LG Nexus 4 On Sale in the U.S. Amid Errors and Threat of Sell Out
The LG Nexus 4 is available in the Google Play Store in the U.S. for $299 and $349 along with the LG Nexus 4 bumper accessory, but errors plague the order system and the Nexus 4 could sell out within minutes.
After a long wait the LG Nexus 4 went on sale in the Google Play Store slightly before noon Eastern, and is still up for sale in the 16GB and 8GB versions. The checkout process is troublesome as GottaBeMobile staff experienced a number of errors while trying to order the Nexus 4.
Update: The 16GB Nexus 4 is sold out.
The Google Play Store struggles to keep up with demand, resulting in checkout errors, setup errors and pages that fail to load. After testing in Chrome, the Nexus 4 checkout process finally completed in a Safari browser. Users on Twitter report success in ordering the LG Nexus 4 in Google Play despite these issues.
Users who successfully order the LG Nexus 4 can expect a shipment in 3-5 business days with two-day shipping for $13.99. Google previously stated that some orders would start shipping immediately, so those lucky enough to order the Nexus 4 today could see it by the end of the week.
After selling out in Europe and Australia, the Nexus 4 in the Google Play store may not be available for long. Users who want the Nexus 4 16GB model should already be placing orders as it is expected to sell out faster than the 8GB model. Users will likely want this larger model for storing games, music and apps.
The LG Nexus 4 runs Android 4.2 with Photosphere, lock screen widgets and other new features. It connects to HSPA+ networks on AT&T and T-Mobile, but is not available with 4G LTE on Verizon or Sprint.
The LG Nexus 4 will be available in stores from T-Mobile with a contract for $200, but many users are tempted by the relatively cheap unlocked, off-contract price of the Nexus 4 direct from the Google Play Store.