Nexus 4 8GB Shipping Times Start Slipping

The Nexus 4 8GB, which last week came back into stock for the first time since December, has seen its shipping times start to slip for the first time since its return with the Google Play Store now listing the device as shipping out in three to four weeks.

Read: Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Nexus 4: Round Two.

Last week, both the 8GB Nexus 4 and 16GB Nexus 4 returned to stock at the Google Play Store after selling out in late 2012. The arrivals came a little sooner than many consumers expected as LG promised that supply issues would settle down in mid-February. However, the Nexus 4 is showing shades of its previous issues as today, the 8GB model now has delayed shipping times.

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Nexus 4 8GB shipping times have started slipping.

Unlike the 16GB Nexus 4, which is still listed as shipping out in one to two weeks, the 8GB Nexus 4 is now listed as shipping out in a much lengthier three to four weeks. Google often ships out devices well before their listed shipping dates, but at this point, those ordering today may not see it arrive for a month or so.

This is the first time that we’ve seen the device’s shipping times move back since it arrived last week and it’s certainly possible that it may not be the last it happens.

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Back in November, we saw shipping times get increasingly worse until the device was listed as shipping in two months. Soon after, both versions of the Nexus 4 went completely out of stock only to make its triumphant return last week.

Read: Nexus 4 Wireless Charging Orb Pre-Orders Start.

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The Nexus 4 has dealt with supply issues since November.

The Nexus 4 remains one of the best Android phones available as it combines high-end hardware, current software, and a fantastic price for an unlocked smartphone. Google charges $299 for the Nexus 4 8GB and $349 for the Nexus 4 16GB, much cheaper than most unlocked smartphones which typically sell for over $500. Apple sells the cheapest unlocked iPhone 5 for $649. That price nets customers a iPhone 5 16GB.

Those not looking for the unlocked version of the Nexus 4 should have no problem buying one. The T-Mobile Nexus 4 is still available through T-Mobile and Best Buy, with Best Buy selling it for $149.99, and physical retail locations should have the device in stock as well.

Comments

  1. Alex says

    While it’s very true that the Google Play Store listed shipping times of 2-3 weeks when I ordered my nexus 4 (16GB from the Australian store), I ordered the phone on Thursday night and it’s here already – at 1:30pm on Monday!! Incredibly fast shipping times – completely took me by surprise. After many months of waiting it’s nice to see that Google is making the experience of getting hold of a Nexus 4 as painless and even pleasant as possible.

  2. Corey says

    To be fair, they did say they would get it under control by mid-February. Its only the 4th. I was surprised to even be able to order one at all already and its already coming to my door in the morning so I think theyre doing good so far. I think it will be well worth the wait having owned 3 Nexus devices already. Its hard to fault the phone for half the price of a Galaxy s3 or iphone 5. Im tired of the impatient spoiled people that couldnt wait for the phone and bought something else. Its still just a phone. No other phone has this hardware for the price. Despite the issues with supply, Im happy about it. The immediate availability, LTE, and microsd are not enough to make me spend twice as much on another phone. I got 23 mpbs once on hspa network. If thats not fast enough, then Im sorry. You have issues and need to stop multiple torrenting with your phone.

  3. Jose says

    Just to clarify, the Nexus 4 is 4G LTE capable. Just need a LTE capable sim card and carrier offering 4G. Delays are because LG Optimus competes directly with this phone so LG purposely slows this down in order to sell their own version which is very similar. So there goes the fake myth that Nexus 4 is not LTE ready! Look up on youtube on how to set it up.

    • Corey says

      I know you CAN set it up but what’s the point? Like I said, HSPA is more than fast enough. It’s a cell phone. Not a bittorrent server. 23 mbps (phone is capable of receiving 42 mpbs) is enough to stream HD youtube, HD pandora, download a file, and surf a website all at the same time. Conclusion: LTE is overrated.

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