Nexus 4 again out of stock at T-Mobile


The Nexus 4, which only recently went back on sale via T-Mobile’s online store, is once again out of stock through the carrier’s web portal. The quickly sell out can no doubt be attributed to voracious Android fans looking to get their hands on the notoriously hard to find device.

While the Nexus 4 wasn’t anticipated to sell near the level of phones like the Galaxy S3 and iPhone, it is clear that LG and Google grossly underestimated demand. Representatives from both sides say they are working hard to address the issues. A backlog of orders and even more customers waiting for the chance to make a purchase are making it quite difficult. Just imagine how many phones the two companies could have sold by now if they actually had any to sell.

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  1. LG’s droppin the ball here…never would’ve happened to Samsung!

    1. LG’s customer is not you, it’s Google. With numbers like 550K estimated production for January alone, it appears they can provide the numbers, which leads me to believe their customer didn’t estimate demand properly.

      1. It will take around 15 days from production date in South Korea/China to delivery to your house. So delivery right now is probably basing off production on January 5-8 or so.


        Bought: 19-01-2013 (MediaMarkt Germany webshop)
        Received: 22-01-2012
        S/N 301K (Korea, January 2013) 413xxx
        HW version: rev_11

        it was the 413,xxx Nexus 4 produced (around January 3-4th). Which took about 17-18 days to deliver to the German customer

        p.s. If the author writes an article about this, please mention this gap between production date and delivery date.

    2. The Nexus 10 has had supply issues too, and that’s produced by Samsung. LG might be partly to blame, but Google wasn’t even close in predicting demand for these things.

  2. I would love to have one of those phones… But Verizon always kills it

    1. Dump Verizon and join the party. (if you can..)
      I did almost a year ago and I am not looking back.

      1. sucks if you cant due to service

      2. If I didn’t still have unlimited data with verizon I’d try Tmobile just for the hell of it. ATT and sprint hold no advantage since their service blows everywhere and there prices are nearly identical to vzw. At least with Tmobile if the service sucks you save $50 or more a month.

  3. Not surprised

  4. I went to my neighborhood T-Mobile to see if they had any so I could at least play with it once. After playing around with it I have determined that this device IS worth the wait! I can’t wait until the play store is stocked again. I could of bought it from T-Mobile, but i wasn’t going to dignify them and bend over right there in the store.

    1. That’s exactly why I’m waiting patiently for play store to have it in stock. I rather save $250 and not sign a 2 year agreement just to get it probably 2-3 weeks sooner.

      1. it’s 199 at t mobile 16 gig with a 50 rebate..what’s to wait for?

        1. That’s the contract price. If you buy it outright from T-Mobile, its $550. $200 more than from Google themselves. Not everyone is on subsidized contract. I myself am on their value contract which doesn’t give you a phone every 2 years.

        2. got mine for 150 with 50 mir at tmobile pay 63$ month couldnt be happier

    2. Same here! Went to play with it also at TMO store and really want it but I can wait until they reload in Mid Feb…

  5. Can you write an article about Nexus 4 production number is now over 750,000+

    Back on January 3rd, techcrunch, the Verge etc….wrote articles about Nexus 4 production at 375,000 based of the thread on XDA-Developers titled

    Not sure if I can provide a link but google this
    [INFO] LG Nexus 4 Production Date and Place Identification

    the latest number from “poking at the serial number” gives off 752k

    post #322

    Probably out of the LG database by poking at the serial numbers.
    Yup. Poking away.

    BTW, over 752K…
    from that same thread in XDA-Developers, the production number is estimated as followed:

    October: 70,000 devices produced
    November: 90,000
    Dec: 210,000
    January: on track for 550,000+ (385,000 as of January 22nd)

    Which mean that LG is ramping up production in a very big way.

  6. Will it ever become available through Google again….?

    1. Maybe 1 month before the Nexus 5 is announced.

    2. Close your eyes and your imagination can do wonders

    3. As soon as LG steps up production… LG in general must not be used to this kind of demand.

  7. I played around with one.. It’s cool but I’m good. Dunno why it’s selling out so much IMO.

    1. because its only $300

      1. Majority of the devices are prolly the 16gb which is more closer to $400 when all is said and done. Stock Android, Absolutely the smoothest experience of android to date, The premium feel, The look; its an absolutely beautiful device through and through. I have My HTC One S as a back up being that this is my daily driver with T-mobile speeds this is just fast it is crazy. Only complaint is the camera and Screen Its a lil dry in my opinion but obviously that is a non-issue as I use it as my daily driver. You will get why its lovely once you own it just testing it out at t-mobile is nothing compared to owning and using it plus with the low supply demand is gonna be high if reselling is something in the future.

    2. Maybe your not impressed, but personally it’s the best phone I’ve ever owned and on T-mobile or an AT&T mvno it’s the perfect phone. top of the line device, only 300 – 350 perfect for the growing mvno crowd. It’s also good for regular T-mobile and AT&T customers, T-mobile only has HSPA+ and AT&T won’t have LTE deployed to a number of places for awhile. I’m a former Verizon LTE user, it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, horrid battery life and fast speed that will blow your AT&T or Verizon cap very fast.

      When LTE devices get better battery life and T-mobile or Sprint deploys LTE near me, I’ll think about it again, hspa+ on t-mobile is just as fast, and much easier on battery life for now.

      1. LTE devices do get good battery life if you buy a RAZR Maxx, S3 or Note 2. You can rationalize to make yourself feel better, but the N4 is nothing more than a well spec’d 3G phone. As for LTE being so fast it eats your data too quickly, well isnt that the point? Sounds like your saying the N4 is like a Prius. It will get you there eventually and save you money along the way. But alot of us are willing to pay for speed and thus would never ever consider a handicapped phone like the N4.
        Look, even the much reviled iPhone has 4G now and they were 2 years late to the party. So where does that leave the N4?

        1. Lol!! Speed limit or forget it!!

        2. Where? I’ll let you know once T-Mobile deploys LTE in my area that’s compatible with the semi-dormant LTE chip in the N4. That is, unless Google patches it out. But I guess that’s what ROMs are for.

        3. The only way LTE devices have good battery lie is if they have big batteries to back them up or if you only use it intermittently.

          Also BTW LTE is 3G don’t think for a second its not if you are going to call out HSPA+ for that.

          Nexus 4 is not handicapped in any regard whatsoever.

          iPhone has LTE big whoop… Nexus 4 has a bit of LTE if you do the right software mods.. The carriers rarely have LTE right now so its not important. Verizon has the biggest LTE network and as you know this is not a verizon device so LTE is a pointless feature.

          You are just cherry picking details about the N4 to justify your purchase of a craptastic LTE device I’m sure what device do you own again?

    3. Here’s why. Smoothest UI on Android. Best in class gaming. Extremely stable. Android 4.2.1. After about a week you get addicted to the zero-gap 720p LCD 2 CURVED screen because of how comfortable it is to swipe across. Plus it’s unlocked and has a free WiFi hotspot that on T-MOBILE is truly unlimited on HSPA+42 which for many areas is nearly as fast as LTE. And when Key Lime Pie, Licorice, Milkshake, etc. comes out, it’ll be first in line and you can enjoy the update and ignore the whining.

  8. basically, can you write an article similar to what

    techcrunch did

    A Little Sleuthing Leads Nexus 4 Enthusiasts To Estimate About 400K In Sales Of The Device

    and the Verge did

    Nexus 4 sales estimated at 375,000 by enthusiasts decoding serial numbers

    both of which are based from XDA-Developers but with updated information (752,000 which can be found on post #322).

    1. Seriously??? You’re so stuck on this you changed you diquis name to the production number? That’s a little weird… LG is junk and this will be the shortest lived Nexus of all.

  9. October: 70,000 devices produced
    November: 90,000
    Dec: 210,000
    January: on track for 550,000+ (385,000 as of January 22nd)

    Which mean that LG is ramping up production in a very big way. But it could take up to 14-20 days from getting from production line to your house.

    Example from post #338 on XDA-Developers [INFO] LG Nexus 4 Production Date and Place Identification thread

    Bought: 19-01-2013 (MediaMarkt Germany webshop)
    Received: 22-01-2012
    S/N 301K (Korea, January 2013) 413xxx
    HW version: rev_11

    it was the 413,xxx Nexus 4 produced (around January 3-4th). Which took about 17-18 days to deliver to Germany

    January 2013

    375110 2-th AUS8BK
    377110 3-th ASFRBK
    381110 2-th ASFRBK
    385110 3-th AGBRBK GBR “UNITED KINGDOM” – a new retailer? Play store was a AUKGBK
    390110 3-th AUSGBK
    395110 4-th AUSGBK
    399110 3-th ATMOBK
    400110 4-th AUSGBK
    406110 4-th AUSGBK
    419110 5-th AUSGBK
    420110 6-th ADEGBK
    422110 6-th ADEGBK
    423110 5-th ATMOBK
    430110 5-th ATMOBK
    435110 5-th ATMOBK

    445110 9-th ATMOBK
    450110 9-th ATMOBK
    451110 8-th ANEUBK “EUROPE OPEN” – something new
    455110 8-th ANEUBK
    456110 8-th ACAGBK CANADA_OPEN
    461110 8-th ATMOBK
    463110 8-th ADEGBK
    465110 8-th ADEGBK
    467110 9-th ADEGBK
    469110 9-th ADEGBK
    471110 9-th ATMOBK
    474110 9-th ATMOBK
    476110 9-th ATMOBK
    479110 9-th AUS8BK
    482110 9-th ATMOBK
    487110 10-th AUKGBK
    489110 10-th AUKGBK
    491110 10-th AAVCBK VIDEOTRON – seems to be a Canadian telco?
    493110 10-th ADEUBK
    495110 10-th ADEUBK
    497110 10-th AISRBK
    499500 10-th AUKGBK
    502035 11-th AUSGBK
    507035 11-th AUSGBK
    512035 11-th AUS8BK
    513035 11-th AUS8BK

  10. here are some posts from that thread on XDA-Developers that might be of interest

    posted on January 13th

    notice the 577,000 figure. It is the line or production number, showing that phone was the 577,000th device made.


    And on January 22nd:

    Probably out of the LG database by poking at the serial numbers.

    Yup. Poking away.
    BTW, over 752K…

  11. I was able to return the one I purchased through Tmobile, when I finally obtained the one I purchased through the Play Store. I hope the person that got the one I returned, is enjoying it!

    1. I would guess that no one got the one you returned – they probably ended up sending it back.

  12. Another post. (650,986th device produced and the production date is January 18th)

    Got mine today finally in Austria from DiTech.
    It’s a HW-Rew-11 Device, 301K+++650986


    Wow, that was fast. The phone was out of the factory in Korea at 18 Jan, so it managed the whole shipping – customs – distribution chain in less than a week.

  13. Let’s see who will be the first one to write about the “updated” LG production line that XDA-Developers have decoded.

    I know that techcrunch, The Verge etc..have written about it 20 days ago when it was at 375,000 units.

    I have send emails to many sites so they can report this but it look like my emails are not being read.

    1. Because people are idiots who don’t want to read, but instead want to whine about LG.

    2. Shut up already… Write the story yourself. You’re the only one that would read it though since it’s not a story at all. Samsung manufacturers almost that many phones a day.

  14. FIX IT!!!!! NNNNOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!!!!!!!!!! No more excuses!

  15. I’m so glad that I got mine on launch day

    1. I got mine after Christmas, I wouldn’t trade it for any of the phones I’m seeing in 2013.

  16. Such a shame that they can’t keep up with demand, I want an N4 too, the Optimus G was the next best thing I could have gotten, once it gets JB ill be set.

    1. Optimus G is a fantastic phone! No shame in that one….now only if it was unlocked….

  17. I wonder why the article says its out of stock? When It is still available in T-Mobile at 9.44AM Jan 25, 2013. I am a nexus 4 user and received mine last Dec.

  18. Seems quality control is suffering at LG. I just received my RMA device yesterday but it has more issues than my current one. Screen seems to have a yellow hue, speaker crackles, and the vibrator is so loud that it defeats the purpose of having one, so RMA device is going back to Google. Keeping mine and hoping it holds up.

    1. What is RMA?

      1. Return Manufacturer Address.. I think

      2. Pretty sure it is Return of Materials Authorization

  19. I’ve got tired of waiting so i’ll just get the new HTC M7 instead. LG and Googles’ loss then. Twats.

    1. Google didn’t loose anything…they are still collecting your data and selling it

      1. Google doesnt sell your data

        1. Not directly. But they do use your data to sell ads.

      2. So what size is your tin foil hat?

  20. Dear Google,

    This isn’t the Nexus One launch. Lots of people want an unlocked, sleek, premium spec’d phone for $300. People seek Android now. Up your projections.

    Happy Nexus 4 Owner

    1. The Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus weren’t overly popular either. It wasn’t really until the Nexus 7 that any Nexus device saw much demand and Asus was able to ramp up production relatively well.

      Still think they should do pre-orders. No reason not to.

      1. I think Jelly Bean was the breakthrough Android version that could compete with the slickness of iOS. Before JB …Android wasn’t that exciting.

  21. As frustrating as this seems, I think we will benefit long term on this one and here is why.
    1. Consumers are telling Google, in a big way, we want stock devices, unlocked at a reasonable price.
    2. Google will not make this mistake again, because they are finally seeing the demand for such devices.
    3. Google has finally found the “golden ticket”. Past nexus devices did not sell well through the play store/market for a long time. Devices were not compelling enough or available enough with current non-nexus devices. This problem has been solved. As great of a device as the N1 one was it did not have the demand, Nexus S was a good device but at the time of release was a little under powered, the gnex’s exclusivity was a nail in that coffin as well as it’s lackluster camera and battery life.
    4. People want the Nexus 4! A powerful device, pure Android, much improved over the previous version.
    We are sending the message loud and clear to Google and in the end, I believe that Google will continue to get better at getting these devices to consumers.

    1. Well all they had to do was reschedule the launch, send review units out to the media, and take preorders for a few of weeks. They didn’t have to make this mistake in order to learn from it for the next time.

  22. Comparing the n4 to a prius is totally inaccurate. While lte may be like a formula 1 car, the n4 hspa+ 42 speeds are still like a nascar. You can prefer the even faster lte speeds, thats fine. But to call the n4 handicapped is a joke.

    1. Exactly! Anything over 10Mbps down is good enough for a smartphone. Of course HSPA+ is faster than that… it’s still considered 4G

      1. keep in mind T -Mobile LTE is already up in Vegas and will be most places by the end of the year…it will be REAL 4G!
        Only on T-mobile

  23. Got one for my wife on launch day and she loves it… the thing I don’t understand is this: If Google is trying to break the carrier-contract death grip, why did T-Mobile or any carrier get ANY (to sell “subsidized” on contract) before Google was able to satisfy their direct B2C demand?

    1. Because Google are a bunch of liars.

    2. All nexus 4s are unlocked the carrier contract death grip is not even pliable in this case… T-mobile sells it at a higher rate and with a subsidy because they need to make money where as google makes it off of our usage. It was available first through Google Play….

      1. I agree the argument is not pliable, or easily bent… it is, however applicable in that unlocked or not you’re in the death grip when you pay the subsidized price…

        And a little cell phone 101 for ya… a carrier subsidizes the full cost of a phone as incentive for you to sign a 2-year contract, which is where they make their money… the only problem with that logic is that the “suggested retail” on the T-Mobile site says the phone is $550 and they’re nice enough to subsidize it for $200 in exchange for your contract… When in fact you should have been able to buy it directly from Google for the original $300 and forego the contract… and are you talking about that 30 second window it was available in the play store? (yes, i was lucky enough to get one, but many weren’t)… yeah, some carriers got the phone the same day and were selling it for $550 off contract or subsidized… way to stick it to the carriers goog

  24. man, google should go back to samsung for their nexus line or someone else that has the capacity to pump these phones out according to the demand.

  25. Picked one up at the T-Mobile store in Burbank yesterday..they have a few in stock still..

  26. There’s no profit in this phone for LG. Why is everyone so surprised they’re not jumping through hoops to make more? LG is a crappy company that was trying to USE the Nexus program to obtain some android legitimacy. They failed… End of story…

    1. Yep end of story, just because you said so :P

    2. Of course they’re earning a profit from the N4. Do you really think that LG is selling Optimus G’s to carriers at $500 a piece? Is the Nexus 10 supply problems due to Samsung dragging its feet also?

  27. Google is taking lessons from Apple.
    “Sold out, AGAIN!” :)
    Good job, keep the interest up :)

    1. Nope. You will never see a “Out of inventory. Come back later” at the apple site. They will take your order and your money, and they will ship your phone for sure in a couple of weeks. Google has learned nothing

  28. Hmm, yeah. Got the xperia ion from Sony. Love it. You had your chance google.

  29. How’s the battery life on this from reviews I read it’s bad I currently have note a beast I wanted this but with no lte and t mobile moving into that direction unless you get this unlocked doesn’t it kinda cancel out the phone?

  30. It doesn’t matter how long it take to ship it. Important is that everyone is talking about it.

  31. Samsung Galaxy s3 is a most popular phone for both men and women. It is
    my favorite phone.I have a black model Galaxy s3 for my personal use.
    It’s looking very good because i use Galaxy s3 covers for my
    phone. For uses this cover it’s looking more beautiful.

  32. in Los Angeles all the Tmobile stores have it instock… even the dealers

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