Nexus 4 shipping times continue to get worse, several weeks after the device went up for sale the second time after selling out on its first day of availability on Google’s Play Store.
Since the end of November, Google’s latest Nexus 4 smartphone has been sold out through Google’s Play Store. While the 8GB Nexus 4 remains completely sold out and unavailable to purchase, the 16GB model is still on sale, making it one of the only ways that customers interested in ordering a Nexus 4 can pick one up through official means. Problem is, shipping times continue to get worse, not better.
The 16GB Nexus 4, which was once listed as shipping out in five to six weeks, is now listed as shipping out six to seven weeks, a change that happened rather recently and one that puts the shipping dates for the Nexus 4 well into 2013 for those looking to pick one up today. Google has yet to say when the 8GB Nexus 4 will go back on sale. It’s also declined to say if it will have lengthy shipping times when it does go back on sale.
When the 8GB Nexus 4 last was available to order, shipping times were in the double digits in terms of week.
So, when it comes to the Nexus 4, it appears that shipping times are getting worse before they will get better, something that isn’t encouraging for those that might still be interested in picking one up from Google. And sadly, that’s the only official route that users can take to get the unlocked version of the Nexus 4. Other routes, like eBay, are extremely expensive with the going rate for the Nexus 4, in both storage options, much steeper than the price that Google is asking for the smartphone.
The increase in shipping times for the 16GB Nexus 4 come shortly after Google put up the Nexus 4 bumper case for sale again through its online store. And like the phone, the bumper case sold out within a few hours and now has a “Sold Out” sign plastered on the front of it leaving customers unable to order one.
Nexus 4 bumper cases are also extremely expensive through eBay with prices well over the $19.99 asking price from Google.
LG has said that the Nexus 4 supply issues are because of the high demand for the device and at this point, it seems like the demand is not slowing down which means that the Nexus 4 should remain scarce well into 2013.