Originally Posted by Strider_2001
The point is...That I am currently with Verizon and in a city with LTE coverage...To get the Nexus 4 would be a downgrade from my current Galaxy Nexus...I am not going to renew my contract with Verizon because I want to keep my current unlimited data plan so I dont mind paying full price for the device. and the Nexus 4 is priced very well, however I would be willing to pay more to have LTE on it. Just think its a mistake for Google to not at least offer a device with LTE and let the consumer decide which one they want.
Putting LTE on the phone ups the cost of the phone. It doesn't subsidize itself through Verizon because of the problems with Verizon in the past is what I'd assume. It only has carriers supported T-Mobile USA and one exclusivity in the U.K. T-Mobile, I understand because they were the first carrier to hold a Android device and they hold a lot of GSM towers that are capable on a international level.
Verizon wants control over their phones, they are not bootloader unlock friendly and ultimately wants approval over what updates are being pushed on their phones.
Why so much LG hate? They haven't had much of a good reputation in the Android field but they make superb phones. With the reviews coming in for the LG Optimus G, things look good for them. Although, I'm not sure why they launched those phones with ICS instead of Jelly Bean. Nexus devices are updated by Google, not by LG. Don't have to worry about updates.