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New Nexus 7 LTE is now available in Canada for $349

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Only days after going on sale in the US, the LTE version of Google’s Nexus 7 refresh is now available in Canada.

Costing an identical $349 as our southern neighbours, the Android 4.3-based slate is one of our favourite tablets at the moment, and is virtually identical to its WiFi cousin but for a few grams of added weight.

In addition to dual-band WiFi, the device is loaded with pentaband HSPA+ support, which includes WIND and Mobilicity, along with LTE support for Rogers, Bell, TELUS and their subsidiaries. The device comes unlocked and should only require purchasing a SIM card from your carrier and registering it, either with a tablet data plan or, if subscribed to one of the new share plans, adding it to your account. The compatible frequencies are as follows:

  • LTE: 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHz
  • HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS (1700/2100) MHz

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It’s important to note that the cellular version only comes in one SKU, which includes 32GB of internal storage, which obviously adds to the price. Still, at $349, this is one of the most feature-packed and future-proof tablets on the market. Google is also offering free ground shipping with the device, and it ships in 1-2 business days.

  • canucks4life

    w00t

  • cmariotti

    Just bought it… finally…
    Note III next… hurry up already and take my money!!

    • hunkyleepickle

      That seems an odd combo of devices, a phablet and smallish tablet. To each their own I suppose.

    • Bri

      Yea I agree. I think the best combo would be Note + 10″ tablet.

    • BetelgeuseOrion

      everyone has specific needs, i could see why you have a note and a nexus 7 LTE but for me it would only be to play Ingress.

      to be honest i would of rather they released a nexus 7 LTE with voice and SMS capability, i would replace my Note 2. for calls i would use a bluetooth headset or use the bluetooth in my car.

    • Super_Deluxe

      Lol so you bought a 7″ tablet and then a 5.7″ phone. Seems odd when u think about it right?

    • cmariotti

      I agree… Without giving too much away, lets just say there is a 4yr old, a 7yr old and a I’m not going to tell you yrs old… You can guess who gets what hopefully. Lol…

  • Plazmic Flame

    Definitely the best Android tablet you can buy at that size.

  • Mayoo

    This is great news. Now let’s see …

    Music
    Wallet
    Voice
    ✓ Nexus 7 LTE
    Chromecast

  • jonnny

    if it only had a pen….

    • Nathaniel James

      I have a Galaxy Note 2 and I never use the pen. It’s irrelevant.

    • Plazmic Flame

      I feel the same way about the Note 2, could definitely go without the pen but some people use it and the apps to the fullest, like a friend of mine. Says he would have never gotten it if not for the pen.

    • cmariotti

      I can certainly see a lot of people not using the pen… I had used one on my phone since they started (even prior on other devices) but haven’t for the last 4+ years… I miss it for the accuracy… I simply want to be able to remote into a server using RDP or VNC and get accurate clicks… I miss that the most.

      An afterthought is the note taking or artwork… I doubt it will be overly useful on that size of a device. If it works well, then possibly a larger tablet w/pen like note 10.1… but I will see where the Note III takes me first. It’s unfortunate that it isn’t an option other others… would love a Nexus Note…

    • jonnny

      For you maybe, but not for me. I have to shell out way more money for a Note 8 because I actually do need the pen for work.

    • Bri

      I think today’s market lacks a good pen driven application.
      Although it seems nice and it definitely is a great technology but there just isn’t a single feature good enough to attract many tablet users.
      I hope google start making phone,tablets with pen so that they start to develop more applications that would be beneficial from the use of pen.

    • D. Paquette

      Like an actual handwriting app…

  • james

    About time!!

  • Liberal Phone Person

    can someone explain to me why a LTE tablet thats 7″ costs less than half of a phone that’s half its size?

    • J-Ro

      Because people buy it anyway

    • Super_Deluxe

      Because people need phones more than tablets so it makes sense in a business POV.

    • J-Ro

      Lol spending $700+ on a phone isn’t a need

    • Super_Deluxe

      Contract bro. People don’t really care as long as there isn’t a large upfront payment. We don’t need expensive TVs or computers yet we buy them. You can finance it if you can’t pay the full amount upfront and pay small payments every month so u can have it.

    • J-Ro

      That’s true. Similar to what I said that people will buy it anyway. We end up paying in the long run somewhere, even if the down payment isn’t too high.

    • Super_Deluxe

      And without contracts, I don’t think alot of people would buy these high end smartphones, we wouldn’t even be this far in the smartphone era if it wasn’t for contracts. I’ve never spend over $350 on a phone yet I always buy those high end smartphones. Some people are fine with paying 700+ all at once for a phone and some aren’t. It just depends on your budget. And thank god for financing and contracts. If it wasn’t for them Technology would not have not be where it is today. We would still think 480p is amazing.

    • J-Ro

      Lol we would think it was amazing but too expensive to be practical. As much as we hate contracts, they really help for larger purchases. I personally buy my phones outright but I sacrifice a lot while saving for the device.

    • Super_Deluxe

      But it’s not like you’ll get free service if you buy it outright, technically you’ll be paying more than people who buy it on contract because you’ll be paying the same amount per month unless your plan is way cheaper than others. Its not like you’ll stop using cell service all together anyway so why not just buy it on contract right.

    • J-Ro

      That’s the thing. To keep my plan, it is my only option. I would rather buyout the phone than pay the same amount for less or twice as much for the same thing. I guess it is all about preference. Long term savings vs Short term savings. I choose long term.

    • Super_Deluxe

      I’ve been with Rogers for almost 7 years now and I’ve never had to change my plan or lose it when I’d upgrade. Not sure about other carriers but I’ve never heard of that on Rogers. And if they do tell me that I’d have to change my plan in order to upgrade, I’d threaten to not upgrade and wait till my contract is up and go to a competitor. I’ve never heard of that actually happening, you might want to ask your carrier if that is true. Could be a thing of the past too, you never know.

    • J-Ro

      I used to work with Bell and seen some plans get phased out. Usually the ones that were too good to be true, like unlimited data. That is why I changed my plan a year ago but with current plans, I’m sticking with what I got.

    • BMSMA

      Yes I remember this happening on Telus too, those with unlimited data lost that benefit eventually.

    • BMSMA

      Telus, I still had my grandfathered BB plan from 2007ish regardless of what device I had, still had it with Android, JUST recently changed it because I can get nationwide minutes now instead of local minutes.

    • Plazmic Flame

      $700+ for a phone is the MSRP… just like clothing and shoes, there is always a 300% markup on these things when they first come out.

    • Josh Brown

      It could be that phones are so much smaller than tablets (no bezel) that it takes a lot more work to put the same guts into a phone than a tablet.

      Galaxy mega 6.3″ screen 6.60 x 3.46 x 0.31 in

      Nexus 7 7″ screen 7.87 x 4.49 x 0.34 in

      By my estimates using the same bezel size as the Mega(which is not even a small bezel it could be a 8″ screen in the nexus 7

    • BMSMA

      No I don’t think that has anything to do with it, the cell radio and antenna is probably the difference maker in price.

    • Josh Brown

      But it has a cell radio and antenna in it it is LTE. It takes way more trial and error and reseach to make parts small and light weight to fit in to a smaller case. You can use lower grade batteries as you have more to work with.

    • wes

      Take this as my opinion and my opinion only.

      I personally blame Apple and everyone that buys Apple products. They are the ones who have inflated almost all gadget prices. Look at iPhone, iPad, MacBook Air, etc. I honestly believe prices for gadgets could be cheaper if people don’t buy Apple products. People who buy Apple products help to maintain the inflated prices that Apple charges, this in turn makes everything more expensive. There’s absolutely no way an iPhone should cost over 700$, nor any smartphone.

      For example, look at cellphone bills, I believe one of the reasons why cellphone plans have increased is because of iPhones. Cellphone companies must give a certain subsidy in order to sell the iPhone (as stipulated by Apple), therefore the companies have to jack up the prices to cover the subsidy and make profit. (you can read articles on how much cellphone companies make off iPhone buyers and other OS buyers. Cellphone companies actually makes less off iPhone buyers, because of the subsidies they give, therefore they increase the prices to maximize profit). Whereas if a cellphone were to be priced more reasonably as compared to what I believe it should cost (no more than 400-450), cellphone companies would be able to charge less yet making the same amount of money.

      Anyways, my 2 cents. Take it or leave it. It’s just my opinion, based on what I believe. There’s nothing concrete that supports my arguments, but just my educated opinion.

    • wes

      Believe you me, that I understand that items such as Thinkpads cost a lot. I only have Thinkpad laptops (I have 3 T line laptops). I also want the Carbon X1.

      The difference is that Sony PDA Phones and Thinkpads are targeted for high end consumers (business people, with business accounts, or companies that sign big contracts). Lenovo and Sony don’t expect to sell 100s of millions of their items to the regular Joe, something that Apple is capable of doing. When you look around, almost 1 out of every 2 people have an iPhone. How many people (looking back) had a Sony PDA phone, or a Thinkpad laptop? In the end, Apple products help to inflate gadget prices due to the volume that they sell, this pushes other companies to charge similar prices for their products since they don’t want to be “seen” as “cheap/inferior” products.

    • jonnny

      I totally agree

    • jonnny

      I paid like $200 for a usb stick with only 512mb of memory. And then a year later I could get a 1GB stick for $30. Costs have come way down. You can get a premium laptop for $1000 now (when on clearance). The Nexus 4 is pretty high quality and its half the price of other phones. Sony is not a good example to compare normal pricing too – they have always been the most expensive (until Apple).

    • BMSMA

      You can’t make phone calls on it can you? At least until you root it and flash a rom with a phone app on it… which I think is bound to happen.

      lol a 7″ phone… getting close to those brick phone days… god I don’t miss those at all.

  • Max Fireman

    Although I do admire the LTE function of the Nexus 7, I rather just tether wifi my cell phone with my nexus 7. Cheaper with my 6GB plan.

    • Warren Marshall

      No sh*t!

    • BetelgeuseOrion

      that works if you have a cell phone, some people have replaced their cell phone with only a nexus 7 first gen using SMS pro and google voice.

      but yeah i agree, why pay for 2 data plans, thats dumb

    • Thrasher

      Google Voice does not work on tablets as it cannot dial the access number. It can only send/receive texts. To use Google Voice services with a tablet you need to use a third party app like GrooVe IP which a hardly a replacement for true GV, which is unfortunate.

    • Josh Brown

      Talkatone works very good, and it works here in Canada, but you still have to have a US GV number.

    • Thrasher

      How is the sound quality on Talkatone compared to Fongo? And are you able to send free US/CA text through Talkatone?

    • Josh Brown

      Not amazing, but not terrible. Yes there is a sms button besides the phone button.

    • Thrasher

      Cheaper than what? Tablet data plans are generally much cheaper than cell phone voice+data plans.

  • eszklar

    Yes!!!

  • Emily Nelson

    i love how there cant even be one single comment without referring to the iphone, good lord.

    • Plazmic Flame

      While I like all the platforms, it’s hard to say that the iPhone hasn’t created an impression on the industry… it was bound to happen.

  • BB BB

    Sure enough I picked up the 16gb WiFi only model last week when future shop put it on sale. Its a great tablet but it would make life easier with the built in cellular option so its time to repackage and return this tablet and exchange it for the extra storage and mobile support. Not sure if I have one of the earlier models but the touch screen seems a little bit erratic even after all the updates I’m still having issues when typing and scrolling. I hope these issues are fixed on the most current models.

    • Keyan

      I bought it too, but from Best Buy with their price match program. Looks like I have to pack mine up as well…the only difference is my tablet works perfectly, touch screen is great, no crashing either. I hope I’m as lucky with the LTE one.

  • Eluder

    Was thinking about the LTE model, but i think the premium over the wifi only is a little too much. Guess I’ll stick with my 32GB Wifi unit; great tablet!

  • Kenny G

    Nice. I just might get it.

  • leobg

    Nice! What an impressive wireless connectivity! Seems like only LTE on 2600MHz is missing (at least not listed on the product page). I am really tempted to replace my old N7 with this. Thought I’d better save for the N5 next month..

  • kakarot11

    Unlikely… that the typing and audio issues were addressed…i just returned mine because of this as well… plus the low volume issues… that is hardware related…. truly hurts this otherwise great machine

  • D. Paquette

    Ohhh and Videotron. ;)

  • BMSMA

    Nice price especially when it includes LTE.

  • marc kuypers

    or would it make more sense to just tether?

  • wes

    Apple finding success does influence the price points of other companies. Examples are: Blackberry Playbook, Microsoft Surface RT/PRO, etc. Other companies are trying to “price match” their products with Apple’s. In doing this, they are shooting themselves in the foot, because no one wants to over pay for something that isn’t “valued” as much. The RT was suppose to challenge the iPad, and the Pro was suppose to challenge the MacBook Air, but it was priced way too high. Recently, Microsoft has reduced their price to a level that people would actually spend for non-Apple products. Apple dictates the market, they have been doing this for the last 10 years. Apple has such a huge pull on pricing that other companies have had such a hard time adjusting to Apple’s pricing scheme. Other companies can’t sell their products at the same rate as Apple (if the prices are the same). But if they reduce their price, then their products appear to be much “inferior” to Apple’s. Apple has done a great job in maximizing profits, something not many technology companies are capable of.

    Essentially the iPad was suppose to replace the netbook (the netbook is/was useless). Therefore tablets should have costed the price of a netbook, which should have been 200-400.. Ultrabooks (MacBook Air, Microsoft Surface Pro, Asus Zenbook, etc) should have been in the range of 400-800$. Gaming laptops or heavy cpu/gpu laptops should be around the 800-1200$ range.

  • 01011001001

    I’m tempted but already got the wifi 16gb version.

  • tabishch

    Need help

    I am visiting Vancouver only for a week from Sweden. I want to but nexus 7 LTE unlocked. Any body please guide me where I can buy it with any contract as I gonna use it in Sweden.

  • Wow

    Problem … I bought the tablet LTE version from play store and hooked it up at TELUS.
    It shows 4G insetead of LTE beside the network bar indicator. WTF?? and apparently Google blames TELUS, TELUS blames Google. It does show LTE if I put the sim into Galaxy S4…

    **UPDATE**, does show 20.67MBPS for download speed 1:00 PM EST. on Speed test app. That does fall under avg. LTE speed though..

  • Philippe Granito

    I plan to buy the new Nexus 7 LTE thru Google. ça (think it is unlocked). Intend to use it for Internet where Wi-Fi will not be available. Will I be able to use it both in Canada and the USA and finally which carrier will supply the sim card (data only) for this tablet (I live in the Laurentians in Quebec)?

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