Obtaining a Nexus 4 has not been an easy task over the past few months. When the device first launched back in November, Google oversold the phone and informed many customers that it would be at least three weeks until their unit arrived, even though it was originally suppose to ship in a few days. In fact, the Nexus 4 is still not available from the Play Store. T-Mobile stores have started to receive sporadic shipments of the device, but it remains sold out on the carrier’s website. The latter part of the statement should soon be changing, though.
T-Mobile quietly announced this afternoon that it will begin to sell the Nexus 4 on its website again on January 23rd. The carrier went on to say that the phone is currently available in many of its retail stores and will continue to roll out to smaller stores in the coming weeks. The Nexus 4 will cost $199.99 with a new 2-year contract, just like it did before the supply constraints began. If you can wait, it may make more sense to purchase a Nexus 4 from the Play Store as opposed to buying one from T-Mobile. The 16GB model costs just $349 from Google and you don’t have to sign a new 2-year contract. As we all know, the Nexus 4 will be severely outdated by the time that contract expires and upgrading early will cost you an arm and a leg.
Why Google and LG have had such a hard time keeping up with Nexus 4 inventory is a mystery. Rumors started appearing last week claiming that LG was no longer producing the device and a Nexus 5 sucessor was on its way. LG quickly came out and denied those rumors and said it was still producing the device. The company also assured us that there are no supply or manufacturing problems with the device. The last part is honestly a little hard to believe. The Nexus 4 has only had sporadic availability since its launch and it certainly doesn’t appear to be from demand. One study claims that LG and Google have only sold 400,000 Nexus 4 units, which is far too few to warrant any supply and demand issues.
Have you been able to get your hands on a Nexus 4? If so, where did you get it from? Let us know down in the comments!