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Let’s say you’ve just received your brand new, LTE equipped Nexus 7 2nd generation. Like the thousands of other excited Nexus 7 owners, you’re eager to get that bad boy up and running on your mobile carrier of choice, and lucky for you, Google has been gloating that their single LTE model supports not just AT&T, but Verizon and T-Mobile’s LTE bands as well. You rush to the Verizon store, hand them your new Nexus 7, and ask them to activate your new tablet.

The only problem? The Verizon representative is refusing to do it. Unfortunately for new Nexus 7 owners around the country, and contrary to Google’s advertising since their big Nexus 7 announcement in July, Verizon does not currently allow the Nexus 7 to be used on their LTE network due to a lack of “certification” and support. Though the device is technically Verizon compatible, the carrier’s database system is currently configured to block registration of anything it detects as a Nexus 7 device.

Verizon has publically defended their position on the Nexus 7 today, tweeting out the following in an attempt to appease frustrated Nexus 7 owners:

Nexus 7 is not yet VZ certified; we expect it to complete testing soon, then we’ll work to make avail on our network

Of course, there’s no telling how long this process will take – it could be days, weeks, or even months. And let’s face it, you have and want to use your new tablet now, not in a month. Luckily, there’s an easy work around to this issue. All you need to do is get ahold of a Verizon SIM card, put it in a Verizon certified LTE tablet – like an iPad – and activate your data plan from there. Once you’ve completed that, simply pull the SIM card out, plop it into your Nexus 7, and enjoy your band new Nexus 7 on Verizon’s ultrafast LTE network. Not next month, but today – hassle free.

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