Nexus 7 LTE on Verizon - a tale of success.
Nothing new here and no, I was not able to walk into a Verizon store and activate my Nexus 7, but I consider this reasonably successful with some effort and possibly-wasted cash involved
So I bought the Nexus 7 LTE as soon as it was available and have been using it on T-mobile. It's been great, but I get zero signal in my work and I don't always want to be on wifi. I had a mission to get this working on Verizon and I don't have a Verizon account at all. I'm a new customer.
I read about the SIM swapping and the Nexus 7 working fine, so I figured I'd do just that. I wanted a decent-sized data plan and noticed they have a 5gb plan for $50 for mobile hotspots. So, off to Craigslist I went. I found a Verizon Jetpack 4510L for $20. I thought this was the deal of the century, until I realized that's pretty much what a two year old hotspot sells for everywhere
I bought it and went straight to Verizon, activated it on the 5gb plan and took it home. I also get 20% off for corporate discount, so that was nice to apply to the $50. I took the SIM out, cut it down to a micro-SIM for the Nexus 7 and put it in. It worked, as expected, after a simple restart.
Here's where I'm just blown away: I believe this is connecting to their new AWS spectrum. I read a few articles this week about how Verizon had turned on their AWS 1700/2100 spectrum on Band 4. Of course, the Nexus 7 supports this out of the box! First speed test I did is attached below, as well as the next two. WOW! With the hotspot, I was getting ~10mbps just while I was verifying it worked on the Jetpack, but when I put the SIM into the Nexus 7 the results were astounding. I only get two bars of service at my house as well (which is in San Jose, CA for what it's worth).
Anyway, this tactic can of course be used if you already have a Share Everything plan with Verizon as well, but I believe they charge $20 to add a Jetpack rather than just the normal $10 for a tablet. I know, it sucks, and hopefully they fix this issue in their system...but that's neither here nor there. I'm not a proponent of Verizon in any way, but I'm pleased with the price of the 5gb plan for what I'm getting.