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Nexus 7 with 4G LTE pops up in Google Play store

The 2013 edition of Google's acclaimed small slate has quietly begun to appear for sale in a new mobile broadband flavor.

The new Nexus 7 no longer needs to be tethered to Wi-Fi.

Nexus 7 fans who have been waiting for an LTE edition of the latest generation of the Google tablet, prepare to loosen your wallets. A 32GB version of the 2013 Nexus 7 with a 4G T-Mobile sim has just hit the Google Play store for $349.

If you aren't sure that another monthly mobile data plan is worthwhile, Google and T-Mobile are also offering 2GB of free 4G data for the first month. It looks as though it will be compatible with other carriers as well, based on specs showing that the new Nexus 7's radios are compatible with a number of LTE, HSPA, and GSM bands.

The news comes just as there is an outside chance that Apple will introduce an updated iPad Mini on Tuesday and those who purchased the Wi-Fi version of the new Nexus 7 have begun to report a few problems.

What about the rest of you Android fans out there? Is this the tablet you've been waiting for?