Just a day after the T-Mobile Nexus 4 arrived back in the carrier’s online store for purchase, the device is again listed as ‘Out of Stock’ leaving interested parties looking at their options.
The Nexus 4, Google’s current Nexus smartphone, has been extremely hard to find in the past few months due to lack of supply. Google’s Play Store has been completely sold out of the unlocked version of the device since December and the carrier-locked version on T-Mobile has been struggling with its own supply issues as well. And that’s why it was big news when the Nexus 4 came back into stock at T-Mobile earlier this week.
Just like that though, the Nexus 4 is sold out once again through T-Mobile’s online store leaving potential customers looking at alternative methods of picking one up. One of those options obviously is to wait for supply to arrive once again. However, that’s been sporadic at best. Another option is to wait for the device to come back to the Google Play Store, something that should happen in mid-February, yet, there is no guarantee that stock will last.
Maybe the best option that consumers have at the moment is to check through local T-Mobile retail stores. We’ve contacted several in California and Ohio that have Nexus 4 stock at the moment and physical retail locations appear to be the best bet for those looking to snag one of these devices right this moment.
The Nexus 4, which launched back in November, replaced the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as Google’s current Nexus smartphone. Unlike the Galaxy Nexus however, the Nexus 4 has been tough to find for going on three months now.
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In November, the device immediately sold out through Google Play and T-Mobile, only to return and sell out again. Shipping times were then shown to be in the months not weeks and it’s at that point that Google cut the cord on the 8GB Nexus 4, propping up a sold out sign instead of an “Add to Cart” button. Soon after, the 16GB Nexus 4 sold out as well. Both have remained sold out through Google Play since December.
There are now rumors of a new Nexus smartphone coming at Google I/O in May, but given that Google typically gives the Nexus a year cycle, it would be odd to see an announcement. Still, with these supply issues, anything is possible at this point.