizon is working on rectifying this issue, but it’s too late. Jeff is already decided to leave the network, “Now I have to spend the day turning off all my @VZWSupport accounts and switch to T-Mobile. Good work, @VZWSupport.”

source: Buzz Machine / +Jeff Jarvis


About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.


  • ShapesBlue

    I swear vzw isn’t very smart. Google is trying to give them business not take it away

  • http://ladyrattus.blogspot.com/ Rattus Choki

    idiots from Verizon

  • Kary

    Verizon is becoming to be like Apple. I left AT&T for that same reason. Where to next?