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.

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The Google Play Store can’t handle LG Nexus 4 demand.

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.

Read: LG Nexus 4 Carrier Comparison

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.

Users can still buy the LG Nexus 4 16GB for $349 in Google Play and the LG Nexus 4 87GB in Google Play for $299.

Josh Smith is Editor of GottaBeMobile and Notebooks.com. He's always looking for ways to help you get the most of your gear and loves to talk about tech on radio and TV. Josh uses an iOS and Android devices as well as Mac and Windows Computers. Josh Smith on Google+ Email: [email protected]


  1. What a mess, . . . from the world’s largest server farm. I waited for three hours trying to get the phone. Finally, the “add to cart”, appeared, but I kept getting error after error, and finally the chance was gone. I can’t believe it. how Google failed.

  2. I went through for 1.
    was opening Google Play Store with Maxthon, Chrome on PC; Safari and Chrome on iPad … at the same time.
    Coincidentally, I succeeded with Safari.

  3. Not at all impressed. This could have been handled way better. It’s not like Google is new to the web… or load handling… My biggest complaint, however, is that Google Play stupidly relies on ip location to determine an individual’s residency… I am a US resident currently on assignment abroad and will be home for thanksgiving… then out again… most online outfits understand that where you order from is irrelevant in internet space, what is relevant is your credit card’s billing+shipping address…

    • I had a hard time ordering also. The first time it froz up at check out and I was charged. I did get through on the phone and the guy confirmed my order and told me to wait a few hour for the confo. Nothing ever came through and then called back and they were no help and told me that even though I was told it went through and was charged the computer did so in error and that this was LG fault for not stocking well enough. And causing the system to take false orders. So I sat there hitting refresh and was able to put another on in the cart and pay again for it. I was told the first one would drop off. It better at this point. Very bad for such a big company to have all these problem and to go into a launch without the proper stock.

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