How to Get AT&T LTE on Nexus 4 4G Speed (in Limited Areas)

Some of the XDA members have made it possible to have LTE on AT&T Nexus 4? Before you jump out of chair, the Nexus 4 4G speed is limited to few areas and may not work in your area. Also, it’s bit tricky and is not recommended for novice users. For you adventurous souls out there, you can sure try this hack and see if it works out for you or not.

How to Set Up LTE on Nexus 4 to get 4G Speeds (AT&T)

Officially, there is no LTE in Nexus 4 as the device lacks hardware for that although it has the LTE chip. However, you can still get AT&T LTE on Nexus 4 in few coverage areas where it uses Band 4. Here’s how to do it:

Disclaimer: Continue at your own risk and be sure to check your data plan before proceeding.

How to get AT&T 4G data plan for Nexus 4

If you do not have the 4G data plan, you should get one by contacting AT&T. Note that AT&T will allow 4G data plan to only those who have AT&T branded 4G phones. This is determined by the device IMEI. Nexus 4 is not among the 4G devices. However, XDA member smalovic has a nice trick for you:

Give AT&T the IMEI number from one of their 4G phones. (NOTE: The only thing the IMEI does is tell them what type of phone it is, and what plans can be assigned to it. IT IS NOT LIKE A SERIAL NUMBER, AND AT&T WILL NOT CHECK TO MAKE SURE IT IS UNIQUE.) Find a friend with an AT&T 4G phone and note the IMEI number. You can quickly pull it up by typing *#06#. Then you can call AT&T customer service, tell them you have a new smartphone that you would like to get the correct data plan for, and give them the IMEI number you just copied down.

AT&T LTE APN Settings for Nexus 4 for 4G

Step 1: Navigate to Settings > Wireless & Networks > More> Mobile Networks> Access Point Names

Step 2: Now tap on “Create a new APN”. You can also edit the existing APN instead of adding a new one.

Step 3: Here’s the APN code:

APN Settings:

Name: AT&T HSPA+
Proxy: Not set
Port: Not set
Username: Not set
Password: Not set
MMSC: http://mmsc.mobile.att.net
MMS Proxy: proxy.mobile.att.net
MCC: 310
MNC 410
Authentication type: Not set
APN type: default,admin,fota,mms,supl,hipri
APN protocol: IPv4/IPv6
APN roaming protocol: IPv4/IPv6
Bearer: Unspecified

Step 4: Save the APN and then select it in APN settings.

You’re ready to go now. If you fail to get connection of setting it up, the most likely reason is that you do not have the 4G data plan. Be sure to get a AT&T 4G data plan if you haven’t yet.

Optional: Enable LTE on Nexus 4

Step 1: Type *#*#4636#*#* on your phone. A testing screen will pop up on your device.

Step 2: Go into Phone Information and look out for “Set preferred network type:” option.

Step 3: In preferred network type option, select “LTE/GSM/CDMA auto (PRL)” from the drop down.

If you are in an area with AT&T Band 4 LTE, your device should pick it up now.

via AndroidPolice Source XDA


Rashid Saeed

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  1. This is absolutely correct!  I’ve worked with, pleaded and fought with AT&T reps for the past month to no avail.  Until you give them another AT&T device IMEI (e.g. AT&T Samsung Galaxy S2 rocket), their plans simply don’t work with the nexus 4.  They insist to use the imei number of the nexus 4, but after 6 different attempts and apn settings, I don’t believe it will ever work.  Personally, I estimate AT&T is purposefully sabotaging the Nexus 4 to decrease their competition. 
    The Nexus 4 worked exactly as it should, ONLY when an AT&T 4G IMEI is provided to AT&T.  Otherwise, they won’t let the Nexus 4 access the pta APN settings.
    Find (or borrow) one of these numbers first and save yourself a lot of trouble if dealing with heavy handed AT&T.

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