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Google’s Nexus 4 8GB is Out of Stock Again

Have you tried your luck at buying Google’s flagship handset, the LG Nexus 4? If so, you would know that it can be quite frustrating and difficult ordeal, except for the few lucky enough to get an order through.

The words “Sold Out” are plastered on the Google Play ordering page in capital letters and red. “We are out of inventory. Please check back soon.”, has been on the website a few times now and the backorder on the device had reached 9-10 weeks.

The 16GB variant  is in stock on Google’s website despite a 6-7 week delay in shipping. With a price tag so low and specs so good, it is not that surprising to see the LG Nexus 4 continue to fly off the virtual Google Play shelves. On the other hand, it is very strange to see Google having trouble fulfilling orders. This is not Google’s first rodeo, so you have to wonder if they are at fault or if LG is simply having trouble producing enough of Nexus 4 handsets.

Are you having trouble ordering a Google Nexus 4? What do you think about Google having trouble keeping up with Nexus 4 demand? Let us know in the comments below.

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19 comments

  1. Why can’t they at least give us an estimated availabilty date? Geeze!

  2. It is really frustrating. I was unable to get the phone and am wondering when will the phone be available to Canada again? Why is there such limited stock? A big company like Google could not anticipate demand based on their current sales? really? I will just pick up another phone now as I wanted to get the Nexus 4 as a Xmas presend. Google has definitely lost this customer.

  3. I live in Canada and got a 16GB version on Dec.3, I got it within the hour it came out and the site did not crash or glitch on me. The only complaint I have is the I have to wait 7-8 weeks for shipping. I believe the phone sold out in about 4 hours.

  4. I highly doubt that google is losing money on this phone. I mean, on the tear down of the iPhone 5, the manufacturing & bill of materials was around $200 for the 16gb model. So at the very least, Google is breaking even on that handset. My theory is that they don’t want to scare away other manufactures or give them the idea that they are going to be embracing anti-competitive practices by selling it at cut throat prices.

  5. Google Please “Don’t be evil” ! Nothing more to add. Wasting your customer’s precious time to look for nexus 4 availability now and then.

  6. I’m surprised I haven’t heard of someone being let go from google. I understand that it’s a great price but they are losing so many sales. By the time they are able to get it into people’s hands, it will be yesterday’s news. Not to mention the only case for it is a bumper? At least with iphone, cases are ready to be released on launch date. Google isn’t acting like one of the world’s largest companies right now. It just goes to show that they’re not poised to lead in this market.

  7. I am from Nairobi Kenya, and everytime I check Google play store i get
    the following rude message “Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not
    available in your country yet.
    We’re working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible.
    Please check back again soon.” its quite disappointing

  8. I am from Nairobi Kenya, and everytime I check google play store i get the following rude message “Sorry! Devices on Google Play is not available in your country yet.
    We’re working to bring devices to more countries as quickly as possible.
    Please check back again soon.” its quite dissapointing

  9. Yes, it’s quite odd and a bit disconcerting that the Ministry of Information would miscalculate demand, or didn’t anticipate that LG would have deliver problems. I agree a spokesperson from Google should come forward and explain the “error”, :)

  10. Google might supprting some mount of subsidy at the NEXUS4.
    So, they don’t want to sell as many as customer requests.
    Conclsion, the subsidy would be so much than marker expectation.
    It is just my personal idea.

  11. Why can’t I buy this phone T____T? what have I done to deserve this? I’d buy an unlocked iphone 5 or unlocked s3 but I would never be able to swallow it knowing that the nexus 4 is $309

  12. Well, it’s frustrating… I’m ready to order 16GB model but I don’t want to wait 6-7 weeks to get the phone in my hand. There might be a better phone or better deal in between that 6-7 weeks. Google simply loose there customers for Nexus 4.

  13. A trick played by Google, they can eat up loss on low volume but for huge volume its not possible. This is one the Google Doodle kind of marketing ..

    • I agree, there are games being played here by LG/Google. Google Web Search handles millions of searches every minute, you believe they can’t handle a couple of thousand order on Play Store? Think it over again!

      Personally I think Google make a loss on every NX4 they sell – Look at the price!!!! That’s why they don’t do “PRE-ORDER”.

      Google has to play this game to gain market visibility (marketing) and market share on Apple and at the same time making it terribly hard for Microsoft to enter the market with their pricey product. Well play by Google!

      Having said that – I’m happy to wait and buy NX4 – My phone is still working fine and pure android experience is priceless!

  14. My time wasted trying to find out when they are available would have bought me another phone, who says they will work well anyway?

  15. Inconsiderate, incompetent, or just calculated to slow competitor’s sales. Either way, the consumer is disrespected as usual, and Google is too rich to care.

    • I kinda just wish someone from Google would come out and explain how they miscalculated the demand.

    • Silly comment, they can’t prepare for mass sales when they haven’t got a reputation for amazing hardware/software. It’s not like the iPhone where it’s had years to build up an great reputation.

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